|Denny Hamlin expected to be running up front.|
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is favored, but as a group, the five Gibbs' Toyotas appear to have an edge. Not only have they shown great speed on the 2.5-mile high-banked layout individually, but they also look to be the major force in the draft.
Gibbs driver Denny Hamlin never has won a points-paying race at Daytona, but he did win the Sprint Unlimited on Saturday for the third time in his career. He's averaged a 3.75 finish in his past four Daytona starts, and not much has changed with the restrictor-plate package other than a 10-horsepower boost from a slightly larger hole in the plates.
Perhaps the only reason Hamlin didn't win one of the Cam-Am Duels qualifying races Thursday was because he didn't have any teammates in the first race, won by Earnhardt Jr. In the second race, a Gibbs driver — reigning Cup champion Kyle Busch — won, and teammate Carl Edwards was fourth. The other Gibbs' star, two-time Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth, will start from the front row.
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