LOGANO TAKES THE DAYTONA CLASH!

LOGANO TAKES THE DAYTONA CLASH!

MOORESVILLE, N.C., February 20, 2017 – Joey Logano of Team Penske took the checkered flag for Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines in the 2017 Daytona Clash, marking the fourth consecutive restrictor plate win by Team Penske.

Logano commented in victory lane, “It’s cool to win the Clash. We came close last year and it’s really neat to be in Victory Lane and a good start to our day.” Continue reading LOGANO TAKES THE DAYTONA CLASH!

Blaney 18th In Daytona 500 Qualifying

Blaney 18th In Daytona 500 Qualifying

February 19, 2017

Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion will start Thursday’s second Can-AM Duel qualifying race from ninth position after Blaney was 18th fastest in Sunday’s pole qualifying for the Daytona 500.

Blaney’s qualifying speed of 191.746 miles per hour was a bit disappointing given his speed in Saturday’s practice session. There he was fifth fastest with a best lap at 192.980 mph. Continue reading Blaney 18th In Daytona 500 Qualifying

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona 500 Pole Qualifying

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA 500 POLE QUALIFYING
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY POST QUALIFYING PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
FEBRUARY 19, 2017

Chase Elliott, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Give Chevrolet Front Row for 59th Running of the Daytona 500
Fifth Consecutive Pole for Chevrolet in the Great American Race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 19, 2017) – For the second consecutive year, Chase Elliot put the No. 24 NAPA Chevrolet SS on the pole for the season-opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Daytona 500. With a lap of 46.663 seconds/192.872 mph, the 2016 Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year, claimed his third career pole. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona 500 Pole Qualifying

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona 500 Pole Qualifying–Chase Elliott

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA 500 POLE QUALIFYING
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY NOTES AND QUOTES
FEBRUARY 19, 2017

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 24 NAPA CHEVROLET SS – Daytona 500 Pole Sitter
TALK ABOUT WINNING THE POLE FOR THE DAYTONA 500 FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR:
“It is awesome. I am just really proud of everybody at our shop – the Hendrick Engine Shop; the Hendrick Chassis Shop; Hendrick Motorsports as a whole and the No. 24 team for sure. I appreciate all of their hard work. It is great to have NAPA on board this weekend. As I said on TV, the No. 24 team here in the past – with Jeff before and with us here and at Talladega has proved they are really good at qualifying at these tracks. They are always trying to find new things with the body, or with the engine and that is proof that they are keeping up with the competition and taking that next step too. Like I said, it is a testament to them, and I am really proud of what they have done. Excited to get started this season and hopefully we can have a good run next week.”
Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona 500 Pole Qualifying–Chase Elliott

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona 500 Qualifying–Chase Elliott

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA 500 QUALIFYING
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY NOTES AND QUOTES
FEBRUARY 19, 2017

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS CHEVROLET SS – POLE WINNER:
CONGRATULATIONS ON BACK-TO-BACK POLES. THIS IS BIG FOR YOU.
“Yeah, this is really cool. I’m just happy for our NAPA team and it’s great to have Napa on board this weekend; and a big thanks to the Hendrick engine shop and Chevrolet. Everybody at Hendrick Motorsports has done a lot of work this off-season. This team definitely has a knack for these plate tracks as they showed with Jeff Gordon and then last year with here and Talladega. But that stuff doesn’t just happen by staying the same as everybody knows. Everyone is always trying to get better and make their cars better and faster; and the engine shop is always finding new things. So, I think that’s just proof that they’re improving with everybody else and taking that next step, which is really impressive. I’m happy to be a part of it and hopefully we can run good next Sunday.”

YOU WEREN’T ABLE TO CAPITALIZE ON THAT STARTING SPOT LAST YEAR. HOW HAVE YOU MATURED AS A RESTRICTOR PLATE DRIVER TO WHERE YOU CAN SCORE YOUR FIRST DAYTONA 500 ON SUNDAY?
“Well, we finished our first Cup race at Daytona today, which was good. We didn’t win the race, obviously, but we finished. Unfortunately, we tore up a lot of stuff here last year. So I hope we can just try to get to the end of the 500 next. We’ve obviously got to get through the Duels, first. But, just making it to the end and having yourself in position, obviously we’d love to have a shot to win this thing. So, it would be great and I think we have a car that can do it. So, we’ll find out.”

DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 NATIONWIDE CHEVROLET SS – QUALIFIED 2ND
BY THAT PERFORMANCE, YOU NEVER WOULD HAVE KNOWN YOU’VE BEEN OUT OF A RACE CAR FOR 7 MONTHS. HOW GOOD DOES THAT FEEL?
“It feels good. I think the guys are a little bit disappointed. They really wanted to get the pole. I’m disappointed too, but am absolutely thrilled to have an all-Hendrick Motorsports front row. And we’ll work on the balance practice a lot this week and make sure it’s a good handling car for the race. But, it’s a good way to start the week.”

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona–Advance Auto Parts Clash Post Race

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
ADVANCE AUTO PARTS CLASH
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY POST RACE PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
FEBRUARY 19, 2017

Alex Bowman Leads the way for Team Chevy in “The Clash” at Daytona

Daytona Beach (Fla.) – (February 19, 2017) – Alex Bowman earned a spot in the 2017 Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway by earning his first career pole at Phoenix International Speedway last season in the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS, while filling in for the injured Dale Earnhardt, Jr. The Hendrick Motorsports organization gave the ‘super sub’ the opportunity to run the 75-lap non-points race at Daytona as the 2017 season for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series got underway. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona–Advance Auto Parts Clash Post Race

“Lone Ranger” Austin Dillon Finds Track Position Despite Lack of Teammates in Clash Driver of the No. 3 Dow Chevrolet Posts 12th-Place Finish After Last-Lap Wreck

“Lone Ranger” Austin Dillon Finds Track Position Despite Lack of Teammates in Clash
Driver of the No. 3 Dow Chevrolet Posts 12th-Place Finish After Last-Lap Wreck

“It’s hard to be the Lone Ranger out there. If you look at the race, the top five were all team cars and I didn’t have a teammate in the race or anybody to work with. I am really proud that I was able to run up there with those cars knowing how important it is to have help. I was involved in the wreck at the end so I ended up cutting the right-front tire and that caused us to limp home to a 12th-place finish. Overall, though, it was a good run. I learned a lot and I thought I drafted pretty well. This was a good start for our Dow Chevrolet team. We learned things that we can use during both the Duel’s and Sunday’s Daytona 500.”

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona–Advance Auto Parts Clash–Alex Bowman

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
ADVANCE AUTO PARTS CLASH
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY POST RACE NOTES AND QUOTES
FEBRUARY 19, 2017

ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 88 NATIONWIDE CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED 3RD
HOW MUCH FUN DID YOU HAVE?
“It was frustrating. We kind of struggled all day, a little bit. We couldn’t get the track position we needed. To come home third is solid, and not bad by any means. We will learn from it and hopefully give Greg (Ives, crew chief) and Dale (Earnhardt, Jr.) some information for the Daytona 500. It is a day race. I am just happy to be a part of the Clash. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona–Advance Auto Parts Clash–Alex Bowman

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Advance Auto Parts Clash–Jimmie Johnson

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
ADVANCE AUTO PARTS CLASH
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY NOTES AND QUOTES
FEBRUARY 19, 2017

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS – Sidelined in a single car crash on lap 48:

THIS IS LIKE SHADES OF LAST YEAR DURING SPEEDWEEKS WITH YOUR TEAMMATES HAVING SIMILAR ISSUES, IS THIS MORE OF A HENDRICK AERO ISSUE OR THE TRACK BEING SLICK?
“I don’t know. I guess last year there were a couple of issues there. It’s so bizarre because the car hasn’t been loose anywhere else. The first time I got loose I got into the NO. 41 (Kurt Busch) and crashed him and I feel terrible for that. And then that time, I didn’t think it was going to turn around. I was about half-throttle running along. I’m not sure if the car behind me got close and helped my cause, but it had been very loose off of Turn 4 from the moment I crashed Kurt, on. Maybe the track is changing. We certainly plan to race at night. And it’s weird because I’ve made a living out of a loose race car and to have it bite me this afternoon, and unfortunately take the No. 41 out, I’m disappointed in myself and our situation for that.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Advance Auto Parts Clash–Jimmie Johnson

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona–Courtney Force

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
ADVANCE AUTO PARTS CLASH
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY NOTES AND QUOTES
FEBRUARY 18, 2017

