DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Chase Elliott, driver of the #24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, leads the field during the pace laps prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Full 2017 Daytona Speedweeks schedule

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It’s finally here.

The 2017 edition of Speedweeks gets underway this week, leading to the 59th Daytona 500 on Feb. 26.

The on-track action for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series begins with practice Friday for the Advanced Auto Parts Clash. The exhibition race held the following night.

Here’s the full Speedweeks schedule for all three of NASCAR’s national series.

(All times are Eastern)

Friday, Feb. 17

1 – 9 p.m. – Cup garage open

5 – 5:55 p.m. – Clash practice (Fox Sports 1, Motor Racing Network)

6:30 – 7:25 p.m. – Final Clash practice (FS1, MRN)

Saturday, Feb. 18

8:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. – Cup garage open

11:30 a.m. – 3:25 p.m. – Cup practice (FS1, MRN)

4:15 p.m. – ARCA race (FS1)

6:15 p.m. – Clash driver-crew chief meeting

7:35 p.m. – Clash driver introductions

8 p.m. – Advanced Auto Parts Clash; 75 laps, 187.5 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, Feb. 19

9 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Cup garage open

3:10 p.m. – Daytona 500 qualifying (Fox, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Monday, Feb. 20

No track activity

Tuesday, Feb. 21

No track activity

Wednesday, Feb. 22

Noon – 5 p.m. – Truck Series garage open

Thursday, Feb. 23

8:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. – Cup garage open

10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Truck Series garage open

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

Noon – 12:55 p.m. – Cup practice (FS1, MRN)

2 – 2:55 p.m. – Truck practice (FS1)

4- 4:55 p.m. – Final Truck practice (FS1)

5:15 p.m. – Cup driver – crew chief meeting

6:40 p.m. – Cup driver introductions

7 p.m. – Can-Am qualifying duel No. 1; 60 laps, 150 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

8:40 p.m. – Cup driver introductions

9 p.m. – Can-Am qualifying duel No. 2; 60 laps, 150 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Friday, Feb. 24

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Cup garage open

10:30 a.m. – Truck garage opens

10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

Noon – 12:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (FS1)

1 – 1:55 p.m. – Cup practice (FS1, MRN)

2 – 2:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (FS1)

3 – 3:55 p.m. – Cup practice (FS1, MRN)

4:30 p.m. – Truck qualifying; single vehicle/two rounds (FS1)

6:15 p.m. – Truck driver – crew chief meeting

7 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

7:30 p.m. – NextEra Energy Resources 250; 100 laps/250 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Saturday, Feb. 25

9 a.m. – Xfinity garage opens

10:30 a.m. – Xfinity qualifying; single car/two rounds (FS1)

11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

12:10 p.m. – Xfinity driver – crew chief  meeting

12:30 – 1:55 p.m. – Final Cup practice (FS1, MRN)

3 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

3:30 p.m. – PowerShares QQQ 300; 120 laps, 300 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, Feb 26

8 a.m. – Cup garage opens

Noon – Driver – crew chief meeting

1:15 p.m. – Driver introductions

2p.m. – 59th Daytona 500; 200 laps, 500 miles (Fox, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Check out the logo for the 60th Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22:  Fans crowd the infield prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Sure, it’s been roughly 24 hours since Kurt Busch won the 59th Daytona 500.

But it’s not too early to start ramping up to the next entry of the “Great American Race.”

Daytona International Speedway has already unveiled the logo for the 60th Daytona 500, which is scheduled to be run on Feb. 18, 2018.

Check out it out below.

Denny Hamlin, girlfriend Jordan Fish expecting second child

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Denny Hamlin didn’t make it back-to-back wins in the Daytona 500 on Sunday, but he still had a good day.

Hamlin’s longtime girlfriend, Jordan Fish, tweeted just before the “Great American Race” that their first child, 4-year-old daughter Taylor, will soon have a brother or sister.

Fish tweeted a photo of Taylor wearing a “Big Sister In Training” shirt that told the whole story.

