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posted FEBRUARY 27, 2017

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After 17 tries behind wheel, Tony Stewart's 1st Daytona 500 win comes as owner by Bob Pockrass;
The race had its issues, but the Daytona 500 win by Kurt Busch was a thriller by John Oreovicz;
Monster Energy's race win in title-sponsor debut 'beyond crazy,' VP says by Darren Rovell

Associated Press:
Earnhardt returns from concussion, feels fine after crash by Mark Long;
Party Time! Outlaw, Smoke, Gronk turn Daytona 500 into bash and
At last, Stewart finds his way to Daytona 500 victory lane by Dan Gelston;
Chase Elliott suffers more heartbreak, this time at Daytona and
Kurt Busch steals monster victory by winning Daytona 500 by Jenna Fryer

Don't blame race stages for crashfest Daytona weekend by Matt Myftiu

Rookies have poor showings in Daytona 500 by Al Pearce;
Daytona 500 heartbreak: Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson run out of gas while leading by Matt Weaver;
Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he enjoyed the week despite Daytona 500 disappointment by Mike Hembree;
The 2017 Daytona 500 as it happened by Greg Engle

Charlotte Observer:
Wreck in Daytona 500 spoils Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s return to NASCAR and
NASCAR's Kurt Busch wins Daytona 500 the old-fashioned way and
Kurt Busch wins wreck-marred Daytona 500 by David Scott

Circle Track:
Kurt Busch delivers Daytona 500 win as Stewart-Haas debuts their Fords by Bobby Bennett

Ryan Blaney comes oh so close to Daytona 500 win by Greg Engle

Daytona Beach News-Journal:
Kurt Busch wins one monster race by Godwin Kelly;
Daytona 500 notes: Drivers like new stage rule and
Crew chief Tony Gibson scores homefield victory and
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Daytona 500 run ends early with crash and
Andretti, Gronk and Owen Wilson among the celebs at the 500 by Dinah Voyles Pulver;
Kurt Busch wins 1st Daytona 500 on last-lap pass by ;
After quiet first half, NASCAR's main event turns chaotic by Zack Zean

Ft. Worth Star-Telegram:
Plenty of late drama, but did Daytona 500 lose too many big names early on? and
Kyle Busch blames Goodyear for his disappointing Daytona 500 by Drew Davison

Fox Sports:
Ryan Blaney sputters to career-best Cup finish in Daytona 500 by Chase Wilhelm;
Kurt Busch's transformation from troubled to Daytona 500 champ seems complete and
Michael Waltrip 'just blessed not to tear my car up' on final run by Joe Menzer;
NASCAR gives thumbs up to 3-stage racing and
7 takeaways from the Daytona 500 and
Racing was great, wrecking not so much, at the Daytona 500 by Tom Jensen

Michael Waltrip Ends NASCAR Career With Daytona 500 Top-10 Finish By Joseph Wolkin;
The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2017 Daytona 500 By Michael Finley;
Pace Laps: Small Teams Benefit in Daytona, Montoya Has Fun By Frontstretch Staff;
Up to Speed: MENCS Teams Still Focused on the Big Picture By Bryan Gable;
Thinkin' Out Loud: Kurt Busch Culminates Monster Day with Daytona 500 By Mike Neff;

Godfather Motorsports:
For Daytona 500 Champion Busch, A Resurrection Complete and
Stage-Based Format Not To Blame For Daytona Carnage by Dave Moody

The Top Five: Breakdown of the Daytona 500 and
Brian France shows up at Daytona drivers meeting, makes weird comment

Kickin the Tires:
NASCAR's Monster Energy era begins with a blaze of glorious bedlam by Aaron Bearden;
Stewart gets elusive Daytona 500 win as owner and it's still 'special' and
Sunoco Rookie of the Year campaign in Cup gets off to rough start by Yvonne Jones

Matt Kenseth finishes last for the first time in nearly eight years and
David Starr and McLeod teammates sweep bottom three positions of brutal Daytona wreckfest and
Tommy Joe Martins left with second-straight Daytona last-place finish by Brock Beard

Motor Racing Network:
Dale Jr. Remains Upbeat after Early Exit and
Kurt Busch Wins Daytona 500 and
Career Best for Blaney and
Daytona Rear-View Mirror and
Crash Angers Kyle Busch by Pete Pistone

Allmendinger equals best Daytona 500 result in chaotic finish by Nick DeGroot;
Kurt Busch wins the 2017 Daytona 500 with last-lap pass by Lee Spencer;
Despite mid-race wreck, Dale Jr. felt Daytona "was a new beginning" and
Ryan Blaney "sputters" to second-place finish in Daytona 500 and
Larson, Truex and Elliott share the same fate in the Daytona 500 by Jim Utter

Motorsports Tribune:
Stage Winner Jinx Strikes Again at Daytona by ;
Blaney Falls Short of First Win with Runner-Up Daytona 500 Finish by David Morgan

