Daytona 500 in period of transition

Austin Dillon celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach Fla

The 60th running of the Daytona 500 has a load of storylines, including Danica Patrick's last NASCAR ride, ride heights and a group of eager young drivers ready to challenge the veterans.

Manning is the bigger of the NFL MVP's at Sunday's race.

Earnhardt believes that rule has been incorrectly enforced and called out NASCAR's lead competition official accordingly.

The two-time Daytona 500 victor is the grand marshal for Sunday's season-opening race, and once his duties are complete, Earnhardt plans to watch "The Great American Race" from atop the pit box of pole-sitter Alex Bowman.

"Winning the championship was definitely at the top", Truex said Wednesday in a phone interview from Daytona International Speedway.

Four-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton will be rooting for Bubba Wallace in the Daytona 500.

As NASCAR enters the 2018 season, it finds itself at a crossroads.

"I had a fan, actually he had no favorite driver, I told him, I said, 'I'll give you my hat if I'm your favorite driver.' I gave him the hat", Dillon said. "I thought I was going to win the Daytona 500", Almirola said.

I'm going to make a prediction right now: As good a driver as he was, Junior will be an even better commentator.

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David Gilliland, the 2007 Daytona 500 pole victor, is in a one-off effort for this year's Daytona 500. Dillon won in the auto number made famous by Dale Earnhardt, and he won 17 years to the day after the Hall of Fame driver was killed in a last-lap accident at NASCAR's famed track. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers watched his new girlfriend race this week from the top of her pit box and will attend Sunday's race.

The single-ticket sellout was announced a day before Sunday's race. While those four could really assert themselves on safer, more conventional tracks, anything can happen at Daytona. DIS was helped by a $400 million overhaul known as "Daytona Rising" that transformed the track into a modern sports stadium. His break came when Dale Earnhardt Jr. found nine Xfinity Series races for Bowman to drive for JR Motorsports.

The BK Racing team has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy but will be permitted to compete in the Daytona 500 after NASCAR declined to strip its ownership charter.

Earnhardt first endured a concussion in the Fontana race in April 2002 but did not disclose the injury until September while continuing to race.

This will mark Patrick's 191st Cup Series start. Patrick reunited with GoDaddy for a one-off event and will conclude her racing career at the Indianapolis 500 in May.

The 66-year-old Thompson puts a surprising bow on his racing career when he becomes the oldest driver to ever start the Daytona 500.

Wallace's second-place finish?is the best by an African-American driver in the Daytona 500; he is just the second black driver to run in the Daytona 500.

The 28-year-old is the grandson of the late Dale Earnhadt, Sr. and he's old enough to remember his grandfather's Daytona 500 victory.

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