57th Daytona 500 NASCAR Talk content recap

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In case you missed any of NASCAR Talk’s extensive on-site coverage from Daytona Beach for the 2015 Speedweeks, we’ve compiled a post recap from Nate Ryan, Dustin Long, Jerry Bonkowski and Chris Estrada below following Sunday’s 57th Daytona 500:

POST-RACE
Secret to Joey Logano’s Daytona 500 victory? It was what he did off the track
After Daytona 500 win, Joey Logano has plenty of texts, emails to answer (SOCIAL)
Where you can find Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano on radio, TV this week
Ryan: A maturing Joey Logano brings the party to Team Penske at Daytona
The 57th Daytona 500 by the numbers; Unofficial Results, Winnings and Stats
Regan Smith finishes 16th in quiet fill-in role for Kurt Busch
Matt Crafton relishes Daytona 500 run filling in for Kyle Busch
Despite finishing second, Kevin Harvick happy with Daytona 500 effort
Denny Hamlin strong again in Daytona 500, but win proves elusive
Final Daytona 500 farewell isn’t what Jeff Gordon hoped for
“Real bad decision” costs Dale Earnhardt Jr. a shot at Daytona 500 repeat

DAYTONA 500 RACE REPORT
Joey Logano holds off Kevin Harvick to win 57th Daytona 500

IN-RACE UPDATES
Brad Keselowski blows engine with 40 laps to go; McMurray, Newman involved (VIDEO)
Tony Stewart’s Daytona 500 woes continue with 42nd place finish
Jeff Gordon dominant so far in expected final Daytona 500 (Halfway Update)
Stewart, Kenseth, Blaney in first wreck of Daytona 500

SUNDAY PRE-RACE POSTS
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s secret weapon on spotter’s stand: T.J. Majors
Drivers raring to go for 57th Daytona 500 (SOCIAL)
Matt Crafton on Daytona 500 start: “I’ve been waiting for this my entire life”
Harvick criticizes tracks for SAFER inaction
Daytona 500: Start time, lineup, TV info and more
Daytona International Speedway to cover walls with SAFER barriers

SELECTED OTHER PRE-RACE POSTS
Forbes: Hendrick most valuable NASCAR team, Dale Earnhardt Jr. highest earning driver
Danica Patrick adamant she’s not leaving NASCAR for F1: “I wouldn’t go anyway”
Hamlin, Kahne lead final Daytona 500 practice
Uniformity: Here’s how the Daytona 500 fire suits look
NASCAR announces 20 nominees for 2016 Hall of Fame class
Gentlemen, start your engineers: College educations increasingly calling the shots
Is your favorite driver heading for a crash in Daytona 500?

BUSCH BROTHERS UPDATES
Kyle Busch expected to remain hospitalized in Daytona Beach, Fla. for second consecutive night
Kyle and Samantha Busch show support from hospital for No. 18 team (PHOTO); Samantha also updates
Joe Gibbs provides update on Kyle Busch’s injuries
Kyle Busch’s Super Late Model driver wins at New Smyrna
Kurt Busch’s second appeal denied
Kyle Busch out indefinitely after suffering compound fracture of right leg in Daytona crash
Kyle Busch will not race in Daytona 500
Kyle Busch taken off racetrack on stretcher after horrific crash (VIDEO)
Panel denies Kurt Busch appeal
Questions and answers about appeal process
Regan Smith believes he can win in place of Kurt Busch
Regan Smith to drive for suspended Kurt Busch
Attorney: Kurt Busch to “immediately” appeal NASCAR suspension
NASCAR indefinitely suspends Kurt Busch (VIDEO)
Early report foretold Kurt Busch’s suspension from NASCAR
Commissioner finds Kurt Busch’s version less credible than Patricia Driscoll’s
Kurt Busch’s attorney files motion to reopen protective order hearing