In the end, it was classic Daytona by Kenny Bruce;
Steve O'Donnell pleased with enhanced race format following Daytona weekend by Zack Albert;
Despite Daytona wreck, Earnhardt grateful for safety features, support by Holly Cain

National Post :
DJ Kennington's fairy-tale run at Daytona 500 ends prematurely in unforgiving 16-car pileup by Nick Faris

NBC Sports:
A story of heart: How Tony Gibson and Kurt Busch won the Daytona 500 by Jerry Bonkowski;
Tony Stewart finally gets chance to go to victory lane after a Daytona 500 win by Dustin Long;
First win wait continues for Chase Elliott after disappointing Daytona 500 finish and
Runner-up Ryan Blaney earns best result for Wood Brothers since 2011 Daytona 500 win by Daniel McFadin;
What Brian France was trying to say before Daytona 500 ... and other stray thoughts and
Monster victory: Kurt Busch wins first Daytona 500 on last-lap pass by Nate Ryan

On Pit Road:
New Format Leaves Fans with Split Reactions by Christian Koelle;
Is the New NASCAR Format Detrimental to the Quality of Racing? by Mike Holtsclaw

Orlando Sentinel:
Points system changes, but NASCAR fans still love Daytona 500 by Tim Briggs and Christian Simmons

Popular Speed:
Aggressive Driving in Last Stage Eliminates Several Contenders by Ashley McCubbin;
Logano: "I Don't Understand Why Everyone Was So Conservative" by Jason Schultz;
Rapid Reaction: Kurt Busch Finally Gets One by Kasey McNerney;
Roush Fenway Believes More Good to Come in 2017 and
XFINITY Drivers Comment on Hectic Daytona Race by John Haverlin

Raceway Insider:
Kurt Busch Outlasts Field to Win First Daytona 500 and
Ryan Blaney Records Career-Best Finish In Daytona 500 by Tyler Painter

Racin Today:
Kurt Busch Wins The Daytona 500 Wreck-a-thon by Jim Pedley

The Racing Experts:
Rookie Report: Daytona 500 by Dominic Aragon;
Kurt Busch on Daytona 500 win: 'It's unbelievable' by Taylor Goins

Skirts and Scuffs:
Right Sides Only: Notes from the Daytona 500 Winning Crew Chief, Tony Gibson by Stacey Owens

Speedway Media:
NASCAR's Steve O'Donnell 'Pleased' with First Test of New Format at Daytona by Angela Campbell

Sporting News:
Kurt Busch won Daytona 500 without a rear-view mirror by Joe Redgers

USA Today:
Kurt Busch's Daytona 500 win may not boost NASCAR add
All eyes glued to Dale Earnhardt Jr. after Daytona 500 crash by Brant James;
New segments, pit-road clock play role in Daytona 500 by AJ Perez;
Kurt Busch wins crash-marred Daytona 500 with last-lap pass by Heather Tucker

WSB Radio Race Blog:
Race Capsule: Busch finally wins The Great American Race, as it slips away for several others by Doug Turnbull

Yahoo Sports:
Kurt Busch wins wreck-filled Daytona 500 with last-lap pass by ;
Stages jumble up strategy throughout Daytona 500 by Nick Bromberg;
The busiest spot at Daytona was the infield care center and
Kyle Busch wrecks out of Daytona, rips Goodyear tires by Jay Busbee

posted FEBRUARY 26, 2017

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Cup drivers test new format in wreck-filled Xfinity race by Bob Pockrass;
Denny Hamlin among the favorites to win; Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s goal should be to finish by Ricky Craven;
Before restrictor plates, Bill Elliott set a winning pace that will never be equaled by Ryan McGee;
Jimmie Johnson still can't believe his journey to now by Marty Smith

Associated Press:
Reed grabs Xfinity Series win in wreck-fest at Daytona and
Gibbs, Penske defend NASCAR as having bright future by Jenna Fryer;
Suarez carries Mexican banner into NASCAR's top series by Dan Gelston

Austin American-Statesman:
Epstein steers talk to idea of a NASCAR race at COTA by Kevin Lyttle

Huge crash takes out 18 cars in NASCAR Xfinity race at Daytona by Matt Weaver;
Tony Stewart returns to Daytona not as NASCAR driver, but NASCAR owner and
Dale Earnhardt Jr. struggles in final practice prior to NASCAR Daytona 500 and
Tony Stewart returns to Daytona not as NASCAR driver, but NASCAR owner by Greg Engle;
Track boss wants NASCAR at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas by Mike Pryson

Charlotte Observer:
5 bold Daytona 500 predictions and
Is NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson nearing Tom Brady, Tiger Woods status? by David Scott

Circle Track:
The imaginary winds of Daytona Beach by Monte Dutton

Daytona Beach News-Journal:
A sister and brother navigate racing's challenging future by Dinah Voyles Pulver;
Gibbs rips WSJ article on NASCAR by Scott Zucker;
Tony Stewart eases into retirement, seeks elusive title as co-owner by Chris Boyle;
Questions & Attitude: Hey DW, they're ALL fast cars by Ken Willis;
NASCAR's brand-name drivers start 200-lap battle from up front by Godwin Kelly

Denver Post:
Before racing Daytona 500 on Sunday, a soothing Saturday by Martin Truex, Jr.

