NASCAR Cup Series point standings after Kurt Busch’s Daytona 500 win

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Kurt Busch has a 12-point lead over Ryan Blaney in the NASCAR Cup Series standings after his win in the Daytona 500.

Busch has 56 points and becomes eligible for the playoffs.

Filling out the top five are Blaney, Joey Logano (-13), Kevin Harvick (-14) and AJ Allmendinger (-17).

Harvick has 42 points after winning the second stage of the race.

Kyle Busch is 29th with 11 points after winning the first stage and finishing 29th after a crash.

Click here for the full points report.

Another big wreck knocks out Keselowski, Suarez, others at Daytona

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The hits just keep on coming in Sunday’s 59th Daytona 500.

With drivers such as Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Danica Patrick, Matt Kenseth and others already out due to earlier crashes, another big multi-car wreck occurred on Lap 142 of the scheduled 200-lap race.

With Kasey Kahne and Austin Dillon battling for the lead, a multitude of drivers wrecked behind, including Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, Ty Dillon, Daniel Suarez, Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, Michael McDowell, Daniel Suarez, Landon Cassill and Michael Waltrip.

“We made three wrecks but didn’t miss a fourth one,” Keselowski said. “We did everything right we could control, but we couldn’t control that. These races, you have to have speed, have to execute and have luck. Sometimes you can get away without having any luck, but you can’t have bad luck — and we had bad luck today.”

From a Fox Sports replay, it appeared McMurray was trying to bump draft Elliott, who was moved to his left, triggering all the others to become involved.

The race is under yellow conditions.

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NASCAR America: Drivers offer marriage advice to one of their own

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Former champion Brad Keselowski got engaged in December and his fellow drivers were asked by NASCAR America what type of advice they would have for him.

“He can be happy or right. It’s up to you,” Team Penske teammate Joey Logano said, laughing.

Said Ty Dillon: “Just enjoy the day that you get married. I think that was the best time of my life, the most fun I’ve ever had.”

Said Michael McDowell: “The best advice for him, it’s like anything that you do, any relationship, it requires everything you have. Enjoy it but it’s not easy. It’s something that you’ve got to fight for.”

Clint Bowyer also added his advice and noted how Keselowski got engaged. Check out what he says. Keselowski is one among the Cup drivers who got engaged in the offseason. Chris Buescher also got engaged.

The video will be shown on NASCAR America, which makes its return at 6 p.m. ET on Feb. 13 on NBCSN.

 

 

Helmet Heaven: 2017 helmet designs for Cup Series drivers

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 05:  Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 Realtree/Bad Boy Chevrolet, adjusts his helmet during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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With a new NASCAR season approaching, teams are slowly beginning to unveil everything from paint schemes to fire suits and sponsor deals.

However, last week at the NASCAR Media Tour, most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers had their 2017 helmets on display.

Here’s a rundown of most of the helmets that will be worn this season, plus one helmet from the Xfinity Series.

We lead off with Dale Earnhardt Jr., who once again has a skeleton-themed design on his helmet. Here’s a look at Earnhardt’s helmets from the last decade.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Aric Almirola

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Aric Almirola helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Austin Dillon

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Austin Dillon poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Brad Keselowski

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Chase Elliott

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup driver Chase Elliott poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Clint Bowyer

 

 

 

 

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer's helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Danica Patrick

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Danica Patrick's helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Daniel Suarez

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

David Ragan

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver David Ragan poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Erik Jones

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Jamie McMurray

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Jimmie Johnson

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Joey Logano

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Kasey Kahne

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Kevin Harvick

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick's helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Kurt Busch

 

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch's helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Kyle Busch

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch's helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Kyle Larson

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Martin Truex Jr.

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Matt Kenseth

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Michael McDowell

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup driver Michael McDowell poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Paul Menard

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Paul Menard poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Ryan Blaney

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 25: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Ryan Newman

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: A detail of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman's helmet during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Trevor Bayne

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Trevor Bayne poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Ty Dillon

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ty Dillon poses for a photo during the 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Spencer Gallagher

Gallagher, who drives full-time in the Xfinity Series for GMS Racing, showed off this Las Vegas-themed helmet last week.

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Thirteen Cup teams to participate in Phoenix test

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 13:  A general view of the raceway during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 13, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)
Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images
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Eight-time track winner Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and rookie Daniel Suarez will be among those testing Tuesday and Wednesday at Phoenix Raceway.

Thirteen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will take part in the test. Each organization is allowed to have one team at the session.

The test will mark the first time since July that Earnhardt will be on track with other cars. He missed half of last season with a concussion. The only time he’s been in a car since July was a one-day test at Darlington Raceway in December as part of the process to gain approval to return to competition.

This week’s test marks the first time Suarez will be with the No. 19 team after Carl Edwards unexpectedly announced Jan. 11 that he would not drive in NASCAR this season. Suarez, who won the Xfinity title last year, has not driven in a Cup race.

Harvick has the most wins at the track. He won at Phoenix last March. This will be his first time in a Ford with Stewart-Haas Racing making the switch from Chevrolet.

Here is who will be testing Tuesday and Wednesday:

AJ Allmendinger – JTG Daugherty

Aric Almirola – Richard Petty Motorsports

Austin Dillon – Richard Childress Racing

Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Hendrick Motorsports

Daniel Suarez – Joe Gibbs Racing

Erik Jones – Furniture Row Racing

Joey Logano – Team Penske

Kevin Harvick – Stewart-Haas Racing

Kyle Larson – Chip Ganassi Racing

Michael McDowell – Leavine Family Racing

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – Roush Fenway Racing

Ryan Blaney – Wood Brothers Racing

Ty Dillon – Germain Racing

Also testing:

Alex Bowman – Chevrolet

Landon Cassill – Ford

JJ Yeley – Toyota

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