ATLANTA (AP) - Just two months after Jimmie Johnson won his fifth straight NASCAR title, it's time to start those engines at Daytona International Speedway.
About 40 teams are expected at the high-banked trioval for three days of testing that begins Thursday, all preparing for next month's Daytona 500.
The speedway spent $20 million repaving the historic track after an embarrassing pothole halted last year's 500. Defending champion Jamie McMurray says the new surface should lead to the sort of tight racing that's become the norm at the other restrictor-plate track, Talladega.
McMurray was in Atlanta on Wednesday for a promotional appearance. He was joined by Daytona president Joie Chitwood, who wants to make sure the 500 is a must-see event on the sports calendar.

Recent NASCAR Discussions

NASCAR Odds

Driver Odds
Odds to win the Daytona 500 @ Daytona International Speedway
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. #88 +600
Brad Keselowski #2 +750
Kevin Harvick #4 +1000
Kyle Busch #18 +1000
Joey Logano #22 +1000

Nascar Top Stories

Thumbnail NASCAR Championship Odds As the 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Season is set to begin later next month, here is the latest odds to win the season championship.
Thumbnail Can Dale Jr. win in 2017? After missing a large chunk of the 2016 season due to a concussion, Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he is ready to go for 2017. Can he be a championship...
Thumbnail Edwards steps away from NASCAR In a surprising move this week, Carl Edwards has chosen to leave NASCAR and step away from his racing career.
Advertisement