Divebombs and Pylons:
NASCAR Pace Lap: Who's the Driver to Beat in The Great American Race? by by Konner Metz

Ft. Worth Star-Telegram:
Jimmie Johnson not feeling pressure to win record eight championships and
Denny Hamlin looking to become Daytona 500 repeat winner and
Michael Waltrip's racing days coming to an end after Daytona 500 by Drew Davison

Fox Sports:
All eyes on Dale Earnhardt Jr. as he seeks history in Daytona 500 and
NASCAR VP explains significant change in inspection process by Tom Jensen

Daily Fantasy NASCAR: Daytona 500 Preview by Corey Brewer;
XFINITY Breakdown: Ryan Reed Tames Wild Daytona Race by Dustin Albino;
Daytona 500: Final Thoughts Heading In by Mike Neff;
Ryan Reed Victorious in XFINITY Daytona Thriller by Zach Catanzareti;
2017 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Daytona 500 by the Frontstretch Staff;
William Byron Secures Top-10 Finish in XFINITY Series Debut by Joseph Wolkin

2017 NASCAR Playoff Picks

Kansas City Star:
Clint Bowyer eager to regain competitive form in 2017 with Stewart-Haas Racing by Tod Palmer

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Matt Kenseth starts fresh after season of near misses in NASCAR by Dave Kallman

20-year-old can be first Michigan-born driver to win Daytona 500 and
8 predictions heading into Daytona 500, 2017 NASCAR season by Taylor DesOrmeau

Motor Racing Network:
Second Daytona Win for Reed and
Harvick Ready for Next Chapter and
The More Things Change by Pete Pistone

NASCAR Next graduates participate in Daytona 500 by Tim Southers;
Highlighting the changes for 2017 NASCAR season and
Gibbs on WSJ NASCAR report: "Nothing could be farther from the truth" by Nick DeGroot;
Analysis: Ten drivers who could dethrone Jimmie Johnson in 2017 and
Nature's Bakery countersues SHR over Danica Patrick sponsorship by Lee Spencer;
Reed survives multiple wrecks to win NASCAR Xfinity opener at Daytona and
"Relevance" will determine look of new Chevrolet entry in NASCAR and
"The sky's the limit" for Xfinity Series rookie William Byron by Jim Utter

Motorsports Tribune:
Five-Minute Rules' Truck Series Flaw and
Byron Races Through Adversity at Daytona by Seth Eggert;
Sadler Finds Early Exit at Daytona after Two Stage Wins by David Morgan

Sadler on solid run, poor finish: 'We can't hang our heads' by Holly Cain;
At place of peace, Dale Jr. still 'craves' racing and
Penske proves plate tracks take more than just luck by Kenny Bruce

NBC Sports:
Brian France warns drivers about blocking during the Daytona 500 in an admittedly unusual address by Nate Ryan;
Racing with a purpose: Richard Childress Racing focused on returning to Cup victory lane by Dustin Long;
Joe Gibbs, Roger Penske rebut Wall Street Journal story critical of NASCAR, motorsports and
Underdogs D.J. Kennington, Corey LaJoie have high hopes in Daytona 500 and
Ryan Reed captures second season-opening Xfinity win in three seasons at Daytona by Jerry Bonkowski

On Pit Road:
Kennington Makes Daytona 500 History by Tyson Lautenschlager;
Bowyer Poised for "Comeback" by Roger Holtsclaw

Orlando Sentinel:
Daniel Suárez celebrates historic ride from Mexico to Daytona 500 by George Diaz

The Podium Finish:
Track Talk: Daytona 500 Preview by Rob Tiongson

Popular Speed:
Top-10 Helps Boost Team Morale and
Burton Joins JGL Racing by Ashley McCubbin;
XFINITY Rookies Have Rough Debuts as Full-Timers at Daytona and
Grala Talks With POPULAR SPEED About Wild Daytona Win by John Haverlin;
Passing for the Lead More Challenging Than Ever Before by Jason Schultz

SB Nation:
Daytona 500 lineup 2017: Starting grid, drivers, preview and more by Jordan Bianchi

Scranton Times-Tribune:
Kyle Busch talks about the 2017 season and Pocono Raceway by Scott Walsh

Skirts and Scuffs:
Trackin' Trucks: Kaz Grala Wins At Daytona In Wild Finish by Courtney Horn

USA Today:
Breakfasts of NASCAR champions: What do drivers eat before the Daytona 500? by Michelle Martinelli;
NASCAR's new three-stage format forcing some drivers to be more 'aggressive' and
Why do all NASCAR drivers sound alike? by AJ Perez;
Daytona 500 defines past and future for Elliott, Earnhardt by Brant James

Wisconsin State Journal:
Cambridge's Matt Kenseth 'having fun,' not even considering retirement heading into Daytona 500 by Tamira Madsen

