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BK Racing’s charter guarantees it a minimum
of $2.9 million for competing in all the races, according to an affidavit filed by a Union
Bank & Trust executive as part of recent litigation. The affidavit states BK Racing
would earn more than $200,000 for the Daytona 500 and an average minimum of $75,000 for
36 other events throughout the year. It is not clear if that assumes a particular race finish or a last-place
finish in every event. NASCAR no longer releases driver earnings following each race, but a $2.9 million
base would be fairly consistent with a team 35th in points (drivers who finished between
33rd and 36th in 2015 earned $2.9-$3.2 million). NASCAR would not comment on the accuracy
of the bank’s estimates.
Courtesy Speed Sport
Ageless bond between Darrell Wallace Jr. and
“The King” Richard Petty evident at Daytona
Superior Essex to support Justin Fontaine in Atlanta
Akinori Ogata returns to Truck Series competition at
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Daniel Suárez set to attend Greater Milwaukee International
Car and Truck Show on behalf of PEAK
Junior: Bubba drove 'like a vet'
Courtesy NBC Sports
Meet Dale Jr., the TV analyst and social media critic
The 15-time most popular driver, who retired from full-time
NASCAR Cup series racing after last season, has such a passionate fan base that it can
already fuel a hot topic.
Today's Featured Commentary
Professor of Speed
by Dr. Mark
It is the dawn of a new NASCAR season and I, for one, could
not be any happier nor more excited.
Like it or not, last week at Daytona was something
amazing to behold. Natalie Decker earned the pole for the ARCA race and finished fifth in a demolition
derby. Then, Alex Bowman put the famed No. 88 Chevrolet up front to start the Daytona 500. Ryan Blaney and
Chase Elliott won their qualifying races on Thursday. An exciting NCWTS event on Friday
night kicked off the weekend, with NASCAR’s timing technology tested by the finish
of Saturday’s XFINITY race (a margin of victory of .0004 seconds?!). We then enjoyed
a wild 60th running of “The Great American Race” with iconic car numbers
like Nos. 3, 43, and 11 atop the scoring pylon come Sunday evening. The week ended with
Austin Dillon and crew sliding across the infield grass, and an emotional Darrell Wallace
Jr. crying tears of joy in the Media Center. His margin of victory for second place over
Denny Hamlin? A difference of mere inches.
It was quite the Speedweeks.
of new drivers who bring youthful enthusiasm and talent to our struggling sport provides hope for
its future. So, too, does the innovative and highly precise Optical Scanning System (OSS)
that will make pre-and-post-race inspections both quicker and much more accurate. The ongoing
battle among Ford, Chevy, and Toyota looks more intense than ever, and Year No. 2 of “the
Playoffs” gets us farther away from those awkward seasons of “the Chase.”
much positive energy to take us into the 2018 season.
Oh…. and I’m
back at my beloved keyboard.
It’s been a while.
“sabbatical” from “The Professor of Speed” came after the diagnosis
of Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS) I received in January of 2017. One of the first things my neurologist
suggested was cutting back on work over-and-above what I absolutely had to do. With the help
of the college where I teach, my schedule was shifted to an entirely online course load.
That allowed me time to pursue personal necessities like physical therapy and what exercise
I could muster. The time enabled me to better manage the often-overwhelming symptoms of PPMS like
chronic fatigue, pain, muscle spasticity, cognitive delay, and overall mobility.
these new demands required me to step away from my work here at Frontstretch.
It would be unfair to the fine folks with whom I work (and to my audience of loyal readers)
for me to suddenly miss a deadline because of being so tired, or in so much physical discomfort,
that I was unable to write a column or revise one for publication. So I reduced my writing load, with the exception
of taking part in the occasional Friday Faceoff or some other less-demanding task.
Even a limited role allowed me to feel engaged with NASCAR Nation.
was a year ago, and what a year it was in the world of stock car racing. The changing of
the guard among drivers became the central topic of conversation, with Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s impending
retirement taking precedent over the apparent dismissals of Matt Kenseth, Landon Cassill and Danica
Patrick. Martin Truex Jr. helped demonstrate that a team far from North Carolina (in physical
proximity, at least) could capitalize on competition changes and dominate the Cup Series
en route to a national title. William “The Boy Wonder” Byron celebrated his
XFINITY championship with a move into Jeff “The Wonder Boy” Gordon’s former ride, while Chase Elliott announced
the much-heralded return of his family’s revered car number.
here we are. Thirty-five more weeks of Cup racing lie ahead, mixed with all the other events
that comprise the 2018 NASCAR schedule. I’m getting ready to begin an infusion treatment
that is currently the only game in town for slowing the progression of PPMS, and I’ve
learned to better manage my overall condition.
Looks like we’re all, happily, back in business….
TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:
Did You Notice? ... The New Dale Earnhardt, Debunking NASCAR's Decline
by Tom Bowles
The Frontstretch 5: Things We Know After Daytona
by Amy Henderson
The 10: Cup Series Power Rankings After Daytona
compiled by Christian Koelle
Beyond the Cockpit: Brett Moffitt Finds New Home, Optimism with Hattori Racing Enterprises
by Phil Allaway
NASCAR Mailbox: Will Darrell Wallace Jr. Start to Get More Sponsorship?
by Joseph Wolkin
Full weekend schedule for Atlanta
Courtesy NBC Sports
Catching up with racing’s
‘Hat Man’: The incomparable legacy of Bill Brodrick
He has more appearances in victory lane than anyone
else, yet he never drove in a race.
