13hBob Pockrass

Dale Jr.: Have to race with 'no fear' in return

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won't race in Saturday night's exhibition at Daytona -- but not because he's afraid of crashing. "I know that when I get in the car, I can't have any concern," he said.

Dale Jr. glad to know there's no limit on his career (3:50)
Earnhardt Jr. overcomes insecurity after father's death (1:40)
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2dBob Pockrass

Kevin Harvick relishing challenges he's facing in 2017

Kevin Harvick loves a challenge, and he has plenty entering the 2017 season. His team's switch to Ford and building rapport with his newish pit crew are things he's relishing sorting out.

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19hBob Pockrass

Team Preview: No. 6, Furniture Row Racing

Furniture Row Racing was good in 2016 with Martin Truex Jr. leading the way. Will the addition of Erik Jones -- at least for this year -- take it even higher?

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2dBob Pockrass

SCAT evaluations now mandatory for drivers in crashes

NASCAR had formerly relied on the assessment of doctors and paramedics to make that determination but now will have a more structured protocol, following those of other sports.

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Danica adamant sponsor was fairly promoted

Danica Patrick insists she never promoted any rival products as her racing team and the food company that once sponsored her veer toward a court fight.

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3dTommy Tomlinson

Why Dale Jr.'s mind can't quit racing

Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns at Daytona after letting his brain heal from multiple concussions -- and after undergoing a different sort of rehabilitation for his psyche.

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2dBob Pockrass

Kurt Busch facing lawsuit from former agent

A lawsuit filed against Kurt Busch earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Michigan by a former agent is seeking almost $1 million in unpaid fees.

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3dBob Pockrass

New NASCAR rules mean faster penalties in 2017

NASCAR released a stricter set of rules for the 2017 season, changing its penalty structure from six levels to two levels with plans to hand out penalties more often for prerace violations.

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3dBob Pockrass

Team Preview: No. 7, Richard Childress Racing

Would love to say there's no pressure for RCR entering the season, however, the team has gone 109 races without a win. Can Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard rectify that issue in 2017?

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4dBob Pockrass

While you were sleeping: New NASCAR rules and more for 2017

If you weren't paying much attention during NASCAR's offseason, you have a lot to catch up on before Saturday night's exhibition Clash. New points, new rules, new faces and a new sponsor. Ready?

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3dBob Pockrass

Team Preview: No. 8, JTG Daugherty Racing

AJ Allmendinger is still the leader at JTG Daugherty Racing, but Chris Buescher is on loan for at least this season to give the team a two-car lineup. Will it lead to a playoff spot?

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5dBob Pockrass

Thoughts turn to love of the sport on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day and love go together, but what about the love of racing? Hall of Famers Richard Childress, Mark Martin and Rick Hendrick shared their thoughts on how they came to love the sport.

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5dBob Pockrass

Team Preview: No. 9, Wood Brothers Racing

With a full year of racing behind them and Ryan Blaney still behind the wheel, Wood Brothers Racing looks poised to be serious playoff contenders.

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3dBob Pockrass

Team Preview: No. 10, Roush Fenway Racing

Roush Fenway Racing jettisoned one team in the offseason, with Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. now carrying the banner alone. First goal? Improve on an awful 2016.

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6dBob Pockrass

Youth movement going strong in Camping World Truck Series

With many young stars graduating to the next level, will a young Camping World Truck Series driver such as Christopher Bell rise up to challenge Johnny Sauter and other veterans for the title?

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6dBob Pockrass

Cup team preview: Not in our top 10

The Sprint Cup teams outside ESPN.com's top 10, such as Richard Petty Motorsports and Front Row Motorsports, are hoping 2017 is the season they can start climbing their way to the front.

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9dBob Pockrass

For some drivers, test was about building relationships

For drivers Ty Dillon, Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the Phoenix test last week wasn't just a test, it was the start of building a relationship with their new crew chiefs.

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Returning to a sprint car, Stewart finishes 17th

Tony Stewart returned to racing a sprint car for the first time since 2014 on Thursday night. He finished 17th in the 26-car main event at Bubba Raceway Park.

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11dBob Pockrass

NASCAR unveils new damaged vehicle policy

NASCAR announced it won't permit damaged race cars to return to the track this season unless the repairs can be made on pit road within a tight window.

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11dBob Pockrass

NASCAR to employ traveling safety team

NASCAR will institute a traveling safety team this season made up of a small pool of doctors and paramedics who will help with the treatment of drivers.

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12dBob Pockrass

A Monster move for NASCAR into new era

Many observers are keeping a keen eye on the transition to a new sponsor and the dawning of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. How will it work out? The past may help predict the future.

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13dJohn Oreovicz

More isn't necessarily better

Maybe the new points format and dividing races into segments will be a great way to crown a champion. It needs to be, because right now the move by Brian France and NASCAR reeks of desperation.

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17dBob Pockrass

Dale Jr.'s nephew Jeffrey to race Daytona 500

Jeffrey Earnhardt will make his first Daytona 500 start later this month, as he has secured a ride as the primary driver of the Circle Sport-TMG No. 33 car.

Earnhardt Jr. not setting expectations for 2017 (1:41)


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The exhibition Clash has been postponed to 11:30 a.m. Eastern Sunday morning as rain washed out the 75-lap race at Daytona International Speedway. The 17-driver race will take place prior to Daytona 500 single-car qualifying runs, scheduled to begin at 3:10 p.m. Eastern, which will set the front row for the Feb. 26 Daytona 500.