DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Ask pundits around the garage at Daytona International Speedway who has an advantage for Saturday nights Coke Zero 400 and the answers will vary.
But perhaps the best analogy came from a crew chief who asked to remain anonymous, who said, If David Ragan can win at Talladega, then its anyones game.
On Thursday, Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has won both the February and July romps on the 2.5-mile superspeedway, confirmed that premise.
Every car in the field with the exception of a few, one or two, Earnhardt said were capable of contending at restrictor-plate tracks. I think every car in the field, what we saw at Talladega proved that about anybody with this style of package can get up there and make it happen.
In February at Daytona, rookie Danica Patrick showed her restrictor-plate skill by winning the pole and finishing eighth her one and only top-10 finish this season. But given the caliber of equipment and pit crew, she believes, Its definitely possible.