NASCAR Xfinity: Stories to Watch in Daytona


Hot off the most exciting Xfinity race of the season, the Xfinity regulars look to keep momentum on their side at the Mecca of stock car racing, Daytona.

Last weekend at Iowa we saw strategy take place which allowed many of the Xfinity regular drivers to earn their season-best finish – in fact the whole top five earned their career-best finish.

A race that was conducted with no Cup Series drivers proved to be the stepping stone needed for some of the smaller teams to earn some much-needed momentum.

Here are the stories to watch this weekend…

William Byron

The JR Motorsports driver is fresh off his first career win at Iowa last week.  He was a bumper away from his first win the week prior, losing in heartbreaking fashion in a drag race to the finish to Denny Hamlin.

Byron is going to have the horsepower to be one of the favourites at Daytona this weekend, wheeling one of Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Chevrolets.

In what is believed to be his boss’ last race at Daytona, it would surely be special if Byron can wheel to another victory this weekend.

Elliott Sadler

Last week we saw the veteran Sadler drive through the field after starting in the back and finishing up towards the top 10.  This week he is looking to start and finish up front as well.

He has won twice at Talladega before; can some of that restrictor plate magic work at Daytona?

Ryan Sieg

Fresh off a career-best finish, Sieg looks to keep the momentum going at one his best race tracks statistically.  The underdog team and driver have finished third in two of the last three July Daytona races.

He was running in the top five at Talladega before spinning on the last lap.  As long as he keeps his nose clean early in the race, Sieg, notorious for being a great restrictor plate pusher, will be a factor this weekend.

Ryan Reed

The driver of the #16 Lilly Diabetes Ford has had his fair share of up and downs this year, but he returns to the racetrack that has provided his two wins in his career so far.

The Roush Fenway Racing team always brings fast Fords to the restrictor plate racetracks.  Can Reed continue his Daytona Dominance with a summer time victory?

Blake Koch

Week in and week out, no one has been more steadily impressive than Koch and the #11 LeafFilter Chevrolet team.  While still searching for his first career top five, Koch returns to a racetrack that has provided some success throughout his short career there.

At the last restrictor plate race, Koch won the pole at Talladega. A fast race car never hurts, but Koch will need some luck to go his way this weekend to stay at the front at Daytona.