First-timers and long-timers will make this year's Daytona 500 a wild ride

Noah Gragson was second to Jimmie Johnson in Brendan Gaughan’s eyes when Gaughan was seeking a driver to fill in for him at this year’s Daytona 500 qualifying. Gragson — a full-time Xfinity driver with JR Motorsports — said he got the offer from Gaughan after Johnson — a seven-time NASCAR Cup champion — declined. So now another Las Vegas native will pilot the No. 62 Chevrolet at Daytona. The 22-year-old driver and winner of last year’s Xfinity race at the superspeedway paraphrased his response to getting the news from Gaughan. “I thought he was messing with me,” Gragson said. “I probably can’t…

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