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Paul Menard Scores Top 10 in Wood Brothers Racing Debut


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In the 2017 Daytona 500, Ryan Blaney came up just shy of winning in the Wood Brothers Racing No. 21. Blaney went on to win at Pocono Raceway and make a deep playoff run. Blaney announced he was moving to Team Penske and Paul Menard would take his spot in the No. 21 for 2018. …

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The Black Flag Continues to Cause Controversy at Daytona

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One of the forgotten flags of NASCAR came back with a vengeance at Speedweeks 2018. There have now been four times in the last week of racing at Daytona International Speedway where the black flag has waved to deeply hurt a strong contender. It all started with the Advance Auto Parts Clash. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. …

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Spencer Gallagher Gets Another Top 10 at Daytona International Speedway


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The 2018 Speedweeks were good to Spencer Gallagher. The son of GMS Racing owner Maurice Gallagher Jr. watched on Friday night as his family’s No. 21 truck of Johnny Sauter won the Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway. The younger Gallagher represented his father in the media center after the race and …

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Daniel Hemric Nabs Daytona XFINITY Pole

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Daniel Hemric laid down a blistering lap to win the NASCAR Daytona XFINITY Series pole. He’ll lead the way in the PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway Saturday afternoon (Feb. 17). Hemric swept both rounds of qualifying after being the fastest car in final practice. The No. 21 Chevrolet was the only car to …

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Tracking the Trucks: Underdogs Shine as Johnny Sauter Surges at Daytona


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In a Nutshell: The NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday (Feb. 16) was the typical wreck-fest it tends to be be. Many NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stars crashed, including Matt Crafton, Noah Gragson, John Hunter Nemechek, and Stewart Friesen. Their tough luck opened the door for underdogs of the series, as …

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Spencer Davis Surprises with a Top 10 in Truck Debut


When Kyle Busch Motorsports announced its 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver lineup, there was one name that not many people recognized: Spencer Davis. The 19-year-old had been bouncing around the K&N Pro Series, ARCA Racing Series, Whelen Modified Tour, and the CARS Tour for the past several years. His biggest highlight was a …

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David Gilliland Claims Pole For Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250

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The younger generation of racers has not yet completely taken over. 41-year-old David Gilliland swept both rounds of qualifying to win the pole for Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway (Feb. 16). Gilliland’s speed of 183.610 mph was enough to win his first career Camping World Truck Series pole award. It was …

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Are the Can-Am Duels Still Necessary?

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The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series duked it out on Thursday night (Feb. 15) in the Can-Am Duels to determine Sunday’s starting lineup for the Daytona 500. Only 40 cars entered the Great American Race this year, so for the first time in a long time, no one was sent home. In the …

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Chase Elliott Dominates Second Can-Am Duel


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Chase Elliott won the second Can-Am Duel on Thursday night (Feb. 15) to claim the fourth-place starting spot in the Daytona 500. The win marks Elliott’s second career Duel win, also winning one last year. “We did this last year. We got the big one to go on Sunday,” Elliott said to FS1. 2016 Daytona …

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Darrell Wallace Jr. Pushes Ryan Blaney to Win the First Cam-Am Duel

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Alex Bowman started the first Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway on the pole, but was quickly shuffled out on the first lap. The three Team Penske cars maneuvered to the top of the field and claimed the top-three spots, with Brad Keselowski initially leading before Joey Logano took over. Two-time Daytona 500 champion Jimmie …

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