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Drivers: No. 5 Kasey Kahne, No. 24 Jeff Gordon, No. 48 Jimmie Johnson, No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
When it comes to Daytona 500 victories amongst active drivers, no team fields more of them than Hendrick Motorsports. As an organization, Hendrick has six Daytona 500 wins that include three by Jeff Gordon, one by Jimmie Johnson, one by Darrell Waltrip and one by Geoff Bodine.
Of the active drivers, they still have five victories represented. Three by Gordon, one by Johnson and one by Dale Earnhardt Jr. (won while under the DEI flag).
No other team can boast as much experience in victory lane at Daytona as Hendrick's crew can.
Gordon has been chasing an elusive fifth series title for quite a while now. That's no secret. He's also chasing his fourth Daytona 500 victory that would tie him with Cale Yarborough for second most in the sport's history and would put him three shy of Richard Petty as the all-time leader.
After qualifying on the outside of the pole last year, Gordon struggled and came home with a 28th-place finish. He placed sixth in the summer race though, and continues to be one of the guys to beat on the big tracks.
Johnson is as hungry as he's been in years. "Five Time" got a taste of what it's like being on the outside looking in last year as he failed to really enter the race for the series championship. He's coming in wanting a big start to his drive to return to the championship throne.
Last year, Johnson struggled at Daytona, coming in 27th in the 500 and 20th in the 400. However, he is still strong at restrictor plate tracks and looked good in the Budweiser Shootout. Plus, it wasn't that long ago that he won the Daytona 500 (2006) with virtually all the same crew and support.
Earnhardt has likewise struggled somewhat to return to Victory Lane at Daytona since winning in 2004. However, the fan favorite routinely gets to the front at restrictor plate tracks and shows no signs of changing that this year.
His pairing with crew chief Steve LaTarte has been a positive move that manifested in stronger showings last season across the board. Junior seems happy with the situation at Hendrick and his team is gradually getting stronger.
Look for him to make a statement Sunday as he drives to get back into the Chase and challenge for a championship.
The addition of Kasey Kahne only makes the Hendrick crew stronger. While Mark Martin was a tremendous asset for Hendrick, Kahne brings a different style of driving and a little infusion of youth.
Kahne had a median 25th place finish in last year's Daytona 500, but returned in July to bring home a fourth place finish. With better equipment and strong support from the other teams in the Hendrick garage, Kahne has to be considered a legitimate contender for victory.
Put together the tremendous success Hendrick drivers have had in this race with the way these drivers looked in the Budweiser Shootout, the amount of motivation they all have to succeed this year and sheer quality of equipment they field, and the odds are very, very good that a Hendrick driver will end up waving the checkered flag Sunday.