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The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Drivers Council has four new members: Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney and Aric Almirola. They join Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano. Not on the council this year are Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Larson and Tony Stewart. The top driver by manufacturer is automatically on the council and others are voted in by their peers for a mix of veterans and young drivers as well as a mix based on performance. NBC Sports first reported the 2017 council members.

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Petty concerned Earnhardt Jr. could have another concussion.

Richard Petty joins SportsCenter to explain why he felt Dale Earnhardt Jr. should have walked away from racing instead of returning for another season.

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Effort and dedication mark the career of Daniel Suárez.

The first Latin American driver to win in NASCAR is an example of tenacity and perseverance before glory.

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Elliott credits team for Daytona pole.

Chase Elliott discusses how proud he is to win back-to-back poles for the Daytona 500 and what advice his father Bill, who won the race twice, has given him to grab the checkered flag.

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Logano wins season opening Clash at Daytona.

In the season opening race, a last lap crash allowed Joey Logano to avoid the carnage and get the win for the Clash at Daytona.

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Elliott takes pole, Earnhardt Jr. second at Daytona qualifying.

Chase Elliott captures his second consecutive pole for the Daytona 500, edging teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is making his return after missing the final 18 races last season.

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Joey Logano could see the Toyotas, which have a new body style this year, were able to work together as well as they have in the past and possibly better than other manufacturers during the exhibition Clash at Daytona. He explains what he saw:

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Denny Hamlin said it was a racing incident where he attempted to block and Brad Keselowski turned him on the final lap of the Clash at Daytona. Hamlin: "My guess is the 2 [of Keselowski] probably had a big run and I probably cut down on him more than likely. You do everything you can to try to stay in front but he had such a head of steam there was not a whole lot I could do." Keselowski: "It's unfortunate I had to make the move. I know all the other drivers are back watching and they know not to make that block on me."

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Alex Bowman said it was bittersweet that he finished third in what could be his only NASCAR Cup event of the season. Bowman, a Hendrick Motorsports test and substitute driver, drove the Hendrick No. 88 car typically driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. because he earned a spot in the field by winning a pole last year.

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