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.
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.
Team Preview: No. 2, Team Penske
Team Penske was solid in 2016, with Joey Logano having a shot at the title until the final laps at Homestead. Brad Keselowski has reason to be optimistic, too.
Will Denny Hamlin repeat as Daytona 500 winner? Don't count him out
Denny Hamlin is still basking in the glow of winning the 2016 Daytona 500. Can he repeat on Sunday? It won't be easy, but he likes his chances.
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.
Team Preview: No. 3, Joe Gibbs Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing had a strong season last year, but Kyle Busch & Co. came up short. New Toyota bodies and the departure of Carl Edwards will result in some challenges.
Is Austin Dillon feeling the pressure to win the Daytona 500? Yes, and no
Daytona and the No. 3. The history of that number and the track are deeply intertwined. Austin Dillon drives it now, for his grandfather and team owner Richard Childress. Pressure? Yes and no.
Three injured after sprint car flips into crowd
Three people in the pit area were injured in an incident at a World of Outlaws event Sunday night in Florida when a car went over the fence after losing control in one of the track turns.
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.
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.
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.
Chase Elliott, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will eye Daytona 500 rebound from front row
Chase Elliott won the pole and teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. will join him on the front row for next Sunday's Daytona 500. It's a great place to be but no guarantee of success.
Elliott nips Dale Jr. for 2nd straight Daytona pole
Chase Elliott won his second straight pole for the Daytona 500 when he bumped HMS teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. into the second spot on the final qualifying lap Sunday.
Chase Elliott has won the pole for the Daytona 500. His Hendrick teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start beside him.
Furniture Row Racing GM Joe Garone said it could be an issue with the team's templates in the shop that has caused the team to have difficulty before eventually passing technical inspections Saturday and Sunday. The team has worked on the roof, nose and rear of the cars of Martin Truex Jr. and Erik Jones to fit the templates. Garone: "It's a concern. We have to find out why we came here as off as we did. It was off in a manner that hurt the speed, not help it."
Elliott Sadler and Brendan Gaughan, barring any tech issues or a bizarre series of events, have qualified for the Daytona 500 as the fastest two "open" drivers in the first round of qualifying Sunday.
Qualifying for the Daytona 500 has started. The front row will be set after today. The rest of the starting order will be determined in qualifying races Thursday. The two best drivers today among the six drivers vying for the four "open" spots in the field will guarantee themselves spots in the Daytona 500.
One smooth move wins Clash for Joey Logano
Joey Logano had a great car during the Clash at Daytona on Sunday, but being in the right place at the right time was more important to his victory than anything else.
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:
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."
Kyle Larson exits Clash early for rules violation
NASCAR's new rules already came into play Sunday afternoon during the Clash at Daytona, much to the chagrin of Kyle Larson and the 42 team. Confusion, you ask? At least a little.
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.
Logano wins Clash at Daytona after late crash
Joey Logano won the Clash at Daytona on Sunday, stealing a victory when leader Denny Hamlin and second-place Brad Keselowski wrecked on the final lap.
Joey Logano won the exhibition Clash at Daytona as leader Denny Hamlin was tagged trying to block Brad Keselowski in the final lap.
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