SATURDAY XFINITY POSTS
Roush Fenway Racing young guns flex muscle in Xfinity opener
Ryan Reed scores first career Xfinity win with last-lap pass (VIDEO)
Kyle Busch taken off racetrack on stretcher after horrific crash (VIDEO)
Regan Smith flips in big Xfinity crash at Daytona
Austin Dillon wins pole for Xfinity opener
Kyle Busch criticizes group qualifying after six-car Xfinity crash
Title sponsor Xfinity reveals new series trophy

FRIDAY CAMPING WORLD TRUCK POSTS
Tyler Reddick wins Truck Series opener
Big One strikes in Truck Series opener
Ty Dillon wins pole for Truck opener

BUDWEISER DUEL POSTS
One day later, Danica Patrick still frustrated over Denny Hamlin and nearly missing Daytona 500
Budwieser Duel 150 wrecks affect nearly one third of Daytona 500 field
Danica on ride into field: “It felt dire”
Making Daytona 500 field emotional for some drivers
Starting lineup for 57th Daytona 500, courtesy of Duel results
Despite Duel win, Daytona 500 win won’t be easier for Dale Jr.
What Denny and Danica said to each other after Budweiser Duel
Johnson wins second Duel; Denny and Danica collide, but she still makes field
Four-car wreck brings out red flag in Budweiser Duel 2
Dale Jr. rallies to win Budweiser Duel 1
Start times, TV info and lineup for Budweiser Duel

Further posts from Daytona can be found by clicking here, for all posts compiled from Thursday and earlier in the week.

Helio Castroneves rules out Daytona 500

Helio Castroneves Daytona 500
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Helio Castroneves might be at the 2023 Daytona 500, but the four-time Indy 500 winner won’t be in a race car.

During a news conference Thursday at Daytona International Speedway, Castroneves confirmed in response to a question from NBC Sports that he essentially has ruled out attempting to make his NASCAR Cup Series debut in the Feb. 19 season opener.

As recently as last Thursday at Rolex 24 Media Day, Castroneves, 47, said he still was working on trying to piece together a deal.

The Brazilian had been negotiating with the Cup team co-owned by boxer Floyd Mayweather and would have been in an “open” entry that lacked guaranteed entry to the Great American Race. That potentially would leave him in the precarious position of needing to make the race on qualifying speed or a qualifying race finish (as action sports star Travis Pastrana likely might need in his Cup debut).

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“Unfortunately for me, lack of experience, no testing,” Castroneves said. “A lot of things. I believe it would be a little bit tough throwing myself in such a short notice, and to go in a place that you’ve got to race yourself into it. So as of right now, yes, it’s not going to happen.

“But we did have an opportunity. We just got to elaborate a little bit more to give me a little more experience on that. So there is more things to come ahead of us, but as of right now, I want to focus on the IndyCar program as well and (the Rolex 24 at Daytona).”

Castroneves, who has a residence in Key Biscayne, said he still might attend the Daytona 500

“I might just come and see and watch it and continue to take a look and see what’s going to be in the future,” he said.

Castroneves enters Saturday’s Rolex 24 at Daytona having won the event the past two years. He made his signature fence-climb after winning last year with Meyer Shank Racing, which he will be driving for full time in the NTT IndyCar Series this year. He became the fourth four-time Indy 500 winner in history in his 2021 debut with Meyer Shank Racing.

The 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar champion also has indicated an interest in Trackhouse Racing’s Project 91 car that aims to place international drivers in a Cup ride (such as Kimi Raikkonen at Watkins Glen International last year). Team co-owner Justin Marks recently tweeted Trackhouse wouldn’t field the Project 91 car at the Daytona 500.

After winning the 2022 Superstar Racing Experience opener, SRX CEO Don Hawk had promised he would help secure a Daytona 500 ride for Castroneves.

Castroneves has been angling for a NASCAR ride for years, dating to when he drove for Team Penske from 2000-20. After winning the Rolex 24 last year, he said he had been lobbying Ray Evernham and Tony Stewart for help with getting in a Cup car.

Though Castroneves is out, Sports Business Journal’s Adam Stern reported that Mayweather’s The Money Team Racing still is considering IndyCar driver Conor Daly for its seat.

