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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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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