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Austin Dillon wins 60th Daytona 500

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Austin Dillon won the 60th Daytona 500 in an overtime finish set up by a massive crash with two laps to go in the race’s original 200-lap distance.

Dillon took the lead on the last lap of overtime when race leader Aric Almirola crashed entering Turn 3 after Dillon hooked bumpers with Almirola, which turned the No. 10 Ford into the wall.

Dillon is the grandson of team owner Richard Childress.

Driving the No. 3 Chevrolet, Dillon’s win comes 20 years after Dale Earnhardt won his only Daytona 500, also for Richard Childress Racing.

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“Right now I just want to thank the good Lord above,” Dillon told Fox on the frontstretch. “I did what I had to do at the end. I hate it for the 10 guys (Almirola). We just had a run and I just stayed in that gas. It is what it is here at Daytona. It is so awesome to take the 3 car back to victory lane … This is for Dale Earnhardt Sr. and all those Senior fans. I love you guys. We’re going to keep kicking butt the rest of the year.”

The victory is Dillon’s second in the Cup Series. He broke through last year winning the Coke 600 in a fuel mileage gamble. It was the first win by the No. 3 in the Cup Series since Earnhardt won his last race in 2000.

Dillon’s win also came on the 17th anniversary of the senior Earnhardt’s death in the 2001 Daytona 500.

“I said that my first win, I couldn’t beat it, but this does,” Dillon said. “My grandfather has done everything for me. Everybody knows it.  There’s a lot of pressure on me to perform, because I’ve had a little bit of everything. But I like that pressure. The same with the No. 3. There’s a lot of pressure behind it, but I’m willing to take and go with it.”

Dillon only led the final lap.

When overtime began, there were only 10 cars on the lead lap.

The top five was Dillon, Darrell Wallace Jr., Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Chris Buescher.

Wallace and Hamlin were door-to-door as they crossed the finish line. After taking the checkered flag, Wallace was forced into the outside wall.

Wallace was making his first start in the Daytona 500 and is the first African-American driver to compete in the race since 1969.

“I got so man emotions going right now,” Wallace told Fox. “RCR alliance 1-2, that’s pretty good. I want to see the replay before I say anything stupid. (Hamlin) might need to take some Adderall for that one. All in all, a great day … Just an incredible experience for me to be able to be here.”

After watching the incident on replay, Wallace said, “He (Hamlin) says I cut his tire down. Looks like the same move he pulled on (Ryan) Blaney at Martinsville. We edged him out, we beat him, so it’s all good.”

STAGE 1 WINNER: Kurt Busch

STAGE 2 WINNER: Ryan Blaney

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Denny Hamlin finished third after coming back from a pit road penalty early in the race … Ryan Blaney finished seventh after he led a race high 118 laps and was involves in the crash that set up overtime. … Paul Menard finished sixth … Michael McDowell finished ninth for his sixth career top 10 … Chris Buescher finished fifth for his third career top five.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Kyle Busch was bitten by tire issues for the third straight Daytona race. Busch lost a left-rear tire on Lap 29. Pitting for it put him a lap down. Then on Lap 50, Busch again lost his left-rear tire and wrecked in Turn 3. He collected Jamie McMurray and DJ Kennington. Busch finished 25th … Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, Ty Dillon and Daniel Suarez were eliminated in a crash on the last lap of Stage 1William Byron, who was involved in that crash, got into the outside wall in Turn 4 on Lap 91. The damage to his No. 24 car resulted in a debris caution. He then spun on his own in Turn 4 with 11 laps to go. He finished 23rd. A large wreck occurred on Lap 102 that eliminated Chase Elliott, Danica Patrick, Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski. In her last NASCAR start, Patrick finished 35th … Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, Ryan Newman, Matt DiBenedetto, Alex Bowman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brendan Gaughan and Martin Truex Jr. were involved in the crash that set up overtime.

NOTABLE: Austin Dillon is the ninth different winner in the Daytona 500 in the last nine years, and also the fourth first-time winner in the last four editions of the Great American Race. … Third straight Daytona 500 to end with a last-lap pass. … Ryan Blaney’s 118 laps led are the most in the Daytona 500 since Davey Allison led 127 in 1992.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “My heart is broken. I’m so devastated. I thought I was going to win the Daytona 500.” – Aric Almirola.

