Car Driver: Comment

3 Austin Dillon: Sentimental favorite
78 Martin Truex Jr.: Backup car derails momentum

20 Matt Kenseth: Third 500 victory within grasp
11 Denny Hamlin: Looking for Daytona sweep

5 Kasey Kahne: Has speed, needs luck
24 Jeff Gordon: Never count him out

9 Marcos Ambrose: Better odds on road course
41 Kurt Busch: Dark horse with real chance

88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Plate race. Enough said.
27 Paul Menard: Quietly quick

98 Josh Wise: Making race the real victory
33 Brian Scott: Childress engines a plus

43 Aric Almirola: Top 10 a possibility
21 Trevor Bayne: Has knack for Daytona

47 A.J. Allmendinger: Making most of second chance
42 Kyle Larson: Top goal is to finish

38 David Gilliland: Faces uphill climb
40 Landon Cassill: Should hang out in back

31 Ryan Newman: Car not handling well
15 Clint Bowyer: Has to come from behind

14 Tony Stewart: 500 win still elusive
1 Jamie McMurray: Steps up in big races

26 Cole Whitt: Won’t give up
32 Terry Labonte: Lucky to qualify

16 Greg Biffle: Ford’s best chance
52 Bobby Labonte: Closing out career

10 Danica Patrick: Her best track
13 Casey Mears: Switch to Chevy a plus

23 Alex Bowman: Stay out of trouble
99 Carl Edwards: Daytona heartbreak continues

55 Brian Vickers: Maybe next week
48 Jimmie Johnson: Still the man

2 Brad Keselowski: Must avoid mistakes
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Along for the ride

22 Joey Logano: Has to be patient
7 Michael Annett: Top 20 a possibility

18 Kyle Busch: Won’t be in back long
4 Kevin Harvick: Masterful in traffic

36 Reed Sorenson: Nope
51 Justin Allgaier: Work in progress

30 Parker Kligerman: Won’t start and park
66 Michael Waltrip: Always in the mix

34 David Ragan: A road too far