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Monster Power NASCAR Cup Series
Subsequent Contest: Gander RV Duel at Daytona
Location: Daytona Worldwide Speedway
Date: Thursday, 14 February
Time: 19:00. ET
TV: FS1, 17:30 pp ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: Two qualifiers – every race is 150 miles
2018 Winner: Duel 1 – Ryan Blaney; Duel 2 – Chase Elliott

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Subsequent Competitors: Daytona 500
Location: Daytona Worldwide Speedway
Date: Sunday, February 17
Time: 14.30. EN
TV: FOX, 13.00. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 500 miles (200 laps); Step 1 (Ending Spherical 60),
Step 2 (Ending Spherical 120), Remaining Step (Ending Spherical 200)
2018 Winner: Austin Dillon

NASCAR Xfinity Series
Next Contest: NASCAR Racing Experience 300
Location: Daytona Worldwide Speedway
Date: Saturday, February 16
Time: 14:30 ET
TV: FS1, 2pm. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 300 miles (120 turns); Step 1 (Ending Round 30),
Step 2 (Ending Round 60), Ultimate Step (Ending Round 120)
2018 Winner: Tyler Reddick

NASCAR Gander Outside Truck Package
Next Competitors: NextEra Power 250
Location: Daytona International Speedway
Date: Friday, February 14th
Time: 19:30 ET
TV: FS1, 7.00. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 250 miles (100 turns); Step 1 (Ending Round 20),
Step 2 (Ending Round 40), End Step (Ending Spherical 100)
2018 Winner: Johnny Sauter

Monster Power NASCAR Cup Series

Austin Dillon The objective is to win again Daytona 500s

On the opening of the Monster Power NASCAR Cup Series season, final yr's dramatic final victory produced some of the talked-about last-minute finishes. Driving License No. three Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Grandfather Richard Childress – the same automotive that Late Dale Earnhardt gained in 500 in 1998 – Austin Dillon directed the ultimate round to take a checkered flag.

is making an attempt to turn into solely the fourth driver in history to win backton-to-back Daytona 500s. The last time it occurred was Sterling Marlin – the first two Cup Series wins within the profession. Only three history drivers have gained Daytona 500 – joining Marlin is Richard Petty (1973-74) and Cale Yarborough (1983-1984).

This yr, the NASCAR competition on the age of 50 for Childress. He needs to start out the anniversary celebration with another direct victory at Daytona. He tells automobiles to Dillon and Sunoco Rookie of the Yr Daniel Hemric and NASCAR Xfinity Champion and Xfinity Series Full Time Tyler Reddick, who plans to make a number of cups in 2019. 2013) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2014).

Virtually Aric Almirola

The only residence in Florida in 2018, in the Daytona 500 area, Tampa Aric Almirola turned one of many rounds of victory over final yr's largest competition in sport. After taking the white flag and stopping the sector, Almirola's No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang came again to the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 of Austin Dillon's No. three Richard Childress Racing, creating Almirola and sending Dillon a examine

to Almirola who made The first begin for the Stewart-Haas Racing group was a coronary heart-breaking end. However Daytona 500's robust operating was good issues for the longer term. Almirola was eligible to play, gained the Talladega, Ala and eventually ranked fifth within the finals of the Monster Power collection – earlier than all of the drivers besides the champions 4.

“Have I ever had a second behind closed doorways and hit something? Perhaps, "Almirola said with a smile this week on Daytona International Speedway. "Throughout that time I was more essential to go out and be a very good representative to my sponsors and partners and youngsters."

”My baby sat back in my automotive whereas watching tv like the remainder of the world so it was a chance to be a very good position mannequin for my youngsters. You need to be good at sport and typically issues don't all the time go. You’ve two choices. You’ll be able to either maintain your head excessive and take the street, or you’ll be able to truthful and piss and hang-out and sponsors usually like the first.

Almirola admitted, nevertheless, that the performance has set the tone for the 2018 season –

”I feel one of many things we took out of the Daytona 500 is true now, within the very first race, that everyone had confidence in one another,” Almirola stated. “A brand new driver for the group. Chief of the brand new crew, Johnny Klausmeier, a number one staff. Several new guys within the workforce. We're all really younger. … It makes it fun, but there's also quite a bit to do and novelty, so proper within the first race it was like: "Hey, we can do this."

we now have to cope with us for the remainder of the yr. This is just the start and we fed it off, and we used it as a motivator who stored our head down and only made us struggle even more durable and grind, and I feel it pulled us collectively. “

Leader: Most tours aren’t all the time driver's pals

The driving force who has been driving probably the most in Daytona 500 has gained only two of the last 5 races (Denny Hamlin in 2016 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2014). Twice this time, the driving force has only gained the last round – Austin Dillon in 2018 and Kurt Busch in 2017.