NASCAR team with Hudson owner set for success

Yahoo Sports:
Why did a fig bar company think a $45 million NASCAR sponsorship was a good idea? by Dan Wetzel

posted FEBRUARY 25, 2017

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Buildup to Sunday's Daytona 500 feels 'bigger than usual' by Ryan McGee;
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s decision to return was his alone and
Joey Logano signs extension with Penske Racing through 2023 by Bob Pockrass;
Michael Waltrip looking forward to capping off Cup career at Daytona by John Oreovicz

Associated Press:
Grala wins NASCAR Truck Series opener after Crafton flips by Mark Long;
Monster Energy tries to give NASCAR buzz as title sponsor by Dan Gelston;
NASCAR seeks boost to steep decline with strong Daytona 500 by Jenna Fryer

Athlon Sports:
Daytona 500 Preview and Fantasy NASCAR Predictions by Tom Bowles

Charlotte Observer:
Charlotte's William Byron moves home, graduates to next level in NASCAR education by David Scott;
Mexican-born NASCAR driver Daniel Suarez finding his place in racing, Trump's America by Jourdan Rodrigue

Penske: The sport is 'stronger than ever' despite falling viewership by Jessica Golden

Des Moines Register:
Iowa's NASCAR drivers see weekend of real opportunity at Daytona by Chas Leistikow

Daytona Beach News-Journal:
Trucking through the smoke, Kaz Grala is Daytona's youngest winner by Ken Willis;
After 'miserable' season, Clint Bowyer is back and better than ever by ; Zack Dean
Petty downsizes with hopes of two-car team in 2018 by Godwin Kelly

Detroit News :
Joey Logano re-signs with Team Penske for 5 years by Gregg Krupa

Florida Times-Union:
Like college football, NASCAR has power monopoly by Gene Frenette

Ft. Worth Star-Telegram:
Lucky No. 42: Will Chase Elliott follow in Jeff Gordon's footsteps? and
TMS' repave, re-profile project should be done by end of next week by Drew Davison

Fox Sports:
18-year-old Kaz Grala wins wild Truck Series race at Daytona by Joe Menzer;
Chase Elliott featured in Hooters' 'politically incorrect' commercial and
10 winners and losers during Speedweeks at Daytona and
3 key takeaways from Penske, JGR sponsor deals by Tom Jensen

Tracking the Trucks: Kaz Grala Wins Plate Race NASCAR Survivor by Tom Bowles;
Kaz Grala Wins, Matt Crafton Flips In Wild Daytona Finish by Zach Catanzareti;
Friday Faceoff: Do NASCAR's New Rules Go Too Far? by the Frontstretch Staff;
Matt Tifft Comfortable Stepping Into XFINITY Series Full-Time by Dustin Albino;
Camping World Truck Series Season Starts Off with a Bang by Dustin Albino;
Tech Talk: Crew Chief Tony Gibson Breaks Down New NASCAR Rules by Mike Neff;

Joey Logano 2017 Fantasy NASCAR Preview by Ryan Rantz

Oh my God, WHO CARES about the five-minute clock??? and
DraftKings strategy and picks for the Daytona 500 and
News Analysis: Joey Logano signs long-term deal with Team Penske, Shell

Motor Racing Network:
Dillon Focused On Winning by Pete Pistone

Despite detractors, Roger Penske believes NASCAR "is in great shape" and
Penske secures Logano and Shell with multi-year contract extension by Lee Spencer;
David Ragan: Front Row "a very different team" with added resources and
Suarez's unlikely path to NASCAR stardom is one of determination by Jim Utter;
DJ Kennington celebrates making first Daytona 500 by Tim Southers

Crafton on final wreck: 'That was just last-lap Daytona' and
Storied 'Great American Race' gets new wrinkle: stages by Zack Albert

NBC Sports:
Is the lead still the best place to be in final laps at Daytona? and
Team Penske extends deals with Shell, Joey Logano, Todd Gordon and
Now you see it, now you don't: Cup sponsor decals not always prevalent on Hendrick cars by Dustin Long;
NASCAR's outstanding odd couple: Joey Logano and Todd Gordon excel with the unconventional and
The origins of the NASCAR Drivers Council explained by Denny Hamlin ... and what's ahead by Nate Ryan

The Podium Finish:
Ryan Blaney Poised for Progress in 2017 by Rob Tiongson

Popular Speed:
Three Takeaways: NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona by Mitchell Breuer;
Christopher Bell Flies and Spins to Eighth by Ashley McCubbin;
Sauter, Crafton Come Away Disappointed With Last-Lap Wreck by John Haverlin;
Poole: Drafting "Will Be More Like Cup" by Jason Schultz;
Logano, Shell Sign Long-Term Extensions With Penske by Justin Tucker

