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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Daytona 500 media day (all periods local):

12: 30 p. meters.

Kevin Harvick has high objectives for budding star Chase Elliott.

The 2014 NASCAR Cup champ called Elliott the “biggest link to our grass-roots NASCAR fan. inch Elliott is the 22-year-old son associated with Hall of Fame driver Expenses Elliott. Both hail from Dawsonville, Georgia.

“I feel like he’s probably the most important ingredients in what NASCAR race does going forward because of his loved ones name, ” Harvick said on Daytona 500 media day. “He has the legacy that’s already been integrated this sport by his father. He’s come into this sport using a great name and already proved that he’s going to be competitive. He has individuals southeast, NASCAR ties to those primary fans that none of the rest of us may ever have. He’s the man. ”

Elliott, entering his 3rd full season at Hendrick Motorsports, in winless in 77 profession Cup starts. He has 12 top-five finishes last year, including five runner-ups.

“When he wins the first time, you are going to see things that you haven’t observed in a long time from fan reaction and enthusiasm about this sport, ” Harvick said. “And when that happens, it’s going to good for all of us. ”

– Tag Long

11: 45 the. m.

The green flag is all about to drop on Daytona 500 press day.

There’s plenty to talk about going into Sunday’s race. The field provides undergone a dramatic youth motion, and new stars seem to be the particular sport’s focus. Alex Bowman is certainly on the pole for the season-opening competition and fellow Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron is set to make their Cup series debut.

Kurt Busch will try to defend his Daytona five hundred championship, and Martin Truex Junior. opens defense of his 2017 series title.

Darrell Wallace Junior. will make history as the first dark driver since 1969 to start the particular Daytona 500.

Danica Patrick remains to be, at least for one more race. Your girl will make her final NASCAR begin as part of the “Danica Double” that has the girl ending her career back in open-wheel racing at the Indianapolis 500.

: Dan Gelston

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