Daytona Beach, Fla – Don’t expect much out of Team Penske in any of the preliminary races during this year’s Daytona Speedweeks. They haven’t won the newly named Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona since 2011. In fact, they’ve only won that race twice ever. Same could be said for the Can-Am Duels next week too. They also just have two career wins in that race as a whole and none since 2011 as well.
But, in the season opening Daytona 500, watch out for them.
Most would think that Joe Gibbs Racing and Hendrick Motorsports would be the teams to beat in the annual season opening race at the Daytona International Speedway, but that’s just fine with the Penske bunch. All they keep doing is staying under the radar at the plate tracks and all they doing as a result is win.
Last year, Penske drivers won three of the four points paying races at Daytona/Talladega. Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano combined to win both Talladega races while Keselowski won the Coke Zero 400 at the 2.5-mile high banked Daytona track back in July as well.
In 2015, Logano helped Penske win half of the four plate races as he won the Daytona 500 as well as the Fall race at Talladega. Combine that with Keselowski being victorious in the Fall race at Talladega in 2014, and you’d see that Penske drivers have won six of the last nine points paying restrictor plate races.
Knowing that now, would you bet against this duo in this year’s Daytona 500?