Daniel Suárez Preparing for 2018 Daytona 500

Daytona 500

Coming off his last-to-first win at the season kickoff Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona, Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski - who is likely to be one of the first people to get behind the wheel of any new vehicle in testing - claimed he didn't know anything about it.

Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday announced that the former NFL quarterback and future Pro Football Hall of Famer will drive the pace auto in the laps just before the start of Sunday's Daytona 500. Hamlin finished 17th past year. Danica Patrick is back for what she says is her last NASCAR race and the youth movement runs apace, with fans having the opportunity to pick a new favorite driver from the likes of Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Alex Bowman, William Byron and Daniel Suarez. He will look to carry that momentum into Daytona, where he has one regular season win - back in 2005 when in the then-Busch (now Xfinity) Series. Bowman won the pole on Sunday. That's eight championships and four of the most popular drivers in the sport over the last two decades. That includes 2017 victor Kurt Busch. It has impacted vehicle counts, and one has to wonder at the next races will NASCAR be looking at less than a full field?

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Martin Truex Jr.is the defending series champion. Johnson's last Daytona victory was in 2013 when he won the 500 and then the July race.

Final eliminations coverage of the season-opening Winternationals at Pomona for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series was also down from its 2017 numbers, but with the caveat that this year's finals aired on FS1. Last year's qualifying show on FOX scored a 1.4/2.3m. Last year was the first time in five years that he raced in the Daytona 500.

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News.

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