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Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski get behind the wheel of a tank

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Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski are known for driving race cars and race trucks.

Now they can add another “vehicle” to their racing resumes in preparing for Sunday’s Daytona 500 in a rather unique way.

The two Team Penske teammates recently got behind the wheel of a tank. You know, the kind of things they use in the army, with their wide treads and ability to run over pretty much anything in their path — which could come in handy if they had it in the 500.

“We have a friend about an hour from here that has a few tanks and some really cool toys, so we got to drive a tank,” Logano said during Wednesday’s Daytona 500 media day at Daytona International Speedway.

“You kind of feel indestructible when you’re driving a tank,” Logano continued. “There’s not much stopping you in that thing.

“They’re fast, too. It’s crazy how fast they go. It was a 50-something tank and that thing was crazy. It was neat.”

In addition to Logano and Keselowski, Logano’s wife, Brittany, showed she has the right stuff, too.

“My wife drove a tank,” Joey Logano said. “That was one of the coolest parts. I feel like my wife is a total badass now.”

Later during media day, Chase Elliott was asked if he’d like to pilot a tank.

“I don’t have any plans to drive a tank,” Elliott said. “It would be kind of cool to look inside one but I can’t say driving a tank would do a whole lot for me. If we can’t shoot at anything, no point in driving. If we get to shoot at something, then yes.”

Check out a few tweets by both drivers that included some video of their exploits:

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Justin Allgaier wins pole for Charlotte Xfinity race

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CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won the pole for the Xfinity Series’ Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

With a speed of 182.488 mph, Allgaier earned his fifth Xfinity pole and his first since the March 2013 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Allgaier is joined on the front row by Austin Dillon (181.519).

The top five is completed by Ryan Blaney (181.378), Daniel Hemric (181.324) and Kevin Harvick (181.245).

Christopher Bell will start seventh in his first Xfinity race.

Brad Keselowski and Dakoda Armstrong will start from the rear after not passing inspection in time to qualify.

Click here for full qualifying results.

Ryan Blaney leads second Coke 600 practice

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CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Blaney posted the top speed in the second practice session for the Coca-Cola 600.

Blaney’s No. 21 Ford produced a speed of 188.055 mph Saturday morning around Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The top five was filled out by Erik Jones (187.598 mph), Martin Truex Jr. (187.084), Daniel Suarez (186.838) and Trevor Bayne (186.239).

Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was ninth fastest at 185.567 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 14th quickest at 185.141 mph.

Kyle Bush recorded the most laps in the session with 48.

Click here for the full practice report.

Eight teams lose 15 minutes of Coke 600 practice for failing pre-qualifying inspection

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CONCORD, N.C. — Eight Cup teams will be held 15 minutes during Coca-Cola 600 practice today for failing pre-qualifying inspection on Thursday

Drivers include Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Corey LaJoie and Chris Buescher.

Buescher’s team also loses pit selection for Sunday’s race due to failing pre-qualifying inspection three ties.

Larson and LaJoie’s loss of practice time comes on top of them not making qualifying runs on Thursday after neither of their cars passed inspection in time.

 

NASCAR America: How much risk should drivers take in the Coca-Cola 600?

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As in many things in life, whether something is worth doing comes down to risk vs. reward.

Such will be the case in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. How much are drivers willing to risk? Will that risk be worth reward, particularly with the additional stage to the race?

On Friday’s NASCAR America, Parker Kligerman jumped into the iRacing simulator and showed the greatest strategies to employ in Sunday’s race, especially with the traction compound up top.

Check out the above video.