NASCAR's Youth Movement On Display At Duels

NASCAR drivers at The Clash at Daytona International Speedway

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As of Friday morning, eight drivers have been forced to backup cars due to accidents in Thursday night's Cam-Am Duel qualifying races.

Well, just kidding about how the Blaney and Elliott wins were part of a well-conceived marketing-competition partnership from the NASCAR office across the street. 68 cars raced in the 1960 Daytona 500, and it resulted in 25 failing to finish.

Chase Elliott won the Can-Am Duel No. 2. Bowman, who won the pole in last week's time trials, didn't even bother racing hard in his duel, falling to the back to make sure he didn't damage his vehicle. "About winning this race and how big it would be". The network will use Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brad Keselowski and Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. for the April 28 Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

"I look forward to just getting in the race vehicle on Sunday and showing what we can do out there", Byron said in a phone interview.

"I learned a lot from watching Brad".

I believe it goes back to the charter system implemented in 2016 that assured 36 teams a starting position in all Monster Energy Series events.

Maybe even three of them.

The 24-year-old driver put an exclamation mark next to his name Saturday by topping the Daytona 500 "happy hour" practice with a lap of 196.954 mph. "You go from somebody who is just following and going with lanes to creating lanes, creating moves, wanting to be the lead auto".

But it doesn't appear Elliott is obsessed with making up for a lost opportunity.

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Three drivers under age 25 will start in the first two rows, new rules will make the cars hard to drive and NASCAR's longtime most popular driver will watch from the sidelines.

Liberty is an associate sponsor of Byron's No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the season-opening event, known as the "Great American Race", and will serve as primary sponsor for 12 Cup Series races in 2018 (see schedule below) and 12 races in 2019.

He is ready for the race, and he isn't fretting over 2017.

This year's race will have the same stage lengths as 2017 (60, 60 and 80 laps, respectively). "I hope that's not the trend this year. So I'd tend to concentrate more on the field that we have, the quality of field that we have, and the incredible drivers and story lines". Time will tell, I guess. How come we can't get on pit road?' He said, 'Pit road is full of people and they're all standing out there. "But at the same token, I feel like we played our cards the best we could". Larson's crew chief is North Vermillion graduate Chad Johnston.

Bowman has given no indication how his auto will handle because, in an effort to keep it safe for the Daytona 500, he dropped to the back of the field during his qualifying race and avoided drafting.

Leading the way in the first Duel will be Daytona 500 pole sitter, Alex Bowman, who clocked a best lap of 46.002 to top veterans Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch in the initial qualifying runs. It pains me to say that, but it is just the way that the state of the sport shaped them. Cars go as fast as they can around a track and want to finish in the front when it's over.

Blaney and Elliott didn't seem too excited over their wins Thursday, although Elliott savored the moment of having the No. 9 in Victory Lane. You never know what can happen on Sunday.

"I saw (he) was third and I'd figure he'd give me a good push", Blaney said about Wallace. "Everybody is here to win it".

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