Race Fans Forever:
Fast Forward ~ The 2017 Daytona 500 by Jim Fitzgerald

Kurt Busch eager to go one better in Daytona 500 by Kelly Crandall

The Racing Experts:
How hard is it to win the Daytona 500? by Geoff Bodine;
Waltrip has chance to make NASCAR history and
Suarez has chance to make NASCAR history by Dominic Aragon;
Daytona 500 fantasy picks by Taylor Goins

Skirts and Scuffs:
Flourish or Flounder: Five Questions for the 2017 Daytona 500 by Kristen Schneider

SB Nation:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to a new set of rules by Jordan Bianchi

Tampa Bay Times:
Through heartbreak, Daytona still the place for Waltrip by Martin Fennelly

USA Today:
What will NASCAR be like when Dale Earnhardt Jr. retires? by AJ Perez;
Nature's Bakery: NASCAR team 'could not control' Danica Patrick and
Danica Patrick on Twitter trolls: 'They're very unhappy people' and
Joey Logano signs extension with Team Penske through 2023 by Brant James

Washington Post:
Without sponsors, Ryan Ellis's NASCAR dream stalls after career-best season by Dillon Mullan

Yahoo Sports:
The cure to what's ailing NASCAR: A hipster revolution? by Dan Wetzel;
Clint Bowyer, rested and ready, looks forward to putting his career back in gear by Jay Busbee;
An 8th title for Jimmie Johnson will come in a 5th playoff format and
Will NASCAR's new race format affect race strategies? and
Joey Logano is going to be with Team Penske for a long, long time by Nick Bromberg

posted FEBRUARY 24, 2017

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Fans get half of what they want from finishes of the Duels by John Oreovicz;
Buckle up for a one-lap trip around NASCAR's most hallowed ground by Ryan McGee;
AJ Allmendinger, Martin Truex, Chris Buescher to rear of Daytona field after failing inspections and
Denny Hamlin agrees to contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing and
Kyle Busch still looking for big day at Daytona and
'Cars 3,' slated for summer release, to feature 12 NASCAR personalities by Bob Pockrass

Associated Press:
LaJoie uses wreck, Johnson pitch to land Daytona 500 spot by Dan Gelston;
Hamlin spoils Earnhardt return with last-lap pass for win by Jenna Fryer;
Earnhardt's confidence sky high amid return for Daytona 500 by Mark Long

Lofty expectations follow NASCAR rookie Daniel Suarez to Daytona 500 grid by Mike Hembree

Caledonian Record:
Austin Theriault Wins ARCA Race at Daytona by Big Bigelow

Charlotte Observer:
NASCAR Truck Series preview: Can Johnny Sauter repeat? and
New-look NASCAR: Will recent changes improve the sport? Time to find out. by David Scott

No storybook ending for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Can-Am Duel by Greg Engle

Daytona-Beach News-Journal:
Questions & Attitude: Monster finally getting some attention by Ken Willis;
Daniel Suarez looking to make the most of his opportunity by Dinah Voyles Pulver

Florida Times-Union:
St. Augustine's Scott Lagasse Jr. will be factor in Daytona trucks race by Don Coble

Ft. Worth Star-Telegram:
Amid TV ratings and attendance drop, NASCAR tries to stay relevant by Drew Davison

Fox Sports:
6 takeaways from Daytona Speedweeks so far and
Denny Hamlin signs contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing, FedEx and
NASCAR's Scott Miller talks new-look 2017 by Tom Jensen;
Experience and youth mix as Truck Series kicks off 2017 at Daytona by Tim Durr

Beyond the Cockpit: Blake Koch Determined to Win in 2017 for Son Carter and
Clint Bowyer Ecstatic with Runner-Up Result in First Race with Stewart-Haas Racing by Joseph Wolkin
4 Burning Questions: Will Hendrick Motorsports Keep It Straight in Daytona 500? by Zach Catanzereti
NASCAR 101: Your Cheat Sheet to Cup Series' Team & Driver Changes by Kevin Rutherford
Thinkin' Out Loud: Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin Win Duels as Corey LaJoie, DJ Kennington Race Into Daytona 500 by Mike Neff

Kyle Busch 2017 Fantasy NASCAR Preview by Ryan Rantz

The Top Five: Analyzing the Duels at Daytona and
Denny Hamlin signs contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing

Reed Sorenson's battle for transfer spot ends with Premium Motorsports' second-straight last-place finish in Duel Race 1 and
Timmy Hill's first Daytona 500 bid ends with engine trouble by Brock Beard

Motor Racing Digest:
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Predictions by Matt Lovisa

Motor Racing Network:
Elliott, Hamlin Duel Winners by Pete Pistone

Chase Elliott wins first Daytona Duel race by Jim Utter;
Kumpen more comfortable heading into Daytona by Tim Southers;
Denny Hamlin passes Earnhardt to win second Daytona Duel and
Harvick pleased with Ford's performance, picks Penske as 500 favorites and
Hamlin signs contract extension with JGR, hopes to retire there by Lee Spencer;
Busch: Penske's "two-car speed is greater than JGR's four-car speed" by Nick DeGroot

