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Kyle Larson Welcomes New Baby

Congrats to Katelyn & Kyle Larson on their new daughter, born this morning!

 

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Congrats to Dale Jr & Amy Earnhardt!

Their wait is over…their baby girl has arrived.

Amy Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr’s wife, tweeted their daughter’s arrival just before 7 am this morning.

Congrats to the new parents!

 

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Martinsville NASCAR Snowed Out

Heavy snow blanketed southern Virginia on Saturday night, forcing the postponement of Sunday’s S-T-P 500 Monster Energy Series race … which will be run today at 1 p.m. following completion of the alpha Energy Solutions 250 Camping World Truck Series race.  Motor Racing Network on WCUB Radio – “The Voice of NASCAR” will have live coverage.

Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said early Sunday morning that there was much more snow than anticipated, and the decision was made with track officials and local authorities to dedicate all available resources to storm response in the region … Cup Series qualifying was cancelled on Saturday and the thirty-eight-car starting field was set based on car owner points –which puts Martin Truex Junior on the pole for the third straight race.  He had qualified Number-1 in Phoenix and Fontana the two previous weeks.  Truex will share the front row with Kyle Busch.  The Team Penske trio of Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney fills the remainder of the top five … Ben Rhodes started from the pole in Saturday’s Truck Series race and was leading when “Mother Nature” intervened less than halfway through the opening stage.

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Jana Kramer Performing at Phoenix Race

Singer, actress and “Dancing With the Stars” finalist Jana Kramer will perform a pre-race concert on Sunday at I-S-M Raceway in Phoenix prior to the Monster Energy Series TicketGuardian 500.  Kramer’s appearance is made possible through a partnership with Niner Sports and Entertainment, and is free to all fans with a grandstand ticket for Sunday’s race.  She is a native of Rochester Hills, Michigan … which also is Brad Keselowski’s hometown.  Tickets for the weekend ahead are available at I-S-M Raceway-dot-com or by calling 1-866-408-RACE … 408-7223.

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Blaney & Elliott Win Thursday’s Qualifying Races

Ryan Blaney & Chase Elliott win Thursday’s qualifying races as the starting field was set for Sunday’s Daytona 500. Blaney started eighth in the first half of the can-am Duel at Daytona International Speedway, leading the final six laps and beating runner-up … and Team Penske teammate … Joey Logano to the checkered flag by two tenths of a second as Ford swept the top two finishing positions. Rookie Darrell Wallace Junior, Ricky Stenhouse Junior and defending Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch completed the top five. The victory gave Blaney the Number-3 starting spot in Sunday’s “five hundred.” Elliott gave Chevrolet its turn in Victory Lane by winning the nightcap on Thursday, leading the final thirty-four laps and beating Kevin Harvick to the finish by eight one-hundredths of a second to secure the Number-4 starting spot in Sunday’s “Great American Race.” Erik Jones took third place with Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch completing the top five … Front-row qualifiers Alex Bowman and Denny Hamlin were already locked into their starting positions for the season opener after topping last weekend’s qualifying and will lead the field to the green flag Sunday in the sixtieth running of the Daytona 500 after finishing fourteenth and ninth, respectively, in Thursday’s races.

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Daytona 500 Update – Pole Positions

Hendrick Motorsports collected its fourth straight Daytona 500 pole on Sunday when Alex Bowman steered the Number-88 Chevrolet to the top of the speed chart as the front row for next weekend’s race was locked in.  Bowman, who’s replacing the retired Dale Earnhardt Junior, had a lap of 195.644 miles per hour.  He’ll share the front row with Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin, who was second-quick at 195.092 miles per hour.  Lap times for the remaining thirty-eight drivers set the starting lineups for Thursday night’s qualifying races, with Bowman and Hamlin starting from the pole in their respective 150-mile events.  Hendrick Motorsports’ Daytona pole streak began in 2015 with Jeff Gordon and continued the next two years when Chase Elliott went back-to-back.

Bowman and Hamlin are locked into their starting positions for the Daytona 500 regardless of where they finish Thursday.  The remainder of the forty-car field for next weekend’s race will be set in the Can-Am Duel twin qualifying races … Other qualifying results of note … Brad Keselowski, Sunday’s Advance Auto Parts Clash winner, qualified nineteenth among forty drivers … seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson qualified third … Hendrick Motorsports’ William Byron is the highest-qualified rookie, fifth … defending Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch was seventeenth … 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Junior qualified twenty-sixth … Danica Patrick was twenty-eighth for her final NASCAR race.  She’s stepping away from the sport after Speedweeks.

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Recap of Advance Auto Parts Clash

Brad Keselowski went from last to first on Sunday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, giving Team Penske its second straight victory in the season-opening Advance Auto Parts Clash.  Keselowski lined up at the rear of the seventeen-car field for the non-points race that features pole winners from the previous season, which is where he was placed following a random draw to determine the starting lineup.  From the drop of the green flag, Keselowski began pushing his Number-2 Ford toward the front of the field and then dominated the second half of the race – leading the final thirty-seven laps to claim his first victory in the exhibition race that annually opens Speedweeks.  Joey Logano, seeking his second straight “Clash” victory, finished second to give Team Penske a one-two sweep.  Defending Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch came home in third place with Ryan Blaney – the third Team Penske driver – finishing fourth and pole sitter Austin Dillon completing the top five.  2017 Monster Energy Series champion Martin Truex Junior started sixth and finished fourteenth … The race included eleven lead changes among seven drivers: Keselowski, Logano, Dillon, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott.