Written by Monte Dutton Sat, 2017-03-11 08:28
Brad Keselowski stole one. Kevin Harvick gave one away. Another week, another race. That’s a whole two of them, and it’s on to Las Vegas, where, contrary to commercial belief, what happens there won’t really stay.
More than a quarter of the Atlanta Motor Speedway starting field has a court date at the Hampton, Ga., police station. It’s a good example of public-private coordination. NASCAR is running a heck of a speed trap on the outskirts of town.
by Bobby Bennett Sun, 2017-03-05 14:37
While Brad Keselowski had a very fast Ford, Kevin Harvick's Ford was just a tad faster. Fortunately for Keselowski, with less than 20 laps to go, Harvick was too fast on victory lane giving Keselowski his 22nd career Cup Series win and his first at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
For a few brief laps, Kyle Larson stood in the way of Keselowski. Unfortunately, Larson, while making the right choice to block Keselowski just didn't have enough to hold him off.
Written by Monte Dutton Thu, 2017-03-02 09:13
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.
By Bobby Bennett Mon, 2017-02-27 09:37
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.
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Sun, 2017-02-26 09:47
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.