WHAT’S NEXT: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway at 2 p.m. ET on Feb. 25 on Fox.

40 cars on preliminary entry list for Daytona 500

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The preliminary entry list for the Daytona 500 has 40 cars and 39 drivers listed.

The entry list, released Thursday, includes the 36 charter teams and four non-charter teams.

Teams without a charter are the No. 62 of Brendan Gaughan, the No. 66 of Mark Thompson, the No. 92 of David Gilliland and the No. 96 of DJ Kennington. If no other non-charter teams enter, then all four of those teams will make the field.

The only team that didn’t have a driver listed was the No. 23 car from BK Racing. UPDATE: BK Racing announced Saturday that Gray Gaulding will drive the car for the Daytona 500.

The Daytona 500 is Feb. 18. Single-car qualifying is Sunday and the qualifying races are Feb. 15.

Click here for preliminary entry list for Daytona 500

Preliminary entry lists for NASCAR at Phoenix Raceway

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It’s time to determine which drivers will compete for NASCAR’s three national titles at Homestead-Miami Speedway next week.

All three of NASCAR’s national series will set their championship four this weekend at Phoenix Raceway.

The Cup Series holds the Can-Am 500. The Xfinity Series competes in the Ticket Galaxy 200. The Camping World Truck Series begins the race weekend with the Lucas Oil 150.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for each race.

Cup – Can-Am 500

There are 40 cars entered. There are no drivers attached to the No. 51 Chevrolet owned by Rick Ware Racing and the No. 83 Toyota of BK Racing.

DJ Kennington will drive Premium Motorsports’ No. 15 Toyota in his fourth start of the year.

Joey Gase will make his second straight start in the No. 7 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing.

Ryan Newman is the defending Phoenix winner. He won in March in an overtime finish.

Joey Logano won this race last year, leading 58 laps and beating Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson.

Click here for the entry list.

Xfinity – Ticket Galaxy 200

There are 40 cars entered. Cup drivers Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney are entered.

Alex Bowman will make his second start in the No. 42 Chevrolet owned by Chip Ganassi Racing. Bowman won his first start with the team last month at Charlotte.

Joe Nemechek is entered in the No. 15 Chevrolet owned by JD Motorsports.

Justin Allgaier won at Phoenix in March after leading 55 laps. He beat Blaney and Jones.

Kyle Busch won the prior three Phoenix races.

Click here for the entry list.

Camping World Truck Series – Lucas Oil 150

There are 30 entries. No Cup drivers are entered.

No driver is attached to the No. 99 Chevrolet owned by MDM Motorsports.

Todd Gilliland will drive Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota.

Daniel Suarez won this race last year after leading 34 laps and beating Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton.

Click here for the entry list.

Kevin Harvick among four drivers starting at the rear today at Talladega

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TALLADEGA, Alabama — Kevin Harvick is among four drivers who will start at the rear of the 40-car field for unapproved adjustments, NASCAR announced.

Also moving to the rear will be Kurt Busch, Mark Thompson and DJ Kennington

Harvick was to have started 22nd. Busch was to have started fourth. Thompson was to have started 36th and Kennington was 40th.

22 Cup cars to miss practice time at Talladega for inspection issues

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TALLADEGA, Alabama — Twenty-two Cup cars will miss practice time Friday at Talladega Superspeedway because of inspection issues.

Nineteen cars that are missing practice time are holdovers from last weekend at Charlotte when rain canceled two sessions .

Two cars will miss practice time in Friday’s opening practice. AJ Allmendinger and Martin Truex Jr. both will miss 30 minutes Friday. Both also will miss 15 minutes of practice in the final session.

Missing 15 minutes in the final practice will be: Austin Dillon, Danica Patrick, Clint Bowyer, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Busch, Daniel Suarez, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, DJ Kennington, Chris Buescher, Jimmie Johnson and Michael McDowell.

Missing 30 minutes of final practice will be: Jamie McMurray, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Trevor Bayne, Chase Elliott, Matt DiBenedetto, Erik Jones and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Opening practice today is from 1-1:55 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Final Cup practice today is from 3-3:55 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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