Daytona 500 Tag

By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor Days after announcing his official departure from Stewart-Haas Racing, Kurt Busch has landed a ride with Chip Ganassi Racing for the upcoming 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, taking over the No. 1 Chevrolet. In his 20th season in NASCAR’s top division, Busch will be bringing Monster Energy on board as a primary sponsor and he will team up with Kyle Larson in the team’s two-car stable. “I am tremendously proud to be joining Chip Ganassi Racing and the prestigious group of alumni,” said Busch.Read More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer Veteran Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series crew chief, and team owner, Tommy Baldwin, Jr. will attempt the 2019 Daytona 500. After a little over a one-year hiatus, Tommy Baldwin Racing will return to the Premier Series of NASCAR. TBR competed full-time from 2009 to 2016. In 2017, the team scaled back to part-time competition following the sale of Baldwin’s charter. The team will once again compete part-time, running between five and seven races with the aim of returning to full-time competition in 2020. Crew chief,Read More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor We may only be six weeks into the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead to what is in store for next season. With that in mind, the sanctioning body released the 2019 Cup Series schedule on Tuesday, allowing fans and participants of all sorts ample time to get their planning done for the year. The 2019 schedule looks virtually identical to this year’s schedule, with the season kicking off with the Daytona 500 on FebruaryRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor For the first time in 18 years, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. didn’t have a race to run when the Daytona 500 went green last Sunday and for the 15-time Most Popular Driver, that was fine by him. While in Daytona to support his Xfinity Series teams and serve as the Grand Marshal, Earnhardt was asked how he felt not having to worry about being behind the wheel for the Great American Race and he noted how refreshing it was to not have the pressure of raceRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Restrictor plate racing is a strategic game, requiring critical thinking to make the right moves. A few days removed from Sunday’s Daytona 500 and it has dawned on me how frustrating this current era of racing has become. What happened to the word patience? The days of strategizing your move without causing a junkyard is gone. Part of this has to do with three things — stage racing, the demand of winning the Great American Race at an all-time high, or just a generational problem.Read More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Austin Dillon prevailed in a game of Survivor played at 200 miles per hour, winning the Sunday’s Daytona 500 fiercely and unapologetically after turning race leader Aric Almirola in the third corner of the final lap. Ten of the 40 drivers who started the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ season-opening event finished on the lead lap in a race that featured eight cautions and three massive wrecks that eliminated many of the strongest cars in the field. After a huge pushRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When it comes to iconic names in the Daytona 500, Richard Petty is second to none, and on Sunday, his car brought home a second-place finish in the Great American Race with heralded rookie Darrell Wallace, Jr. behind the wheel. After an offseason of turmoil that saw changes in manufacturers, drivers, shop locations, and more, Richard Petty Motorsports has come out swinging in 2018 with Wallace as their driver, showcasing their new alliance with Richard Childress Racing and Chevrolet on theRead More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer  Only two multi-car teams had all of its’ cars finish inside the top-10 in the Daytona 500. JTG-Daugherty Racing’s A.J. Allmendinger and Chris Buescher was one of them with both drivers finishing inside the top-10 in the 60th running of the “Great American Race.” Both drivers had to escape incidents that wiped out many of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competitors. Buescher somehow had a quiet race at Daytona International Speedway on his way to a fifth-place finish. His No. 37 Kleenex Chevrolet CamaroRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat was the storybook ending in Sunday’s 60th running of the Daytona 500. For Aric Almirola, he drew the short straw, losing the lead on the last lap after being turned by Austin Dillon, who won the Great American Race for the first time in his career. “It was the last lap and we’re all trying to win the Daytona 500.  It’s the biggest race of the year and it’s a career-changing race, so we were justRead More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer In a Daytona 500 that turned into a game of ‘survival of the fittest,’ Paul Menard survived to finish inside the top-10. It was Menard’s first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race with the Wood Brothers Racing Team. His No. 21 Omnicraft Ford Fusion was up front for much of the 500 miles at Daytona International Speedway. On the final restart, Menard lined up in the back of the pack of cars that remained. He pushed Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace, Jr. forward as cars jockeyed for position.Read More