Austin Dillon Has 2 Career Wins With 3 Combined Laps Led In Each Victory

Austin Dillon joined rare territory on Sunday evening as he won the 60th annual Daytona 500. Dillon, joins a prestigious list of just 17 other Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers to win both the Daytona 500 as well as the Cola Cola 600 in the course of their storied careers. He joins the likes of Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Jarrett, Bobby and Davey Allison, Darrell Waltrip, David Pearson, Buddy Baker, Benny Parsons, LeeRoy Yarbrough, Marvin Panch, Fred Lorenzen, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and Kurt…

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Wallace Jr. Says He and Hamlin Still Not Happy With One Another

There’s a new feud on the NASCAR block and it’s between Darrell Wallace Jr. and Denny Hamlin. If you haven’t forgotten, Hamlin has a standing feud still going between he and Chase Elliott too. But, the most recent one started on the final lap of Sunday’s Daytona 500. The initial TV view on the FOX broadcast showed that Hamlin ran Wallace Jr. up the banking in the tri-oval on the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway, in an effort to beat Wallace’s No. 43 Chevrolet to the finish line. Instead, Wallace came…

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Despite Dropping a Cylinder, Clint Bowyer Salvages Top 15 Finish in Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Heading into the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season opener at Daytona, I thought that Clint Bowyer was an excellent sleeper choice to win the 60th annual Daytona 500. Bowyer, started 10th in his No. 14 Ford and was part of the organization that won last year’s race. Furthermore, his manufacturer in Ford had won seven straight points paying restrictor plate races and had been the class of the field so far during Speedweeks. The gameplan was perfect for he and his Stewart-Haas Racing team. The…

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Truex’s Title Defense Begins With 18th Place Daytona 500 Finish

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – In his first race in defending his 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship, Martin Truex Jr. had a rather interesting day in Sunday’s Daytona 500. Truex, started 24th, but quickly found his way up front battling for the lead in the first stage. He gained 10 spots in the first seven laps of the race. In fact, like last year, he did his best to earn stage points finishing fifth and sixth respectively in the first two stages of the Great American Race. What’s funny is,…

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NASCAR’s Youth Dominate Daytona 500 Top Finishers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – The Daytona 500 has always been a race that rewards veterans. Just look at the recent winners. Entering 2018, nine of the last 11 winners were over the age of 30. But, the sport is in a transition of a new wave of drivers are here. Gone are the likes of Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and others. Replacing them are younger inexperienced drivers with loads of talent. NASCAR has been promoting the new found youth movement. Rightfully so too. But,…

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Hamlin, Logano Overcome Pit Road Penalties To Finish With Daytona 500 Top 5’s

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – The final box score for the 60th annual Daytona 500 will read Denny Hamlin with a third place finish and Joey Logano a fourth. It will say the combined to lead 25 laps. But, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Both drivers had to overcome pit road penalties, both at opposite ends of the pit road and of the race too. 

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Blaney Leads 118 of Final 139 Laps, Doesn’t Win The Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Last year, Ryan Blaney left Daytona Speedweeks with a second place finish in the No. 21 Ford for the Wood Brothers. He’d go on to win his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono in June and make the playoffs as well. In the offseason, he’d join Team Penske in a newly funded third car though. Now, he leaves Daytona with a seventh place finish and disappointment. Last year, he would have been thrilled to leave Daytona with a seventh place run in the…

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Darrell Wallace Jr. Scores 2nd Place In Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – For the second straight year, the iconic No. 43 was back inside the top five of the finishing order in the Daytona 500. This year though, it just feels different. This year, it feels as if the team has a new identity. Richard Petty Motorsports is with Chevrolet not Ford now. They merged with Richard Childress Racing and moved into their building too. They also have a new young driver in Darrell Wallace Jr. who is garnering a lot of attention. 

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Numbers Add Up For Daytona 500, No. 3 Wins, No. 43 and No. 11 2nd and 3rd

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – The 60th edition of the Daytona 500 had a lot of numbers adding up. First off, just take this stat for what it’s worth, Austin Dillon and his No. 3 Chevrolet won the race itself. It’s been 20 years since the last and only other time the famed number went to victory lane in the Great American Race by Dale Earnhardt. Furthermore, it was 17 years to the day that Earnhardt passed away in a last lap Turn 4 crash at the Daytona International Speedway in the…

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Horrible Daytona 500 for Joe Gibbs Racing, Hendrick Motorsports Camps

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Joe Gibbs Racing and Hendrick Motorsports have won a lot over the last few years during Daytona Speedweeks. Since 2013, they’ve won 16 Speedweeks races, including three Clashes, 10 Duels and three Daytona 500’s. This year though, they had one in the entire Speedweeks with Chase Elliott’s win in the first Duel. In fact, they crashed 10 cars during the 2018 Speedweeks. The worst was the Daytona 500 itself. In fact, the race couldn’t have started any worse for the group. 

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