Thursday, February 12, 2015

Five things to watch as Daytona Speedweeks begin

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Here we are again.

There is more than a week before the 2015 NASCAR season will officially kick off at Daytona International Speedway with the season-opening races in the Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Truck series.

However, there are a few “unofficial” matters to deal with this week, namely Thursday’s Daytona 500 Media Day and Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited non-points race.

As Daytona Speedweeks gets underway, here are five things to watch as the newest NASCAR season unfolds:

1. Jeff Gordon’s farewell tour

Make no mistake, Jeff Gordon is going to be around NASCAR for many years to come. But this season will be his last as a ful-ltime competitor in the Cup series.

Given his performance of a year ago, there is little reason to doubt Gordon will be a factor in this season’s championship.

How fitting would it be for his fifth championship – and first in the Chase format – to come on the 20th anniversary of his first title and in his final season?

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