Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 10/15/14
Preseason Thunder from the Daytona International Speedway was barely underway before the first big announcement from the weekend. Swan Racing announced that two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip will pilot the No. 30 Toyota in a one race deal for this year’s Speedweeks at the 2.5-mile track. Waltrip joins his former crew chief  Tony Eury Jr. and direction Steve Hmiel. Eury was Waltrip’s crew chief  2005 and Hmiel was a top of the pit box for 12 races in 2001. David Stremme will pilot the No. 30 Toyota for the remaining 35 races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup calendar. He said, “This is a great move for Swan Racing. Michael and I have been friends for a long time. We got to talking last year and from my perspective I thought this would help to further our relationship with Toyota and be a great building block for Swan Racing.” The team decided to bring in veterans and turn this start and park team to a full-time legit team in 2013. Hmiel brings with him 35 years of experience in NASCAR and Eury was brought on to make their cars contenders. Waltrip is always a threat at Daytona as he’s won the Great American race twice. With having the old band back together I think he will thrive and give this small team a real shot at an upset victory. He qualified for 25 consecutive Daytona 500′s from 1987-2011 and has won three times in Daytona. Toyotas are getting stronger and stronger on restrictor plates and Waltrip is one of those that are great on these type of tracks. He can lean on his three cars in his own stable at Michael Waltrip Racing and make all four a threat for the victory. If he’s around in the last 10 laps I wouldn’t be surprised if the No. 30 is in victory lane. The post NASCAR: Michael Waltrip could be threat to win Daytona 500 with new ride appeared first on Race Review Online.

Report: Cardinals fear Drew Stanton is out for season

Bears coach apologizes for anonymous criticism of Cutler

Report: Wisconsin coaches never got promised car, car stipends

Derek Jeter shares sage advice on how to avoid bad press

St. Louis Rams make monetary donation to police charity

Confusing: Marlins GM Dan Jennings trades P Dan Jennings


Tigers GM: Detroit not in 'active pursuit' of Max Scherzer

Rondo channels Brady, accepts blame for Celtics’ struggles

Report: FSU QB Jameis Winston won’t attend Heisman ceremony

Warriors GM: We have reached out to Ray Allen

Twins add Ervin Santana to a veteran-heavy rotation

Jeff Fisher wants Sam Bradford back with Rams in 2015

2014's best sports media feuds

WATCH: Footage of Kobe's practice meltdown has surfaced

The Matt Kemp trade feels like the Vernon Wells trade

FOX to showcase Johnny Manziel's first start to the nation

DeSean Jackson plans to wear custom ‘I Can’t Breathe’ cleats

The 10 most expensive bowl games of 2014-2015

Women’s Tennis Association signs a new $525M TV contract

The Pistons are really bad and there’s no end in sight

Jon Gruden on Jay Gruden ‘mess’ in DC: ‘I wish him luck’

Bill Belichick trolls Rob Gronkowski over kitten photos

Los Angeles Dodgers rework the script and reload the clip

Astros book Taylor Swift concert at stadium during playoffs

Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The best sports media feuds of 2014

Jeter advises on how to avoid bad press

Video surfaces of Kobe's practice tirade

Tigers GM: Team not pursuing Scherzer

Dodgers rework the script, reload the clip

Astros book Swift show during playoffs

10 amazing Heisman Trophy statistics

Dodgers trade Matt Kemp to Padres

10 injuries that changed NFL season

Twice-traded pitcher sends great tweet

Pettine 'excited' to see Manziel

5 NFL players who could be traded in offseason

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.