February 23, 2014 – it’s a day race fans have had circled on their calendars since the final cars passed the finish line at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. Fast-forward to today, and we’re a mere two days away from the start of the 2014 NASCAR season, also known as the Daytona 500 (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX). Are you ready?
While drivers enjoyed some brief time away from the track during the offseason, other drivers made significant changes. For instance, the end of the 2013 season marked the end of an era for our very own Ryan Newman. The Ford EcoBoost 400 was not only Ryan’s final race in the no. 39 car, it was also his final race driving for Stewart-Haas Racing.
As Ryan returns to Daytona International Speedway in search of his second win at the famed race, he does so with a brand new team. In the offseason, Ryan joined Richard Childress Racing (RCR), where he will drive the no. 31 Chevrolet. Along with the new team and new number, he’ll also have a brand new pit crew. Despite all the changes, Ryan’s expectations heading into 2014 remain the same as they have in past years.
Coming off a 2013 season in which Ryan recorded one win (Brickyard 400), six top-fives and eighteen top-tens, he brings high hopes with him to Daytona. A year ago, Ryan opened the season with a fifth-place showing at Daytona. In the last eight years, he’s recorded three top-fives, along with three finishes outside of the top 30. Can Ryan work some magic and kick start his time with RCR with a bang? You’ll have to tune in to find out!
To help pass the time between now and the race, we’ve got something special just for you. Do you have any questions that you’ve always wanted to ask Ryan? If so, you’re going to love what we’ve got set up. Today from 4:30 p.m. ET to 5:30 p.m. ET, Ryan will be answering fans’ questions on Reddit in a post called Ask Me Anything (AMA). To learn more about it, click here. You can find all the information you need to get you signed up and participating.
With the big race just around the corner, let’s get some predictions going. Who do you think is going to win Sunday’s Daytona 500? Let us know in the comments below!