Ryan Blaney's 118 laps last yr was probably the most profitable time before the race with Davey Allison's lead in 127 rounds of the 1992 Winner Prize. Since then, Blaney is the one driver to drive 100 laps or extra, as Tony Stewart led 107 rounds in 2005. Both Blaney and Stewart finished seventh in these races

Busch brothers led 80 or more rounds in the 80s and did not win the race. Kyle Busch led 88 rounds in 2009 and 86 rounds in 2008. Older brother Kurt led 95 laps in 2007.

In reality, since 1993, the driving force has been driving 100 or extra rounds solely six occasions. Only twice did it make Daytona 500 a win. Dale Earnhardt led 107 rounds of his historic 1998 victory and Sterling Marlin led 105 rounds for his 1995 win

More of those leaders…

2016 Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin leads all lively drivers in Daytona 500. He has been in front of 267 rounds, which is the 12th time ever. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch is on the following listing with 245 rounds. Only 4 lively drivers are listed on Daytona 500's prime 25 leaders. Kurt Busch is ranked 19th at 205 within the front. And Jimmie Johnson is 25 years previous on the record. A complete of 148 rounds of his 17 out of 17

The highest mark of this class is – it isn’t surprisingly held seven occasions the Daytona 500 winner Richard Petty, who led 780 rounds from 20 to 32 Daytona 500: from.

Fireball Roberts led 170 rounds of 200 rounds in 1961 at Daytona 500, however didn’t win the race – a lot of the rounds didn’t win the race. Marvin Panch gained the race, which only resulted in 13 rounds when Roberts ended 20th. Camaron ZL1's profitable publish, it has actually been 19 years because the race winner gained the race. Dale Jarrett gained the pole and Daytona 500 in 2000.

Actually, the primary begin has not just lately been a promising indicator of the place the driving force ends. The last 5 prime winner was Invoice Elliott in 2001 when he completed fifth.

One Daytona Wins One other

Although it might be a victory for one of many races at Daytona 500, it might be a key indicator of who might win the competitors icon Harley J. Earl Trophy and even go to season championship, which is probably not the case. Although Sunday's Advance Auto Elements Clash winner Jimmie Johnson would definitely be a uncommon exception.

The final Conflict winner additionally gained the Daytona 500 with Denny Hamlin. Only five drivers have achieved it when Dale Jarrett did it twice – in 1996 and final yr. early-stage outlook

This season marks yet one more expected Sunoco Rookie of the Yr debut – and with regards to Daytona 500, a few additional first timers are on the record. 19659002] Richard Childress Racing's Daniel Hemric (No. eight Chevrolet), Ryan Preece of JTG Daugherty Racing (No. 47 Chevrolet) and Entrance Row Motorsports & # 39; Matt Tifft (No. 36 Ford)) that includes Sunoco Rookie of the Yr 2008 competitors. Hemric ranked second within the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship with Childress. Tifft was ranked sixth in the Xfinity collection final yr. Two occasions the Xfinity Series winner Preece will make her full-time Cup debut after five in 2015.

Hemric obtained the perfect start for newcomers on Thursday on the Gander RV Duel, when Daytona 500 started to type. All three rookies are within the first duel. Hemric Begins Third, Preece Begins 15th and Tifft Rolls 18th on 21-Automotive Subject

None of the three have gained Daytona Worldwide Speedway.

Hendrick Motorsports sweeps Speedweeks first weekend in Dayton

Hendrick Motorsports tried to launch 2019 in the best course and boy. The newest addition to the staff, William Byron, took the Busch Pole Award from Daytona 500 and then the veteran in the workforce, seven occasions NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson followed it with a victory in the rain-shortened Advance Auto Elements Conflict.

Although it was Byron's first career path, it was Hendrick Motorsport's 13th Daytona 500 place, collection: Most Ken Schrader (1988, 1989, 1990), Jeff Gordon (1999, 2015), Jimmie Johnson (2002, 2008) Mark Martin (2010), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2011), Chase Elliott (2016, 2017), Alex Bowman (2018), William Byron (2019). In addition, Hendrick Motorsport's fifth consecutive pole for Daytona 500 – additionally a document in the collection.

