Five Drivers Who Could Easily Miss Daytona 500 Field

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No. 5- No. 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Rookie of the Year contender Michael Annett looks to make his second Daytona 500 driving for HScott Motorsports. Annett moved to the organization during the off-season after spending his rookie campaign at Tommy Baldwin Racing. He will now be teammates with Justin Allgaier and move to a team with Hendrick Motorsports chassis and engines in 2015.

With that kind of stuff behind him everyone expected Annett to fit right in and put up a good qualifying lap for the Daytona 500. It didn’t happen. Annett qualified 35th for the event which is right on top of his teammate Justin Allgaier.

However, there is one thing that Allgaier has that Annett doesn’t. Points. Allgaier and his team finished 29th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner point standings in 2014, virtually locking them into the Daytona 500. Virtually. As mentioned earlier Allgaier missed the October running of the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in 2014. Now his teammate sits in a similar situation he sat in.

Annett’s time is better than some but without the points to fall back on he could be in some danger. HScott Motorsports only ran a second car once in 2015 and accumulated points good enough for just 49th in the Sprint Cup Series owner points.

Annett needs a great run on Thursday to make the 500 field or he could suffer some heartbreak, a feeling the organization remembers vividly.