first since 2012 Aric Almirola topped the leaderboard at 181.473 mph in the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford on Friday, winning the Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This is Almirola’s first pole at Atlanta, and the second of his career — the first came in 2012. Right behind the No. 10 Ford was Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford at 180.428 mph.
by Brandon Reed Denny Hamlin scored an emotional overtime victory in Sunday’s 61st annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. It marks Hamlin’s second win in the Great American Race, and it comes while driving a car in honor of J.D. Gibbs, team president and co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing, who passed away earlier this year. After a trio of multi-car crashes decimated the field, leaving only 14 cars on the lead lap, it came down to a battle of Joe Gibbs Racing teammates between Hamlin and Kyle Busch.
by Brandon Reed It took him eight years, but it was well worth the wait. Michael Annett held off his teammate, Justin Allgaier, to get to the checkered flag first and score the win in Saturday’s NASCAR Racing Experience 300 at Daytona International Speedway. It gives the Des Moines, Iowa driver his first win in 230 starts in the series, and it gives JR Motorsports their fifth overall Daytona victory.
by Brandon Reed Austin Hill held off a hard last lap charge from Grant Enfinger in double overtime to score his first career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series win Friday night in a war of attrition at Daytona International Speedway. With all but a record nine of the 32 starters eliminated after a record 11 cautions, Hill grabbed lead on the final restart with a push from Spencer Boyd. He then held off a hard charge from Matt Crafton and Enfinger over the final lap en route to the win.
Harvick, Logano Give Ford A Sweep Of Daytona Duels
by Brandon Reed Have you driven a Ford lately? The winners of Thursday night’s Gander RV Duel at Daytona qualifying races were. Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano showed the muscle of the new Ford Mustang in by scoring wins in their respective qualifying races at the Daytona Internationals Speedway. The twin events sets the field for the Sunday’s running of the Daytona 500. The wins give Harvick and Logano starting spots in the second row of the “Great American Race” and it gives the Mustang its first visit to Victory Lane in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Jimmie Johnson, who had crashed in the past six Advance Auto Parts Clash races at Daytona International Speedway, found a way to win the 2019 version of the season-opening exhibition race--by helping to trigger a wreck that eliminated nearly everyone else. Johnson--running second on Lap 56--pulled to the inside of leader Paul Menard, who moved down the track slightly as Johnson was attempting a close side-draft. Contact between the cars in Turn 3 sent Menard spinning and caused a massive pileup behind him.
by Brandon Reed William Byron made a statement for Hendrick Motorsports on Sunday, as he scored the pole for next weekend’s Daytona 500. Byron led an all Team Hendrick juggernaut in the final round of qualifying, as all four drivers took the top four spots on the leader board. The 21-year-old toured the 2.5 mile Daytona International Speedway with a lap in 46.319 seconds at 194.305 mph in the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro to record his first pole in the “Great American Race."
Brad Keselowski aiming to finally win the Daytona 500
Driving powerful Penske Ford Brad Keselowski is hoping to accomplish what his Penske teammate Joey Logano did several years ago. Keselowski already owns a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series championship, but he wants to check off another box of lifelong dreams by winning the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17th for The Captain
Menard hopes to ride #21 Mustang to front at Daytona
As Pony Cars now rule NASCAR The season-opening Daytona 500 always brings an air of optimism to the NASCAR race teams who have spent a big portion of the off season preparing for the event that has come to be known as the “Great American Race.” Adding to the positive vibes for Paul Menard and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team is the upcoming competitive debut of the Ford Mustang, which will be making its first appearance in a points-paying Monster Energy Cup Series race.
Allison, Gordon, Kulwicki, Penske and Roush Officially Enshrined Five of NASCAR’s legendary competitors – three drivers and two owners – were enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, Friday tonight during the Induction Ceremony held in the Crown Ball Room at the Charlotte Convention Center. Davey Allison, Jeff Gordon, Alan Kulwicki, Roger Penske and Jack Roush comprise the 10th Class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame – now home to 50 inductees.
A special HoF exhibit in the works To Kick Off Richard Childress Racing’s 50th Anniversary Celebration In 2019, Team Owner, Richard Childress, Austin Dillon, No. 3 Dow Camaro Zl1, And Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Caterpillar Camaro ZL1, met with members of the media at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Richard Childress Racing and Richard himself have invited the NASCAR Hall of Fame to partner with this 50th year celebration and their NASCAR Hall of Fame exhibits team along with the RCR team are going to co-create a special exhibit, ‘RCR 50th Only In America’ that is currently in development that will be unveiled here in May of 2019.
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