Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s replacement takes Daytona 500 pole. First mission accomplished


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The 20-year-old Byron, one of four Cup drivers at Hendrick Motorsports, takes online classes at Liberty University. Kyle Larson (6/1) and Kevin Harvick (13/2). At upcoming races, however, the field strings out, making the new setup problematic as one or two cars would fit into the 4:3 frame at a given time with the standard TV camera angles developed years ago at each venue.

Just because Bowman sat out 2017 doesn't mean he isn't experienced.

Q: What does it take to win the Daytona 500? For Bayne, it stands as his only Cup victory. "You need one to break through".

"No guarantee that we will ever check the rest of them off, but to have the chance to do it and to see the races we have won as a team the past three years I never thought it was possible". He also won the K&N Pro Series East championship in 2015. She is racing in the Daytona 500 next Sunday, a one-off before her official retirement from stock-car racing. He suffered nearly no learning curve, racking up nine top-ten finishes and eight top-fives in his first season in NASCAR's premier series.

"Chase brings the kind of intangibles that make him the total package as a driver", Hendrick said.

It took the beloved driver 20 years to capture that coveted victory in his legendary No. 3 auto, so when he finally did, the accomplishment didn't go unnoticed or unappreciated by everyone at the track that day.

Elliott is one of those drivers of few words, but he was ecstatic to get the ride. "She wants to have fun like we had when she started, and that's the way she wants her last weekend to be. remembering how she came in, where things were a lot of fun, but we were competitive". And now, just for the sake of the NASCAR business model, are fans supposed to accept the fact that entries have dropped 23 percent and the qualifying races won't have at least a dozen drivers waking up not knowing whether they will make it into the sport's biggest race? He had finished runner-up in the 500 three times before finally winning it last year, so that desire has been building for years. Byron was Rookie of the Year in both the Xfinity Series and the Camping World Truck Series the past two seasons, and he'll be gunning for a third straight award in 2018.

"Sure", Patrick said. "There's a beach. and so much potential".

Kenseth, too, was a victim of the youth movement.

Denny Hamlin qualified second in a Toyota from Joe Gibbs Racing.

Ahead of the event and new season, Fox Sports has rolled out a graphics update, bringing NASCAR in line with the look that debuted with the 2017 football season. The 26-year-old driver, who calls Monterrey, Mexico home, worked his way through the NASCAR stepladder program and captured the 2016 Xfinity championship for vehicle owner Joe Gibbs.

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