Elliott and Kwasniewski Get NASCAR Thumbs-Up

February 17, 2014 by  
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Following the ARCA race Saturday in which Chase Elliott and Dylan Kwasniewski were given the opportunity to prove themselves, the two 18-year-old drivers have been approved by NASCAR to compete in speedway racing. Kwasniewski started in pole position at Daytona International Speedway and finished the race in fourteenth position, while Elliott crossed the finish line in ninth place. Grant Enfinger took the checkered flag, being his first victory at Daytona, and the third of his career. Frank Kimmel and Clay Campbell took second and third places respectively.

Born on November 28, 1995, Chase Elliott is the son of 1988 Sprint Cup Series champion Bill Elliott. He has been a development driver for Hendrick Motorsports and will reportedly be driving the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In 2010, Elliott 12 of the 40 races he competed in, and finished in the top ten no less than 38 times. He was selected as the Georgia Asphalt Pro Late Model Series Rookie of the Year in 2010, finishing the season with a victory at the Winchester 400.

In February 2011, Elliott entered into a driver development contract with Hendrick Motorsports. Highlights in 2011 included finishing ninth in series points in the K&N Pro Series East and competing in the CRA where he won the National Super Late Model Championship. Elliott became the Snowball Derby’s youngest winner just after his sixteenth birthday in 2011.

In 2012 Elliott returned to the K&N Pro Series East claiming his first career victory at Iowa Speedway in May of that year and finished fourth in series points. Driving for Hendrick Motorsports, Elliott became the youngest winner at Pocono Raceway in ARCA history in June 2013. Also in 2013, he became the youngest driver to earn pole-position in the NASCAR Truck Series, and at the age of 17 years, 9 months and 4 days, became the youngest winner in Truck Series history. With his victory at the All American 400 in November 2013, Elliot became the first driver to win the largest four short-track races, being the Snowball Derby, the Winchester 400, the World Crown 300 and the All American 400.

With the jury still out on the role Elliott played in the multiple car crash during the ARCA race, it is unclear as to whether he will compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this year. The NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Daytona International Speedway on February 22 with the DRIVE4COPD 300.

Chip Ganassi Racing Wins 2013 Rolex 24

January 28, 2013 by  
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The 2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona offered plenty of racing action over the past weekend, with Juan Pablo Montoyo of the Chip Ganassi Racing Team taking the checkered flag in the 51st edition of this popular annual event. It was Montoya’s third overall win in Daytona, and a fifth for teammate and lead driver, Scott Pruett, putting him on a par with Hurley Haywood’s record for wins in the two-day endurance race. Together with Charlie Kimball and Memo Rojas, Montoya and Pruett proved to be a winning combination crossing the finish line close to 22 seconds ahead of defending champion AJ Allmendinger of Michael Shank Racing.

Run on a 3.56-mile course combining an infield road course with parts of the NASCAR tri-oval, the 24 Hours of Daytona started in 1962 as a three-hour sports car race called the Daytona Continental, with points counting towards the International Championship for GT Manufacturers. The event became the Daytona 2000 in 1964 and the 24 Hours of Daytona between 1966 and 1971 before changing to the 6 hours of Daytona in 1972 because of the fuel crisis of the time as a result of the OPEC oil embargo. The race never took place in 1974, but resumed as the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1975, with the name later changing to include the names of various sponsors, including Pepsi and SunBank. Rolex has been the sponsor since 2002

The off-season timing of the Rolex 24 affords many top drivers the opportunity to participate, and it is generally a star-studded event. With teams consisting of between three and five drivers, world-class participants from other types of racing often sign up for the race. NASCAR drivers have included Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Kyle Petty, Kevin Harvick and Robby Gordon, while Indianapolis 500 winners to participate include Helio Castroneves, Dan Wheldon, Buddy Rice, Juan Pablo Montoyo, Dario Franchitti and Sam Hornish.

The Sprint Cup Duel #1 and #2

January 15, 2013 by  
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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duel #1 and Duel #2 will take place on February 21 at 2:00pm and 3:30 pm respectively.

Date: 21 February 2013
Venue: Daytona International Speedway
City: Daytona Beach
State: Florida
Country: United States

The Sprint Unlimited 2013

January 15, 2013 by  
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The newly named Sprint Unlimited will take place at Daytona on February 16 at 8:00 pm and promises to be an exciting start to the season for divers and race fans alike. The name of the race may be ‘unlimited’, but the race itself is limited to 2012 pole winners and past champions of the race.

Date: 16 February 2013
Venue: Daytona International Speedway
City: Daytona Beach
State: Florida
Country: United States

Keselowski Moves into #10 Spot in Sprint Cup Standings

July 2, 2012 by  
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Brad Keselowski was clearly on a roll this past weekend, competing in all three Kentucky Speedway-hosted races and taking first place in the Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400. Careful management of fuel mileage gave Keselowski the edge as he took his Penske Racing #2 Didge through the final 56 laps of the race, adding a second victory at Kentucky to his racing career record. In a post-race interview the NASCAR driver noted that “Hard work equals results and today this team got the results”, adding that “It feels pretty dang good.” Keselowski finished in second place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Thursday, and in seventh place in the NNS Feed The Children 300 on Friday Night. While acknowledging that he had wanted victories in all three races, he was pleased with the weekend’s results.

With earlier victories at Talladega and Bristol, Keselowski is 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, putting him in line to be one of the top 10 drivers to make the Chase after 26 races. An additional two wild cards drawn from rankings 11 to 20 with the most wins will join the top ten in the Chase. There are still nine races ahead and the field is still wide open, with the current top 12, in order, being Matt Kenseth (633 points); Dale Earnhardt Jr. (622 points); Jimmie Johnson (610 points); Greg Biffle (608 points); Denny Hamlin (565 points); Kevin Harvick (565 points); Clint Bowyer (557 points); Martin Truex Jr. (556 points); Tony Stewart (545 points); Brad Keselowski (537 points); Carl Edwards (503 points); and Kyle Busch (495 points).

Keselowski joined Penske Racing in 2010, and currently drives the #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger in the Sprint Cup Series, and the #22 Discount Tire Company/Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger in the Nationwide Series. In the 2012 season, Keselowski will be competing in a number of Camping World Truck Series as teammate to Parker Kligerman and for his own team, Brad Keselowski Racing. After a less than auspicious beginning, Keselowski’s victories this season included the Food City 500 at Bristol, and the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega, the latter being the first time that a Dodge won a Sprint Cup race at Talladego since Dave Marcis took the checkered flag in 1976.

As the season continues, and the competition hots up, auto racing fans are in for some exciting times. The next race is the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona on July 7, 2012.

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