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Social Roundup: Drivers get to race during tire test at Auto Club Speedway

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The build up to the 2019 Daytona 500 got underway yesterday in California with the first of a two-day Goodyear tire test at Auto Club Speedway.

The first drivers to see on-track action this year were Martin Truex Jr., defending champion Joey Logano and Daniel Suarez.

While it’s Truex (Joe Gibbs Racing) and Suarez’s (Stewart-Haas Racing) first time in the car with their new teams, it’s also one of the first chances drivers have gotten to experience the Cup Series’ new rules package.

With the package, which includes a tapered spacer, teams will have 550 horsepower at tracks 1.33 miles and larger, and 750 horsepower at tracks shorter than 1.33 miles. Auto Club Speedway is a 2-mile oval.

Here’s a look at how the test played out Wednesday via social media. As you can tell, the drivers didn’t keep to themselves on the track.

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NASCAR community welcomes 2019 with anniversaries, weddings, and more

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In case you didn’t notice, it’s now officially 2019.

NASCAR drivers spent the holiday flung far and wide as they celebrate the start of a new calendar year.

Christopher Bell got an early start to his 2019. He and Kyle Larson are in New Zealand for a series of midget and sprint races. Bell celebrated the new year with hisย fiancรฉ, Morgan.

Joey Logano‘s championship offseason continued with his New Year’s celebration taking him and his wife, Brittany, to New York City.

Meanwhile, Kyle and Samantha Busch get two celebrations in one. New Year’s Eve is also their wedding anniversary. They tied the knot on Dec. 31, 2010.

Corey LaJoie took after Busch as he got married Monday to his fiancรฉ, Kelly.

Ryan Blaney turned a quarter century old.

Ryan Truex spent his last day of 2018 on a beach somewhere.

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Social Roundup: NASCAR community celebrates Christmas

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Just like that Christmas came and went.

If you’re not ready to say goodbye to the holiday just yet, we’re here to help courtesy of social media roundup of how the NASCAR world celebrated Dec. 25th.

While Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell were busy racing in New Zealand, here’s a look at how the rest of NASCAR’s stars spent their holiday.

 

In the below video, Kyle Busch‘s son, Brexton, receives a go-kart as a gift. The go-kart was built by Corey LaJoie.

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Social Roundup: A very NASCAR Halloween

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The spookiest day of the year is here with Halloween.

NASCAR drivers and their families are breaking out the costumes, candy and pumpkins.

Thanks to social media, here’s a look at how the NASCAR community is getting the most out of it.

Kyle Busch

Elliott Sadler

Daniel Suarez

Ryan Blaney

Jimmie Johnson

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Whoโ€™s ready for Halloween?

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Happy Halloween!

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Jeff Gordon

Aric Almirola

Clint and Lorra Bowyer

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Halloween part 2!

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Joey Logano

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Happy Halloween๐ŸŽƒ

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Rodney Childers

Rico Abreu

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Even clowns drive their grandmas cool hot rod! ๐Ÿคก

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Matt Crafton

Trevor Bayne

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Social Roundup: Chase Elliott receives hero’s welcome in Dawsonville

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“Boy’s a winner!”

That’s how Ryan Blaney, close friend of Chase Elliott, introduced the newest NASCAR Cup winner late Sunday night to a boisterous crowd at Elliott field in Dawsonville, Georgia.

The crowd cheered as Elliott, fresh off winning Sunday afternoon’s race at Watkins Glen International, stepped out of his plane and into the spotlight.

Elliott won Sunday’s race after leading the final 34 laps and holding off defending champion Martin Truex Jr. until Truex ran out of gas on the last lap. The win came in Elliott’s 99th career start.

“I don’t think I know this many people,” Elliott told Fox 5 in Atlanta. “Great night. I just appreciate everybody’s support, through the good times and the bad. I’ve come home pretty disappointed over the past couple of years. Great to come home tonight and finally have one to enjoy. Your first one’s something you don’t forget.”

Not long after Elliott took the checkered flag, the legendary siren was set off at the Dawsonville Pool Hall.