When the checkered flag waved at Michigan Motor Speedway on Sunday, the 4-year wait was over. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had finally earned his much-anticipated 19th trip to Victory Lane, and the fans were nothing short of ecstatic.
Tony Stewart drove his #14 car into second place 5 seconds behind the #88. “It’s not like it’s a national holiday, guys,” Stewart said of the racing world’s reaction to the win.
But if you’re part of Junior Nation,
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After the first off-week of the season over Easter, NASCAR was back on track this weekend. Texas Motor Speedway hosted its first Nationwide and Sprint Cup races of the season, while the Camping World Trucks were at Rockingham Speedway for the first time in eight years.
In Nationwide on Friday, it was Roush Fenway’s Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. who took the checkered flag. The victory was his second of the season after winning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.
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The penalties incurred by Jimmie Johnson’s team for failing inspections prior to Daytona have been almost completely revoked after the final round of appeals on Tuesday afternoon. Both the 25 point deduction and the 6-race suspension for crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec have been lifted. The only penalty that remains is a $100,000 fine for Knaus.
The decision came after Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook overturned last week’s ruling from the National Stock Car Racing Commission to unanimously uphold the punishment for illegally modified C-posts.
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The #2 and the #17 teams made key decisions when they chose not to pit for tires with less than 20 laps to go. Keeping the old tires allowed them to keep the track position both cars had fought hard to maintain – and ultimately allowed the Blue Deuce to ride into Victory Lane.
It was Brad Keselowski’s second Bristol win in the past two Sprint Cup races at the famous short track after winning the August race in the 2011 season.
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It was a night of firsts. The first time rain postponed the 500. The first time the race started under the lights on primetime TV. The first time it would run on Monday. And Tuesday. The first time a driver would post on Twitter from his car during the race. The first time a jet dryer would explode on the track. There was fire, and there was plenty of rain. But when the checkered flag flew just under 36 hours after its scheduled start time,
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A cloudy and drizzly day dampened the spirits of NASCAR fans who showed up for the 54th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday. The action-packed races all throughout Speedweeks had provided an exciting buildup to the 500, and the race was schedule to start at 1:30 PM. But after driver introductions, the ceremonial invocation and national anthem, there was nothing. Just more rain.
With more rain came more waiting. Some fans waited in the grandstands in ponchos.
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Coming into the white flag lap, it was a Busch brothers tandem pulling away from the pack. But Joey Logano paired with Trevor Bayne came closing in along the back straightaway, making their move into turn 3, and fans in the grandstands jumped out of their seats. The four were running side-by-side out of turn 4, and from behind came Tony Stewart trying to make a move. Joey Logano went for the block… and chaos ensued.
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Who is John King?
That was the question everyone was asking at the end of Friday’s Next Era Energy 250 as the Tennessee native drove the #7 to Victory Lane for Red Horse Racing. It was understandable no one knew him – it was only King’s third career win, the other two coming in dirt late model and late model stock. But the rookie driver clinched the victory on a green-white-checkered finish in just his 7th truck start.
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Celebration for Robby Gordon and the #7 team. Heart-breaking disappointment for driver-owner Michael Waltrip. And a frustrating final lap for Sprint Cup rookie Danica Patrick. This was the mood at the conclusion of the Gatorade Duels at Daytona on Thursday. The game plan for every team coming in was to make it if you had to, but by all means: don’t break it.
Ten of the 49 drivers running in the twin 150’s were vying for the final four spots in the Daytona 500.
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In Daytona 500 Qualifying on Sunday, 2011 Sprint Cup Runner-up Carl Edwards won the pole position in the #99 Fastenal Ford. His Roush Fenway teammate #16 Greg Biffle came in just behind him to clinch the outside pole position. Edwards posted the top lap speed of 194.738, and it is his first pole win for the 500.
Defending Daytona champion Trevor Bayne was able to secure his spot in NASCAR’s premier race by qualifying first of the drivers who were not already locked-in from last year’s top 35 owner’s points.
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