Category Archives: NASCAR

Logano scorches final lap to win in Vegas

Not having one of his cars in the championship field of four last November was just not acceptable for NASCAR Cup Series team owner Roger Penske. So, in the offseason he shook things up by changing around the crews of all three of his teams. In Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Penske’s…MORE

Newman suffered head injuries, vows to return

Six days after being injured in a horrific crash at the end of the Daytona 500, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman on Sunday issued a statement providing an update on his condition, thanking his supporters and pledging to return to racing. Speaking at Las Vegas Motor Speedway hours before the start of the Pennzoil 400, Roush…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Officials offer details on Newman response

LAS VEGAS — What seemed like an eternity was actually 19 seconds. After Ryan Newman’s battered race car came to rest last Monday at the end of the tri-oval in a brutal wreck at the finish of the Daytona 500, it took only 19 seconds for the first emergency vehicle to arrive, according to a…MORE

Rain cancels Vegas qualifying; inspection issue sends Busch to rear

LAS VEGAS — A persistent drizzle at Las Vegas Motor Speedway forced cancellation of Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series qualifying session for Sunday’s Pennzoil 400. Accordingly, the starting field has been set according to the rule book, with the cars set to line up according to final 2019 owner points. That would have put Kyle Busch…MORE

Dillon lauds safety of Cup cars after Newman wreck

For Austin Dillon, there had to be an element of deja vu in Ryan Newman’s wreck on the frontstretch at the finish of Monday’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Dillon himself had a similar experience in the July 2015 race at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, when his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet flew into…MORE

Weekend preview: Gibbs team ready to roll in Vegas

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — For the second consecutive year, Denny Hamlin has started his NASCAR Cup Series season in championship form, becoming only the fourth person in history to earn back-to-back Daytona 500 victories, and perhaps, more importantly, proving his Joe Gibbs Racing team is absolutely ready to continue a championship pace of a season…MORE

Newman showing ‘great improvement’ after Daytona crash

Ryan Newman is showing “great improvement” after suffering serious injuries Monday night in the final lap of the Daytona 500, Roush Fenway Racing announced Wednesday. He remains hospitalized in Daytona Beach, Fla. “The veteran driver is fully alert and walking around Halifax Medical Center,” his team tweeted. “True to his jovial nature, he has also…MORE

Newman ‘awake, speaking’ day after Daytona crash

Ryan Newman was “awake and speaking with family and doctors” a day after his harrowing final-lap crash in Monday’s Daytona 500. His team, Roush Fenway Racing, announced the update on Newman’s condition on Tuesday afternoon, adding: “Ryan and his family have expressed their appreciation for the concern and heartfelt messages from across the country. They…MORE

Jimmie Johnson’s final Daytona 500 ends early

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — In the hours before his final Daytona 500 start, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson was riding bikes with his wife and two young daughters in the infield, enjoying the sunny Florida day and the good vibes before NASCAR’s highest profile green flag flew. On the grid before the race,…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Gaughan caps final Daytona 500 with career-best finish

Brendan Gaughan caps final Daytona 500 with career-best finish DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — With 10 laps left in his final Daytona 500, Brendan Gaughan was two laps down. Two quick cautions, however — the last one coming on Lap 199 of a scheduled 200 — got Gaughan back on the lead lap as the highest-scored…MORE

Daytona 500 results

NASCAR Cup Series Race — 62nd Annual Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, Florida Sunday, February 16, 2020 (concluded Monday, February 17, 2020) 1. (21) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 209. 2. (27) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 209. 3. (19) Chris Buescher, Ford, 209. 4. (30) David Ragan, Ford, 209. 5. (10) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 209. 6.…MORE

Hamlin wins crashed-filled Daytona 500 for third time

Last week, Denny Hamlin couldn’t come up with the names of drivers who have won three Daytona 500s. He did know that winning three would put him in “very, very elite” company. Welcome to very, very elite company, Mr. Hamlin. Thanks to rain on Sunday, it took two days to get it but on Monday,…MORE

Rain pushes Daytona 500 to Monday conclusion

Rain forced the postponement of Sunday’s 62nd running of the Daytona 500 after just 20 laps had been completed. The race was rescheduled for Monday, with a start time of 4 p.m. ET at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was scheduled to wave the race-commencing green flag at just after…MORE

Hamlin’s car fails inspection, moves to rear at Daytona 500

Denny Hamlin will start Sunday’s Daytona 500 at the rear of the 40-competitor field after his No. 11 Toyota failed two pre-race inspections. Hamlin, the defending champion, was scheduled to start in 21st position. He also won the 2016 race. NASCAR also ejected Hamlin’s car chief, Eric Phillips, from the race and penalized Hamlin 15…MORE

NASCAR notebook: New Camaro is source of optimism for Chevrolet teams

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — After a less-than-stellar rollout of last year’s NASCAR Cup Series Camaros, Chevrolet teams are optimistic that changes to the car will result in improved performance in 2020. So far, the results seem to bear that out. Chevrolet driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. of JTG Daugherty Racing won the pole for Sunday’s Daytona…MORE

Johnson’s final Daytona 500 leads top storylines

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The storylines are aplenty for the 62nd running of NASCAR’s Great American Race, the Daytona 500, and by the time cars grid at Daytona International Speedway for Sunday’s green flag (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), a new season’s worth of high aspirations will be on the…MORE

Trump to attend Daytona 500

President Donald Trump will attend the Daytona 500 on Sunday, the president of Daytona International Speedway confirmed Thursday. “The Daytona 500 is one of the greatest events in sports and the prestigious season-opening event to the NASCAR Cup Series. Daytona International Speedway has been privileged to have hosted several sitting Presidents of the United States…MORE

Auto Racing Glance

NASCAR CUP SERIES: Daytona 500 (200 laps, 500 miles around a 2.5-mile oval), Daytona International Speedway; Daytona Beach, Fla. TV: Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET (approximate green flag 2:49 p.m. ET) — Fox (Radio: Motorsports Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90). THIS WEEK: The 62nd running of the Daytona 500 — the season’s first of…MORE

NASCAR notebook: Highlights from Daytona 500 media day

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — In the aftermath of the first major wreck in last Sunday’s Busch Clash at Daytona, Brad Keselowski was far from charitable when assessing the blocking attempt by Team Penske teammate Joey Logano. As the cars roared through Turn 4 on Lap 66, Logano blocked the Toyota of Kyle Busch, who had…MORE

NASCAR announces partnership with U.S. Census

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The U.S. Census and NASCAR announced an official partnership Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway that will include both a race title position and a promotional campaign designed to encourage participation in the upcoming U.S. Census reporting. Highlighting this new partnership, the U.S. Census Bureau will be the race entitlement sponsor of…MORE

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