The 2016 NASCAR season will begin with the biggest race of the year, the Daytona 500, on Sunday, February the 21st.
NASCAR rules state a drive must compete in all 26 points-paying regular-season races and be in the top 30 in points in order to be in contention for the play-offs, though the governing body waived that rule for Busch, who missed the first 11 races of the season.
Despite the Sprint Cup Series' move to a lower down, force rules package this year, it's not foreign to Gordon - he drove it in two races last season.
What's not to like about JGR in the short Saturday night special format?
Vickers is a three-time victor in the Sprint Cup Series and was the 2003 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion.
Homestead-Miami would need to be added for a race weekend in non-championship years, as they only host the season finale.
Denny Hamlin said two weeks ago during a teleconference. "It's going to create more opportunities for, as I said new owners to come into the sport". Gordon will lean on Joy, saying Joy’s talent blew him away past year during a practice broadcast. His best finish came in 2013 when he started fourth and finished second.
Kyle Busch will attempt to defend his Sprint Cup title, which he snatched from 2014 champion Kevin Harvick.
"I wasn't sure if I'd ever race again", he said. "We're starting to get the pain under control". "It's pretty cool to see how excited he is to get back into a vehicle". "It'll be a blast!" "And when whoever wins the Daytona 500 pulls into victory lane and there's that excitement and celebration, it'll hit me I don't get to be part of that again as a driver".
Vickers is replacing Tony Stewart, who will miss the Daytona 500 after suffering a back injury in late January. Interested campers must RSVP by Saturday, Feb. 14, at texasmotorspeedway.com/DaytonaRSVP.
Another Sprint Cup driver, Kasey Kahne, raced in the Chili Bowl Nationals in Oklahoma. That's important as it means the sanctioning body has cleared Vickers for the race. After all, he's with powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports.
The races go on for too long, and shorter ones should make for more competitive racing and more must-see TV.
Fans who only want to tailgate during the races are not required to RSVP.
Do you like the "retro" look of numerous paint schemes? What's not to like, except his odds?