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Alex Bowman makes most of big break with Daytona 500 pole

Alex Bowman makes most of big break with Daytona 500 pole

The sports broadcaster will rely on a record 14 in-car cameras, including one in the Daytona 500 pace vehicle, which is more than any NASCAR race in the past 15 years, according to Fox.

New ride-height rules have the cars dragging tail and spraying sparks off the asphalt. "I look for him to wind up on top, but something won't let go of Alex Bowman".

Who? Well, the guy who got Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s coveted seat at Hendrick Motorsports when concussions forced the superstar to retire.

Will we still see good racing?

You look around now and definitely know that you're one of the older guys now, but I feel like I've never known more about what's going on in the sport and felt more comfortable in sitting in that vehicle and participating in the races in each week. I said to Hammond, 'What's going on anyway?

When a concussion sidelined Earnhardt for the second half of that season, Earnhardt talked Hendrick into giving Bowman a shot as the replacement driver. Elliott is the son of NASCAR legend Bill Elliott. Starting with the 2018 season - which kicks off Sunday with the Daytona 500 - Elliott switched cars, from Hendrick Motorsports' No. 24 to the No. 9 - the same vehicle his father, Bill Elliott, famously drove during his decades-long career. I just hugged him and said, 'Man, we got it. So I think that's what I'm most excited about.

Elliott is still seeking his first points victory in the Cup Series after five runner-up finishes last season.

NASCAR's biggest day, however, has seen a different driver in Victory Lane frequently in recent years. For Patrick, her lack of success - one pole and no wins during her six-year career - did her in, although she will race in this year's Daytona 500. And he handled his first Daytona 500 Media Day well, offering well-thought out answers to the large contingent of reporters - also showing both a good sense of humor and perspective. If Elliott wins a NASCAR Cup Series race, fans will receive 10 free boneless wings with the purchase of any 10 wings.

In the second Duel, Hamlin-a one-time Daytona 500 victor and three-time Duel winner-will start in the No. 1 spot, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Erik Jones.

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- Martin, to me, one of the storylines coming into 2018, how do you guys remotely even duplicate what you accomplished a year ago? How come we can't get on pit road?' He said, 'Pit road is full of people and they're all standing out there. There's a lot on the line. Michael McDowell 23. Ty Dillon 24.

On the restart Team Penske again resumes the lead.

Of course, that is simply too many cars to allow in. That actually took me a little while to get over. You've got a lot of opportunities to make mistakes.

- Hey, you have crossed some big ones off the list the last few years- winning Coke 600, Southern 500, a championship. He twice spun competitors not because he made contact with their cars, but because Stenhouse sucked the air away from their cars and caused them to lose control. So, in order to win the Daytona 500, you're going to have to have some help and some friends along the way.

Q: Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart retired before the 2017 season and Dale Earnhardt Jr and Matt Kenseth will not be racing in 2018.

Gray Gaulding is set to drive the auto this weekend during Daytona Speedweeks and said the proceedings has not been a distraction. They all are locked into the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

The 20-year-old ran the fastest lap (at an average speed of 201.681 mph) during Saturday's second practice before finishing fifth in Sunday's qualifying. He's the anomaly, though, as the field has a considerably youthful feel.

Two young drivers finished their respective duel races Thursday night with the confidence of long time veterans.


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