NASCAR Toyota racing executive Ed Laukes sat alongside the make’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team owners Joe Gibbs and Barney Visser to address the racing media eager for the group to step right in where it left off in 2017 - a lot of victory circles and on stage hoisting the championship trophy.
Longtime NASCAR fans will, of course, remember the day 20 years ago when Dale Earnhardt finally drove the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet into Victory Lane after the 1998 Daytona 500. It took Earnhardt two decades to win the Great American Race. It took the No. 3 two more to do it again.
I don’t know what Austin Dillon was thinking the moment he made contact with Aric Almirola on the final lap of Sunday’s Daytona 500. Almirola, of course, was the race leader when the field took the white flag during NASCAR overtime as Dillon, rookie Darrell Wallace Jr. and 2016 Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin were behind in close pursuit.
An Emotional Danica Patrick Bids Farewell to NASCAR
NASCAR There was no mistaking the love. Danica Patrick got one of the largest applauses when introduced for Sunday’s Daytona 500 - her last NASCAR race - and then made her ceremonial lap around the famous Daytona International Speedway soaking in the cheers, and good wishes and genuinely moved by the standing ovation she received from the sold-out crowd. Unfortunately her time in the race car ended a lap past the halfway mark of NASCAR’s greatest race - an inglorious end to her NASCAR career.
Austin Dillon's Daytona Victory an Extended Family Affair
NASCAR The magic of Sunday night carried over to Monday morning at Daytona International Speedway, with 2018 DAYTONA 500 champion Austin Dillon honored at the annual Champion’s Breakfast in the speedway’s Bill France Room. Dillon drove the No. 3 Dow Chevrolet Camaro owned by his grandfather Richard Childress to a historic victory in the 60th running of “The Great American Race,” the season-opening event for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The victory came 20 years after Dale Earnhardt won the DAYTONA 500 in Childress’ No. 3 Chevrolet.
In its inaugural season, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 opened with a win in the Daytona 500, the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series opener. Austin Dillon, driver of the No. 3 DOW Camaro ZL1, took the lead on the final lap en route to winning The Great American Race at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. Chevrolet swept all three races at Daytona International Speedway. Johnny Sauter, No. 21 Allegiant Airlines Silverado, led a race-high 39 laps en route to winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday night, and Tyler Reddick, No. 9 BurgerFi Camaro SS, won the NASCAR Xfinity Series Powershares QQQ 300 on Saturday afternoon.
On the 20th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt taking the No. 3 to victory in the Daytona 500, Austin Dillon took the lead on the last lap and won the 2018 Daytona 500 in the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevy. Bubba Wallace Jr. was 2nd in the No. 43 Richard Petty Chevy only 0.002s ahead of the Toyota of Denny Hamlin. Joey Logano (Ford) and Chris Buescher (Chevy) rounded out the top-5 in the race that saw crashes take out most of the top drivers.
NASCAR On the eve of the Daytona 500, Ford team owners representing 10 Daytona 500 victories and five NASCAR championships addressed the racing media to share high expectations for the 2018 season and indulge in a few stories of their considerable time competing in NASCAR's big leagues. Roger Penske, Jack Roush, Tony Stewart and Eddie Wood sat alongside Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports to field questions and provide perspective.
by Pete McCole Furniture Row Racing team owner Barney Visser – the defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion car owner – made his return to the racetrack this weekend for the first time since undergoing heart bypass surgery back in November, just three weeks before his team that he built from the group up clinched their first Cup Series title. And even though he missed being there in person to see his team finally reach the pinnacle of the sport, he’s happy to be back, and glad he’s been given a second chance.
Tyler Reddick beats Sadler in 300-Mile Photo Finish
by Pete McCole Tyler Reddick just barely edged out Elliott Sadler with a margin of victory of .000 for the checkered flag in the fifth overtime in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series PowerShares QQQ 300. It was the closest margin of victory in NASCAR national series history, officials confirmed after the race.
by Pete McCole Johnny Sauter won Friday night’s season-opening NextEra 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway for his third Daytona truck series win, becoming the all-time winningest truck series driver at Daytona. Sauter got past race leader David Gilliland with an inside power move with eight laps to go and then held off Justin Haley over the final eight laps to take the checkered flag.
NASCAR Hall of Famers and Chevrolet team owners Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick and Richard Petty sat alongside future Hall of Fame sure-bet Chip Ganassi and Jim Campbell, Chevrolet's USA vice president - to discuss the make's current state of affairs in NASCAR and the highly-anticipated Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season debut of the Camaro ZL1.
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