Fire at Reaume Brothers Racing shop injures three

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A Thursday fire at the Reaume Brothers Racing shop in Mooresville, North Carolina, injured three individuals, according to Mooresville (North Carolina) Fire-Rescue.

Firefighters were dispatched to the shop, which is scheduled to field entries for driver Mason Massey in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this season, at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

The fire department extinguished the blaze quickly. The department stated on its Facebook page that one individual was transported to Lake Norman Regional hospital for smoke inhalation, and another was transported to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C. with burn injuries. A third was treated and released.

The team stated Thursday night on social media that Taylor Collier and Devin Fokin had been treated and released. The team stated that Taylor was treated for smoke inhalation and Fokin was treated “for serious burns.”

The Mooresville Fire Marshall’s office is investigating the cause of the fire. The fire department said the shop sustained “significant fire damage.”

In a tweet, the team said it is determining the extent of damage to the building. “More importantly,” it said, “a few of our team members did sustain injuries during the fire and are being transported for medical treatment.”

 

Trackhouse, RFK Racing, Front Row Motorsports sign sponsorship deals

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Trackhouse Racing, RFK Racing and Front Row Motorsports announced sponsorship deals Thursday morning.

Trackhouse said WWEX, a Dallas-based global logistics group, will increase its sponsorship presence with the team this year, serving as the primary sponsor in 21 races for drivers Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez.

WWEX will appear on Chastain’s Chevrolets in 19 races and will sponsor Suarez twice. The organization was a Trackhouse sponsor in 11 events in 2022, which was a breakout season for both Chastain and Suarez.

RFK announced that Solomon Plumbing, which joined the team last season, will expand its presence this season and in future years. The Michigan-based company will serve as the primary sponsor for several races on driver Brad Keselowski‘s No. 6 Ford.

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Solomon specializes in plumbing and fire services for new development and construction. It initially sponsored Keselowski last season in the dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Front Row Motorsports has signed Quincy Compressor, a Bay Minette, Ala.-based compressor manufacturer, as a sponsor for four races.

Quincy will sponsor Todd Gilliland‘s No. 38 team in three events and Michael McDowell‘s No. 34 team in one race.

 

 

Stewart-Haas Racing signs Chase Briscoe to contract extension

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Chase Briscoe has signed a multiyear contract extension to remain at Stewart-Haas Racing, the team announced Thursday.

The length of the deal was not announced.

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Briscoe is entering his third Cup season with the team. He won his first series race last year, taking the checkered flag at Phoenix last March. That victory put him in the playoffs. He finished the season ninth in the standings. 

“It’s huge to have stability, with my team and my partner,” Briscoe said in a statement from the team. “It just gives you more confidence. Stewart-Haas Racing is where I want to be for a long time. It’s the place I’ve known longer than anywhere else in my NASCAR career.

“I remember getting signed by Ford in 2017 and I told people, ‘You know, if I could pick one place to be, it would be Stewart- Haas Racing. And if I could drive one car, it would be the 14 car. That would be the ultimate dream.’ And now, here I am.

“SHR has such a great group of people, from the Xfinity Series to the Cup Series, and they’ve all just guided me in the right direction. From drivers to crew chiefs to crew members, they’ve always had my back, and that’s been a huge help – just having people believe in you.”

The 28-year-old Briscoe has been with SHR since 2018. He split a limited Xfinity schedule that season between what is now RFK Racing and SHR. He ran full time with SHR in the Xfinity Series in 2019 and ’20 before moving to Cup in 2021.

“Chase has made the most of every opportunity and the proof is in the results. Keeping him at SHR was a priority and we’re proud to have him in our racecars for many more years to come,” said Tony Stewart, who co-owns SHR with Haas Automation founder Gene Haas, in a statement from the team. 

Briscoe’s signing comes two weeks after teammate Kevin Harvick announced that this will be his final season in Cup. 

The Cup season begins Feb. 5 with the Busch Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before going to Daytona for the Feb. 19 Daytona 500.