Sizzlers – This list consist of drivers who had a great week or are riding a powerful wave of momentum.
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Precisely 10 years removed from his first Daytona 500 victory it’s only fitting Dale Jr. former driver of the #8 would capture Hendrick Motorsports eight Daytona 500 win. Junior nations going to party like its 2004.
2.Denny Hamlin- Denny Hamlin will likely be playing the dying seconds of the Daytona 500 repeatedly in his head for quite some time. Yes! He was that close to enshrining his name in the Daytona records books for all eternity.
3. Brad Keselowski- Brad’s strong showing in the Daytona 500 has us all believing he’s well on his way to regaining his championship form.
4. Casey Mears- Five years of persistence combined with absolute determination has guided Casey Mears and Germain Racing from obscurity to relevancy. 2 top 10’s in the last two Daytona races is a good starting point.
5. Landon Cassill- Cassill tied his career best finish of 12th at Daytona providing the feel good story of this year’s Daytona 500.
Fizzlers – Drivers listed below are falling fast, or are for lack of a better term ice-cold as of late.
- Martin Truex Jr- Sometimes things just go up in smoke. Marty’s early exit from Sunday’s Daytona 500 earned him the dubious distinction of becoming the first outside pole sitter for the Daytona 500 to finish dead last since Pete Hamilton in 1973.
2. Kyle Larson- Continuously running towards the back of the field and finding ways to get involved in wrecks is likely to raise a pertinent question. Was it too soon for Kyle Larson to join the ranks of NSCS racing? Five races into his NSCS career Larson’s average finish is 31.0
3. Tony Stewart- Yes, Smoke’s known to be a notoriously slow starter, but since his return behind the wheel things have looked far from promising.
4. Clint Bowyer- Clint’s 5 hour Energy team lost a total of two engines last season, with any luck they won’t lose another until the next Daytona race. Fingers crossed!
5. Parker Kligerman – Nobody, and I mean nobody had a worse speedweeks than Parker Kligerman. It’s one thing to wreck another team’s car, but wrecking your own teammate twice in the same week is outright reprehensible.