Daytona International Speedway Tag

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway always brings many of the best racing drivers across all disciplines. The latest racing superstar to make the crossover will be Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch. At the annual ‘Motorsports Day’ event Toyota and Lexus hold in Plano, Texas Monday morning,  Lexus Motorsports announced the 2015 Cup champion will make his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut at Daytona January 25-26, 2020, piloting an AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus RC F GT3 that competes in the GTD class.Read More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Erik Jones has called the No. 20 team at Joe Gibbs Racing home for the past two seasons and heading into the 2020 season, he will continue to occupy that seat as the team announced a contract extension for the 23-year old on Friday. “I’m so happy to finally have my plans for 2020 confirmed and to talk about it,” Jones said in a team release. “I’m excited to be staying with Joe Gibbs Racing and the 20 team and to continue the success thatRead More

Posted On September 5, 2019By Seth EggertIn Breaking News, Headline News, Xfinity

Climbing the Ladder: Brandon Brown

By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent For this week’s edition of Climbing the Ladder, Seth Eggert sat down with Brandonbilt Motorsports’ Brandon Brown. Brown drives the No. 86 Coastal Carolina University / W.G. Speaks / Carrier / Vector Security / ABS Vans / Vero Chevrolet Camaro SS for his family owned team. The 25-year-old sits 15th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Points standings. Brown is 590-points behind points leader Tyler Reddick and 224-points behind Ryan Sieg who holds the cutoff for the playoffs. He is also competing for Sunoco Rookie ofRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent BRISTOL, Tenn. – Journeyman driver David Ragan will step away from full-time competition following the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The 33-year-old made the decision with a focus on spending more time with his family. Ragan has competed in NASCAR’s Premier Series full-time for 13 years. While he only visited victory lane twice, his accomplishments both around and off the track are greater than those on track. Ragan was one of several drivers that filled-in for Kyle Busch in 2015 following the viciousRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent Kaulig Racing’s team owner Matt Kaulig and team President Chris Rice announced that their crew chief, Nick Harrison, passed away at the age of 37. Harrison worked most recently in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on top of the pit box for Justin Haley. Halfway into the 2019 season, he had led Haley to two top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. Harrison was also part of Kaulig Racing’s first ever sweep of the top two finishing positions at Daytona International Speedway earlier this month. Although it wasRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent Halfway into the season, Bubba Wallace is a championship contender, just not where one may think. With support from Domino’s and Sunoco, Wallace is competing in the BoJangles Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 0.250-mile frontstretch oval every Tuesday night for Chris Rogers. His No. 76 Legend Car has not finished outside the top-five in the four races he has competed in. Plans for Wallace to compete weekly at the Summer Shootout date back to February. With a team needing a new driver, theRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – To pit or not to pit? That is the question that crew chiefs always face when weather is a factor late in the going. Make the wrong decision and it could cost your driver a chance at a win. Unfortunately for Kurt Busch and Chip Ganassi Racing crew chief Matt McCall, the odds weren’t in their favor in Sunday’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona, as an untimely lightning strike would be their undoing. Busch was able to escape the “BigRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Anything can happen at Daytona International Speedway and it usually does. Once again, it was the case in Sunday’s rain-shortened Coke Zero Sugar 400. Only this time, it involved two Ford camp regulars on the bottom of the points table. After dodging the 18-car big one and some pitting before the red flag, both Corey LaJoie and rookie Matt Tifft were in excellent spots for a strong outcome. Then Mother Nature reared its ugly head for good and after 127 laps, they each scored their maidenRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent Through the carnage and smoke, Matt DiBenedetto emerged unscathed on his way to a Top-10 finish at Daytona International Speedway. With weather in the area, the intensity increased dramatically in the final stage of the Coke Zero Sugar 400. DiBenedetto attempted to stay in line with his fellow Toyota Racing drivers. His No. 95 Procore Toyota Camry was shuffled out of line and he found himself in the middle of the hornets’ nest. On lap 118, contact between Austin Dillon and Clint Bowyer at theRead More
By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As the dark clouds and lightning descended upon Daytona International Speedway Sunday afternoon, Justin Haley climbed out of his No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet feeling like it was perhaps divine intervention. He was first on the scoreboard at the time Sunday’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 was red-flagged for lightning 33 laps short of the intended 160-lap distance. Two hours and 12 minutes later, the 20-year old Indiana native was celebrating his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup win – inRead More