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Staff picks for today’s Daytona 500

Martin Truex Jr. discusses the strategic racing at the Daytona 500, his close calls in recent years at the race and more.

Here’s a look at who the NBC Sports staff is picking to win today’s Daytona 500.

Nate Ryan

Brad Keselowski. With Keselowski starting from the rear in a backup car, am tempted to switch to Chase Elliott. But Keselowski proved in The Clash that he’s too good to have this race elude him much longer.

Dustin Long

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. After winning two restrictor-plate races last year, he returns to Victory Lane to open the season.

Daniel McFadin

Ten years after Ryan Newman gave Team Penske its first Daytona 500 win, Brad Keselowski delivers the third.

Jerry Bonkowski

Brad Keselowski. He’s come close to winning the 500 several times. If he can overcome starting from the rear and misses any late “big ones,” he and the No. 2 will wind up in victory lane.