Gas 'N' Go: Who Could Pull Daytona Upset?

Casey Mears, Jamie McMurray

Keep an eye on Casey Mears and Jamie McMurray in Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, say Dustin Long and Pete Pistone. (Photo: Getty Images)

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The pits are open again and, MRN.com's Pete Pistone and Dustin Long each answer this week's featured question in "Gas 'N' Go."

Who has the best chance of scoring an upset win Saturday night at Daytona?

MRN Staff

Answer

Pete Pistone
Pete Pistone

There are some who might think Jamie McMurray taking the checkered flag Saturday night would not be considered an upset given McMurray's prowess as a restrictor-plate racer and the fact he won the 2010 Daytona 500. Fair enough.

But while there have certainly been strides taken forward by Chip Ganassi Racing this year by both McMurray and rookie teammate Kyle Larson, the team has not yet reached the upper echelon alongside Hendrick, Penske or Stewart-Haas.

A win by McMurray - who has one top-10 Daytona finish in his last five starts to go along with two runs outside the top 30 - would give him a spot in the Chase and further along the renaissance of the Ganassi organization.

Dustin Long
Dustin Long

I’d take Casey Mears. His Germain Racing team has a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing and the RCR cars are fast at restrictor-plate tracks.

So Mears should have a fast car.

He finished 10th in the Daytona 500 and was 14th at Talladega this season. Mears has finished in the top 10 in his last two starts at Daytona. Only Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson have longer streaks with three consecutive top-10 finishes at Daytona.

So, if you’re looking for an upset, the No. 13 with Mears might prove to be the lucky number Saturday night. 

The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Motor Racing Netwo

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