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Kyle Busch fastest in Friday's practice 2 02-24-2017
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch posted the fastest single lap in Friday's second practice with a speed of 197.265 mph. Busch's speed was confirmed by the fact that the top six were all Joe Gibbs Racing affiliated racers. The group drafts well together and if they can hook up on Sunday, the field will have difficulty passing the leader of that pack.
J.J. Yeley tops XFINITY Final Practice 02-24-2017
J.J. Yeley
J.J. Yeley (No. 14 Superior Essex Toyota) tops the speed chart in the Final Practice session for the XFINITY Series PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona Int'l Speedway. He ran a fast lap of 187.005 mph. No. 4 Ross Chastain, No. 44 Benny Gordon, No. 42 Tyler Reddick and No. 00 Cole Custer round out the top-five of the 37 cars out on the track. The No. 97 Chevy, driven by Stephen Leicht, was the slowest in the final practice session.
D.J. Kennington qualifies into Daytona 500 02-24-2017
D.J. Kennington
With a 14th-place finish in Thursday night's second Can-Am Duel race, Gaunt Brothers Racing and driver D.J. Kennington qualified the No. 96 Lordco/Castrol Toyota Camry into the 59th running of the Daytona 500. Kennington will start 28th in Sunday's race. Kennington, hailing from St. Thomas, Ontario, will become the first Canadian to compete in The Great American Race since Calgary's Trevor Boys in 1988, a 29-year drought that the two-time NASCAR Pinty's Series champion is thrilled to end.-Rising Star Management Group
Keselowski: best 10-laps in 1st NXS practice 02-24-2017
Brad Keselowski
Monster Energy Cup series regular Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Ford Fusion), driving the No. 22 Ford Mustang, had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the first practice for the XFINITY Series PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona Int'l Speedway. His average of 190.325 mph was best of the 18 cars that ran at least 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session. No. 9 William Byron, No. 42 Tyler Reddick, No. 7 Justin Allgaier and No. 6 Darrell Wallace Jr. are the rest of the top five on this list.
Allgaier paces Daytona XFINITY Practice 1 02-24-2017
Justin Allgaier
Justin Allgaier (No. 7 Brandt Professional Agriculture Chevrolet Camaro) led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona Int'l Speedway. The lap of 193.890 mph lap was the best of the 43 cars completing laps in this session. No. 22 Brad Keselowski, No. 42 Tyler Reddick, No. 9 William Byron and No. 23 Spencer Gallagher are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. Jeff Green, in the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro, was the slowest.
David Ragan fastest in Friday practice 1 02-24-2017
David Ragan
David Ragan posted the fastest lap in Friday's first practice session for the Daytona 500 with a speed of 194.898 mph. Ragan is one of the better dark horses on plate tracks while racing for teams with moderate funding. Fantasy owners should continue to watch him in the draft during the next two days and give serious consideration to allowing him to stretch the salary cap.
Tyler Reddick: PowerShares QQQ 300 advance 02-24-2017
Tyler Reddick makes his NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) debut this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Reddick won in his first career start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Rockingham Speedway in 2012. He competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) on a part-time basis in 2013 and 2014 before moving to full-time duties in 2015 and 2016. In 63 NCWTS starts, Reddick had three wins (his first coming In Daytona in 2015), three poles, 25 top-five and 40 top-10 finishes. He finished second in the NCWTS standings in 2015 and ninth in the standings in 2016. Following an award-winning digital media campaign, Reddick was named 2016 NCWTS Most Popular Driver. Reddick, 21, will share the No. 42 car with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson.-Chip Ganassi Racing
Scott Lagasse Jr: PowerShares QQQ 300 advance 02-24-2017
Scott Lagasse Jr.
Scott Lagasse Jr. will be making his 11th career NASCAR XFINITY Series start at Daytona International Speedway. He also has three starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and two in the ARCA Racing Series at the Daytona Beach, FL track. This event will be Lagasse's 62nd career XFINITY series start and his first in the No. 24 Toyota for JGL Racing.-Integrity Sports Marketing
Dakoda Armstrong: PowerShares QQQ 300 advance 02-24-2017
Pierre Bourque
Dakoda Armstrong (No. 28 WinField United Toyota) will be making his seventh career NASCAR XFINITY Series start at Daytona International Speedway to go along with two previous starts in the Camping World Truck Series. Armstrong has a best XFINITY Series finish of sixth at Daytona to go along with one Pole Award which came in the July race during the 2014 season.-Integrity Sports Marketing
Dale Earnhardt Jr., 5th in Duel 2 02-24-2017
Dale Earnhardt
Dale Earnhardt Jr. led his Duel in Daytona for most of the 150 laps, but a surge by Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon relegated him to fifth on the final trip around the track. Earnhardt was unwilling to put his car at risk in that final dash because he had already secured the outside pole with his speed in time trials. Regardless, he told reporters after the race that there was very little he could have done to block Hamlin's run and likely would have been passed in the Daytona 500 as well.
Hill, Sorenson fail to qualify for 500 02-24-2017
Timmy Hill
Reed Sorenson and Timmy Hill were the two drivers who failed to qualify for the Daytona 500. Sorenson was wrecked by Corey Lajoie in his Duel; Hill experienced some sort of mechanical difficulty. Make sure that neither of these drivers is on your roster as a long-shot dark horse.
