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Chase Elliott Edges Joey Logano for XFINITY Win at Daytona

There’s nothing like a photo finish to kick off the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2016. Chase Elliott, following multiple heart-stopping blocking maneuvers in the closing laps, nipped Joey Logano at the line to win the Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway. The victory is the fifth of the 20-year-old’s NXS career and first at …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Wins Final Practice at Daytona

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished the week’s worth of practice sessions on top as he won final practice at Daytona International Speedway. At a time of 45.655 seconds (197.131 mph), Earnhardt led defending Daytona 500 champion Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski in a session that saw 25 cars take to the track. The Hendrick …

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Full Throttle: Time to Change How NASCAR Does Plate Racing

To say the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is going through a change heading into 2016 is an understatement. The charter system, reduced field size, the overtime line and the low downforce package are all creating quite a bit of upheaval heading into the year. But one thing that hasn’t changed for the last four years …

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The Big Six: Questions Answered After the 2016 Can-Am Duels at Daytona

Who…gets my shoutout of the race? Duel 1: Sure, he’s running for the team who took the big teams to school in the Daytona 500 in 2011, but Ryan Blaney only has a handful of Cup races under his belt, and he’s been impressive in most of them.  Despite making two pit stops in his …

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Friday Faceoff: Who Needs a Daytona 500 Win?

Who would benefit the most from a Daytona 500 win? What driver in the field needs a 500 to complete their resume?  Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: Any driver with no prayer of winning a non-plate race would benefit the most. Not only would they be a part of the whirlwind winner’s media tour, but they’d …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Wins Can-Am Duel No. 1 in Daytona

“Amelia” flew to another victory at Daytona International Speedway as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. held off Joey Logano to bring his No. 88 to victory lane in Thursday’s Can-Am Duel No. 1. “We knew it was a really good car,” Earnhardt said. “This car, actually a lot of people don’t talk about it, but it won …

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Did You Notice? … Dale Earnhardt Is Dead

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(Photo: Donald Miralle)

Did You Notice? … Dale Earnhardt is dead? Look, I don’t mean to be insensitive. That crash at the end of the 2001 Daytona 500 shocked the world, left a nation in mourning and woke up millions to the depth of NASCAR affection across America. It left children without a father, provided a popularity boost …

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The Frontstretch 5: Unrestricted Plate Track Musings

1. Do we really need these restrictor plates? Define need. Do the cars need to be slowed down? Absolutely. A few years back, Rusty Wallace tested an unrestricted Cup car at Talladega and ran speeds of almost 240 mph. That’s too fast. But do they have to do it with plates? Technically, no. It could …

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NASCAR’s Changing Of The Guard Is Near

2015 Bank of America 500 Kyle Larson Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Your 30s are an interesting time. Marriage, kids, and moving up in the working world all put increasing demands on the need to become an adult but there’s also a yearning to stay young. Suddenly, you want that guy at the bar to check your ID and think it’s fake. Those Saturday nights your group …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2016 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

Who’s in the headline – After being involved in an early caution Denny Hamlin played pit strategy to get to the front of the pack and stretched his fuel to the end of a green-white-checkered finish to take his third Sprint Unlimited victory. The vast majority of cars had damage during the evening but Hamlin’s …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tops First 500 Practice

Dale Earnhardt Jr Bank of America 500 2015 Charlotte Cup Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Some things never change: An Earnhardt led Daytona practice. Dale Earnhardt Jr. paced the first Sprint Cup practice for the Daytona 500 on Saturday morning with a fast lap of 194.116 mph. Joining Earnhardt in the top 5 were defending 500 champion Joey Logano (193.853), 2009 and 2012 race winner Matt Kenseth (193.782), rookie Chase …

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NASCAR Announces Eligible Drivers for Sprint Unlimited

Sprint Unlimited Daytona

(Credit: NASCAR)

On Monday, NASCAR announced the eligibility criteria for this year’s Sprint Unlimited, scheduled for Feb. 13.  While winning a pole during the previous season will get you into the race, it’s not the only way into the 75-lap show.  Regardless of circumstances, 25 cars will start the 187.5-mile race. The first criteria to qualify for …

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