Kevin Harvick on Denny Hamlin: ‘Sometimes you’ve got
to keep your mouth shut’
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Denny Hamlin still angry
at Bubba Wallace over Adderall blast
Joe Gibbs Racing
driver was asked about the barb shortly before an altercation with Wallace in the garage.
Blaney on the rise
Ryan Blaney flexes muscle at Daytona; see where
he, others stand in Power Rankings
Ricky Benton Racing’s
14th-Place Finish Is Pretty Great.
Or Is It?
by Clayton Caldwell
2018 was a memorable one, for sure. For the most part, I enjoyed the weekend.
There were a few too many wrecks for my liking but overall, it’s better that drivers are
pushing too hard than not enough.
about Speedweeks is that it’s a new year and every team has
a fresh start. Teams and drivers can live out their dreams by competing in the
Daytona 500. Every year, there’s an underdog story and 2018 was no different.
Ricky Benton Racing is an organization that has operated in the NASCAR Camping World
Truck Series for some time now. Prior to joining the Truck
Series, the team had some success in the lower divisions of racing
including the USAR Hooters Pro Cup, where they won the championship in 2002. Since joining
the Truck Series in 2010, they have registered three top-five and 11
top-10 finishes in 79 starts. They’re a smaller operation based out of Cerro Gordo,
This year, the team decided to make
a move into stock car racing’s highest level, the Monster Energy
NASCAR Cup Series. The team announced their first race would be the 60th
annual Daytona 500 with veteran and former Daytona 500
pole sitter David Gilliland behind the wheel.
The weekend started out
a little rough for the team. During Sunday’s qualifying
session, Gilliland qualified 36th
out of the 40 cars entered. That meant they started 19th in race No. 1 of
the Can-Am Duels on Thursday. Using cars formerly
owned by Richard Petty Motorsports, the team had a tall task to try and be competitive
for the Daytona 500. One thing they couldn’t afford
to do was tear up a race car.
For the first part of the race
on Thursday, the team stayed out of trouble. Running towards the tail end of the field, the single-car
effort was just trying to learn what their car would
need for the big dance on Sunday. However, tragedy struck when Gilliland spun out
and smacked the outside wall after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. tried
to pass him in turn 2. Their day was done as the car was unrepairable. The small
team needed to go to a backup car, a major expense for the organization.
However, for the first time in the history of the Daytona
500, all cars that entered the race made the field. So even though Speedweeks
had been tough, the tiny RBR team still qualified for the main event. That
made Sunday's goal simple for them: learn as much as you can and
run all the laps. Wrecking another car during the weekend would have been costly.
Their strategy for the Daytona 500, then
was a conservative one. Not running in a big pack for most of the day to avoid an
accident is a common strategy among smaller teams on the plate tracks. But Sunday, it paid off.
In a race filled with carnage, the Ricky Benton Racing
team stayed out of trouble all day. When the checkered flag fell, they were in the 14th position, a very respectable
outcome for a team making their debut in NASCAR’s highest level.
say they didn’t earn their finish by the strategy they chose but that is far
from the truth. Part of what makes racing such a great
sport is that there are so many factors that go into being competitive, including strategy.
Even though some people may not like it, it’s
one of the many keys to being a good team and building an organization.
all was said and done on Sunday night at Daytona International Speedway, I looked up
at the leaderboard and saw the No. 92 in 14th and thought, wow. That’s a solid day for them.
Then, I thought about what that run does for the team. How will
this benefit the organization over the long run? There was a time in this sport
where a 14th-place finish in the Daytona 500 was a great
points day. The team could build off that run and use
the points they built up for future races to make it easier for them to qualify into future
Plain and simple, the more owner points you had, the
more likely you were to make a race. A 14th-place
run would have meant a great deal to a building organization like Ricky
Benton Racing. It would have made life easier on the
in the future and may have even encouraged them to enter the car in more events. However,
their finish on Sunday, at least from a qualifying perspective, means nothing.
With the new chartering system, you pretty much have to buy your
way into the field. How you finish and how you run doesn’t mean a thing.
It’s a sad day when performance doesn’t
matter. For Ricky Benton Racing, the team’s 14th-place
finish may feel pretty good but means nothing as far as NASCAR is concerned. That’s
a crying shame. RBR's No. 92 wasn't on the entry list
for Atlanta and you wonder if they could have been in a different time, a different era
when purse money and performance dictated the future
of your season.
Numbers Game: Daytona 500
by Tom Bowles
Top-five finishes by
Danica Patrick during her NASCAR Cup Series career. Patrick, who
wrecked out of this year's Daytona 500 before retiring from the sport, did
no better than a sixth at Atlanta (2014) in 191 career starts. Sara
Christian remains the lone NASCAR woman to score a top-five finish at the Cup level, doing it in
the series' first year (a fifth at Pittsburgh in 1949).
Lap led by Austin Dillon during the entire 2018
Daytona 500 - the last one.
Straight years in which the Daytona
500 winner has led just one lap. Kurt Busch did the same in
2017 en route to his first Daytona 500 victory.
in the last three laps of the 2018 Daytona 500: Denny Hamlin, Almirola, and Dillon.
Stage points for Darrell Wallace Jr. Sunday, more than
the No. 43 collected all season last year.
Finishing position by Darrell Wallace Jr. in the 2018 Daytona 500, the highest finish ever
for an African-American driver in this race.
Career starts by Darrell Wallace Jr. at the Cup Series level.
Straight top-15 finishes by Paul Menard on restrictor
plate tracks. Menard was sixth Sunday in his Cup debut with the No.
21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford.
Drivers who failed to finish the 2018
Daytona 500 (38 percent of the field).
