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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2017 Daytona 500

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Who’s in the headline – Kurt Busch guided a badly damaged race car to the finish line first, ending an 0-for-15 drought in the sport’s Great American Race. He was the third of three leaders in the final three laps, taking control when others around him ran out of gas. In a Daytona 500 that was …

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Team Penske Extends Contract with Joey Logano and Shell Through 2022 ‘And Beyond’

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“Greatness. There is no other way to put it.” Joey Logano is not leaving Team Penske anytime soon. Logano, 26, announced an extension with the team he has called home since 2013 through 2022 “and beyond.” “We are so proud of the driver Joey has become since joining our team in 2013 and all the success he …

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A Team Penske Clash Versus Joe Gibbs Racing

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Though a new racing season has begun, the battles at the restrictor plate tracks continue to come down to the same competitors – Team Penske against Joe Gibbs Racing. The two teams combined to sweep all of the points-paying Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series plate races in 2016, with Gibbs’ Denny Hamlin also winning last season’s …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Bring On NASCAR 2017

It’s true NASCAR has the shortest offseason of any major sport. But really, why does it seem like forever between the season finale at Homestead and the start of Daytona Speedweeks? It’s just 90 days, far shorter than the end of the Super Bowl and the start of NFL Training Camps midsummer. For me, the …

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The Big 6: Questions After The 2017 Advance Auto Parts Clash

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Only one driver this season used Daytona 500 pole criteria to qualify for NASCAR’s revamped Clash: Danica Patrick. The former pole winner of the Great American Race suffered through a difficult offseason, one that featured Stewart-Haas Racing filing a lawsuit against Patrick’s sponsor Nature’s Bakery for pulling their 25-race sponsorship …

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Up to Speed: Does NASCAR have the Right Combination for 2017?

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With only one week left before the 2017 Daytona 500, drivers and teams of the newly-renamed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series are making final preparations for the biggest race of the year. Daytona International Speedway presents a challenge unlike most tracks in NASCAR.  The nature of pack racing in close quarters at 200 mph, leaving …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2017 Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona

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Who’s in the headline – The 2017 season took an extra day to kick off thanks to rain on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, but The Clash did not disappoint. Joey Logano has proven to be a strong plate racer since joining Team Penske, and it showed again on Sunday. Avoiding the spinning cars …

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Joey Logano Dodges Last-Lap Crash to Win Clash at Daytona

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Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing went from following to hitting on the final lap of the Clash at Daytona International Speedway. After contact between Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin for the lead in Turn 1, Joey Logano dodged the spinning No. 11 Toyota to take his first win in the rain-postponed Clash at Daytona. …

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Daily NASCAR Fantasy Hot-Start: Advance Auto Parts Clash

11-13 November, 2016, Avondale, Arizona USA Joey Logano celebrates his win with a burnout © 2016, Nigel Kinrade NKP

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season kicks off Saturday night when last season’s top performers hit the asphalt for the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway. The 17-car field is made up of former Daytona 500 pole sitters, 2016 Coors Light Pole Award winners, past Clash winners and 2016 playoff-eligible drivers. Also …

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Joey Logano Leads Opening Daytona Cup Practice

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Joey Logano kicked the year off right at Daytona International Speedway, leading the way in opening Daytona 500 practice in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at a lap time of 46.604 seconds (193.116 mph). Logano, topping a trio of Fords at the top of the four-hour session, beat Aric Almirola by 0.015 seconds followed …

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