The HMS group was an awesome begin last Sunday once they took the pole, however the day was even better when Jimmie Johnson made a brave transfer to take the lead in Advance Auto Elements Conflict, which led to his victory.

Johnson's second win at non-factors. In complete, he has made 17 starts at Advance Auto Elements Clash by sending two wins, six tops and eight prime 10.

A total of 10 totally different drivers have several Advance Auto Elements Conflict wins: Dale Earnhardt (1980, 1986, 1988), 1991, 1993, 1995), Dale Jarrett (1996, 2000, 2004), Kevin Harvick (2009, 2010, 2013), Tony Stewart (2001, 2002, 2007), Denny Hamlin (2006, 2014, 2016), Neil Bonnett (1983-1984), Ken Schrader, (1989-1990), Jeff Gordon (1994 and 1997), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003, 2008) and Jimmie Johnson (2005, 2019).

Hendrick Motorsports is in search of winners this weekend at Daytona 500, a competition that the group has gained eight occasions (1986, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2014).

A defensive champion who needs to hitch the elite Daytona 500 [19659002] Joey Logano celebrated last November when he gained the Homestead-Miami Speedway season finale and earned the Monster Power Championship. Now he needs to hitch a new unique record – drivers who adopted the Daytona 500 Championship gained the subsequent February.

And it hasn't been carried out through the 18th season

5 of the dominant Monster Power Champions have gained Daytona 500 subsequent season – Lee Petty (1959), Richard Petty (1973), Cale Yarborough (1977), Jeff Gordon ( 1999) and lastly Dale Jarrett (2000).

Another record the grasp needs to hitch – those that have gained a number of Daytona 500 trophies. Logano first took in 2015.

Only 11 drivers have gained the distinguished season opening program more than as soon as, main Richard Petty's seven wins. The newest newest winner was Dale Earnhardt Jr., who gained the competitors in 2004 and 2014.

Open automobiles preventing for places in the "Great American Race" competition

Last weekend, 36 automobiles have been locked in the subject for 61 years, leaving Daytona 500, leaving 4 refills.

This yr six characters – Casey Mears (No. 27 Germain Racing Chevrolet), Tyler Reddick (No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet), Brendan Gaughan (# 62 Beard Motorsports Chevrolet), Joey Gase (No. 66 MBM Motorsports Toyota), Ryan Truex (No. 71 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet) and Parker Kligerman (No. 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota) – fought for these remaining slots.

Two of the quickest occasions of Sunday to pruning have been locked up by Mears and Reddick

leaving Gaughan, Gase, Truex and Kligerman competing at Daytona 500's departure Thursday night time at Gander RV Duel in Daytona. Kligerman and Truex meet within the first race when Gaughan and Gase are in the second race.

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Daytona Launches Highly Expectant 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series

Final February, the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Daytona International Speedway not solely set the NASCAR National Series report to the nearest race ever (0.0004 seconds profit margin) however it did it in a spectacular means, as the competition reached a document five NASCAR bypasses and expanded the race to a document 143 laps – 23 extra laps and 57.5 kilometers more than initially planned. The NASCAR Xfinity Series has returned to Dayton to work on NASCAR Racing Experience 300 on Saturday 16.2. At 14:30. ET is FS1, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Reddick was in a position to use the victory as a spring card for the Xfinity collection of Playoff races, the place he once more closed the season where he gained the Homestead-Miami Speedway and gained the 2018 title. After profitable the title at JRM last season, Reddick has moved to Richard Childress Racing's No. 2 Chevrolet staff in 2019.

Revenue Margin

Date

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

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Final season was not an anomaly in relation to closing the race in Dayton. Over the previous five years, the Xfinity Season Opener has made a revenue with a revenue margin of lower than a second

But the unpredictability doesn't finish there, wins run the final five seasons of the race in Dayton; together with two within the remaining spherical:

In 2014, Regan Smith handed Brad Keselowski in the last round to win; In 2015, Ryan Reed handed Brad Keselowski in the last spherical of victory, in 2016 Chase Elliott handed Joey Logano and led the final 14 laps to victory; in 2017, Ryan Reed handed Brad Keselowski, the place he had two rounds to go take a look at; In 2018, Tyler Reddick took the lead in 11 rounds to go to NASCAR extra time and retained two more additional time to win the closest race in NASCAR history.