Motorsports Tribune:
Clint Bowyer's start at SHR begins with runner-up finish in Can-Am Duel 2 by Joey Barnes;
Elliott Backs Up Pole Run with Win in First Can-Am Duel at Daytona and
Hamlin Takes Lead Late, Scores Win in Second Can-Am Duel by David Morgan

Jimmie Johnson to run backup car in Daytona 500 and
Elliott: I'd stay home if I didn't think I could win Daytona 500 and
FedEx, Denny Hamlin, JGR agree to extension by Holly Cain;
LaJoie, Kennington race way into Daytona 500 field and
Drivers thrilled to be a part of 'Cars 3' by Zack Albert;
Get to the points: Drivers eye duel advantage and
Kurt Busch looks for first Daytona 500 win by Kenny Bruce

NBC Sports:
Chase Elliott wins first Can-Am Duel race at Daytona by Jerry Bonkowski;
After pit penalty, Denny Hamlin wins second Can-Am Duel by Daniel McFadin;
Dale Earnhardt Jr. sees signs of greatness for Chase Elliott at Daytona but work remains and
Three teams fail inspection after qualifying races; two lose points and
Signed on the dotted line (again); Joe Gibbs Racing keeps Denny Hamlin, FedEx in stable and
NASCAR drivers to be a part of upcoming 'Cars 3' movie by Dustin Long

Orlando Sentinel:
NASCAR drivers find fuel: From steak to spinach to Chipotle by George Diaz

Popular Speed:
Daytona 500 Win Not Best Way to Start a Career by John Milner;
Truex, JTG Teammates Fail Post Duel Inspection and
LaJoie Not on Sorenson's Christmas Card List by Ashley McCubbin;
Hamlin, FedEx Ink Contract Extensions With Joe Gibbs Racing by Justin Tucker

Race Fans Forever:
At Daytona, Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop by PattyKay Lilley

Race Talk Radio:
Is Shaming Fans Good for NASCAR? by Mike Harper

Racin Today:
Jimmie's Drive Through History Continues by John Sturbin

The Racing Experts:
LaJoie, Kennington race way into Daytona 500 by Dominic Aragon

SB Nation:
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson not concerned by unstable Hendrick cars by Jordan Bianchi

Skirts and Scuffs:
Rookie Stripe: 8 Things to Know About the 2017 NASCAR Season by Logan Stewart

Speedway Media:
Corey LaJoie Races his way into the Daytona 500 by Angela Campbell;
Hot 20 - The preliminaries are over and it is now time to get racing for real at Daytona by Ron Thornton

Sporting News:
2017 Daytona 500: 5 best storylines for 59th running of The Great American Race by Tadd Haislop

Sports Observer:
Can-Am Duels at Daytona: 8 Observations Heading into the Daytona 500 by Terry Lambert

Toronto Star:
D.J. Kennington leads all-Canadian team in qualifying for first NAFTA Daytona 500 by Norris McDonald

USA Today:
Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin win Cam-Am Duels at Daytona by Heather Tucker;
Corey LaJoie makes first Daytona 500 with help from Jimmie Johnson text by AJ Perez;
How NASCAR drivers survive racing in 130-degree heat without air conditioning by Michellle Martinelli;
NASCAR makes changes to ramp up racing, boost TV ratings and
Chase Elliott makes another Daytona statement and
Danica Patrick on NASCAR future: 'I don't need an exit strategy' by Brant James

WSB Radio Race Blog :
Elliott's emergence and more to expect in the 2017 Daytona 500 by Doug Turnbull

Yahoo Sports:
Denny Hamlin passes Dale Earnhardt Jr. on penultimate lap for Duel win and
Corey LaJoie crashes Reed Sorenson out of the Daytona 500 and
Chase Elliott wins first Duel qualifying race by Nick Bromberg;
NASCAR's next big star might just be ... from Mexico by Jay Busbee

posted FEBRUARY 23, 2017

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Pragmatic owner Jodi Geschickter keeps NASCAR Cup team on track by Tony Fabrizio ;
Monster Energy NASCAR models won't change outfits despite criticism by Darren Rovell;
Rookie Daniel Suarez says he's ready to take on first Daytona 500 and
Kelly Kovski still hospitalized with broken ribs, vertebrae after dirt track accident and
Duels require different strategies based on circumstances and
Cup preview: No. 1 Hendrick Motorsports looking to stay on top and
Dale Earnhardt Jr. would consider retiring if he wins NASCAR title and
Cup crew chiefs playing game of strategy under new points system by Bob Pockrass

Associated Press:
Earnhardt wants to win a title then ride into retirement by Jenna Fryer;
Mexico's Daniel Suarez wants to inspire others;
Waltrip reflects on last NASCAR start at 'emotional' Daytona by Mark Long

For Dale Earnhardt Jr., the 2017 Daytona 500 may be the most important race of his career and
Aric Almirola and Richard Petty have nothing to lose this NASCAR season and
Chase Elliott's Daytona 500 pole is a blow to NASCAR conspiracy theorists by Al Pearce

