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|11/13/15||Phoenix: Three To Watch|
|10/30/15||Martinsville: Three To Watch|
|10/18/15||Kansas: Three To Watch|
|10/05/15||Charlotte: Three To Watch|
Daytona: Three To Watch
Kyle Busch's win at Sonoma Raceway throws an interesting wrench into the Race for the Chase. Despite not having started every race due to injury, NASCAR has provided Busch an exemption to make it into the Chase if he's eligible, which would require a win and a standing of 30th or better. He currently sits 37th. If he can climb to 30th or above, he'll knock out someone that hasn't won a race, which means it's time for the drivers on the bubble to take a checkered flag.
Daytona is an opportunity for any team, but also a scary proposition for the bubble drivers. It's anybody's race, and it's possible that a less successful driver could steal this race and earn a Chase spot, only making the bubble more likely to burst.
Here are three drivers to watch at Daytona:
Green Flag: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Junior is a rare breed in that he seems to have an affinity for the unpredictable restrictor plate races (most drivers don't like them). He has had more success at Talladega, where he picked up his sixth win earlier this year, but still has a solid track record at Daytona. In fact, his 13.1 career average finish at that track tops the list of active drivers.
Yellow Flag: Tony Stewart
Let's not prepare the checkered flag for Smoke quite yet; this season has been a long one for the owner/driver. He has a single top-10 in 16 starts, but if he's going to pop someone's Chase bubble, this is the race. He has four wins at Daytona and should be driving with nothing to lose based on his 26th-place standing.
Red Flag: Martin Truex Jr.
He's had a great season, but with just two top-10s in 20 starts at Daytona, he can't be expected to do well. He had a momentum-killing 42nd-place finish at Sonoma last week and might end up in a bit of a rut before having the chance to bounce back at Kentucky next weekend.