Large crowds arrived at Daytona International Speedway for the Daytona 500. Fans gathered in the Fan Zone, infield and at the start/finish line to sign their names and wishes. Actor Own Wilson spoke on who the best racer he has worked with during a press conference. Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer
Jimmie Johnson captured his record-tying seventh NASCAR Cup championship last season. But would winning an eighth title make him the best driver in NASCAR history – the Tom Brady or Tiger Woods of racing?
NASCAR drivers and fans returned to Daytona International Speedway for the last practice prior to the running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday. Fans also looked to pick up autographs and enjoy the Xfinity race.
Charlotte native and Country Day School graduate William Byron is now competing on the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Friday his team prepared the car for practice at Daytona International Speedway. Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer
Charlotte’s William Byron finished last season in the Truck Series with a rookie record seven victories despite the distractions of college life at Liberty. He’s moved home now as he moves up to the Xfinity Series.