COURTNEY FORCE, DRIVER OF THE ADVANCE AUTO PARTS CHEVROLET CAMARO SS IN THE NHRA DRAG RACING FUNNY CAR DIVISION, will serve as the honorary pace car driver for the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona. Prior to fulfilling her duties as pace car driver, she met with members of the media. Full Transcript:

TALK ABOUT SERVING AS THE PACE CAR DRIVER:
“I’m so thrilled to be here, this is amazing to be here in Daytona. I got to take a couple of laps in the pace car. A little nerve racking obviously, I’m used to a flat, straight track that goes 0-1000 feet in just four seconds. Totally different type of racing for me, but obviously, I’m going a lot slower. It’s really cool. I’m totally not used to the banking here. It’s a lot steeper than it looks for the people that see it from the outside. It was really cool to kind of be on the track and experience that. I’m obviously hoping to not screw up and be able to follow the lines. I got a little advice from (Dale Earnhardt) Junior. He said some people might bump me, so I’m going to watch and make sure I don’t get into too much trouble. I’m really excited to be here. This will probably be the only time I can ever say that there are all those legends of NASCAR in my rear-view mirror. I’m really excited to say that. Just honored to be here with Advance Auto Parts. This is an honor for me and a little bit different from what I do. Hopefully, everything goes well.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona–Courtney Force

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona–Dale Earnhardt Jr.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA 500 PRACTICE
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER QUOTES
FEBRUARY 18, 2017

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 NATIONWIDE CHEVROLET SS, finished the first practice session back behind the wheel of his Chevrolet SS after missing much of the 2017 season due to injury. The No. 88 team finished the first practice session for the Daytona 500 11th on the speed chart.

DAYTONA IS A PLACE THAT HAS HAD A LOT OF EMOTION FOR YOU DALE, COMING BACK UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES HOW DID IT FEEL TODAY?
“It felt good to just get out there and get to work a little bit and be with the guys and see all the familiar faces in the garage, other drivers and team members and so forth. Yeah, just trying to put as many laps as I can behind me and get further and further into this deal to where the events from last year become more of a distant memory and don’t define me as who I am so much anymore. It will be good to get in the car and get some good wins and good finishes under our belt this season. That is our plan.”

WHAT IS THE 42-YEAR OLD VERSION OF DALE, JR. IN A RACE CAR?
“Well, I don’t really hope I change a whole lot. To be successful, particularly at Daytona you have to drive with zero fear and put your car in places on instinct without wondering and guessing about the repercussions. I have watched a lot of races, replays and stuff where we have had success and I remember that feeling of being invincible. Not even thinking about the dangers or the risks that you are taking, you are just doing. That is when you are at your best. You have to get into that frame of mind for the race and I hope to kind of still be that driver that I need to be. Outside the car though, might not take things quite as, I don’t know if serious is the right word, but don’t sweat the small stuff. Try not to let those little things get under your skin, things that really don’t matter. You get swept up in doing this week after week and it becomes who you are instead of what you do. Trying to keep that under control.”

WHAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FRAME OF MIND YOU ARE IN TODAY?
“I think just getting older and wiser. I’ve been learning so much, trying to be observant and learn and be open-minded to improving. Getting better as a person, as a driver, as a professional, never assuming you’ve got it all figured out and understanding your mistakes and correcting them. Just getting smarter and older and ready to grow-up. I always thought I was kind of mature, but there is always some room to improve. Certainly, made a lot of changes in my life in the last year that has made some big differences on me personally and I’ve enjoyed it and look forward to the future.”

HOW DID IT FEEL GETTING BACK IN THE CAR?
“It felt good. I was, not really nervous, but today went really smooth. Didn’t have any problems, so we just kind of got everything done we wanted to do and the guys will go to work and try to put together a good car for qualifying and hopefully we will get out there and get a good lap in.”

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona–Alex Bowman

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
ADVANCE AUTO PARTS CLASH
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
FEBRUARY 17, 2017

ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 88 NATIONWIDE CHEVROLET SS, met with members at Daytona International Speedway and discussed driving the No. 88 Chevy in the Clash, his future plans and many other topics. Full Transcript:

WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR 10 STARTS IN THE NO. 88 CHEVROLET LAST SEASON?
“Honestly, it was kind of just gaining a lot of confidence back. I spent a lot of years driving different equipment and you always feel like you can get the job done as a race car driver, but sometimes you kind of get down on yourself. Definitely felt like last year I proved to myself and everybody else that I deserve a shot to be here. At the same time, I learned a lot from all my teammates at Hendrick Motorsports and getting to lean on all those guys was so much fun. It still is fun. I’m glad to continue to be a part of the team. To get to lean on a seven-time champion in Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon, Chase Elliott, Dale (Earnhardt), Jr., Kasey Kahne, there are so many smart people. It’s been a lot of fun. It’s been a learning experience and just trying to make the most of every opportunity that I get.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona–Alex Bowman

Moffitt Joins Peters to Complete Red Horse Racing Lineup

Moffitt Joins Peters to Complete Red Horse Racing Lineup

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (February 17, 2017) – After picking up one win and three top-five finishes in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts for Red Horse Racing in 2016, Brett Moffitt will pilot the No. 7 Toyota Tundra at Daytona International Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway, joining series veteran Timothy Peters at Red Horse Racing. Both teams are continuing to look for sponsorship to fill out the year.

The 24-year-old from Grimes, Iowa was the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year in 2015 and has earned nine wins in the K&N Pro Series East. Continue reading Moffitt Joins Peters to Complete Red Horse Racing Lineup

Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Ready To Build On Its Daytona History

Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Ready To Build On Its Daytona History

February 16, 2017

The long winter’s wait is over for the Wood Brothers and their Motorcraft/Quick Lane race team.

The iconic No. 21 Ford Fusion returns to the track this week at the Daytona International Speedway to start the 2017 Monster Energy Cup season. It’s the second-straight year that the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team will be competing on a full-time basis, but the team’s history in the elite division dates back to 1953, further than any active team on the circuit. Continue reading Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Ready To Build On Its Daytona History

Eight Clash Wins for Richard Childress Racing … RCR has earned eight checkered flags in the Advance Auto Parts Clash

Eight Clash Wins for Richard Childress Racing … RCR has earned eight checkered flags in the Advance Auto Parts Clash (1986, 1988, 1991, 1993 and 1995 with driver Dale Earnhardt and 2009, 2010 and 2013 with Kevin Harvick).

Welcome, Dillon … Austin Dillon is scheduled to compete in this year’s exhibition event for RCR. Dillon earned a berth by virtue of winning a pole in 2016. This is the 31st season that the Welcome, N.C.-based organization has fielded an entry in the 38-race history of the Advance Auto Parts Clash. Continue reading Eight Clash Wins for Richard Childress Racing … RCR has earned eight checkered flags in the Advance Auto Parts Clash

SCCA CLUB RACER JACOB LOOMIS STEPS-UP TO F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP

SCCA CLUB RACER JACOB LOOMIS STEPS-UP TO F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP

Global Racing Group confirms its first 2017 F4 U.S. rookie entry

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 15, 2016) –The off-season momentum continues for the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda as it gains Sports Car Club of America Club Racing pilot Jacob Loomis of Corinth, Texas. Global Racing Group confirmed Loomis as its first of four drivers for the 2017 F4 U.S. Championship. Continue reading SCCA CLUB RACER JACOB LOOMIS STEPS-UP TO F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP

JEGS.com Top Dragster pro Mike Coughlin begins 2017 season with visit to victory lane

JEGS.com Top Dragster pro Mike Coughlin begins 2017 season with visit to victory lane
POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 12) — A native of Ohio who has raced Division 3 for most of his drag racing career, Mike Coughlin has never started a season as early as this year. But after winning the 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals Sunday, things may just change a bit moving forward.

“What a way to start the year,” an exuberant Coughlin said in the historic winner’s circle of Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. “To think we were in testing less than a week ago with a broken motor and little hope we’d even be able to race this weekend, to end up here in the winner’s circle is nothing short of remarkable.
Continue reading JEGS.com Top Dragster pro Mike Coughlin begins 2017 season with visit to victory lane

Courtney Force takes Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro to Winternationals final round

Courtney Force takes Advance Auto Parts
Chevrolet Camaro to Winternationals final round

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 12) – Courtney Force put her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS into the Funny Car final of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals on Sunday at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

But she fell just short in her bid to win the race for a second time.

After defeating Jim Campbell, J.R. Todd, and her father, John Force, in successive rounds, Courtney Force – the No. 3 qualifier – faced Matt Hagan in the finals. Despite a solid pass of 3.901 seconds at 326.95 mph, she couldn’t overcome Hagan’s run and settled for the runner-up spot. Continue reading Courtney Force takes Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro to Winternationals final round

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