Toyota Supra is in the house

In 2019, Toyota will take the subsequent step in its NASCAR improvement and will introduce the Toyota Supra in the NASCAR Xfinity range. That is the first time Toyota Supra competes in NASCAR.

In addition, when Toyota has joined NASCAR, the producer uses a unique sort of automotive in all three NASCAR national collection – the Monster Power NASCAR Cup collection options the Toyota Camry, the NASCAR Xfinity Series options the new Toyota Supra and the NASCAR Gander Outside Toyota Tundra lorries automotive.

Fun Things: The identify Supra comes from the Latin prefix "Exceed" or "Go beyond."

Since Toyota joined the NASCAR National Series in 2004, OEMs have gained a complete of 452 competitions (Cup 124, Xfinity 149 and Truck 179); together with 15 Daytona (Cup 8, Xfinity four and Truck three)

Toyota has gained 4 producer championships in the NASCAR Xfinity collection with Camry (2008, 2009, 2010, 2016). OEM's first win in the collection was driver Jason Leffler at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 2007.

Toyota has gained four occasions in Daytona NASCAR Xfinity:

Date

Winner

Crew Chief

] Group

] Producer

7/5/2013

Matt Kenseth

Matthew Lucas

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

7/1/2011

Joey Logano

Joey Logano

] Adam Stevens

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

7/four/2008

Denny Hamlin

Dave Rogers

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

Toyota

2/16/2008 [19659002]] Tony Stewart

Dave Rogers

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

Offseason shakes have recent faces in new places in 2019

Each new NASCAR Xfinity collection comes with recent faces in new places. Under is a quick overview of a few of the drivers and groups which might be going to make this season's collection title.

Noah Gragson Joined Justin Allgaier and Michael Announced at JR Motorsports – Coming from the Third NASCAR Xfinity of the Organization Series Driver Championship Over the past five years, all with Rookies, JR Motorsports sets high targets in 2019. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kelley Earnhardt Miller – The lead company has corrected the assembly this season by adding rising stars to Noah Gragson to fill the spot with Tyler Reddick left when shifting to the RCR. Joining Gragson is the 2018 regular season champion Justin Allgaier and veteran Michael Annett, in addition to a variety of different drivers who’re operating in and out of the just lately returned 8 groups – made famous by group owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. Grasp Chase Elliott shall be tangled to No. 8, who is in search of another victory (2016) in Daytona.

JR Motorsports has just lately been a really impressive Daytona International Speedway, which gained the last five 10 Xfinity races, three of which have been within the final five seasons (2014, 2016, 2018)

2018 Champ Champion of Tyler Reddick jumps to Richard Childress Racing – Richard Childress Racing hit the jackpot once they signed the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Champion Tyler Reddick at the finish of final season. Now, a California youngster is driving RCR flagship No. 2 to Chevrolet, making an attempt to develop into the primary driver after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2011-12) to win back collection. Let's not overlook that Reddick is the defending winner of Daytona season, after profitable his former teammate Elliott Sadler with a mere zero.0004 seconds.

Richard Childress Racing has four NASCAR Xfinity Series Championships (2001, 2003, 2006 and 2007) and two driver titles (2001, 2006), however has not gained over a decade. Reddick hopes to vary this season and put the RCR again on.

RCR is all the time a competitor to Daytona, as there are six Xfinity wins in the Powerhouse group (2002, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015) Excessive at Florida

Chase Briscoe Saddles with Cole Custer at Stewart-Haas Racing Fred Biagin – With a successful part-time season in 2018, which noticed him win the best way on Charlotte Street, Chase Briscoe has received Stewart – Haas Racing and Fred Biagi run No. 98 full-time in 2019 and compete for the championship with their new teammate Cole Custer. Custer is certainly in an early-favorite conversation to win the championship in 2019, since California's greatest career final yr, profitable in Texas and making a championship 4; finally ranked second in Tyler Reddick's last ranking. His 00-car went house with the championship on the end of the season

Each drivers reduce them this weekend in Dayton, but Custer has made 4 begins in Dayton. 14th competitors last yr (average 24.5). Briscoe has not but made NASCAR Xfinity Series Daytona or Talladega, so this weekend in his collection debut

Austin Cindric to compete with the title Staff Penske – Workforce Penske has given Austin Cindric the fifth owner. the title and the second driver's identify within the NASCAR Xfinity collection in 2019, as driving from North Carolina runs full-time at the well-known No. 22 Ford Mustang this season. Final yr, Cindric ran the season with Staff Penske & # 39; s # 22 staff and Roush Fenway Racing 60s. Firstly of 33, he made the Xfinity Series Playoffs and released seven tops and 13 prime 10s. Cindric's job is high as a result of Staff Penske has not gained the driving force's identify as a result of Brad Keselowski did so in 2010.

