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.

Joseph Fauria tweets that Russell Wilson stole his gal?

Brady: 'Blame CBS and NBC' for putting in-game swearing on air

Big 12 may look to expand, hold football title game

LeBron may wear 'I Can't Breathe' shirt for royal visit

Jeff Fisher trolls Robert Griffin III during coin toss

Jim Harbaugh chats with Raiders owner before game


Report: Singletary expected to get head coaching job

TCU players furious about College Football Playoff snub

Ex-Redskin London Fletcher blasts Jim Haslett

Report: Ngata took Adderall to keep up with his kids

Brian Hoyer unlikely to be with Browns in 2015

Report: Michigan 'convinced' Jim Harbaugh is staying in NFL

10 takeaways from Sunday's Week 14 NFL action

WATCH: Refs fist-bump after Broncos TD

WATCH: Revolution player helps Galaxy keeper up, tosses him

WATCH: Steve Smith gets into it with Dolphins fan

WATCH: Manziel has classic reaction to Hoyer overthrow

WATCH: Elton John falls out of chair during tennis match

WATCH: Joseph Fauria twerks after scoring touchdown

WATCH: Chris Baker does 'hands up, don't shoot' after sack

Five reasons Oregon can win the College Football Playoff

WATCH: Jets WR makes great catch while being tackled

Reggie Bush makes political statement with shirt

WATCH: Cam Newton's celebration sparks brawl

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.

Russell Wilson stole Joseph Fauria's gal?

Russell Wilson stole Joseph Fauria's gal?

Brady blames TV for airing his swearing

10 takeaways from Sunday in the NFL

Jeff Fisher trolls RG3 with coin toss

Steve Smith gets into it with Dolphins fan

WATCH: Joe Fauria twerks after TD

TCU players furious over playoff snub

London Fletcher blasts Jim Haslett

Bush wears 'I Can't Breathe' shirt

Saints, Panthers get into scrum

Report: Haloti Ngata reveals reason for Adderall use

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.