On Sunday, the motorsports world will be the center of all attraction as the Daytona International Speedway hosts the 52nd Daytona 500. This race is built for drivers who are physically and mentally fit. Winning a Daytona 500 race is equivalent in winning a lotto jackpot.
Every race car driver wants to win the Daytona 500. It's not the prize that's important in this race but the exclusive chance to be included in the winner's circle that includes Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Sterling Marlin and Michael Waltrip. No prize money or trophy could match that prestigious winner's circle.
The front row grid belongs to pole position leader Mark Martin and Hendrick Motorsports' teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. Mark Martin became the oldest driver to win a Daytona 500 pole at the age of 51. While Dale Earnhardt Jr., seeks to resurrect his career as he struggled in last season's race. He didn't win a race or a pole and finished 25th in the Nascar Sprint Cup standings.
As the NASCAR season opened, Danica Patrick stole the show with his recent 6th place finish in the ARCA race. She plans to race also in the Nationwide Series in Daytona. A lot of fans are buzzing on this weekend event, there's a possibility that Dale Jr. has a challenger in terms of popularity among racing fans. Hey, Junior! Better watch your back because Danica express is on your rear view mirror.
The sports handicappers' was not swayed to put Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the clear winners on this race even though they have the front row grid position. They penciled Tony Stewart as the favorite to win the Daytona 500 race this coming Sunday.