Years to the day Dale Earnhardt Sr. died (2001) that Austin Dillon won the Daytona
500 in that same Richard Childress Racing No. 3.
Years between Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s Daytona 500 win (1998)
and Austin Dillon's in the No. 3 car. Earnhardt also won the Great American Race in his
20th career Daytona 500 start.
for Jeffrey Earnhardt Sunday, a career best.
Finishing position for 66-year-old Mark Thompson in his
first Daytona 500, a career best in the Cup Series.
Laps led by Ryan Blaney in the 2018 Daytona 500 to lead all drivers.
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Sterling Marlin to Field Super Late Model Team in 2018
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Darrell Wallace Jr.'s history-making Daytona 500 major step
toward long run
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Danica left a complicated NASCAR
NASCAR's Daytona 500 ratings drop
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is pumped for
Georgia Legislature to honor David Ragan for 400th
career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start
Austin Dillon’s Daytona 500 victory is an
extended family affair
JJL Motorsports announces sponsor for 2018 Truck Series
debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Cast of Super Troopers 2 named grand marshals of Monster
Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race
Unsolved mysteries after Daytona
Whether Austin Dillon's Daytona 500 victory will endear
him to more fans is one of three big unknowns following
NASCAR's first race of the season.
Daytona 500 victory
was 50 years in the making for Austin Dillon’s
After more than 20 years of trying, tire changer Terry Spalding got to celebrate a Daytona
Ryan: Four drivers had a Daytona 500 win in reach. Here’s how it
School of hard knocks
Plenty of lessons were learned in the Daytona 500
-- see our top takes
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NASCAR focus shifts to Atlanta Motor Speedway for
Danica Patrick’s NASCAR career ends with 35th
place finish in Daytona 500
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Austin Dillon, No.
3 team celebrated Daytona 500 win with tattoos
Austin Dillon will forever
be known as a Daytona 500 champion and he'll carry that on his body the rest of his life.
'Dale would thank him for tonight.' Austin
Dillon breaks through in No. 3
Nation has been reluctant to embrace Austin Dillon. But even on a miserable
anniversary date, Dillon gave Dale Sr. fans a reason to smile.
An 11th-place finish encouraging for Aric Almirola,
Darrell Wallace Jr. a top-10 driver? Our experts debate this
Daytona 500 lives up to billing
with wild finish
Danica's fans praise her at final
5: Hard luck for Hendrick
'The King' revved up after Bubba Wallace's electrifying
Austin Dillon's Daytona 500 win popular among First Family
Letter of the Race: Sunday's Daytona
500 was brought to you by the letter "C,"
for "Controversy." Likely one of the biggest takeaways
of Austin Dillon's victory on Sunday is that he seemed to drive through
Aric Almirola on the final lap in order to get it. Almirola admitted
that he was blocking Dillon something vicious afterwards, but wrecking the leader on the last lap typically
doesn't look good. - Phil Allaway
to Remember: Daytona 500
by Phil Allaway
"I don't know, I think I blacked
out and just everything just kind of kept going, and we were staying in
the gas, and things were happening fast, and I knew ‑‑
I kind of knew it was the checkered flag, I knew it was green‑white‑checkered because we
crossed the line once, and I was like, OK, this is it
right here, and got to give a shout‑out to my buddy Bubba, I raced Bandoleros, legends
cars, and glad he's got him a good ride in the No. 43.
That ECR engine gave us a good push down the backstretch, and when we caught the
No. 10, he tried to block, and I just had a lot of momentum. The last lap of the
Daytona 500, you just don't lift, actually the last
couple laps. We were lucky to get through there.
"Man, this place is awesome.
I don't know what it is about storylines and Daytona. This place
just creates history. Proud to be a part of it and make some history
here tonight." - Austin Dillon, race winner
my thought right there. There were a lot of close calls
out there on the racetrack in just getting experience in my first Daytona 500. We wanted
to do two things. We wanted to run a lot of laps and not wreck the car. We came
home with one of those. We ran all the laps and got wrecked
there at the end. But, that’s part of it. When you put that aside, what an unforgettable
week-and-a-half it’s been. Being followed by cameras
every day 24/7 for the last three months. Just dealing with that, there was
a lot of stress." - Darrell Wallace Jr., finished second
a lot of ups and downs all day for us. Getting the left-rear
fender rub, needing to pit, going down a lap, getting the Lucky Dog, scoring points in
that stage was amazing. To get ourselves back in position
where we needed to be behind Blaney, our teammate, to try to control the
race and win. It was a mental mistake on pit road. My fault. Can’t pick a worse time to do that.
Once you are back there, you are kind of back there
in the garbage. It was getting crazy. All the holes close up at the end of the race, it
is hard to make progress and the crashes happen more often.
We were able to get a top five out of it, which is nice for the Shell Pennzoil
team. Maybe we would have gotten caught up in a crash if I stayed up front but overall,
I just feel like I let us down a little bit." - Joey
Logano, finished fourth
"It was just hard racing. You say it all
day. I was trying to be aggressive blocking the lead, kind of fell back and got
a good run back up towards it. Man, the No. 11 blocked the No.
41 and the No. 41 kind of went high last minute and I was on his left rear and I turned
him. I feel bad about that. He kinda changed lanes last
minute and I couldn’t react quick enough. It stinks. We led a lot of laps. It
just wasn’t meant to be. But it was a good showing. Hopefully, we go into Atlanta and
have a decent run." - Ryan Blaney, finished seventh
"We had our ups and downs, that is for sure. I am thankful to get stage points. It takes
a top-10 finish and makes it like a top five. We had
a fast Love’s Travel Stops Ford. Unfortunately, we had a little
mishap on pit road. The No. 6 was coming out of his box as we were coming in. There was no way I wasn’t
going to hit him, so we had to come back through and
lost a lap. Thankful to get out of Daytona with a top 10. We brought a fast Ford.