Congratulations to the couple and the soon-t0-be addition to their family.

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Matt DiBenedetto delivers Go Fas Racing best Cup Series result in team history

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Matt DiBenedetto, driver of the #32 EJ Wade Construction Ford, practices for the 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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It took 99 starts, a revolving door of drivers and the crash fest that was the 59th Daytona 500.

That’s all it took before Matt DiBenedetto was able to give his new NASCAR Cup Series team, Go Fas Racing, its best result in team history, finishing ninth in Sunday’s “Great American Race.”

DiBenedetto, driving the No. 32 Ford owned by Archie St. Hilaire, simply survived.

Despite being in the 17-car wreck on Lap 128, DiBenedetto’s car stayed in one piece and, after a last pit stop, had enough gas to take advantage of the misfortune of others. The result is his second top 10 in two seasons.

“That’s a heck of a way to start the year,” DiBenedetto said after the race. “Holy cow. We survived. We got in that one crash and we hit pretty hard. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s gonna be a long day,’ but the guys did a great job patching it up. It still ran fine. I had good speed. The motor ran great all day, so it was cool.”

Starting his third full-time season in the NASCAR Cup Series, DiBenedetto rolled off 25th in his second Daytona 500 start. The native of Grass Valley, California, had an average running spot of 21.35.

As the laps wound down, teams ahead of DiBenedetto began dropping off as their fuel tanks dried up. The 25-year-old driver had no idea what position he was in as he took the checkered flag.

“No, I didn’t honestly,” DiBenedetto said. “The whole race we were pitting multiple times just trying to make sure it was fixed properly and taking our time and we just kept picking them off one at a time and it turned out to be a great day.”

It was DiBenedetto’s best day since he earned an emotional sixth-place finish in last year’s spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Then, DiBenedetto was with BK Racing, which he decided to leave following the season.

“It was definitely different,” DiBenedetto said. “This one was a little bit more survival. … I would say they’re different feelings, but being in the Daytona 500 in the first place is unbelievable. So I’m gonna say this one does feel really good just because it’s the Daytona 500 and it’s been my dream since I was five to even be in it. So to get a top 10 in it, I’m just checking off all these dreams come true.”

Go Fas Racing made its Cup Series debut in 2012 at Texas Motor Speedway with Scott Speed driving its No. 95 Ford.

DiBenedetto is the 23rd driver to take the reigns of a Go Fas Racing car, but the first to drive full-time.

“We’ve taken the team and brought in some really good people,” DiBenedetto said. “I’m so lucky to have my crew chief, Gene Nead, who came in and assembled some of the best guys we could possibly get, so we have some real quality people, some of the folks that were at BK with me. It’s amazing to have that tight of a group, where they are so dedicated to follow me and Gene wherever we go.

“That’s special. You don’t find that often, so we have such a great relationship and I think that’s where we’re gonna turn a lot of heads this year and surprise everybody. You’re only as good as the people around you and we have really good people. I’m fortunate to have them. We’re gonna turn some heads. We have 15 employees total versus some people who have 400-500, but we have 15 good, quality people and our goal is to over-achieve all year.”

It’s doesn’t hurt to start in the Daytona 500.

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NASCAR America live at 6 p.m. ET: Daytona 500 recap, Kurt Busch interview

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Today’s episode of NASCAR America recaps all the major stories that came out of the 59th Daytona 500, which was won for the first time by Kurt Busch.

The episode airs from 6 – 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Krista Voda hosts with Dale Jarrett from Stamford, Connecticut. Jeff Burton and Kyle Petty join them from Burton’s Garage.

Voda will interview Busch just under 24 hours after the biggest win of his NASCAR career.

If you can’t catch the show on TV, you also can watch it via the online stream at http://nascarstream.nbcsports.com

If you plan to stream the show on your laptop or portable device, be sure to have your username and password from your cable/satellite/telco provider handy so your subscription can be verified.

Once you plug-in that information, you’ll have access to the stream.

Click here at 6 p.m. ET to watch live via the stream.