Daniel Suárez Preparing for 2018 Daytona 500

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Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday announced that the former NFL quarterback and future Pro Football Hall of Famer will drive the pace auto in the laps just before the start of Sunday's Daytona 500. It's also the first. The 60th running of the Great American Race at Daytona International Speedway is this Sunday afternoon. "I wouldn't be surprised to see William win a race or two, make it to the playoffs". Hamlin won the Daytona 500 in 2016 and has an average finish of 12.4 in the past 10 Daytona races, including the July one, which is best among all active drivers. "It's definitely going to be hard to repeat, but I think performance-wise I feel like we'll be right there, and we'll be able to win some races, and put ourselves in position again", Truex says. "That's what it's all about".

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Blaney is the son of former Ohio-born Cup driver Dave Blaney, who has literally been one-upped by Ryan (a victor past year at Pocono) since he never won in 473 Cup races.

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What's interesting about the Duels this year is that the Daytona 500 entry list has only 40 cars on it. "You have to stay out of the wrecks and be on the track on the last lap to get a win", he said. "If you want action on a racetrack, look no further than the Daytona 500". Bowman, who takes over the No. 24 Hendrick Ford this season with Chase Elliott moving to the team's reborn No. 9 vehicle, is still looking for his first Cup top five, but don't rule him out - who can forget Trevor Bayne's win in 2011, when the 20-years-and-one-day-old took the checkered flag in his second Cup race. Everybody has that anxiety, everybody is hyped up. That means no one will be going home after either race in the Can-Am Duel, which nearly always spell doom for someone making the big race.

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2007 victor Kevin Harvick admitted that he has to talk himself down when he comes to Daytona because he gets so excited as the race approaches.

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Jones completes a list of Daytona 500 celebrities that includes Academy Award victor Charlize Theron (honorary starter), retired National Football League quarterback Peyton Manning (honorary pace-car driver), retired NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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