It was a really good run." - Michael McDowell, finished
"He’s not driving too aggressively, he’s
trying to win the Daytona 500 just like I was. I saw him come with momentum and I pulled up to
block and did exactly what I needed to do to try to
win the Daytona 500. I wasn’t gonna just let him have it. I wasn’t gonna just
stay on the bottom and let him rail the outside, so I blocked
and he got to my bumper and pushed and I thought I was still gonna be OK and
somehow, I got hooked. I still haven’t seen the replay, so I don’t know
what happened, but I’m just devastated.
"I really thought we were gonna start this relationship off with Stewart-Haas Racing in
Victory Lane and get Smithfield and Ford and everybody to Victory Lane, but I’m
really proud of everybody. That was a backup car and
we were a half-lap away from winning the Daytona 500. I’m really proud of that. I’m
still very excited. I’m not gonna let that get
me down. We’ve got an incredible race team and I’m gonna go to Atlanta and we’re
gonna have good race cars there and we’ll have a shot to win next week.
That’s something I’ve not had in my career,
where I feel like every week I get on the plane to go to the racetrack I feel like we’re
gonna have a shot to go win. This is just one race.
It might be the biggest race and this one is gonna hurt for a while, but I think next week
we’ll have another shot." - Aric Almirola, finished 11th
just put ourselves in a good position all day and really
shouldn’t have been in that spot. That last restart I didn’t do a good job
and that is what put us there. My fault, learn from it move
on. I'll definitely do some things differently going forward, but everybody on
this Nationwide 88 did such a great job. It’s cool to see Austin (Dillon) get the
Camaro ZL1 its first win. Working with Kevin Hamlin
(spotter) was great all day. Greg (Ives, crew chief) made good calls all day, but it’s
just Daytona." - Alex Bowman, finished 17th (crashed out)
no clue. Unfortunately, we got some front-end damage.
We were overheating there at the end of that second stage and had to pit and that really
caught us laps down. We were trying to battle back and
I think we were in the free pass spot there for a minute and everything broke loose and we just got caught
up in it. Two laps from the end was a bummer, but we felt really good
at the start of the race. I hate that we had to pit
and lose our track position and the lead lap because I felt like our Fastenal Ford was
really, really good all day and really strong. I could make just
about any move I wanted to stay towards the front, just had to pit there with like six or seven
to go in that second stage.
"It’s a bummer. I made
a huge save there on the back straightaway and I felt like
we were doing everything we needed to do. But, all in all, it was a fun Speedweeks.
I felt like our cars were good and I’m looking forward to getting to Atlanta."
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr., finished 29th (crashed out)
24 got loose and spun out in front of us all and got caught
up in it. It just really sucks. We had a great car and were in
a great position. I guess that’s the way it goes. I went to pass the No. 24 on the bottom
and he came down. I can’t tell if I made contact or not, but
obviously he turned and there was nothing I could do. We were all wrecked." - Brad
Keselowski, finished 32nd (crashed out)
"The car was a lot better than it was in the Duel. It was a lot better
than practice. Tony Eury Jr., my crew chief did an awesome job. The guys on the whole team did a really
good job. I know we pulled this together not that long
ago, a month ago. That is a tall order to get a car ready for a superspeedway that is
competitive. But, it was. I said earlier today that I
feel like the whole thing was picture perfect with GoDaddy on the car, and
it being that green again. It just wasn’t meant to be today. I am proud - we raced the whole
race other than a little bit at the end of that first
stage when it looked silly with all the cars with tires and no tires. Other than that,
we raced it and the car was competitive. That is all you can
do. That is the gamble at Daytona. It can go so well; and it can go so awful.
I’m grateful for everything. Thank you to all the fans. Still have one more. It is
not a stock car, but still have one more." - Danica
Patrick, finished 35th (crashed out)
"There was some great racing throughout.
Unfortunately, many thought it was the black-and-white checkered flag and not
the green-and-white checkered flag. On lap 59, to be throwing
blocks like that just…a lot of wrecked race cars. We will go to work and go to Atlanta
next week. But it is disappointing for this Lowe's team
and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports for all the work they put into it. But we’ll get
this Camaro ZL1 dialed in for Atlanta and take it over there." - Jimmie Johnson,
finished 38th (crashed out)
Chasing the Chase: Ryan Blaney Uses Stage Points to Claim Points Lead
dominated much of his time on the track during Daytona Speedweeks.
He finished second in the Advance Auto Parts Clash, won his Can-Am Duel and led 118 laps on Sunday.
However, Blaney managed only a seventh-place finish
after a late wreck ruined his chances for the win.
However, that performance
was good enough to give Blaney the points lead leaving
Daytona. His edge is eight over teammate Joey Logano.
Logano fell off the lead lap twice (once due to an unscheduled stop and the other due to a
penalty) but still recovered to finish fourth.
That leaves Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon in third, 11 points
back. He's tied with second-place finisher Darrell
Wallace Jr. because Dillon tallied up a limited number of
Further back, Paul Menard was in the hunt for much
of the race before winding up sixth. That leaves
Menard fifth in points leaving Daytona for the second year in a row. Michael
McDowell tied for the second-most stage points
on Sunday, which boosted him to sixth in the standings after finishing ninth.
Denny Hamlin is seventh after being edged out for second by
Wallace; Hamlin blew a tire and wrecked with the No.
43 at the start/finish line.
