McReynolds favors Lagano in 61st Daytona 500

The Morning Show w/ John & Hugh
February 15, 2019 - 11:25 am

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Sunday's Daytona 500 will be the 61st annual edition of the Great American Race. FOX Sports NASCAR analyst Larry McReynolds joined John and Hugh on Friday to preview the start of the 2019 season.

The 500-mile, 200-lap race will be broken in to three stages; the first stage running 60 laps, the second stage running 60 laps and the third stage running 80 laps.

“What I’m feeling this week is a new, energized environment,” McReynolds said. “I just think there’s a newfound energy with the sport, and I think fans are looking forward to the season."

He said he got to Daytona a week ago and people were already showing up.

As far as challengers for the Cup title, he praised new stars Chase Elliott and Bubba Watson. While he believes both drivers have the potential for break-out seasons, he said the one thing that could hamper Wallace is Richard Petty Motorsports lagging behind when it comes to technology and high-performance other teams currently possess.

“Just look at the starting lineup and anyone of them can win,” McReynolds said. "For Bubba Wallace, he needs to get a top-notched ride.”

As far as who wins it? 

“That’s the question everyone’s asking. It’s always nice to start up front, but I like the Fords right now. I like the guy who hoisted the trophy a few months ago. If you pin me down an say who's going to win, I'd say Joey Logano and that #22 car."