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UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

X-Finity Series:
Saturday 2/17 Daytona Int'l Speedway PowerShares QQQ 300 2pm MRN

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Sunday 2/18 Daytona Int'l Speedway Daytona 500 1:30pm MRN


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Tuesday: NASCAR Live, 9-10pm

Wednesday: The Pit Reporters, 9-10pm

Monday-Friday: NASCAR Today, 6:45pm

Monday-Friday: Garage Pass, 8:30pm


NASCAR News (courtesy of John Singlar, MRN Radio)

RYAN BLANEY AND CHASE ELLIOTT WIN THURSDAY’S QUALIFYING RACES … as the starting field was set for Sunday’s Daytona 500. Blaney started eighth in the first half of the can-am Duel at Daytona International Speedway, leading the final six laps and beating runner-up … and Team Penske teammate … Joey Logano to the checkered flag by two tenths of a second as Ford swept the top two finishing positions. Rookie Darrell Wallace Junior, Ricky Stenhouse Junior and defending Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch completed the top five. The victory gave Blaney the Number-3 starting spot in Sunday’s “five hundred.” Elliott gave Chevrolet its turn in Victory Lane by winning the nightcap on Thursday, leading the final thirty-four laps and beating Kevin Harvick to the finish by eight one-hundredths of a second to secure the Number-4 starting spot in Sunday’s “Great American Race.” Erik Jones took third place with Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch completing the top five … Front-row qualifiers Alex Bowman and Denny Hamlin were already locked into their starting positions for the season opener after topping last weekend’s qualifying and will lead the field to the green flag Sunday in the sixtieth running of the Daytona 500 after finishing fourteenth and ninth, respectively, in Thursday’s races.

OTHER NOTABLE DRIVERS AND THEIR STARTING POSITIONS SUNDAY … 2015 Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano, fifth … 2014 Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick, sixth … Darrell Wallace Junior will be the highest-qualified rookie, starting seventh … 2015 champion Kyle Busch starts twelfth in the forty-car field … Reigning Monster Energy Series champ Martin Truex Junior, twenty-fourth … and Danica Patrick, twenty-eighth in her final NASCAR race … Accidents in the first of Thursday night’s twin qualifying races sidelined five drivers who’ll have to go to back-up cars and start Sunday’s race from the rear of the field: Advance Auto Parts Clash winner Brad Keselowski, seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports rookie William Byron, David Gilliland and Aric Almirola … When the green flag flies Sunday afternoon, it’ll be Kurt Busch bidding to become the first driver since Sterling Marlin in 1994 and 1995 to win back-to-back Daytona 500s. He’ll start eleventh.

UPDATE …
► Camping World Truck Series teams had their first on-track action of Speedweeks 2018 on Thursday with ThorSport Racing’s Grant Enfinger topping the opening practice session at 192.033 miles per hour in his Number-98 Ford. Johnny Sauter was second at 191.767 miles per hour with Matt Crafton (Enfinger’s teammate), Bryan Dauzat and John Hunter Nemechek completing the top five. Enfinger had the best average speed over ten consecutive laps, 187.687 miles per hour … Qualifying is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. (ET) today to set the field for tonight’s season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250.
► NASCAR X-finity Series teams will get their first crack at Daytona International Speedway’s two-point-five-mile oval with two practice sessions today … at 12:05 and 2:05 p.m. (ET) … as preparations continue for Saturday’s season-opening PowerShares Q-Q-Q 300. They’ll qualify Saturday morning, some five hours before the green flag flies … Ryan Reed won last year’s race while William Byron was victorious in last summer’s return to Daytona.

TRACK INFORMATION: Daytona International Speedway in central Florida is a two-point-five-mile oval with thirty-one degrees of banking in the turns, three degrees on the straights and eighteen degrees through the frontstretch tri-oval. The length of the frontstretch is thirty-eight hundred feet, the backstretch three thousand feet.

