Drivers To Watch At The 2019 Daytona 500
February 8, 2019 in Sports News
Joey Logano: The Tom Penske driver claimed the first Cup title with a victory in Homestead-Miami Speedway in November, he’ll seek his second Daytona 500 victory this weekend after taking the checkered flag in 2015.
Kyle Busch: Along with Kevin Harvick dominated the 2018 season. Both of them are coming back strong looking for their second Cup titles. Bush matched Harvick with a season-high eight wins last season and is seeking his first Daytona 500 win. Although he’s won a Daytona race in July one time a triumph in the Great American Race keeps eluding him.
Martin Truex Jr.: He’s now with Joe Gibbs Racing and he’s brought his crew chief, Cole Pearn, with him so there’s no reason to expect a major drop in his performance in 2019. Truex’s best finish in Daytona is second place.
Kevin Harvick: The 2014 Cup champion has just one Daytona 500 win to his credit, which came in 2007, and he has not returned to the podium since 2015 when he finished second. Although he has five top-five finishes, the last was a fourth place in 2016. Since then he’s finished 22nd in 2017 (led for 22 laps) and 31st in 2018, when he failed to finish the race.
Jimmie Johnson: The seven-time Cup title winner didn’t win any race last year, which marked the first time that he failed to do so in his 17-year career as full-time Cup driver. In fact, his last win came in 2017 in Dover. He will be entering the Daytona 500 with a new crew chief in Kevin Meendering, after the departure of long-time crew chief Chad Knaus.