The Daytona 500 has always been a race that rewards veterans. Entering 2018, nine of the last 11 winners were over the age of 30. But the sport is in a transition with a new wave of drivers getting rides.
Greg DePalma and Eric Smith of Race Review Online take one final look across the grid ahead of the 60th Daytona 500, where Alex Bowman sits on the pole in Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s former ride. If recent form holds, though, it’ll be someone from the Ford stable – Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, etc. – who takes the checkered flag.
Handicapper Jon Hardoon of TheSheets.com joins Greg DePalma live from Santa Anita, where Irish filly Madam Dancealot, Madame Stripes and Insta Erma headed an evenly matched field for the Grade 2 Buena Vista Stakes on turf. As it turned out, none of those three finished in the money.
Now that the Clash and the Duels are in the rear-view mirror, the picture is starting to become a little more clearer on what we can expect to see in Sunday’s 60th edition of the Daytona 500.
Veteran NASCAR analyst Kenny Bruce and RotoWire‘s C.J. Radune join Greg DePalma to look ahead at a season of change on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup circuit – one without such mainstays as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth and Danica Patrick, but plenty of young talent. Martin Truex Jr. begins his title defense in Sunday’s Daytona 500.
The restrictor-plate torch is ready to be passed. Someone is ready to take it. But, who?
Greg DePalma and PSN contributor Jan Levine set the stage for the New York Jets‘ offseason with a look at the depth chart to determine at key areas of need and what to expect with upcoming free agency and the draft. Is QB Kirk Cousins a viable target? What about WR Jarvis Landry (Dolphins) or CB Trumaine Johnson (Rams)?
Greg DePalma and PSN tennis analyst Andrea Leand look back at last week’s Fed Cup action, as Team USA’s victory over the Netherlands also marked Serena Williams‘ first competition since becoming a mother. The result already had been clinched, so the doubles match with sister Venus was mostly a chance to measure her comeback progress.
Greg DePalma, Jeff Shain and Pro Golf Weekly‘s Joel Cook ponder how Ted Potter Jr. held off Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson at Pebble Beach, before turning their attention to the Genesis Open at historic Riviera Country Club. Johnson is defending champion, while Tiger Woods ends an 11-year absence at a hometown course he’s never tamed.
The Can-Am Duels at Daytona on Thursday night and the 60th annual Daytona 500 could be very compelling and built with excitement. But they could also be very boring with follow-the-leader parade action.