Kyle Busch – Kyle Busch had a disappointing Daytona 500. He was never really a factor and only rose to the front before the mid-point point $200,000 prize. With five laps to go he was racing in ninth but the very next lap he got swept up in a wreck. During speed weeks under the lights Kyle Busch won the Budweiser Shootout. The summer race at Daytona is better suited for Kyle’s driving style. The surface is slicker and it makes handling more difficult. In the 2010 summer race he finished 40th (crash) but his other recent summer finishes are 5th, 14th (leading coming to the finish line but wrecked), 1st, 2nd and 2nd. If he had any positive momentum then there’s no question he would’ve been ranked as a “Top Tier Elite” driver. (Yahoo! A Driver)
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Jeff Gordon – Jeff Gordon’s year got off to rough start at Daytona. In the Bud Shootout he flipped and in the Daytona 500 he blew up (lap 81). His engine failure in the 500 was due to overheating. Gordon had no clue it would blow up because he reportedly had a gauge malfunction. While Gordon was in the race he wasn’t that impressive. He was running it wide open but couldn’t make forward progress. He said he didn’t have the speed he was looking for. Gordon has been very good at Daytona, but I’ll stop short saying it’s one of his better tracks. He has six wins and has finished in the top ten in nearly half his races. He’s also led laps in 10 straight races here. Gordon has finished in the top six the last two July races but those are his only top tens since 2008. What I like about Gordon is his momentum. He now has three straight top six finishes. (Yahoo! A Driver)