Joey Logano – Joey Logano had a stellar car last summer at Daytona, but he finished an asterisk mark 27th. In the race, Logano won the first two Stages, led a race high 36 laps and was running in 2nd with 4 laps to go right before his demise in a “Big One.” In terms of performance, a strong case could be made that Logano had the best car.
Kyle Busch – Kyle Busch was strong at Daytona in 2020 and was the leader with 20 laps to go in both events, but neither race was incident free. Last summer, Kyle Busch’s demise happened with 9 laps to go just after Tyler Reddick passed him for the lead, but didn’t clear him which led to the #18 getting into the wall hard. That incident led to Busch’s 33rd place result. If Busch would’ve had an incident free race, it’s very likely he was poised to be a contender.
Kevin Harvick – Kevin Harvick is a driver who frequently has problems at Daytona and since 2016 he’s only finished better than 19th once! Last summer, Harvick looked like he would have a solid result but on the last lap in the back straightaway he wrecked. At the start of NASCAR “Over-time”, Harvick was in 7th.
Corey LaJoie – Corey LaJoie is one of the “sneaky good” performers at Daytona who often finishes well. In the post-plate era here he’s finished in the top ten in 2 of the 3 races. Last summer, LaJoie failed to finish in that mark and finished 21st after getting caught up in one of the late wrecks. If LaJoie would’ve been able to dodge the late carnage like he often does, he probably could’ve snuck in another good result.