The prognosticators pretty much throw their predictions out the window when it comes to the Daytona 500.
There are, they say, just too many variables and too many unknowns in NASCAR Sprint Cup’s premier race to pick one driver and make him the favourite.
Plus there is the 500 miles that is run with restrictor plates choking horsepower and bunching together cars in packs of 30 or more where even a miniscule misstep can, and often does, result in mayhem of the highest order.
It doesn’t discriminate between the top team and the bottom team.
I would suggest all of the aforementioned may be true but when the green flag drops on Sunday afternoon I am putting my money on Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet team.
It simply comes down to talent and experience.
Johnson has not won six Sprint Cup championships and two Daytona 500s by accident.