Beyond the Flag:
Joe Gibbs Racing 2017 Team Preview and
Team Penske 2017 Team Preview by Matt Lovisa

Bristol Herald Courier:
Skimpy clothing chatter covers up racing by Allen Gregory

Charlotte Observer:
NASCAR spinning out of control, Wall Street Journal article says by Joe Marusak & David Scott;
Why can't Danica Patrick win? She doesn't capitalize at clutch moments, teammate says and
NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr. says if he wins Cup championship 'it would be hard not to hang it up' by David Scott

Brad Keselowski plans to go "island hopping" in the Daytona 500 and
Denny Hamlin wants to be the "last one" again by Greg Engle

Daytona Beach News Journal:
As Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to Cup racing, concussion talk continues by Dinah Voyles Pulver;
Daytona's Duels are now a points-paying affair for NASCAR by Ken Willis;
Michael Waltrip set to take one final checkered flag by Zack Dean

Divebombs and Pylons:
2017 NASCAR Season Preview/Predictions: Can Anyone Catch JGR?; JJ's Chase for 8; Logano's Vengeance; and more by Konner Metz

Denver Post:
Crazy, whirlwind times at Daytona so far, and format changes ahead by Martin Truex, Jr.

Des Moines Register:
Iowan Landon Cassill one of NASCAR's most interesting drivers by Chad Leistikow

Detroit Free Press:
Kyle Larson riding high on MIS win heading into 2017 NASCAR season by George Sipple

Florida Times-Union:
Why did Carl Edwards walk away from NASCAR? Even drivers not sure by Don Coble

Jimmie Johnson Tops Dale Earnhardt As NASCAR's Highest-Paid Driver by Kurt Badenhausen;
How Furniture Row Racing Went From NASCAR Outsider To Cup Contender and
NASCAR's Most Valuable Teams 2017: Trouble At The Track? by Chris Smith

Ft. Worth Star Telegram:
Jimmie's quest for eight, Junior's return highlight NASCAR storylines by Drew Davison

Fox Sports:
Chase Elliott reflects on winning Daytona 500 pole, playgrounds and more by Joe Menzer;
SHR's dedication to winning is exactly what Clint Bowyer's been seeking and
Busch and Johnson talk it out over Sunday's crash and
Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano mend fences as Ford teammates by Tom Jensen

Eyes on XFINITY: 5 Things to Watch for in 2017 by Dustin Albino;
2-Headed Monster: Daytona and Segments? Yea or Nay by Segal & Velat;
Happiness Is...Getting Back to Green by Huston Ladner;
Truckin' Thursdays: 4 Reasons to Tune Into the 2017 Season by Beth Lunkenheimer

Hartfoud Courant:
Logano Looking For Second Daytona 500 Win; Charity Close To His Heart by John Altavilla

Matt Kenseth 2017 Fantasy NASCAR Preview by Ryan Rantz

Humpy Wheeler Contrasts NASCAR Downturn With Short Track Successes(Part I) and
Humpy Wheeler Contrasts NASCAR Downturn With Short Track Successes(Part II) by Richard Allen

Brendan Gaughan recalls time with Allen Iverson and
12 Questions with Kyle Busch

Throwback: Fire and water - Bobby Wawak's checkered past at Daytona by Brock Beard

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Paul Menard steers toward NASCAR turnaround in '17 by Dave Kallmann

Motor Racing Network:
Can-Am Duel Preview and
Earnhardt's Return Highlights Media Day and
2017 Playoff Picture by Pete Pistone

NASCAR Roundtable - Daytona;
Drivers advocate for NASCAR testing Daytona or Indianapolis road courses by ; Lee Spencer
Captain's Corner: Daytona 500 preview and
Truex talks template inspection issues and rectifying them and
Patrick: "I have never felt pressure as a female" to perform in NASCAR by Jim Utter

Motorsports Tribune:
Throwback Thursday Theater - Earnhardt's Daytona Heartbreak Paves the Way for Cope by David Morgan;
Daniel Suarez: "The Drive 4 Diversity Program Helped A Lot" by Seth Eggert

Waltrip wrestles with emotions as he preps for his last Daytona 500 by Kenny Bruce;
Back-to-back Daytona 500s? Hamlin knows 'odds are stacked against (me)' by Holly Cain;
Earnhardt, Jr. would consider walking away as a champion by Holly Cain

NBC Sports:
Breaking up the Gibbs' boys in Clash result of 'perfect storm' by ; Daniel McFadin
Michael Waltrip prepares for final Daytona start, last career race by Jerry Bonkowski;
NASCAR's outstanding odd couple: Joey Logano and Todd Gordon excel with the unconventional by Nate Ryan;
Brad Keselowski says more needs to be done to diagnose mild concussions and
Jimmie Johnson cites 'aggressive' approach to car as cause for spin in Clash by Dustin Long

Orlando Sentinel:
Danica Patrick navigates NASCAR's bumpy ride, static noise by George Diaz

