Daytona Nibbles: Sunoco Rookie of the Year Class Outlook

This season marks yet another highly anticipated Sunoco Rookie of the Year class debut – and when it comes to the Daytona 500, a couple extra first-timers are on the list.

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Daytona Nibbles: William Byron Will Battle The Odds From The Front

While 21-year old Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron is justifiably optimistic for his second Daytona 500 start, having earned the celebrated pole position in his No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, it’s actually been 19 years since a pole winner won the race. Dale Jarrett won the pole and the Daytona 500 in 2000.

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Daytona Nibbles (NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series): Various News and Notes

Here’s various news items and notes for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series racing this week at Daytona International Speedway…

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Canadian Teenager Raphael Lessard set for Truck Series Debut at Martinsville

17-Year-Old Driver Graduates from Super Late Model Program to Three-Race NGOTS Schedule   MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 15, 2019)– Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that 17-year-old Canadian driver Raphael Lessard will pilot the team’s No. 46 Tundra in three NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) events this season. Lessard will make his Truck Series debut March 23 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and also compete in the organization’s fourth entry at Dover (Del.) International Speedway and Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

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Menard Secures Seventh Starting Spot For Daytona 500 As Mustang Drivers Dominate Duels

Paul Menard and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team are set to start the Daytona 500 from seventh place thanks to Menard’s third-place finish in the first of two Gander RV Duels on Thursday night.

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Notable Quotables: Joey Logano, After Winning the 2nd Duel

Joey Logano made a daring last-lap pass to bring home the victory in the second Gander RV Duel at Daytona on Thursday night after starting the event third in his No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang.  Here’s what he had to say after the race…

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Former Champions Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano Win Gander RV Duel Races, Earn Row 2 Starting Spots for 61st Annual DAYTONA 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2019) – Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano won the two Gander RV Duel races Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway, securing second-row starting positions for Sunday’s 61st annual DAYTONA 500 (2:30 p.m. ET; TV–FOX; Radio–MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio), the season-opening race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

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Daytona Nibbles: The Leader: Most Laps Led Are Not Always A Driver’s Friend

The driver who has led the most laps in the Daytona 500 has only won two of the last five races (Denny Hamlin in 2016 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2014). Twice in that time, a driver has led only the last lap for victory – Austin Dillon in 2018 and Kurt Busch in 2017.

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Daytona Nibbles (NASCAR Xfinity Series): Other News and Notes

Here are some additional notes and news about the NASCAR Xfinity Series racing this weekend at Daytona International Speedway…

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