Ryan Newman is eighth in points
after a solid top 10 to start the season while Chris Buescher
and Aric Almirola are tied for ninth.
Despite Almirola leading at the white flag, Buescher's fifth-place finish earns him
is 11th in points after finishing 13th while Martin Truex Jr.'s 18th-place
result will see him start his championship defense in 12th.
Bowyer and Alex Bowman are
tied for 13th in the standings. However, Bowyer gets the tiebreaker by finishing
15th to Bowman's 17th.
Stage points once
again influenced the remainder of the top 16. AJ Allmendinger is 15th in points despite
finishing 10th. Kurt Busch, meanwhile
is 16th despite crashing out and finishing 26th. He
benefitted heavily from winning stage one.
(1-16): 1) Ryan Blaney 58, 2) Joey
Logano -8, t-3) Austin Dillon -11, t-3) Darrell Wallace
Jr. -11, 5) Paul Menard -12, 6)
Michael McDowell -19, 7) Denny Hamlin -21,
8) Ryan Newman -24, t-9) Chris Buescher -25, t-9)
Aric Almirola -25, 11) Trevor Bayne -27,
12) Martin Truex Jr. -28, t-13) Clint Bowyer -29,
t-13) Alex Bowman -29, 15)
AJ Allmendinger -30, 16) Kurt Busch -31.
Playoff Points: 1) Austin Dillon 5, t-2) Kurt Busch
-4, t-2) Ryan Blaney -4.
Points: 1) Ryan Blaney 18, t-2) Paul Menard
-7, t-2) Martin Truex Jr. -7, t-2)
Michael McDowell -7, 5) Kurt Busch -8, 6) Alex Bowman
-9, t-7) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -11, t-7) Aric Almirola
-11, t-9) Kevin Harvick -14, t-9)
Trevor Bayne -14, t-9) Darrell Wallace Jr.
-14, 12) Chase Elliott -15, 13) Austin Dillon -16,
14) Denny Hamlin -17.
Old Point Standings (1-16):
1) Austin Dillon 44, t-2) Darrell Wallace Jr.
-5, t-2) Denny Hamlin -5, 4)
Joey Logano -6, t-5) Chris Buescher
-8, t-5) Paul Menard -8, t-5) Ryan Blaney -8, 8) Ryan
Newman -11, t-9) Michael McDowell -12, t-9)
AJ Allmendinger -12, 11) Aric Almirola
-13, 12) Trevor Bayne -16, 13) Clint Bowyer -18,
t-14) Jamie McMurray -19, t-14) Alex
Bowman -19, 16) Martin Truex Jr. -20.
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Bubba Wallace breaks down in tears after victory
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Darrell Wallace Jr. snipes at Denny Hamlin after contact
Dillon dedicates Daytona 500 win to Dale Sr.
Austin Dillon wins Daytona 500 in the No. 3 two decades
after Dale Earnhardt
Dillon plays his ace
Austin Dillon wins Daytona 500 on 20th anniversary
of Dale's victory
Complete Daytona 500 results
Bubba scores runner-up finish
Almirola: 'My heart is broken'
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Austin Dillon wins 60th
Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500
over Darrell Wallace Jr. and Denny Hamlin
Yet another big wreck with 2 laps left sends Daytona 500
one at Daytona: Chase Elliott, Danica out of race; several others involved
Danica Patrick's last race of her NASCAR career
comes to a premature end.
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1959 Daytona: The Ultimate Photo Finish
Remembering Dale Earnhardt’s Daytona 500 Victory
The 1988 Daytona 500
by Michael Massie
How NASCAR will deal without Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the
Danica: Thank you!
How Daytona grass gets look
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hints’ that helped put Chase Elliott in the No.
9 this season
A few well-timed emojis sent to team owner Rick Hendrick helped make the case for Hendrick
Motorsports' number swap for 2018.
Stadium tickets for 60th annual DAYTONA 500
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year,’ Rick Hendrick seeks to change fortunes
with new approach
Hendrick Motorsports has made a number of changes since last season, including
how all four teams work together.
Formula 1 champion wishes Darrell Wallace Jr. good luck in Daytona 500
Lewis Hamilton sends a tweet to Darrell Wallace Jr. on Sunday morning.
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Mother’s tears a celebration
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Garrett Smithley's career-high fifth-place
finish in Saturday's Xfinity Series race led to a family celebration
on pit road.
Tyler Reddick wins Xfinity Series opener at Daytona in overtime finish
Tyler Reddick beat teammate Elliott Sadler in a photo finish on the fifth overtime
my humble opinion "
It is time to either limit
the # of "overtime" re-starts (2-3 seems good), or END IT ALTOGETHER ! (I'd prefer that!)
All these overtime attempts usually lead to more damaged race
cars, and INCREASES the chances of injuries to the drivers
, and possibly the crew members , AND ... the fans !
" Just my humble opinion
We shall see
0.000!Reddick edges Sadler in closest finish in NASCAR national series history
Complete Xfinity results
Bubba leads final practice
Jeff Gordon on Axalta deal
The New Look Of Hendrick Motosports
0-for-190. Did Danica have a chance in NASCAR?
"I had 20 years on her when she started in a stock car
... You are never going to make up that ground." Danica
Patrick never really broke through in NASCAR. The question is whether
it was even possible. http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/22467984/what-happened-danica-patrick-career-nascar-cup-series-transition-indycar
Anderson goes from $190 in bank account to top 10
Best NASCAR Xfinity Series moments
Saturday schedule at Daytona capped by Xfinity
The Xfinity Series race begins at 2:30
p.m. ET. http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/02/17/nascars-saturday-schedule-at-daytona-capped-by-xfinity-opener/
Johnny Sauter wins Camping World Truck Series opener
Johnny Sauter wins Truck Series opener for third Daytona victory
Johnny Sauter beat teammate Justin Haley and Joe Nemchek to earn the win.
