Like his late father, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was known as a restrictor-plate king, winning four times at Daytona and six times at Talladega. 

With Junior out of NASCAR following his retirement at the end of last season, which current drivers are the ones to watch in the four high-banked, no-brake restrictor-plate races this season?

"I look at Brad (Keselowski) and Denny (Hamlin) as being the top two guys," Kyle Busch told reporters Wednesday. "I think the speed of (Ricky) Stenhouse's car was pretty important last year.

"He did a good job with it, won some races. But I got to look at Brad and Denny, the things they do, as the guys you kind of watch, see if you can mimic, emulate some of the stuff they have going on in order to get yourself through the pack and up towards the front.”

Earnhardt has worked with Hamlin in the past at Daytona and has high praise for the Toyota driver who owns the third-best average finish over the last eight restrictor-plate races, including the second-most laps led and a 89.3 driver rating. 

Keselowski has won three of the last eight races at Daytona and Talladega with a stellar 102.4 driver rating. His Ford teammate Kevin Harvick says Keselowski and Penske teammate Joey Logano are the ones to beat Sunday. 

"I think the guys that have the most success right now have been Brad (Keselowski) and Joey (Logano), and I think the Fords have the fastest cars in the race usually when you look at the past restrictor-plate races," Harvick said. 

"At some point it’s gonna be a Ford and usually the Hendrick cars qualify fast and then they can’t handle and by the end of the race there’s a Ford up in the front racing for the win."

Asked about his restrictor-plate prowess, Keselowski told reporters not to forget about his new Penske teammate Ryan Blaney 

"It would be kind of weird to put my own name out there, but I think Joey (Logano) is really good and Denny Hamlin is really good," Keselowski said. "I think my teammate, Ryan Blaney, is becoming really good. If I had to pick one more, probably Kevin Harvick."