NASCAR fans, the 2018 season is just about here. And that means it’s time for the great american race, the Daytona 500. Dan Lucas was in Daytona Beach Wednesday for media day where the drivers are excited but the teams are anxious to see how cars will handle some new rules.
This is the only time you can slow down an entire group of NASCAR drivers. Daytona 500 media day brings out the kid everyone. But it’s the race that has these competitors amped up for Sunday.
“This is the pinnacle. I wrote about it when I was seven years old. About winning this race and how big it would be," said 2016 Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin.
“It’s everybody around you. Everybody that shaped and molded you as a racer from local guys back home that I learned from. this is the one you worked your whole life for.” said NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer.
It has history. It has tradition. But it also has change. As in, rules changes affecting cars, which by the way, teams cannot touch until Thursday. There were tricky handling issues in last Saturday’s clash race and that adds an element of mystery for the rest of this week at Daytona.
“I thought our car was pretty good. I was pretty happy. That said, we were really slow by ourselves. I think there’s going be some give and take there. Do you want to have raw speed or do you want to handle well. Try balance that out and have the best of both worlds." 2017 Points Champion Martin Truex Jr. said.
Since each car entered into this year’s race is guaranteed a spot in the field, you could see teams experiment during Thursday’s qualifying races, then change everything for the Daytona 500.