Sauter wins 3rd Truck Series race at Daytona
Bankruptcy aside, BK Racing vows full season
Courtesy Amanda Vincent
Germain Racing, GEICO announce extension
Ty Dillon: I want people to know me and who I am
A wreck, a fight and a mysterious phone call: How the 1979 Daytona 500 put
NASCAR on the map
More: Ranking the greatest Daytona 500s
Predicting NASCAR's biggest risers in 2018
5: Restrictor-plate kings and Daytona tactics
Daniel Suarez paces second Daytona
500 practice in a row Friday at Daytona
Courtesy Amanda Vincent
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Suarez sizzlesJGR driver tops third
Daytona 500 practice; next session at 3:05 p.m. ET on FS1
Frontstretch Folio: Daytona 500
This weekend, the Monster
Energy NASCAR Cup Series opens up the season with
its Great American Race, the Daytona 500. TV coverage is scheduled to
begin with NASCAR RaceDay at 11 a.m. Sunday on FOX.
FOX NASCAR Sunday begins at 1 p.m. and the green flag is scheduled to fly around 3 p.m.
Radio coverage will be provided by local MRN radio affiliates
and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).
Last year's Daytona 500 was a rather competitive affair with
37 lead changes among 18 drivers. However, fuel mileage was the name
of the game. Chase Elliott led 39 laps and was up front with three laps to go when
he had to stop. Kyle Larson had the lead at the
white flag, but sputtered.
Kurt Busch streamed past on the final
lap and held on to claim what turned out to be the only win of 2017 for the 2004 champion. Ryan
Blaney finished second, followed by AJ Allmendinger,
Aric Almirola, and Paul Menard.
Among active drivers, Jimmie Johnson leads the
pack with three Daytona victories. That includes
a season sweep in 2013. Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray each have two victories
at Daytona, one in each race. Eight others have a single wins.
Richard Petty has seven Daytona 500 triumphs (the most
recent of which occurred in 1981) and ten overall wins in point races, most of all drivers.
Cale Yarborough has nine wins, followed by David Pearson
Track / Race Length: 2.5-mile
oval, 200 laps (500 miles)
Banking: 31 degrees
ft, banked 18 degrees in tri-oval, 6 degrees in
Backstretch: 3,400 ft., banked 3 degrees
Pit Road Speed:
Pace Car Speed: 70 mph
Remaining Pre-Race Schedule:
Practice No. 3: Friday, February 16, 1 - 1:55 p.m. on FOX Sports
Practice No. 4: Friday, February 16, 3 - 3:55
p.m. on FOX Sports 1
Happy Hour: Saturday, February 17, 12
- 12:55 p.m. on FOX Sports 1
"The Daytona 500 is the race everyone wants to win. I’ve gotten close several times
at that race. It’s one of those tracks you feel like, ‘Darn it, I’m
gonna win this someday.’ Forget about points and
everything else. You want that trophy at the end of the race. I really
don’t know what I’d do if I won the Daytona 500. Racing with SHR is one of the
best opportunities I’ve ever had and the confidence is as
high as it’s ever been." - Clint Bowyer
"It’s crazy because
I felt that as a rookie, maybe my second year, but I
don’t necessarily feel it that much now. I feel it’s like another
race, but it is the first race of the year and you want to start it off well. Are you always really
ready for the start of the season? Who knows? If the
Daytona 500 was the fifth or sixth race of the year, would it be better for me or better
for somebody else? Maybe, or maybe not. The only way
I can explain it to people is if you ever get excited or the adrenaline starts
pumping and you don’t necessarily have any feelings and it’s just excitement. It could
be for people experiencing the birth of a kid or something
like that, or seeing their kid go through graduation or something like that. That’s
sort of the feeling of getting ready to start the Daytona
500. To me, I get nervous or pumped up or excited for the start of the Super Bowl
just watching it. I’m excited and I’m jacked up for it, so I can only imagine
what the players feel, and that’s sort of the
feeling you get." - Kyle Busch on the feeling of starting the race
really excited to be here and to have laps under my belt in the Love's Ford. We had
pretty smooth practices -- just a few growing pains on
my end, getting things fine-tuned. We were working on the shifter and all the things you
get used to over the years, because they change when
you go to another team and another car. But everybody did a good job, and practice went
pretty smoothly, and we're ready for the Duels and the 500... it's crazy that the Daytona
500 is going to be my 250th Cup start. There have been
a lot of great drivers that have come through the series, and I feel very fortunate
that I'm still here and have another opportunity this
year. To make 250 is awesome, and to do it at Daytona is special. I've got a lot
to look forward to this year and hopefully I can make it count." - Michael McDowell
Darrell Waltrip to be inducted into city of Hampton’s
Speedway Lane Hall of Fame
Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney take Can-Am Duel races
at Daytona International Speedway
wins Can-Am Duel No. 2, Kevin Harvick second
Chase Elliott claimed his
second win in a Daytona 500 qualifying race. http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/02/15/chase-elliott-wins-can-am-duel-no-2-kevin-harvick-second/
Champ Truex hopes to pick up where
he left off
Pit changes, new faces take center
stage in 2018
Dale Jr.: Watching 500 will be
Daytona 101: Drivers rely on film, data to
prep for the 500
A torrent of data along
with a library of recordings of races and practice sessions are what you'll find today's
NASCAR competitors poring over -- all in the hopes of gaining a competitive
advantage in the sport's biggest event of the year.