Cindric is in search of his luck in Dayton this weekend. He has made two begin-ups with excessive banks and each ended up early in DNF – his collection end at Dayton is 36.5.

Jeffrey Earnhardt joins Brandon Jones and Christopher Bell on Joe Gibbs Racing's secure. Joe Gibbs Race This Season – Jeffrey Earnhardt – Grandson of NASCAR Hall, Dale Earnhardt's nephew, Jr. and son of former driver Kerry Earnhardt. Jones and Christopher Bell

Earnhardt enters the brand new degree of JGR this season, when his teammates have retired from the secure in 2018. Jones made Playoffs for the second time final yr throughout his Xfinity profession and rallyed 17 top-10 types. Bell was even more spectacular when one of many NASCAR Xfinity collection document wins seven and gained the championship four.

Bell has made two collection profession at Daytona. His collection debut led to a wreck and 39th, but when he returned in July, he redeemed his previous job with third place. Bell's teammate Brandon Jones has made six starts in Dayton, sending one Napa (February 2017 competitors), two prime 10s and a mean of 17.7. Earnhardt's seven-career Xfinity collection begins, his latest, in 2015, was his greatest end (16.)

John Hunter Nemechek tries to steer the GMS competition of their first Xfinity title – John Hunter Nemechek made a splash in NASCAR Xfinity Series final season Chip With Ganassi Racing regardless of only part-time work – so much, GMS Racing has signed up for his No. 23 Chevrolet Camaro workforce leader Chad Norris in 2019. 10 wins. His common end final season was robust at 10.1.

Justin Haley is making an attempt out her luck at Xfinity with Kaulig Racing – using her current success within the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series, Justin Haley has taken the subsequent step in her profession and plans to drive No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet and Chief of Employees Nick Harrison within the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2019. [19659002] Haley tore three wins last season in a truck collection and made a championship. a minimum of once. 19659002] 2019 Sunoco winner filled with great talent

Every season, the NASCAR Xfinity collection is proud to present NASCAR's future talent and this season is not any totally different in the 2019 early draw filled with l high quality talent. Under is a quick overview of the 4 drivers who will take this yr's Rookie Awards (alphabetically):

Stewart-Haas Racing's representation with Fred Biag this season is Chase Briscoe, driving 98 Ford Mustang as Crew Supervisor with Richard Boswell II. Briscoe gained the Sunoco Rookie of the Yr award in the NASCAR Gander Outside Truck collection in 2017 and this season's hottest driver award.

Representing JR Motorsports this season is Noah Gragson, headed by Chevrolet Camaroa No. 9 Chief of Employees David Elenz. Sure, David Elenz, who has led the final two Rookie drivers to drive No. 9, William Byron (2017) and Tyler Reddick (2018), not just the yr's first captain but in addition the NASCAR Xfinity driver champion

Representing Kaulig Racing at this within the season is Justin Haley, who runs No. 23 Chevrolet Camaroa as chief of crew with Nick Harrison. Each Haley and Harrison are new to Kaulig Racing this season. Haley moves to the Xfinity collection after a career improvement in the truck collection GMS Racing. Harrison has worked in all three NASCAR collection national groups as a Chief of Employees and just lately labored with the RCR within the Xfinity Series earlier than shifting to Kaulig Racing this season.

Representing GMS Racing this season is John Hunter Nemechek, who drives No 23 Chevrolet Camaro and Chad Norris. Nemechek has progressed together with his driving talents each time he’s behind the wheel. In final season's limited schedule, he gained one race and grabbed 11 prime 10. Nemechek was also the preferred driver within the truck collection in 2015.

NASCAR Gander Outside Truck Series

Identify Identify?

The 2019 season brings a new look to the NASCAR truck collection.

