by Jeff Wackerlin
2. Mark Martin: Will make 50th points-paying Sprint Cup start at Daytona; Daytona is his worst track on the schedule based on his 18.1 average finish; Finished 16th in his 500 debut with Hendrick Motorsports in 2009; Nearly won the 500 when he crossed the finish line by .020 seconds behind race winner Kevin Harvick in 2007; Has finished in the top 10 nine times in 25 Daytona 500 attempts; Will debut a new chassis (No. 560) on Sunday.
3. Jeff Gordon: Six-time winner with three wins coming in the Daytona 500; Has posted an average finish of 27.5 in his last four starts; Last top 10 in the 500 came in 2007 when he finished 10th; Sixth-best driver rating in the past 10 races; Overall has led 572 laps and has posted an average finish of 15.5.
5. Denny Hamlin: Winner of the 2006 Budweiser Shootout; Led 32 laps in the 2008 Daytona 500 and 63 in last year's Coke Zero 400; Third-place finish last July is only top 10 in eight starts; Posted a fifth-place finish in last weekend's Shootout; Has been one of the fastest drivers in the closing 25% of laps over the past 10 races; 11th-best driver rating in the past 10 races.
6. Tony Stewart: Has a 4.5 average finish in last two races; His last of three wins in the July race came last year; His 108.2 driver rating ranks No. 1 among all drivers in the past 10 races; Leads all drivers with 516 laps led in the past 10 races.
7. Greg Biffle: Winner of the 2003 July race; Best Daytona 500 finish came in 2008 in 10th; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 673); The Daytona 500 car is similar to the car that ran well in the Shootout up until an accident at the end of the race; 23rd-best driver rating in the past 10 races.
8. Juan Pablo Montoya: Coming off first top 10 with a ninth-place finish last July; Has run up front in previous restrictor-plate races, most notably Talladega; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 902) in the Daytona 500.
10. Kasey Kahne: Will make first Sprint Cup points start in a Ford; Won his Gatorade Duel and finished second in last weekend's Budweiser Shootout; Best finish is seventh, which he accomplished three times in 12 starts; Has only led five laps.
11. Carl Edwards: Led a race high 42 laps in last weekend's Budweiser Shootout; His three top 10s in 10 starts have all come in the July race; Best Daytona 500 finish is 12th (2005); Will debut a new car (chassis No. 677) on Sunday; 12th-best driver rating in the past 10 races.
12. Brian Vickers: Will make sixth Daytona 500 start; Equaled his best Daytona finish (seventh) last July; Has posted a 19.6 average finish in five starts with Team Red Bull.
13. Kyle Busch: Winner of the 2008 July race; Has posted an average finish of 15.0 in four starts with Joe Gibbs Racing; Best Daytona 500 finish (fourth) with JGR came in 2008; Has combined to lead 230 laps in his last six starts; Second-best driver rating in the past 10 races.
14. Matt Kenseth: Defending Daytona 500 winner; Has finished eighth or better in five of his last seven starts; Overall has led 69 laps and has posted an average finish of 17.9 in 20 starts; Third-best driver rating in the past 10 races
15. Clint Bowyer: Has the best average finish (13.4) among drivers with three or more starts; Best finish (fourth) came in last year's Daytona 500; Finish was one of five top 10s in eight starts; Ninth-best driver rating in the past 10 races; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 294) on Sunday.
16. David Reutimann: Best finish in six starts came in the 2009 Daytona 500 in 12th; Overall has a 25.5 average finish; Has yet to lead a lap; Will be making 100th start in a Sprint Cup points race.
17. Jeff Burton: Only top 10 in 10 starts with Richard Childress Racing came in the 2007 Daytona 500 in third; Won the 2000 July race with Roush Racing; Win was one of seven top 10s with Roush; 10th-best driver rating in the past 10 races; Will drive the same car (chassis No. 240) that served as the back-up car for all four restrictor plate races last season.
18. Marcos Ambrose: Leads all drivers with an 11.5 average finish; Best finish came in last year's July race in sixth; Has a 15.2 average finish in four career restrictor-plate starts.
20. Joey Logano: Finished 43rd in last year's Daytona 500 after a crash took him out of contention; Lowered finishing average to 31.0 with a 19th-place finish last July; Will race his Budweiser Shootout car (chassis No. 245) after crashing the Daytona 500 primary in Wednesday's practice session.
22. Jamie McMurray: Finished third in return with Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing in last weekend's Budweiser Shootout; Two of his three career wins have come on restrictor-plate tracks (Daytona, July 2007; Talladega, 2009); Will debut a new car (chassis No. 1001) in the Daytona 500.
23. Martin Truex Jr: Will make debut with Michael Waltrip Racing; Best finish came in last year's Daytona 500 when he came home 11th after starting from the pole; Has only led one lap in the past five starts.
25. Dale Earnhardt Jr: Winner of the 2004 Daytona 500; Has three top-five and five top-10s in 10 Daytona 500 appearances; Has led 141 laps in the Daytona 500; 2001 July race win is one of seven points-paying wins at Daytona (2 Cup, 5 Nationwide); Seventh-best driver rating in last 10 races; Will start second on Sunday in a brand new car (chassis No. 563).
26. Elliott Sadler: Daytona is his best oval on the schedule based on his 17.0 average finish; 7.5 average finish in his last two starts; 19th-best driver rating in last 10 races; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 283) on Sunday.
27. David Ragan: Has posted an 8.0 average finish in last three starts; Finished fifth in first Daytona start (Daytona 500) in 2007; 17th-best driver rating in the past 10 races; Will race the same car (chassis No. 649) that finished 17th at Talladega last fall.
28. Sam Hornish Jr: Best finish (15th) came in the 2008 Daytona 500; Has a 31.0 average finish in last three starts.
30. Bobby Labonte: Making first track start with TRG; Finished 10th in first restrictor-plate start with the team at Talladega last October; Best finish is a pair of runner-ups in 1998 with Joe Gibbs Racing.
Brad Keselowski: Finished 18th in first start last July; 11.0 average finish in three restrictor-plate starts; First career Cup win came at Talladega Superspeedway; Ran well in his Gatorade Duel before a pit road commitment line violation; Will be driving a new car (chassis No. 633) in the Daytona 500.