Austin Dillon Uses Late Race Pass For Daytona 500 Victory

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – 20 years ago, Dale Earnhardt earned his first and only Daytona 500 victory. 20 years later, the No. 3 Chevrolet is going back to victory lane at the Daytona International Speedway. Dillon, got into leader Aric Almirola on the backstretch on the last lap and never looked back through the final two corners en route to the win in the 60th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday. For Dillon, it was his second career win, the other coming 24 races ago in last May’s Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte.…

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Danica Patrick’s NASCAR Career Ends With Lap 101 Crash

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Danica Patrick took her Daytona Speedweeks conservative. She had to though, the team didn’t have a backup car. So, Danica didn’t run much in the draft in practice as well as the Duels on Thursday night so they could preserve her No. 7 Chevrolet for Sunday’s Daytona 500. Unfortunately, it was all for not. Patrick’s NASCAR career ended with a Lap 101 crash in Turn 3 at the Daytona International Speedway. This weekend was Patrick’s 191st and final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start. She announced last…

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Several Favorites Taken Out In Big Crashes In 1st Half of Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – By time we got to the halfway point of the season opening Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway, most of the big contenders were already taken out of race winning contention. The problem with all of this, blocking. It all started on Lap 59 when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was unnecessarily blocking to hold his firm hold on second place. Yes, a driver was blocking to stay in second place on Lap 59 of 200. The reason? 

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Jimmie Johnson’s Speedweeks Ends With 3 Crashes

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – After one of the worst Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series seasons of his career, if not the worst overall, Jimmie Johnson entered the 2018 year energized. He now has three teammates all under the age of 25 who looked up to him for guidance. He was the leader of the clubhouse and had one direction he could go in 2018 – up. Unfortunately, the start to his 2018 Cup season is off to a crashing start. On the last lap of the Clash last Sunday, Johnson was…

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Bubba Wallace Tops Daytona 500 Final Practice

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – All the preliminary action for Daytona Speedweeks concluded on Saturday afternoon for the final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session of the 2018 edition. In the final 50 minute session, Darrell Wallace Jr. topped the speed charts with a speed of 196.954 mph in his No. 43 Chevrolet. Wallace, is having a great Speedweeks thus far as he brought his Richard Petty Motorsports Camaro home third in his Duel on Thursday night. By virtue of that top five finish, he will start seventh in Sunday’s Daytona…

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What Can We Expect For Daytona 500 On Sunday

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Now that the Clash and the Duels are in the rear view mirror, the picture is starting to become a little more clearer on what we can expect to see in Sunday’s 60th annual Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). While it’s still anyone’s guess on how the actual racing itself is going to play out this weekend, it appears the race is going to go either one of two ways. First off, it could be a single file freight train like we’ve seen for a…

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Daniel Suarez Leads Friday’s Daytona 500 Practice

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Friday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice sessions were somewhat tame. With 20-percent of the 40 car field already going to backup cars for Sunday’s Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), most wanted to avoid carnage. That’s why they worked together in the draft with same manufacturers or teammates so practice crashing wouldn’t occur. But, at the end of the day, Joe Gibbs Racing and Daniel Suarez led the way. Suarez, was quickest in both sessions, turning a lap of 199.840 mph in the first practice…

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HOW I OBTAINED TICKETS FOR THE 1996 DAYTONA 500

I received a phone call from a friend asking if I knew anyone who wanted to sell race tickets to the 1996 Daytona 500. He knew that I had attended the “Firecracker 400” held in July at Daytona since 1985 and he thought I might know someone who had tickets for the Daytona 500. It seems the person that he and another friend sat with in previous Daytona 500’s had failed to renew their tickets. Back then the race was pretty much sold out and tickets were not easy to…

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20 Percent Of Daytona 500 Field Already To Backup Cars Before The Race Even Started

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – At least eight cars will start the Daytona 500 from the rear of the field following multiple wrecks in Thursday night’s Can-Am Duel qualifying races. According to the NASCAR officials, Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Aric Almirola, William Byron, Matt DiBenedetto, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson and David Gilliland all will go to their respective backup cars for the Daytona 500. Going to backup cars will move them to the rear of the field.

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5 Sleepers For Sunday’s 60th Annual Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Everyone loves a good Cinderella story right? That’s what moves the needle for the NCAA Tournament each year. Everyone wants to find the small school that can knock off the giants. Well, what about in racing? Vegas and I agree on the favorites, as all five of mine are in the top seven of theirs. READ: 5 Favorites For Sunday’s Daytona 500 READ: 60th annual Daytona 500 Starting Lineup But, what about some darkhorses? I list five sleepers for Sunday’s 60th annual Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM…

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