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David Wilson said he's looking forward to the siren at the Pool Room going off after Chase Elliott's first regular-season win in NASCAR's top series, a form of celebration used during Bill Elliott's heyday and for some of Chase Elliott's accomplishments already. And while Keselowski will generate plenty of attention despite starting at the back of the field, teammates Logano and Blaney are also expected to be in the hunt. Experience counts for something in "The Great American Race", and Kahne has that in abundance.

"I know how much he wants to be racing and competing, and this is the biggest race of the year", Junior said.

"We were a half a lap away from winning the Daytona 500", Almirola said.

Trevor Bayne is the youngest driver to win the Daytona 500, taking the checkered flag in 2011 just one day after turning 20.

He likely won't be in contention for a victory, but Kurt Busch, last year's champion will attempt to repeat as Daytona 500 victor.

The second wreck of the day also collected Danica Patrick, who made her final NASCAR start on Sunday.

"If you look at the starting grid from the Daytona 500 five years ago and you look at it today, it's just unbelievable how much the image of NASCAR has changed", said 2016 race victor Denny Hamlin, who will start second. Last year's Daytona 500 offered up plenty of carnage as well, so it's not like Daytona turning into a 200 miles per hour junkyard is anything new.

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Wallace, from Mobile, Alabama, received a telephone call from Hank Aaron before the race and Lewis Hamilton, the four-time Formula One world champion and only black driver in that series, tweeted his support to Wallace. Yet Bayne has not won a race since. Busch is +1,200 to repeat. Only five other drivers have completed the Clash-Daytona double. Chevrolet has three wins in that span, while Toyota triumphed in 2016 - its only Daytona win.

Earnhardt recently joined NBC Sports as a television analyst and will share his perspective and opinions on that network's NASCAR coverage later this summer.

NASCAR continues to have two stages a race before the final finish after deeming it a success a year ago, and with playoff points on the line, drivers race aggressively near the end of them.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. made an impressive save before caution was brought out. She never won a race and failed to have a top 5 finish. I knew how special this place was to my dad, so it's more meaningful to me personally maybe than to a lot of the other competitors as the cornerstone of our series and birthplace of speed and all the things, you know, 'The Great American Race'.

Owning the pole position at Daytona has not necessarily been conducive to success in the race. In the meantime, a driver who had early trouble was quietly making his way back toward the front.

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