DAYTONA BEACH, Fla — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is the easy favorite according to his peers to win Sunday’s 62nd Running of the Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN). Stenhouse, earned the pole last Sunday for the Great American Race as the JTG Daugherty Racing driver, who has a Hendrick Motorsports engine, beat three HMS cars for the Busch Pole Award at the Daytona International Speedway.
He has the speed in his No. 47 Chevrolet to win on outright pace. The drivers are wary of that and say that his car is bar none the quickest of the 40 cars that will start Sunday’s race. But, it’s the moves that he’s able to make too that makes them think that Stenhouse is the favorite too.
“It’s no secret that the 47 car (Stenhouse Jr.) is the fastest car,” said Duel No. 1 winner Joey Logano. “He is the only car that can go down to the bottom and make hay, but one Chevrolet can’t beat seven Ford’s and we won because of our numbers.”
But, Logano warns that speed by yourself isn’t the way to win in Daytona. You can have all the speed in the world but if you don’t have the right drafting help or drafting partner, you’re not going to succeed.
“Strength in numbers,” Logano continued on how he won and not Stenhouse. “He can’t beat four Ford by himself without and manufacturer help.”
Ford finished 1-2-3-4 in the first Duel while Chevy only had two cars in the top 11.