60th RUNNING OF THE DAYTONA 500 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES RACE
AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY … Sunday, 1:30 p.m. (ET)
Last Year’s Race: Kurt Busch led just one lap, but it was the one that counted the most. After race leader Chase Elliott slowed with a fuel pick-up problem and then Kyle Larson ran out of gas on the final lap, Busch’s Number-41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford was well-positioned – sweeping around Larson’s sputtering Chevrolet to win “The Great American Race.” His margin of victory was twenty-two one-hundredths of a second over Ryan Blaney as Ford swept the top two spots. A-J Allmendinger, Aric Almirola and Paul Menard completed the top five. Elliott, bidding to become the first pole winner to also win the “five hundred” since Dale Jarrett in 2000, led thirty-nine laps before yielding the lead less than three laps from the finish … Kevin Harvick started fifth and led a race-high fifty laps, finishing twenty-second in the forty-car field … The race was the first Cup Series event run under NASCAR’s new three-stage format. Kyle Busch won the first segment but was later sidelined by an accident and finished thirty-eighth. Harvick won Stage-2.
Track Position in Daytona: Eighty-nine of the 118 Cup Series races run have been won from a starting position of tenth or better. Just nine races have been won from a starting position of twentieth or worse … Winning From the Pole at Daytona: Eighteen of 118 Cup Series races have been won from the pole position, most recently by Dale Earnhardt Junior in 2015 … Track Qualifying Record (Restrictor-plate era, 1988 to present): Aric Almirola (Ford) … 202.370 miles per hour … 44.473 seconds … February 2015 … Track Record, Race Speed: Buddy Baker (Oldsmobile) … 177.602 mph … 2 hours, 48 minutes, 55 seconds … February 1980.
Length of Stages in Sunday’s Race: 60-60-80 laps … Practice Schedule: Friday from 1:05 to 1:55 p.m. and 3:05 to 3:55 p.m. (ET) … Saturday from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. (ET).

37th RUNNING OF THE POWER-SHARES QQQ 300 X-FINITY SERIES RACE
AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY … Saturday, 2 p.m. (ET)
Last Year’s Race: Ryan Reed held off a trio of Cup Series regulars down the stretch to win the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Reed’s Number-16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford pulled away from Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon and Brad Keselowski on the day’s final restart to notch his second victory in three years at “The World Center of Racing.” Brendan Gaughan completed the top five. Under NASCAR’s new race format, Elliott Sadler won the first two stages and led thirty-seven laps in the first half of the race. But he was among sixteen drivers tangled up in a crash along the backstretch less than twenty laps from the finish and exited Daytona with a twenty-fourth-place finish. Pole winner Brandon Jones failed to lead a lap and was sidelined early by an accident, placing twenty-ninth in the forty-car field … The race pace was slowed by ten cautions for forty-two laps, one-third of the race distance … There were twenty-three lead changes among seven drivers.
Length of Stages in Saturday’s Race: 30-30-60 laps … Friday’s Practice Schedule: From 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. and 2:05 to 2:55 p.m. (ET) … Qualifying: Saturday at 9:35 a.m. (ET) … Chevrolet has been the dominant manufacturer in recent years at Daytona International Speedway, winning thirteen of the last eighteen X-finity Series races dating back to 2009 … Clint Bowyer is the last driver to win an X-finity Series race there from the pole position, in 2009.


Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 

Sunday 2/25 Atlanta Motor Speedway Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 1pm PRN
Sunday 3/4 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Pennzoil 400 2:30pm PRN
Sunday 3/11 ISM Raceway Camping World 500 2:30pm MRN
Sunday 3/18 Auto Club Speedway of So. Cal. Auto Club 400 2:30pm MRN
Sunday 3/25 Martinsville Speedway STP 500 1pm MRN
Sunday 4/8 Texas Motor Speedway O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 1pm PRN
Sunday 4/15 Bristol Motor Speedway Food City 500 1pm PRN
Saturday 4/21 Richmond Raceway Toyota Owners 400 5:30pm MRN
Sunday 4/29 Talladega Superspeedway GEICO 500 1pm MRN
Sunday 5/6 Dover Int'l Speedway AAA 400 Drive for Autism 1pm MRN
Saturday 5/12 Kansas Speedway Go Bowling 400 7pm MRN
Saturday 5/19 Charlotte Motor Speedway Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race 5pm MRN
Sunday 5/27 Charlotte Motor Speedway Coca-Cola 600 5pm PRN
Sunday 6/3 Pocono Raceway Axalta presents the Pocono 400 1pm MRN
Sunday 6/10 Michigan Int'l Speedway FireKeepers Casino 400 1pm MRN
Sunday 6/24 Sonoma Raceway Toyota/Save Mart 350 2pm PRN
Sunday 7/1 Chicagoland Speedway Tales of the Turtles 400 1:30pm MRN
Saturday 7/7 Daytona Int'l Speedway Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola 6pm MRN
Saturday 7/14 Kentucky Speedway Quaker State 400 6:30pm PRN
Sunday 7/22 New Hampshire Motor Speedway New Hampshire 301 1pm PRN
Sunday 7/29 Pocono Raceway Overton's 400 1:30pm MRN
Sunday 8/5 Watkins Glen Int'l I Love New York 355 1:30pm MRN
Sunday 8/12 Michigan Int'l Speedway Pure Michigan 400 1:30pm MRN
Saturday 8/18 Bristol Motor Speedway Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race 6:30pm PRN
Sunday 9/2 Darlington Raceway Bojangles' Southern 500 5pm MRN
Sunday 9/9 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Brickyard 400 2pm PRN/IMS
Sunday 9/16 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Monster Energy Cup Series 400 2pm PRN
Saturday 9/22 Richmond Raceway Federated Auto Parts 400 6:30pm MRN
Sunday 9/30 Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL Bank of America 500 1pm PRN
Sunday 10/7 Dover Int'l Speedway Apache Warrior 400 1pm MRN
Sunday 10/14 Talladega Superspeedway Alabama 500 1pm MRN
Sunday 10/21 Kansas Speedway Hollywood Casino 400 1pm MRN
Sunday 10/28 Martinsville Speedway First Data 500 1:30pm MRN
Sunday 11/4 Texas Motor Speedway AAA Texas 500 2pm PRN
Sunday 11/11 ISM Raceway Can-Am 500 1:30pm MRN
Sunday 11/18 Homestead-Miami Speedway Ford EcoBoost 400 1:30pm MRN


