By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
NASCAR kicks off their 2022 season with their Super Bowl. The NASCAR Cup Series teams will compete in the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
The race is the first of more than 30 scheduled on the season. FOX will have the 2:30 pm EST broadcast from Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The first two stages will be 65 laps. The final stage is 70 laps.
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Brad Keselowski and his Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing (RFK Racing) teammate Chris Buescher won the duels on Thursday night. Before last night, the team had only one Daytona duel win.
That came in 2012 with former driver Matt Kenneth.
Only one active driver in the field has won this event multiple times. Denny Hamlin has three Daytona 500 wins.
All three wins have come since the 2016 season. Hamlin is one of four drivers to win the race three times, joining Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett, and Bobby Allison.
Hamlin is the favorite with a betting line at +900 in the latest 2022 Daytona 500 odds from Caesars Sportsbook (take a look at all the places you can bet with them). 2020 Cup Series Champion Chase Elliott and Reigning Cup Series champion Kyle Larson are close behind at +1000.
Only two men ever have won this event four times or more. Cale Yarborough won it four times. “The King” Richard Petty has won it seven times.
Joey Logano won the Clash earlier this month at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. NASCAR spent $1 million to have an exhibition at the historic venue.
The 2018 NASCAR Cup Series Champion previously won the Daytona 500 in 2015.
“It is the Daytona 500,” Joey Logano, another Top 5 favorite, told reporters Thursday at a media day news conference. “It is everything. You come down here and it is a sold-out grandstand and everyone is here. So many key decision-makers are here. You want to be the one hoisting the Harley J. Earl Trophy and when you don’t it hurts. It hurts a lot.”
While big-name drivers have won this event, a surprise name can also win. Michael McDowell pulled off the win last season.
In 2011, Trevor Bayne came out of nowhere to win the race.
“I just think I have a good understanding of the air here and how it moves around the walls,” Hamlin told reporters. “Talladega is different. If you look at our results, we haven’t won as much at Talladega, but we’ve been pretty good. Here, there is just something about — whatever it is — the banking or the width of the track, height of the walls or something that I just kind of know where those little pockets of air are it seems like that are a little bit better.”
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