Podium Finish:
Ryan Blaney Ready for Sophomore Season by Rob Tiongson

Popular Speed:
Myatt Snider Races His Way from the Short Tracks to Primetime by ; Andy Marquis
Loyalty Only Goes So Far, and Other Manufacture Musings by Shane Carlson

Race Fans Forever:
2017 Season Preview ~ Part 3

Waltrip hopes NASCAR career ends on high note by Kelly Crandall

SB Nation:
Martin Truex Jr. has no regrets over losing closest Daytona 500 finish in history by Jordan Bianchi

Sporting News:
Monster Energy NASCAR models will keep risqué outfits despite criticism by Arthur Weinstein

Sterling Marlin and Mike Curb being honored at Daytona 500 by Mike Organ

USA Today:
Danica Patrick says she has gotten numerous concussions during her career by Brant James;
Justin Allgaier: Injured crew chief will 'have a long road ahead of him' and
Dale Earnhardt Jr. would retire on top if he wins NASCAR Cup title by Heather Tucker;
NASCAR working to find best way to assess concussions and
Matt Tifft not hiding from brain cancer recovery by A.J. Perez

Yahoo Sports:
How pickled eggs and a trip to Sam's Club helped Dale Earnhardt Jr. return to racing by Dan Wetzel;
Your 2017 Daytona 500 qualifying races primer and
Bold idea: NASCAR should have made the first stages of races shorter by Nick Bromberg

posted FEBRUARY 22, 2017

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For these five drivers, better results need to come now by ; John Oreovicz
A make-or-break season for Danica Patrick? As always, she wants to deliver and
Cup preview: #2 Team Penske looks like solid title contenders by Bob Pockrass

Associated Press:
Johnson's 8th title could stake him as NASCAR's greatest by Dan Gelston

Beyond the Flag:
Stewart-Haas Racing 2017 Team Preview by Matt Lovisa

Charlotte Observer:
NASCAR predictions: Daytona 500 winner, Cup champion, Danica's best finish, more ... by David Scott

Dallas News:
With new NASCAR team, Prosper's Chris Buescher gets chance to make good on decade-old vow by Gerry Fraley

Daytona Beach News-Journal:
Rookies Erik Jones, Ty Dillon benefit from alliances with bigger teams by Zack Dean

Fox Business:
Can Monster Energy Inject Youth Into NASCAR? by Matthew Rocco

Fox Sports:
Austin Dillon looks to make leap from consistent to victorious at Daytona and
8 possible first-time Daytona 500 winners and
10 things you need to know about Michael Waltrip and
NASCAR mailbag: Important questions answered before the Daytona 500 by Tom Jensen

Did You Notice? ... Whether Change Can Keep NASCAR Afloat? and
The 10: Best Active NASCAR Drivers Without A Daytona 500 Win by Tom Bowles;
Frontstretch 5: That First-Time 500 Feeling by Amy Henderson;
NASCAR Mailbox: Dodging the Dodge Return in NASCAR? by Joseph Wolkin;
A Team Penske Clash Versus Joe Gibbs Racing by Michael Massie

Herald Bulletin:
NASCAR new format gets first test by Ken de la Bastide

Jeff Gluck.com:
Wall Street Journal report raises questions about NASCAR leadership

Motor Racing Network:
NASCAR Notebook: Pocono Weekend Changes and
Pre-Season Power Rankings by Pete Pistone

Will Dale Jr. pass the final test? by Jim Utter;
Where are they now? - Donnie Allison and
BKR's Take on Trucks and
NASCAR Next driver Alon Day returns by Tim Southers

NBC Sports:
Atlanta Motor Speedway's hometown to honor Hall of Famer Bobby Allison by Jerry Bonkowski

On Pit Road:
Waltrip Making Final NASCAR Start by Tyson Lautenschlager

Orlando Sentinel:
NASCAR's supportive embrace helps Chris Myers cope with tragedy by George Diaz

Popular Speed:
Craven - NASCAR Changes Have To Give Fans What They Want by Steve Waid

Race Fans Forever:
Would More Fans Watch if a "500" was a "Triathlon?" by Frank Buhrman

Race Talk Radio:
NASCAR Fans Whining Worse than Democrats by Dennis Michelsen

SB Nation:
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 'Hell yeah,' I'd retire if I won the NASCAR championship and
Toyota is applying 'Moneyball' to NASCAR driver development, and it's working by Jordan Bianchi

Speedway Media:
Daytona 500 - Did You Know? by Angela Campbell;
In Memoriam - Those Time has Forgotten by Michelle Lippold

Topeka Capital Journal:
Emporia native Clint Bowyer ready to put 2016 NASCAR season behind him by Rick Peterson

USA Today:
For Danica Patrick, Clint Bowyer, pressure on amid sponsor shortfalls by Brant James

Wall Street Journal:
NASCAR, Once a Cultural Icon, Hits the Skids by Tripp Mickle and Valerie Bauerlein

Yahoo Sports:
If Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins a Cup Series title, he's retiring at the banquet by Nick Bromberg


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