Four bold predictions (plus one guarantee) for the 60th Daytona 500

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"This is the pinnacle", said 2016 Daytona 500 victor Denny Hamlin. His son Dale Jr. took over as the sport's most popular driver by far and won two Daytona 500s but retired after last season. Drivers of Fords have fared well at Daytona over the last two years, but Logano, Keselowski's teammate at Penske, was too inconsistent in 2017 to inspire much confidence for the first race of 2018.

Defending-champion Kurt Busch (+2500) might be ruled out exclusively on the fact no driver has won in back-to-back years since 1995.

His nickname is Bowman the Showman, yet that did little in helping Alex Bowman to get Rick Hendrick to remember his name.

"I feel like this is its own race", said 2017 cup champion Martin Truex Jr.

What's interesting about the Duels this year is that the Daytona 500 entry list has only 40 cars on it.

Keselowski already drives a Mustang in the Xfinity series.

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Kompany added: "It is the Champions League , 4-0 away from home is a good result . If we keep losing it, it will be extremely hard ".

Sunday's race will be broadcast by FOX Sports, with coverage starting at 11 a.m. and a Pre-Race Show at 1 p.m. leading up to the 2:30 p.m. start.

Radio: Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90. He missed the race the next year, and was out of a job after the 2016 season. Check out the final standings from last season. William Byron won the championship last season but has graduated to Cup and won't be defending his title.

Chris Fontaine and the Glenden Enterprises #47 NCWTS race team are at Daytona International Speedway this weekend to race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 race on Friday, Feb. 16.

Past year saw Chase Elliott win his Duel after finishing fastest in qualifying, a feat Bowman will be hoping to repeat in Thursday's showdown, while Hamlin won Duel 2 following a sixth-place run in qualification. It's also the first.

Hendrick Motorsports has built a habit of succeeding in the Can-Am Duels over recent years and boast at least one out of a possible two winners in the Daytona event for the last three years running.

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