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MONTE DUTTON: ATLANTA IS AS NORMAL AS THIS IS GOING TO GET

I don’t know what to make of the new NASCAR rules. If you’re basing your judgment on the Daytona 500 alone, you don’t, either.

The Daytona 500 does not a season make. On the contrary, it has little, historically, to do with the rest of the season, and it’s no mystery why. It’s a plate race for which all the teams have been diligently preparing since the jet engines cooled after the flight back from Homestead.

Everyone is as ready as their resources allow. This will not always be the case. Teams will have to preserve their equipment. Some will run out of it.

KURT BUSCH DELIVERS DAYTONA 500 WIN AS STEWART-HAAS DEBUTS THEIR FORDS

 

Many will say Kurt Busch lucked his way into his first career win at Daytona International Speedway in the 59th running of the Daytona 500, the 2017 season opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.

Not only was the win the first for Busch in the Daytona 500, it was also the first win in the event for car owner Tony Stewart.

“It has been a really long, hard winter, and I am so proud of everyone at SHR and Ford Performance,” said Stewart. “They really worked their tails off to get ready. Doug Yates and everybody at Roush Yates Engines brought unbelievable power all week. Had I known that all I had to do was retire, I would have retired 17 years ago if I knew that’s what it took to win the race.

CP MOTORSPORTS - RYAN REED COMES OUT ON TOP IN THE MIDST OF DAYTONA X-FINITY "BIG ONE"

 

For Ryan Reed, there's magic in the air at the Birthplace of Speed.

Reed went to Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway in February 2015 and hadn't won since -- until Saturday night, when he held off Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran Kasey Kahne in overtime to claim victory in the Powershares QQQ 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener.

With the race going four laps past its scheduled distance of 120 laps, and with the series running NASCAR's new three-stage event format for the first time, Reed blocked Kahne in Turn 2 on the first of two overtime laps and stalled his momentum.

MONTE DUTTON: THE IMAGINARY WINDS OF DAYTONA BEACH

What seems forever in advance becomes rapid in hindsight.

Right now seemed like forever after Thanksgiving. Now, as I sit down to write, the Daytona 500 is so close that it just tapped me on the shoulder. Now the dominos are poised to fall, one after another until, yet again, the Thanksgiving turkey is in the oven and the speedways sit empty.

Thanksgiving? At the moment, it is forever away.

CP MOTORSPORTS – NEW YEAR, NEW NUMBER, NEW TEAM & NEW QUEST FOR COUGHLIN BEGINS AT DAYTONA

Cody Coughlin's rookie campaign in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will kick-off in one week when he takes on the legendary high-banks of Daytona International Speedway (FL) on Friday, February 24 in the NextEra Energy Resources 250. It will be Coughlin's second trip to 2.5-mile tri-oval in the NCWTS, but the race will be the first for Coughlin in the JEGS.com/RIDE TV number-13 Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing.

The 21-year-old driver said he cannot to wait to head back to Daytona.

"I'm really excited. It's always exciting to go to Daytona because the energy level is so high among every body in the garage and all of the fans. You can feel the excitement. I like Daytona. It's a cool place. I had a good run there in an ARCA car (2015) and I felt comfortable there in the Truck race too last year."

 

 

CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: DAYTONA WHEN I WAS OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER

With the NASCAR season on the horizon at last, this morning I started reminiscing about my first trip to the Daytona 500.

It was 1988, and, then as now, I was immature for my age. I worked for a newspaper. It was weekly. I was young enough to believe I could head off to Florida on a Wednesday night, with a friend who said he had some friends who were already down there, and the two of us could stretch our limited resources enough to celebrate the fact that it was 1988 and George Orwell’s 1984 had not occurred. I’m not sure whether or not that subject actually came up.

Both of us had left our cell phones at home because they had not yet been invented in any approximation of the present form. I knew they existed because the banker Milburn Drysdale on The Beverly Hillbillies had had one years earlier. When we took off in search of the pomp, the pageantry, the human drama of athletic competition, at The Great American Race, I sang to myself, … so we loaded up the truck and we moved to Beverly.

CP MOTORSPORTS – BEAVER MOTORSPORTS ANNOUNCES 2017 NCWTS

Beaver Motorsports today announced its debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Led by veteran team owner Mark Beaver, Beaver Motorsports will field the No. 50 Chevrolet full time in 2017 with driver Travis Kvapil.

Beaver Motorsports will kick off its 2017 campaign at Daytona International Speedway in the NextEra Energy Resources 250, with the Florida Lottery as the primary sponsor for the No. 50 Chevrolet.

CP MOTORSPORTS – NASCAR BECOMES FIRST SPORTS LEAGUE TO LAUNCH DESKSITE VIDEO APP

Just in time for the 2017 DAYTONA 500®, NASCAR and DeskSite jointly announced today the official launch of the NASCAR DeskSite, an interactive and personalized video app that delivers premium, high-definition video content on-demand to NASCAR fans – for free.

NASCAR is the first professional sports league to launch DeskSite, which has partnerships with individual NFL, NHL and MLS team franchises.

MONTE DUTTON: DAYTONA’S OUT THERE ON A HAZY HORIZON

I read somewhere – and, gosh knows, it could be fake news – that 79 percent of the people are not on Twitter, and I thought, well, this cannot be. Yet I cling to my Twitter followers – and my Facebook friends – and I’m banking on the hope that a much larger percentage of the few, the proud, the people who care about what I write, are more likely to be interested in NASCAR, and my novels, and the small school where I went to college, than the average bear looking for pic-a-nic baskets.

Aw, Yogi.

What of that hardworking fellow who spends all his time working on refrigerators so that he can scrape up enough money to buy a new recliner, has a Facebook page that he mainly checks to avoid forgetting his cousin’s birthday, and just wants to sit in that new recliner and watch the stock car race on the weekend?

CP MOTORSPORTS – RHEEM, MENARDS AND RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING TAP YOUNG DRIVER BEN KENNEDY TO RUN NINE XFINITY SERIES RACES

Rheem, Menards and Richard Childress Racing (RCR) are committed to championing the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) charge to be the series where "names are made," and each have long histories of supporting aspiring drivers from local short tracks to NASCAR's feeder series.

Ben Kennedy will be the latest up-and-coming driver to be given that opportunity when he climbs into the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro for nine NXS races, the first of which will be at Talladega Superspeedway this spring. Kennedy has worked his way up through the NASCAR development ladder. In 2016, he competed full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and secured his first NASCAR national touring series win at Bristol Motor Speedway in August. He also finished 10th in his NXS debut last season at Iowa Speedway, driving the No. 2 Ruud Chevrolet for RCR.

 

 

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