FRR owner Visser returns from heart attack
Ryan Blaney wins Can-Am
Duel No. 1 in overtime finish, Joey Logano second
Ryan Blaney helped
give Team Penske its second win of Speedweeks
Aaron Rodgers shows support for Danica Patrick at Can-Am
wins Can-Am Duel 1
Follow: Monster Energy NASCAR
Cup Series Duel 1 at Daytona, 7 p.m. ET
Can 4 SHR teams make
Counting down the greatest Daytona 500s: Nos. 21-30
Questions remain for drivers heading into tonight’s
Handling issues could be significant for some
who sacrificed stability for speed. http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/02/15/questions-remain-for-drivers-heading-into-tonights-qualifying-races/
Courtesy Amanda Vincent
(Thanks Amanda !):
BK Racing Acquires EarthWater Sponsorship
for Daytona 500
On Tuesday, BK Racing
announced that EarthWater will serve as the primary sponsor of Gray
Gaulding's No. 23 Toyota in the Daytona 500. Read more
The Critic's Annex: New Smyrna 175
by Phil Allaway
Welcome back to yet another year of TV columns.
Once again in 2018, we'll use this space to cover events
and shows that cannot fit in the regular editions of Couch Potato Tuesday. We
should have a fair amount of fun this season.
up is the New Smyrna 175, the season opener for the K&N Pro Series East. This is a
very interesting selection in that it would normally had not aired
on television yet. In fact, it still hasn't.
The premiere date on NBCSN is Feb. 27 as NBC Sports' coverage of the Winter Olympics in
When we wrote out the TV listings last week
at Frontstretch, there was no mention of live coverage for this race. In
fact, FansChoice.tv was late getting out their listings for
the week in general. As of Friday, the race was not being
However, NASCAR decided to make an experiment out of the race on Sunday night.
The whole event would be livestreamed for free at FansChoice.tv
as part of the site's ongoing coverage of the World Series of Asphalt.
In recent years, races at New Smyrna Speedway for K&N
Pro Series East have been very enjoyable to watch. There's also
been some quirkiness (Ex: NASCAR screwing up the flags in 2016, resulting in an extra lap being run).
Sunday night may not have been all that quirky, but
there was plenty of good racing to be had.
Problem is, you had
to get around a bunch of problems. The beginning of the stream
was plagued with video issues and sound issues. As a result, viewers missed
any kind of introduction from the "commentators," any mention of the starting grid and
the command to start engines (given by Noah Gragson).
The commentary on the race was done via the PA system on New Smyrna
Speedway. The track's regular PA announcer was joined in the booth by Heather Debeaux.
When the race airs on NBCSN in a couple of weeks, Derek
Pernesiglio will be working the pits on that broadcast.
For Debeaux, Sunday
night was basically the first time doing commentary.
Her years of pit reporting experience seemed to work quite well.
She came off as quite informed and brought a lot of expert knowledge to the broadcast.
the track PA count as the only commentary for the race
can be a good thing, or a bad thing. You could barely hear the commentary
for much of the race as the cars were way louder. That's
pretty much par for the course for a race track, but typically not the case for
The lack of a pit reporter on the stream did hurt the coverage quite
a bit. Viewers couldn't figure out what the heck
went wrong with certain cars. For instance, the second yellow flew because
Hailie Deegan stalled her No. 19 Toyota on the backstretch. We
never heard why that happened on the broadcast, but she never returned to the
race and finished last (29th). According to NASCAR Home Tracks' Twitter, Deegan's team thought she had battery issues. However, it turned out to be more than that.
turned out to be a two-man race. Todd Gilliland
and Harrison Burton effectively staged a 175-lap duel, which delighted
the crowd in attendance.
Competition cautions were introduced
into the race, but they ultimately didn't change the outcome of the event.
Despite the race length, tire changes were still prohibited outside of flats. As a result,
Burton actually went the full race length without stopping.
That was a move that surprised the commentators because
they thought no one could go the full distance on fuel. Ultimately, Burton was
the only one who tried it. Everyone else pitted on lap 64.
broadcast admittedly had a fair amount of focus on Burton and Gilliland, but there
was a decent amount of battle coverage as well. Having
only four cameras at their disposal meant that you could only
cover so much, but viewers did get good battles.
Also, there were replays of
incidents as well. They were rather rudimentary, but they did the
best with what they had. It's not all that different than what local short
tracks do each Saturday night. To use Lebanon Valley
Speedway as an example, all the races there are shot by a group
called Bobco Video. They can rewind the coverage to take a look at incidents to help determine fault.
One driver that should have gotten more coverage
than he did was DGR-CROSLEY's Tyler Ankrum. Ankrum had a fast car in
the opening practice, but had issues that put him back to 25th on
the grid. From there, he drove into the top 10, got spun
out, dropped to the back, then drove up to finish fifth.
One of the more controversial momemts of
the race occurred on lap 160 when Gilliland (leading
at the time) ran into the back of the lapped car of Matt Levin exiting turn
2. Levin spun out, causing the final caution of the race.
It seemed like there was no reason for this incident to occur. Gilliland
just ran in the back of him. That brought up the specter of a race-altering penalty.
At many venues here in the United States, Gilliland
would have been sent to the rear. NASCAR chose not to penalize here.
The final nine laps of the race saw some rooting around,
along with quite a bit of contact. However, Burton and Gilliland have raced
each other a bunch of times over the past couple of years. They know how to race
and not outright take people out. That led to
a swell final segment of the race.
Post-race coverage was decent.
