2020 Daytona 500 Preview


The biggest race on NASCAR’s schedule is the Daytona 500. It’s the biggest race because it was the first race that NASCAR ever ran. The first Daytona 400 was run in 1949 and Lee Petty won the race with a photo finish. It took the officials three days to officially decide that Petty was the winner. This Sunday’s Daytona 500 is no different. It is as big of a race that it always is and 40 drivers have a shot at winning. If the Busch Clash showed us a preview of what the Daytona 500 would be like, then it’s going to be one wild race.

Despite being involved in three accidents, Erik Jones won a crazy Busch Clash that went into three overtimes last Sunday. At the start of the race, Jones’ car was perfectly spotless. By the end of the race, Jones’ car was completely damaged. Scrapes were all over the right side of his car and his nose was completely destroyed. The nose of Jones’ car was completely bent in and his hood was starting to come up. One of six cars that finished the race was Jones and only one car didn’t have damage. Jones is looking to keep this momentum into the Daytona 500 and possibly win the race for the first time.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the pole for the Daytona 500 last Sunday and 2018 pole sitter Alex Bowman starts right alongside him. Stenhouse qualified pretty early in the day and set a great lap time of 46.253 seconds. Stenhouse had to anxiously wait all afternoon to see if he was going to stay on top of the leaderboard and he did. Hendrick Motorsports drivers challenged Stenhouse for the pole with Alex Bowman qualifying second, Chase Elliott qualifying third, and Jimmie Johnson qualifying fourth.

Predicting who’s going to win the Daytona 500 is really hard because the field is so close with running two and three wide the whole race. The top five odds to win the Daytona 500 are Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and Chase Elliott. Those drivers have the best odds to win the 500, but I’m picking someone that would make a big upset. I think that Jimmie Johnson is going to win the 2020 Daytona 500. I think Johnson is going to win because he has shown great speed throughout Speedweeks and he ran pretty good in the Busch Clash. The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season is Johnson’s final full-time season and it would be a great way to kick off his final season in possibly his final Daytona 500 start. Johnson hasn’t won in the NASCAR Cup Series since the Dover Spring race in 2017. If Johnson wins this year’s Daytona 500, then it would be a perfect start to a farewell season. Johnson is a 2-time Daytona 500 winner. He won in his championship seasons in 2006 and 2013 and he is looking to get victory number three on Sunday. Watch the season opener for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season for the 62nd Annual Daytona 500 this Sunday February 16th at 2:30 P.M. EST on FOX. 

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