NASCAR X-Finity Series

Saturday 2/24 Atlanta Motor Speedway Rinnai 250 1:30pm PRN
Saturday 3/3 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Boyd Gaming 300 3:30pm PRN
Saturday 3/10 ISM Raceway DC Solar 200 3:30pm MRN
Saturday 3/17 Auto Club Speedway of So. Cal. Service King 300 4:30pm MRN
Saturday 4/7 Texas Motor Speedway My Bariatric Solutions 300 1pm PRN
Saturday 4/14 Bristol Motor Speedway Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 12:30pm PRN
Saturday 4/28 Talladega Superspeedway Sparks Energy 300 2:30pm MRN
Saturday 5/5 Dover Int'l Speedway OneMain Financial 200 1pm MRN
Saturday 5/26 Charlotte Motor Speedway Hisense 4K TV 300 12:30pm PRN
Saturday 6/2 Pocono Raceway Pocono Green 250 12:30pm MRN
Saturday 6/9 Michigan Int'l Speedway Irish Hills 250 1pm MRN
Sunday 6/17 Iowa Speedway American Ethanol e15 250 Presented by Enogen 4:30pm MRN
Saturday 6/30 Chicagoland Speedway TheHouse.com 300 3pm MRN
Saturday 7/21 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Lakes Region 200 3:30pm PRN
Saturday 7/28 Iowa Speedway U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by American Ethanol 3pm MRN
Saturday 8/4 Watkins Glen Int'l Zippo 200 at the Glen 3pm MRN
Saturday 8/11 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Mid-Ohio Challenge 2:30pm MRN
Saturday 8/25 Road America Johnsonville 180 2:30pm MRN
Saturday 9/1 Darlington Raceway Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 3pm MRN
Saturday 9/15 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Xfinity Series 300 3:30pm PRN
Saturday 9/29 Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL Drive for the Cure 300 2:30pm PRN
Saturday 10/6 Dover Int'l Speedway Drive Sober 200 2:30pm MRN
Saturday 10/20 Kansas Speedway Kansas Lottery 300 2pm MRN
Saturday 11/3 Texas Motor Speedway O'Reily 300 8pm PRN
Saturday 11/10 ISM Raceway Ticket Galaxy 200 3pm MRN
Saturday 11/17 Homestead-Miami Speedway Ford EcoBoost 300 3pm MRN


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Saturday 2/24 Atlanta Motor Speedway Active Pest Control 200 4pm MRN
Saturday 3/24 Martinsville Speedway Alpha Energy Solutions 250 1:30pm MRN
Saturday 6/16 Iowa Speedway M&M’S 200 presented by Casey’s General Store 6:30pm MRN
Saturday 6/23 Gateway Motorsports Park Drivin' For Linemen 200 8pm MRN
Saturday 7/28 Pocono Raceway Overton's 150 12:30pm MRN
Saturday 8/11 Michigan Int'l Speedway LTi Printing 200 12:30pm MRN
Sunday 8/26 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Chevrolet Silverado 250 2pm MRN
Saturday 10/13 Talladega Superspeedway fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola 12:30pm MRN
Saturday 10/27 Martinsville Speedway Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented by Alpha Energy Solutions 12:30pm MRN


Indy Car Series

Saturday 4/7 Phoenix International Raceway TBA 9:00pm IMS
Sunday 4/22 Barber Motorsports Park TBA 3pm IMS
Sunday 5/27 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 11am IMS
Saturday 6/2 Detroit Belle Isle TBA 3pm IMS


 

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