Debeaux left the PA box to do the interviews on the frontstretch. After waiting out
Pernesiglio's interviews for NBCSN, Debeaux got interviews
with the top three finishers. There was also a check of the unofficial results before
the stream ended.
Ultimately, the stream
was enjoyable, but that mainly because the on-track action was pretty good.
New Smyrna Speedway rarely disappoints. The stream itself was plagued by problems early
on. Viewers had very limited on-screen graphics
and no leaderboard at all until lap 17. The lap counter was such that for the first
125 laps, it displayed the lap that had been completed
instead of the lap the race was on. That was despite the lap counter seemingly
having been designed for the latter. Made me worry about another strange instance similar
to 2016. Thankfully, that didn't come to pass.
The sound mix was off for the entire race. As a result, there was never
a balance between the PA and the cars on-track. However,
we did get the race 16 days earlier than what would have normally happened.
Given the race, I suppose we can be happy about that.
Sunday night's K&N Pro Series East livestream as
an experiment. We'll see how they thought it went. Perhaps this could be one
of many streams this year. Or, it could be a one-off.
Frontstretch Line of the Week
From Ty Majeski Discovers Road Racing Versatility at Daytona
"It’s a different world. Obviously, this is my first time on a road course with other
cars, so it’s definitely different for me.
It’s going to be a whole new ballgame starting the race." - Ty
Majeski, prior to his first start in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar
TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:
2 Headed Monster: Is Only 40 Cars Entered In The Daytona 500 A Cause For
by Michael Massie and Frank Velat
3 Things to Take Away from Daytona 500 Media Day
by Dustin Albino
Erik Jones Looking to Start Own Legacy with Joe Gibbs Racing
by Dustin Albino
Happiness Is: Joy
by Ava Huston Ladner
Eyes on XFINITY: Keeping Up With a Busy Off-Season
by Dustin Albino
Daily Fantasy Forecast: 2018 Daytona 500 Preview
by Corey Brewer
Truckin’ Thursdays: 4 Changes for the 2018 Season
by Beth Lunkenheimer
Courtesy ESPN.com (http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/):
Twenty years later, Dale Earnhardt's Daytona
500 win remains one of a kind
19 failed attempts, Dale Earnhardt won the 1998 Daytona 500 as crew members
from several teams took part in the celebration. It was a storybook
scene, one the sport will likely never be able to replicate.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. picks Daytona 500 winner, Cup champ and
Danica says Rodgers will attend Daytona 500
Courtesy USA Today.com (https://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):
For most popular driver award, everyone is Chase Elliott
Aric Almirola takes a sentimental journey home
“Facebook Watch” will document Darrell Wallace
Jr.’s first Daytona 500 run
A Daytona Legend
The untold stories behind Dale Sr.'s iconic 1998
victory in 'The Great American Race'
of a penny still felt
Wessa on her hero, Dale Sr.
Photos: 1998 Daytona 500
All 76 of Earnhardt's wins
Dillons relive winning moment
Official Can-Am Duel lineups
2 articles , courtesy
Amanda !!) :
from Media Day
4 articles, courtesy
Busch blasts Ryan Blaney in NASCAR marketing debate
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver takes umbrage at suggestion
he turns down opportunities. http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2018/02/14/kyle-busch-blasts-ryan-blaney-in-nascar-marketing-debate/
Joe Nemechek To Drive JD Motorsports Camaro At Daytona
Link to the 2018 Schedule :
*RAIN DATES: SAT JUNE 9 >> MAKEUP SAT JUNE 16
SAT JULY 14 >> MAKEUP SUN JULY 15 SAT AUG 18 >>
MAKEUP SUN AUG 19 SAT OCT 6
>> SUN OCT 7
TURKEY DERBY XLV
Official Race Schedule
Bubba Wallace has the car and the
drive to change NASCAR
the first black racer with a full-time Cup ride in 45 years, he
knows his progress is pivotal.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. stays true to his late father in work partnerships
The Earnhardt name, legacy remain on the track -- for now
Kyle Busch repeating a common comment from the Daytona
500 competitors today. "There are certain guys that
you have to keep your eye on in the 500, and really, people you study.
For me those guys are Brad (Keselowski) and (teammate) Denny Hamlin.
They see what's happening and can see it several cars ahead or behind. Not
me. But l'm working on it."
Greatest Daytona 500s: Nos. 31-40
Entry List: PowerShares QQQ 300Saturday's
PowerShares QQQ 300, the season opener for the XFINITY
Series, will have 46 teams attempting to qualify for the 40-car starting
field. That number includes six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
regulars. Read more
Entry List: NextEra Energy Resources 250 The entry list is out for Friday night's
Camping World Truck Series season opener. After
rumors of a short field, 36 trucks will vie for the 32 starting spots
available. Read more
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Charlize Theron & Peyton Manning Announced for Daytona 500 Grand Marshal,
Pace Car Roles
The Daytona 500 usually
brings out the celebrities for special roles and this year is no different.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be the Grand Marshal. He'll
be joined in official duties by Charlize Theron and Peyton Manning.
Legacy of Goodyear and Dale Earnhardt Jr. brought to
life in new ad
Cobra Electronics announces partnership with NASCAR
driver Darrell Wallace Jr
Courtesy NBC Sports
Daniel Hemric’s journey
to Xfinity Series aided by loyal mechanic
Daniel Hemric and Tim Ladyga first encountered
each other 20 years ago. Their careers have intertwined ever since.
Where in the world is Matt Kenseth? (Hint: Not in Daytona)
Way back when
See today's stars like Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch
and others in their first Daytona 500
Courtesy Amanda Vincent
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