5th-place finish for Matt Kenseth in Duel 1 02-24-2017
Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth finished fifth in his Can-Am Duel and will start the Daytona 500 in ninth. Kenseth has not fared very well in recent Daytona races. In eight of his last nine attempts on this track, he finished worse than he started and most of those efforts ended outside the top 15. In last year's 500 he had the outside pole, but slipped to 14th at the checkers. That cost 12 place-differential points in games that offer them.
Austin Dillon, 4th in Duel 2 02-24-2017
Austin Dillon
Austin Dillon crossed the line fourth in the second Can-Am Duel at Daytona. He will start Sunday's race 10th. Dillon is another strong plate racer, which is great news in salary cap games that have been set with a full season in mind. He will be affordable and is almost certain to finish in the top 15 if he avoids the seemingly inevitable "Big One" crash.
4th-place finish for B. Keselowski in Duel 1 02-24-2017
Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski finished fourth in the first Can-Am Duel at Daytona and will start the 500 seventh. There were mostly familiar names at the front of the pack on Thursday and that suggests-merely suggests, mind you-that plate racing has become a little more predictable. One reason for this is "the swerve" that Keselowski has perfected: a manner of switching lanes while leading the pack to rob the other drivers of their forward momentum.
Team Penske extends Logano '2022 and beyond' 02-24-2017
Joey Logano
Team Penske has locked down a major portion of its NASCAR program by signing driver Joey Logano, crew chief Todd Gordon and sponsor Shell-Pennzoil to extensions that run through ''2022 and beyond.'' The phrasing of the new contracts announced Friday at Daytona International Speedway is a play on Logano's car No. 22. His existing contract ran through 2018, and the extension is believed to be a five-year deal through 2023. The partnership with Shell extends to Penske's IndyCar program, and Roger Penske said he's currently working on a contract extension with three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves.-Associated Press
DJ Kennington races into Daytona 500 02-24-2017
D.J. Kennington
With a result of 14th in his Can Am Duel at Daytona, DJ Kennington was the highest-finishing non-chartered driver in his heat and will start the Daytona 500 28th. Kennington will be the open driver who starts closest to the front of the pack. Corey LaJoie starts 31st based on his Duel finish, while Brendan Gaughan and Elliott Sadler start on the final row based on their time trial speed. Kennington is not likely stay with the leaders, however, and there are better dark horses available.
Sorenson, Hill fail to qualify for 500 02-24-2017
Reed Sorenson
Reed Sorenson and Timmy Hill were the two drivers who failed to qualify for the Daytona 500. Sorenson was wrecked by Corey Lajoie in his Duel; Hill experienced some sort of mechanical difficulty. Make sure that neither of these drivers is on your roster as a long-shot dark horse.
Kurt Busch finishes 3rd in Duel 2 02-24-2017
Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch finished third in his Can-Am Duel at Daytona and will line up eighth in the Daytona 500. Busch is one of the unsung heroes of plate racing. If not for a last-corner tap from Joey Logano in the 2016 Coke Zero 400, he would have a nine-race, top-10 streak going. He was wrecked in The Clash by Jimmie Johnson, but should be a good value if he stays out of trouble.
3rd-place finish for Kevin Harvick in Duel 1 02-24-2017
Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick finished third in his Can-Am Duel for Daytona. He will line up fifth for the Daytona 500 as a result behind Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray. Both of those drivers are prone to over-exuberance in the opening laps, so look for Harvick to dive out of the draft and try to lead early.
D. Hamlin: 8 top-10s in last 12 plate races 02-24-2017
Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin's victory in last year's Daytona 500 was one of eight top-10s that he has scored in the last 12 plate races. That streak dates back to his second-place finish in the 2014 Daytona 500 and it kicked off a string of five consecutive results of sixth or better at Daytona International Speedway. That streak was broken last July when he finished 17th after starting ninth.
Joey Logano: 3 plate wins in two years 02-24-2017
Joey Logano
Joey Logano has become one of the most attractive plate racers with three wins in the last two years. Before winning the 2015 Daytona 500, he struggled through nine races on this track type without a single top-10. Most of these came in the No. 22 Penske Racing ride. Since winning that race, Logano has been an all-or-nothing racer with five top-six finishes and three results outside the top 20.
Clint Bowyer, 2nd in Duel 2 02-24-2017
Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer has waited two years to take over the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing ride and it was worth it; he finished second in his Can-Am Duel in Daytona. Bowyer has been solid in modest equipment on plate tracks. He has won in great equipment like he will wheel this weekend. Since he has struggled in recent seasons, he could provide a great differentiation for one's roster.
Jimmie Johnson's crash count: 3 02-24-2017
Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson was clipped by David Ragan while they were racing for a top-five position and his No. 48 got pinched into Ryan Blaney. Johnson wrecked twice in the Advance Auto Parts Clash. The team tightened him up some, but Johnson complained of getting squirrely when drivers tried to side-draft him in his qualification race. Johnson has not had a lot of recent success on plate tracks and it does not appear this weekend will improve his record. Johnson ultimately finished 13th, but he was challenging for sixth on the final lap.