by Pete McCole Team Penske's Joey Logano captured his first career Daytona 500 victory on Sunday, holding off a surging Kevin Harvick in a final three-lap, green-white-checkered finish to bring home a second Daytona 500 trophy for team owner Roger Penske. Logano was well out in front of the pack when a crash on the backstretch brought out the final yellow flag on the white flag lap, freezing the field to give Logano the victory.
by Pete McCole Ryan Reed survived a wild, wreck-filled race and topped a final five-lap dash to the finish to win his first career NASCAR victory in Saturdayâ€™s season-opening Alert Today Florida 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Reed passed Brad Keselowski in the final turn of the last lap and held off his teammate Chris Buescher to take the checkered flag, earning Roush Fenway Racing their first ever Daytona victory.
Brian Carroccio & Pete McCole AR1 Head-to-Head is back. Today, NASCAR Correspondent Pete McCole and columnist Brian Carroccio go at it ahead of Sunday's 57th installment of the Great American Race. What teams and drivers have the advantage heading into Sunday's race? Who might pull off a surprise victory? What do they think of last weekend's goofy qualifying procedure? When will see the 'Big One'? Brian and Pete have the answers to these questions and more.
by Brian Carroccio The 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season kicked off this evening at Daytona International Speedway with Tyler Reddick taking victory the NextEra Energy Resources 250 tonight at Daytona International Speedway. It was the first career win for the driver of the #19 Draw Tite Brad Keselowski Racing Ford. Kyle Busch Motorsports' Erik Jones made a daring last lap outside pass coming to the tri-oval to finish second 0.174 seconds behind Reddick.
by Pete McCole NASCAR announced Friday afternoon that they have â€œindefinitelyâ€ suspended Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch amid allegations of a domestic altercation with his former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll at Dover International Raceway last September. The decision comes just hours after a Delaware court released its findings concerning an order of protection that was granted on Monday by Kent County family court commissioner David Jones.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Jimmie Johnson used the power of the Hendrick Motorsports Chevy engines, just as Dale Earnhardt Jr. did in Duel 1 by easily holding off all challengers to win the 2nd Budweiser Duel race at Daytona Thursday night ahead of Kyle Busch who had nothing for him with his Toyota. Greg Biffle finished 3rd ahead of Carl Edwards, now driving a Joe Gibbs Toyota. Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-5.
by Brian Carroccio Dale Earnhardt, Jr. came from the 25th and last starting position to win Duel 1 of the Budweiser Duel at Daytona. The win was Earnhardt's 15th fourth career Budweiser Duel win and 15th overall at Daytona International Speedway. The 2014 Daytona 500 winner will start Sunday's 57th running of the Great American Race third. Jeff Gordon, Earnhardtâ€™s Hendrick Motorsports teammate and pole sitter Jeff Gordon came home second with Penske Racing's Joey Logano third. Tony Stewart was fourth, and Clint Bowyer fifth.
Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson For the third consecutive year, the Chevrolet SS will lead the field to the green flag for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. This year, Jeff Gordon put the bowtie in the top spot for the Great American Race with a lap of 44.711 seconds/201.293 mph. Gordonâ€™s qualifying lap is the first time since 1987 that the pole sitter turned a lap over 200 mph. It is the 78th career pole and second Daytona 500 pole for the driver of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS.
by Brian Carroccio Jeff Gordon has won pole position for the 2015 Daytona 500. With a lap of 201.293 miles per hour, Gordon's #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet edged out teammate Jimmie Johnson by 0.035 seconds. Three Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camrys rounded out the top-5 with Denny Hamlin 3rd, Matt Kenseth 4th and Kyle Busch fifth. Kasey Kahne and Carl Edwards made it a Gibbs/Hendrick sweep of the top-7 qualifying sixth and seventh respectively.
by Pete McCole Just three months after finishing his first winless season in four years, Matt Kenseth got his 2015 Sprint Cup season started off on the right foot with a win in the 37th annual Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night. With help from his new Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Carl Edwards, Kenseth grabbed the lead with 56 laps to go and survived a final four-lap shootout to hold off Martin Truex, Jr.
No longer a Ford driver After years of being a Ford driver in NASCAR, Carl Edwards now drives for the Joe Gibbs Toyota team. He met with the media at Daytona Thursday. How important is change to a driver? "I believe that change in itself is good because it puts a lot of pressure on you. I feel that right now and I'm actually nervous and I think that's good. That's a motivator and for me it's an opportunity right now. I'm way outside of my comfort zone and that's good. Hopefully it yields good results."
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