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2012 Daytona 500 predictions

Posted on: February 25, 2012 1:48 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2012 5:02 pm
 

Daytona 500 Winner

Pete Pistone's pick

Kyle Busch -- I’ve been coming to Daytona since I was a kid and watching NASCAR racing pretty much my entire life. Never have I seen a display like the one Kyle Busch put on in Saturday night’s Budweiser Shootout, saving his car three different times when it was completely sideways and somehow coming back from that shower of sparks to win the race. Say what you want about his personality or his behavior but it’s impossible to argue that Busch is one of the most talented drivers the sport has ever seen. He is very determined to put the controversy of last year behind and focus on winning races and the Sprint Cup championship in 2012. That quest begins this weekend and Busch will get the year off on the highest of notes with a win in “The Great American Race.”

Brian De Los Santos' pick

Carl Edwards -- I could really name just about any driver from the Roush Fenway camp as they've been very impressive during Speedweeks. Its drivers have been at or near the top of the speed charts during most practices, Edwards and his teammate Greg Biffle were top 2 in qualifying and third teammate Kenseth won Gatorade Duel 2, an event Biffle led for a race-high 40 laps. But while championships may elude Edwards, the Daytona 500 might just land in his lap. If Edwards can pull it off, he'd be the 18th pole-sitter to win the 500 and the first since Dale Jarrett in 2000.

Dark Horse

Pete Pistone's pick

Marcos Ambrose -- The entire Ford contingent has been fast at Daytona since it rolled off the haulers at the start of Speedweeks. Ambrose is among those who have stayed near the top of speed chart in practice sessions and the Richard Petty Motorsports driver also factored into both the Budweiser Shootout and Gatorade Duel outcomes. The popular Australian feels at home in NASCAR after finding his way the last few seasons and many believe he’ll win his first oval track race in 2012 in addition to being a powerhouse on the road courses. That victory could come on Sunday with Ambrose giving his fans both in the U.S. as well as “down under” something to celebrate.

Brian De Los Santos' pick

Trevor Bayne -- The defending Daytona 500 champion as a darkhorse? I may be stretching this a bit, but I haven't heard anybody giving him much of a chance to repeat. He's been decent during Speedweeks, but remains somewhat of an afterthought behind the Cup regulars. He's flying under the radar, but has the car to pull of the win again. At the very least, you can say he has experience winning NASCAR's biggest race. How wild would it be if Bayne were to make it 2 for 2 in the Daytona 500?

Surprise Top 10

Pete Pistone's pick

Dave Blaney -- The former World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion had a guaranteed starting spot in the Daytona 500 thanks to his finish inside the Top 35 last year. But after team owner Tommy Baldwin worked out an agreement with Stewart-Haas Racing to transfer those points to Danica Patrick, Blaney had to race his way into the 500 in Thursday’s Gatorade Duel. Last season the underdog turned a lot of heads with stellar restrictor plate track performances at both Daytona and Talladega so Blaney has skills in the draft. He may also have a little extra motivation as well on Sunday after the off-season points maneuvering and despite being a David against the Goliaths of the series; a finish inside the first ten is not out of the question.

Brian De Los Santos' pick

Aric Almirola -- It's easy to forget that Almirola is the newest driver of the No. 43 car, replacing A.J. Allmendinger, who jumped to Penske Racing to fill the No. 22 seat vacated by Kurt Busch. He definitely has speed as he topped the fourth practice session and was second in the fifth session. Another driver with Ford power under the hood, don't be surprised to see him running near the front on Sunday.

Quick picks

  Pistone De Los Santos
Better Busch brother finish Kyle Kurt
Will Danica finish on lead lap No No
Over/Under Caution Flags (8) Under Under
Over/Under Caution Laps (25) Over Over
Over/Under Leaders (20) Over Under
Over/Under Lead Changes (50) Under Over

Daytona Speedweeks


Comments

Since: Feb 27, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:24 pm
 

2012 Daytona 500 predictions

I predict which ever driver is in 12th place on the last lap will win the race.



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:32 pm
 

2012 Daytona 500 predictions

Why would a guy post on a NASCAR site who has nothing but dumb nasty things to say about the sport? Because he's a TROLL with really no life at all. Think about it, you don't care about a sport and you go on a NASCAR thread insulting people . Sad little life you have.



Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:34 am
 

2012 Daytona 500 predictions

All the haters couldnt drive a race car to save their measley little lives. or is it just to make a stupid comment..amyways it just has to rain today doesnt it. break out he ponchos.



Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:32 am
 

2012 Daytona 500 predictions

all the haters probably couldnt drive a car to save their measley little lives.



Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:10 am
 

2012 Daytona 500 predictions

its turning left it is a sport try it sometime



Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:05 am
 

2012 Daytona 500 predictions

Who cares!!! All this hobby is (because constantly turning right is NOT a sport)  a bunch of rednecks driving around an oval at high rates of speed and toothless pieces of trash watching from the stands.  Keep it classy nascar fans.  Don't forget...all of you make sure you buy your $300 favorite driver coats to show off to your friends at the yacht club....ERRRR I mean gun range.  


Beer, Rednecks, trailers....that is TRUE nascar.   




Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 10:36 am
 

2012 Daytona 500 predictions

I predict there will be plenty of crashes and millions of dollars of cars totally destroyed, just like the last two days, last week, and past years.  I don't know why car owners allow NASCAR to continue dictating to them.  They know this restrictor plate garbage does nothing but cost them money.  Boycott until NASCAR changes their minds.


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