The Daytona 500 is the most prestigious and anticipated race of the year for NASCAR racers and fans alike. Ahead of the 2023 Daytona 500 drivers gathered for the Media Day to share their thoughts, expectations, and experiences.
The Mentality of a Winner
For last year’s Daytona 500 winner, Austin Cindric, winning the race has given him and his team an edge. According to Cindric, the win instills a mentality that he and his team can take the moment and do something with it. This year, Cindric is looking to defend his title and prove that his win was not just a fluke.
Jimmie Johnson’s Comeback
Jimmie Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR champion, is back in racing for the Daytona 500 after being out of the game for two years. Johnson is looking to add to his Hall of Fame career by winning the Daytona 500. Johnson believes that the energy in marquee events is unique and special, and he has a good chance of winning the race despite being out of the game for two years.
The Dream of Winning the Daytona 500
For some racers, winning the Daytona 500 would be a dream come true. Chase Elliott, the runner-up in the 2021 race, has a ton of admiration for the winners who have achieved it. Kyle Busch, the 2019 runner-up, has been winning at many tracks for many years, but the Daytona 500 is the last box to check. Aric Almirola, a Tampa native who has won many races at the track, is still dreaming of taking home the big trophy.
Qualifying for the Big Race
Before the racers can dream of winning the Daytona 500, they must first qualify. The qualifying races continue on Wednesday and Thursday, with the 500 starting on Sunday, February 19. The competition will be tough, and the racers must give it their all to qualify for the biggest race of the year.
The Daytona 500 is not just any other race. It is the race that every NASCAR driver dreams of winning. Winning the race instills a mentality that the racer and the team can do something with the moment. For some racers, winning the Daytona 500 would be the last box to check. Qualifying for the race is tough, and the racers must give it their all. With the excitement building up to the race, fans and racers are eager to see who will take home the big trophy.