Chase Elliott Wins Second-Straight Daytona 500 Pole
by Pete McCole
Chase Elliott notched his second straight Daytona 500 pole and the third consecutive pole for Hendrick Motorsports after knocking off his teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in Sunday's qualifying session for next Sunday's 59th running of the "Great American Race".
by Pete McCole Joey Logano found himself in the right place at the right time to make it through a wild last-lap crash to score his first ever victory in the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.
by Pete McCole Joey Logano posted the fastest speed to lead a strong Ford contingent in Saturday opening practice session for next Sundayâ€™s season-opening Daytona 500.Logano turned a fast lap of 193.116 mph around the 2.5-mile oval to post the quickest speed among the 42 entries. Fellow Ford drivers Aric Almirola and Brad Keselowski were second and third followed by Ryan Blaney in fifth. Kyle Larson was the lone Chevy in the top five, posting the fourth-quickest speed.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars fired up and hit the track for the first time in 2017 in practice Friday for Saturday's Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway. Brad Keselowski finished the first session atop the leaderboard at 191.604 mph in his No. 2 Ford. Denny Hamlin led the second session with a top speed of 196.528 mph in the No. 11 Toyota as the team also rolled out the 2018 Camrys. Daniel Suarez was right behind him on the leaderboard at 196.279 mph with Kyle Busch third (196.249 mph) and Matt Kenseth fourth (196.224 mph).
With the Advance Auto Parts Clash this weekend, the Daytona 500 the following weekend, and a host of other series starting in the coming weeks, the 2017 racing season is upon us. Below, I tackle a few of the major topics in the world of racing, as the new season approaches. Enjoy!
NASCAR competition officials issued an updated deterrence system Thursday for its three national series, shifting toward an officiating process that penalizes pre-race infractions within a given race weekend. The updated system is months in the making, with the sanctioning body and teams working concurrently on the new procedures. The move was one of several fundamental changes made to the penalty structure ahead of on-track activity this week at Daytona International Speedway.
Blaney Looks to Give Wood Brothers First Win Since 2011
Wood Brothers Racing's No. 21 Ford has won the Daytona 500 five times
Wood Brothers Racing's iconic No. 21 Ford has been to victory lane at the Daytona 500 five times in the team's 66 years of NASCAR competition. Can their second-year driver, Ryan Blaney, behind the wheel of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion, chalk up the Woods' sixth win in The Great American Race? If so, it would be Blaney's first win in the newly minted Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the second Daytona win for Motorcraft/Quick Lane â€“ the first being Trevor Bayne's improbable 2011 rookie win.
Plymouth Superbird: The Car That Richard Petty Built
by Stephen Cox
It has been claimed that Plymouth's legendary winged muscle car, the 1970 Superbird, was the brainchild of NASCAR champion Richard Petty. The rumor has been around for decades but I've never found anyone with first-hand knowledge who could absolutely confirm or deny that the car's origins truly began with The King of Stock Car Racing.
by Pete McCole NASCAR announced new more new rules changes in advance of the start of the 2017 season in two weeks, including the segment lengths for the upcoming season-opening races at Daytona as well as changes to rules concerning damaged race cars returning to the track and the addition of a new traveling safety and medical team
by Pete McCole The 35th Annual NASCAR media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway concluded on Wednesday, wrapping up a two-day media event that brought together the sport's star drivers and journalists from around the world. The final day of the program featured drivers from NASCAR's Cup Series as well as their other two major touring series - the Xfinity Series and the Camping World Truck Series - as they prepare for a new season of racing just a month away.
by Pete McCole Tuesday morning marked the official start of the 2017 NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, beginning a two-day media extravaganza featuring over 40 drivers from all three of NASCAR's major touring series.Following Monday evening's blockbuster announcement by NASCAR of the sweeping changes to the championship points system, drivers shared their thoughts about the new "enhancements".
by Pete McCole NASCAR announced sweeping changes to their points system for all three of their major tour series for the 2017 season, adding segments and point bonuses to each race in an effort to add more aggressive racing and more excitement for the fans. The "enhancements" - created in collaboration with NASCAR drivers, owners and NASCAR fans, will divide racing into three segments with championship points awarded to the top ten finishers at the end of each segment, along with "playoff" points to be awarded to the winner of each segment.
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