NASCAR and Camping World announced that they’ll prolong their partnership settlement to Gander Outdoor with the renamed NASCAR Gander Outside Truck in 2019.

Camping World initially turned a sponsor of the Truck collection in 2009. In 2014, NASCAR and Tenting World signed a landmark of seven the yr, which continued the partnership by 2022. Revealed last yr, the agreement provides the official NASCAR station and nomination rights for Camping World's companion Gander Outdoor.

Gander Outdoor, previously referred to as Gander Mountain, bought and renewed Marcus Lemonis, Chairman of Camping World, in Might 2017.

“Almost ten years ago we felt our right to sponsor strongly Add Camping World's customer base and it's delivered,” Lemonis stated. . "We expect NASCAR's passionate fans to embrace Gander Outdoors in the same way as they supported Camping World, and we couldn't be more enthusiastic about the future of the series." Defend Daytona Crown – nevertheless it's a unique group and number than it gained over Victory Lane last yr.

However don't anticipate him to face growing pains

Because Johnny Sauter leaves house in a method that combines ThorSport Racing with No. 13 truck, the quantity he drove in a single race in 2005 (Homestead-Miami Speedway) after which for the period 2009-2012. He stayed at ThorSport until 2015, shifting to No. 98 for the last three years together with his umbrella.

Sauter and ThorSport resigned after the 2015 season, and 40-year-previous Wisconsin was then paired with GMS Racing to seize the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series in 2016 and 13 to win over three seasons 2016-2018.

Originally of January it was introduced that Sauter would not return to GMS, and now he finds himself again on ThorSport for the Daytona season opener.

And he has a well-known voice in his ear by calling photographs in the pit. Additionally the transfer to ThorSpor with Sauter is his good pal and crew supervisor Joe Shear Jr. The pair initially worked together in 2004-2012… after which joined midway by means of the 2016 championship.

Yhdessä Sauter ja Shearillä on 20 voittoa Sauterin 23 uran kuorma-autoa lukuun ottamatta kaikki sarjat kolmesta. Huomaa – Shearillä on myös 23 kokonaiskarhaa, jotka voittavat kuopan laatikon (hänen kolme muuta voittaa Kasey Kahnen kanssa vuonna 2015 ja Cole Custerin kanssa vuosina 2014 ja 2015).

Viime vuoden Daytona voitti Sauterin kolmanneksi kauden avajaisissa . Ensimmäinen tuli vuonna 2013 ThorSport Toyota ja kaksi muuta GMS Chevrolet.

Sauter on ainoa kuljettaja, joka on voittanut Daytona-kilpailun kahdella eri valmistajalla – ja hän aikoo tehdä tästä kolme ThorSportin kanssa hän ajaa voittoaan Fordissa.

Hallitsevan mestarin uusi etsiminen

Brett Moffitt kootti tarinankauden kauden vuonna 2018.

Workforce-that-might, Hattori Racing Enterprises, hän voitti ensimmäisen kilpailunsa kauden Atlantassa. Ja sitten jatkoi kuusi voittoa yhteensä – mukaan lukien kaikkein tärkein – kauden finaali Homestead-Miami Speedwaylla, joka yhdistää hänet NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series -mestaruuskilpailuun.

Mutta tarinalla ei ollut täysin onnellista loppua as Moffitt and Hattori broke up on the end of the season. That was to the good thing about GMS Racing, who snagged the 2015 Monster Power NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Yr and put him within the No. 24 Chevrolet for this season.

Along with his six wins in 2018, Moffitt recorded 13 prime 10s – all of which also occurred to be prime-5 finishes.

He’ll be partnered with veteran crew chief Jerry Baxter, who is not any stranger to the truck collection. He guided Kaz Grala to the Daytona season-opening win in 2017 for GMS. Prior to joining GMS in 2017, Baxter spent four seasons with Kyle Busch Motorsports, mentoring the likes of Bubba Wallace, Christopher Bell, Daniel Suarez and Matt Tifft.

ARCA Menards Series drivers sticking round to take pleasure in Florida sun

In case you’ve been following the Speedweeks activity this yr, you’ll notice the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series entry listing has lots of acquainted names.

Nine drivers have caught around since their Saturday race within the Lucas Oil 200 to contend in Thursday night time’s NextEra Power 250 (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). And that includes three of the highest four and 5 of the top seven finishers from final weekend.

