Be like Danica and Mustang: Get into the race at Daytona

Daytona 500 Pace Car: The Mustang

Daytona 500 Pace Car: The Ford Mustang

Championship buzz continues this weekend as the Super Bowl of auto racing — the Daytona 500 — kicks off the NASCAR season.

This year, Iwanna.com is hosting a NASCAR fantasy league — giving racing fans and motorheads the chance to compete nationally for great prizes, or even among a small group of friends or co-workers. Even if you’re just a mere dabbler in NASCAR, the fantasy league can the racing season that much more interesting.

The Iwanna NASCAR Racing Challenge goes all season long — 37 weekends total. Registration is easy and the challenge is really simple: Pick the 10 drivers you think will finish 1st through 10th for each race, and your top 15 races count as your overall score. The top point total at the end of the season wins a $1500 Amazon gift card.

Don’t know who to pick from race to race? Jimmie Johnson? Juan Pablo Montoya? Tiger Woods? … yeah, one of those is a golfer. Good catch! But making picks in the Iwanna fantasy game is really easier than that. You get a list of qualified racers to pick from — and you can change your mind even up to the last minute. The league will even notify you if one of your picks drops out of the race, so you can update your list! Using a handicapping site like Nascapper.com can help refine your picks.

BTW, if you need it, you can learn how to talk smack with your friends here. And if you want to see racing crashes, check out this site.

If it’s celebrity news you crave, don’t forget to tune in to the Danica Patrick circus this weekend at Daytona when racing’s premier model and advertising spokesperson makes her NASCAR debut in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race.

Another celebrity-like tidbit at this year’s Daytona 500: For the first time in 40 years, Ford will set the pace at the Great American Race with its new Mustang GT (above).

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