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#21
Don't like the segment thing at all. When the 41 car got roughed up by the 48 early, it was closing in on lap 25 and the end of the Segment one. They restarted the race and did about 3 laps and bam, the caution came out. Got be hard on those sensitive engines!

The clash overall I would give it 8 out of 10!

looking forward to the duels on Thursday night. 4 spots will be up grabs for the 500 on Feb 26!
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#22
Daytona 500 single car qualifying starts in roughly 15 minutes, will be fun to see who wins the pole!


Last 4 years there has been a nice story to go with the winning pole driver. 2013 - Danica becomes first woman to win the pole for the 500, 2014 - Austin Dillon wins the first pole in the #3 car since Earnhardt died, 2015 - Gordon wins the pole for his last 500, 2016 - Chase Elliott wins the pole in his first race in the #24 car, taking over for Gordon.

What will be the story this year? Does Junior win the pole for his first race back from injury? Maybe Suarez wins the pole for his 1st Cup start?
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#23
Hendricks, one and two!
Elliot #24 on the pole again
Earnhardt #88 starting 2nd
Happy
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#24
Elliott nips Junior by .002 seconds for the pole lol.


Junior also said this week he wants to race for a couple months before he commits to a contract extension, just in case his health won't allow him for whatever reason. Confident he's still got another couple years left in him, but doesn't want to put the team in a situation like he did last year again.
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(2017-02-19, 07:53 PM)thebest41587 Wrote: Elliott nips Junior by .002 seconds for the pole lol.


Junior also said this week he wants to race for a couple months before he commits to a contract extension, just in case his health won't allow him for whatever reason. Confident he's still got another couple years left in him, but doesn't want to put the team in a situation like he did last year again.

I heard him say that. Smart move on his part. I see him pulling a Tony Stewart and staying on the ownership side of things! He does, however, seem much more relaxed than other years.

On a side note, in a news email I get, seems Cousin Carl is thinking about a run for the US Senate at mid terms. His mouth would do him good and he is out spoken on certain things in the US.
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#26
He's always said that at some point during his career, he wants to run full-time for a season with JR Motorsports, which right now only runs the Xfinity series (it has run Trucks in the past, but I believe they shut down the Truck team this winter).


I don't think he'll be done racing when his Cup days are over, if this is still the case.


Also, will be interesting to keep an eye on St. Thomas, Ontario native D.J. Kennington, as he tries to race his way into the field during the duels on Thursday. As long as he finishes ahead of Timmy Hill in that race, he will make it into the Daytona 500 IIRC.
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#27
Congrats to DJ Kennington from Canada to race his way into the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
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#28
They don't call Richard Petty the King for nothing.  Once again he leads the field with his selection of Bubba Wallace as his teams driver.  Bubba will fast become a fan favorite.
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#29
Bubba may well be a good driver, but his resume is pretty poor. 6 Top 5's in 85 races above the Truck level. He hasn't earned the ride at all. Didn't drive for a 2nd class team either.


Smithfield thought so much of him, they went to Stewart-Haas. And they were satisfied with Aric Almirola ffs lol.
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#30
Daytona 500 used to be a big day for me. Used to be into nascar much more than I am now. I knew the drivers, who their sponsors were, who drove Dodge, Chevy etc...but I have fallen out of it. I don't know anything. Earnhardt Sr has been gone 17 years now...Junior is now retired..don't know who to put my support behind...I know maybe a 3rd of the drivers.

now everything is over sponsored too, all the races have no connection to the past, because all the race names have been sponsored...I had to have a double take when I heard the name of the series..."Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series"

the cars too...used to be able to tell good cars from bad cars...but nothing is "stock" about these stock cars anymore. Can't tell a Dodge from a Toyota...all the lines are the same. A push to get everyone "equal"...makes things boring IMO.

watching now...trying to get back into things...don't know if it can hold me
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#31
This whole 'stages' thing makes it harder to follow too, imo.
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#32
a win for Austin Dillon, in the 3 car...20 years after Sr won it. emotional win for RCR.

tough luck for Blaney..looked like he would win comfortably, until late caution bunches everyone up...then another wreck knocks him back off the lead.
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#33
That was a pretty exciting last 10 minutes. No idea about the previous 3 hours and 20 minutes though..
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#34
I missed most of the race, had to work and then had a quick nap lol. The end was good though. Blaney had the best car by the looks of it at the end, only one who had anything for him seemed to be Hamlin, and then wrecks started happening.
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#35
And this week Kevin Harvick wins at Atlanta, leading 181 of 325 laps. His 2nd career victory at Atlanta. His first win at Atlanta came in the #3 car, in his 3rd start after taking over for Dale Earnhardt Sr. Nice post race tribute by Harvick, holding 3 fingers out the window during his victory lap, like he did 17 years ago after his 1st win.

Career win #38 for Harvick, passes HOF'er Bobby Isaac into 21st all-time.
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#36
Harvick goes back to back, dominating again, leading over 200 laps. Head to Phoenix next where Harvick has 8 career wins. He's never won 3 races in a row, something to watch for this weekend.
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#37
Harvicks wins 3 in a row, 9th career win at Phoenix, no one else has won more than 4 there.
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#38
wow...3 in a row...impressive.

is Harvick still with Childress?
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#39
so..apparently Harvick received a level 1 penalty, and will not get points from his Vegas win (7 points for the win and stage wins)

violations found during teardown, something about back window support or some such thing.
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You ain't tryin' if you ain't cheatin'.
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