Race winner Harrison Burton and second-place finisher Todd Gilliland will probably be starting off their 2019 full-time campaigns for Kyle Busch Motorsports this Thursday underneath the lights.

Burton will probably be a Sunoco Rookie of the Yr contender this season within the No. 18 Toyota. He truly has 15 Truck Series races underneath his belt over the past three years – with a total of four prime-5 and 7 top-10 finishes. He additionally gained the pole at Iowa final yr, the place he posted certainly one of his two third-place finishes (Phoenix).

Gilliland raced for the rookie title final yr, but missed four races originally of the yr on tracks 1.5-miles or longer because of age restrictions – he needed to wait till he turned 18 in Might to race on these tracks. But in 19 collection begins last yr, he put collectively six prime-5 and 12 top-10 finishes while additionally grabbing the pole award at the fall Martinsville race. He’ll be back in the No. 4 for KBM.

Christian Eckes was fourth on Saturday and will trying to make his fifth profession Gander Outside Truck Series begin, Codie Rohrbaugh (seventh last weekend) is aiming for his third collection begin and Natalie Decker (sixth on Saturday) seems to be to make her first collection start.

Tyler Dippel, Bobby Gerhart, Jason White and Gus Dean all additionally ran in Saturday’s ARCA race and want to make the sector on Thursday night time.

ARCA champ shifting up

2018 ARCA Menards Series champion Sheldon Creed is making the leap to the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series this yr and will probably be piloting the No. 2 Chevrolet for GMS Racing with Doug Randolph atop the pit box.

Creed gained four races final yr en path to the title, while also posting a powerful 16 prime fives and 18 prime 10s in the 20 races. His common start was 4.7 whereas his average finish was four.2.

A contender for the 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Yr award, Creed has seven Truck Series starts underneath his belt, including five final yr – 4 with GMS Racing. His greatest outcome was a fifth-place end within the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Full secure of expertise at Daytona for ThorSport

ThorSport Racing is coming to Daytona filled with NASCAR Gander Outside Truck Series driver star power with five nicely-recognized names behind the wheels of their Ford rides.

Two-time collection champion (2013, 2014) Matt Crafton leads the driving force line-up as soon as again – and should arguably be probably the most hungry of the crew. The veteran of 430 races over 19 years within the collection has been in an uncommon drought – his last win was at Eldora, of all places, in July, 2017.

That marks 35 races since his last trip to Victory Lane – and 2018 was his first winless season since 2012.

2016 Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter returns to his former staff after spending the past three seasons with GMS Racing. He is the defending winner of this Daytona race, and, the truth is, is in search of his fourth win on the two.5-mile superspeedway.

Grant Enfinger returns to the No. 98 for the group, coming off a Spherical of eight appearance within the Playoffs and a win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the fall. He different win within the collection got here in 2016 at Talladega, when he ran an element-time schedule of just eight races.

In 60 career Truck Series begins, he has 18 prime-5 and 35 top-10 finishes together with three poles.

Ben Rhodes enters his fourth full-time season in the Gander Outside Truck Series, all with Thorsport, and hopes this is his breakout season. The Kentucky native has one win in every of the past two seasons (Las Vegas in 2017 and Kentucky in 2018) and those two years have been a marked improvement over his rookie season.

He posted just two prime fives and 5 prime 10s in 2016, but jumped up to six prime-five and 12 top-10 finishes in 2017, then had eight prime-five and 13 top-10 finishes last yr.

Rounding out the ThorSport lineup for the season opener is 2018 Sunoco Rookie of the Yr Myatt Snider in the No. 27 Ford. Snider tallied a trio of prime fives and eight prime 10s final yr.

Natalie Decker trying to make Truck Series debut

Natalie Decker hopes Daytona marks her first NASCAR Gander Outside Series.

DGR-Crosley introduced in November that the ARCA Menards Series regular can be racing a mixture of Truck, ARCA and NASCAR Okay&N Professional Series races in 2019 as a part of their driver improvement program.

Decker ran a full-time slate in ARCA in 2018, recording two prime-5 and nine top-10 finishes. She also recorded a pole within the season-opening race at Daytona.

Last Saturday, Decker completed sixth within the ARCA Menards Series Lucas Oil 200 on the 2.5-mile monitor.

Decker does have one previous qualifying attempt in the NASCAR Gander Outside Truck Series from Martinsville in 2016.

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