With NASCAR Sprint Cup cars returning to the track at Daytona International Speedway to begin Speedweeks, NBC Sports’ analysts and reporters were asked to make a couple of predictions.
Here’s what they said:
1. Give us a bold prediction on something that might happen during Speedweeks.
STEVE LETARTE: That we have no idea what the storylines will be leaving Daytona. It seems no matter what we think we know 10 days in Daytona changes everything.
DUSTIN LONG: Trevor Bayne scored a stunning victory in the 2011 Daytona 500 for his first Sprint Cup win. Another driver will score their first career victory by winning the 500.
NATE RYAN: There will be a surprise pole winner who has a heartwarming story. Given how things have transpired the past few years, this might not qualify as bold, but my track record on predictions isn’t great.
2. Give us a money-in-the-bank prediction on something you are certain will happen during Speedweeks.
STEVE LETARTE: After winning the 500 myself I know that whoever wins that race will forever be changed. That is a career-changing event.
DUSTIN LONG: There will be a crash within the last 10 laps of the Daytona 500.
NATE RYAN: This is too easy, but: A wreck involving more than one car that leaves someone spitting nails.