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Sprint Cup regular Brad Keselowski (in the No. 22 Ford Mustang) wins the Duralast Brakes "Brake in the Race" award at Charlotte in the Nationwide Series.

The award is given to the highest eligible driver in the running order at the time of the first caution of each race. He started 2nd, finished 2nd and earned the award in the Nationwide Series History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Keselowski is ineligible for driver points in this series.
Sat, May 24, 2014 07:33:00 PM

William Byron, last season’s 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion, will make his superspeedway debut at Daytona International Speedway in Saturday’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards (ARCA) season opening Lucas Oil 200 Powered by General Tire.

Byron, a highly touted rookie out of Charlotte, North Carolina, made more headlines during the offseason after signing with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) for a full season effort in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). Daytona will mark Byron’s third ARCA career start – all with Venturini Motorsports – and is required for the 18-year old rookie to obtain NASCAR’s final approval before he competes in the NCWTS event at Daytona on February 19th.-Venturini Motorsports
Feb 10 - 11:33 PM

Ryan Reed returns behind the wheel of the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang in 2016 for his third full-time season of NASCAR XFINITY Series competition.

The 22-year-old Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) driver from Bakersfield, Calif. captured his first career win in the 2015 season-opener at Daytona International Speedway and hopes to duplicate that success in 2016 with his sights ultimately set on winning a championship. After coming out of the gates with a win and the points lead, Reed went on to record top finishes of 11th at Fontana, Dover, Chicago and Charlotte and amassed a total of 16 laps lead for the season. Reed, who will make his 73rd career start when the green flag drops at Daytona, expects more out of himself this season.-RFR
Feb 10 - 8:47 PM

Saturday night's exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway will mark Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s third career start in the Sprint Unlimited.

Despite the damage to his Fastenal Ford that was obtained in a 14 car pile-up on lap 45 in last season's Sprint Unlimited, Stenhouse was working his way up through the field before cutting a tire sending him into the outside wall resulting in a 16th-place finish. The two-time XFINITY champion has 13 career starts at DIS. He has seven in Sprint Cup with an average finishing position of 19.9 and best career finish of seventh in the 2014 Daytona 500.-Roush Fenway Racing
Feb 10 - 8:43 PM

Brian Vickers will drive the No. 14 if he is approved by NASCAR to return to the seat of a Cup car, according to NBC Sports’ Dustin Long. Vickers has missed much of the past several seasons as he battled blood clots.

Vickers is a solid driver and this team is capable of performing to the level of teammates Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch, but fantasy owners should be a little leery because there could be a little rust on the racer.
Feb 10 - 6:14 PM

For quite some time, Denny Hamlin was crash-prone on plate tracks, but he has been trending up in the last couple of years. Six of his 13 career top-10s on this track type have come in his last eight attempts. His one and only victory on this track type came at Talladega in May 2014.

Hamlin’s average finish during the past eight races has been a solid 10.0, which is considerably better than his career average of 18.68. Fantasy owners will want to ride that momentum.
Feb 10 - 4:21 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has finished better than he started in all but two of his 12 starts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways. The two races in which he failed to finish better than he started both came at Daytona.

Stenhouse faded from 16th to 41st in the 2014 Coke Zero 400, but that was because he sustained crash damage. He also slipped two positions in the 2013 edition of that race after getting involved in a last-lap crash.
Feb 10 - 4:19 PM

Joey Logano has the 11th-best average finish among active, fulltime drivers on restrictor-plate, superspeedways—but he might be a slightly better value than that suggests. One of the drivers ranked above him is Tony Stewart, who will miss this year’s 500 due to an injury.

In addition, Logano won two of the four plate races last year with victories in the Daytona 500 and CampingWorld.com 500 last October. His salary cap might make him unattractive in those games, but he has a good shot in pick ‘em contests.
Feb 10 - 4:18 PM

Front Row Motorsports will enter a third car for David Gilliland for the Daytona 500. This organization has two charters, which will currently be used for Chris Buescher and Landon Cassill, so Gilliland will have to race the No. 35 into the show.

The new charter system will create some interesting scenarios for young drivers and part time teams, but not as much as the reduction of the field from 43 to 40 cars. Currently the list for the 500 is at 42, which would have meant everyone was guaranteed to start in the past. If Gilliland makes the show, he has a solid restrictor-plate, superspeedway record and could be a great fantasy dark horse.
Feb 10 - 12:37 PM

Tony Stewart will receive the same exemption from NASCAR’s rule that drivers must attempt the full season in order to be Chase eligible as Kyle Busch did last year, according to the Sporting News. He will miss an indeterminate number of races after injuring his back in an off-road accident in California.

Stewart is going to need to pick up his pace if he wants to earn enough points to be inside the top 30 or even win a race, so the exemption may be moot. As of now, Stewart cannot be considered a strong fantasy value.
Feb 10 - 12:23 PM

When NASCAR announced the 36 charters and reduction of race fields from 43 to 40 cars, it put Ryan Blaney is a situation he knows all-too-well: He must race his way into the Daytona 500 and qualify as one of four drivers to make the show on time each week during 2016.

NASCAR gave charters to team that have raced fulltime since 2013 and the Wood Bros. have run partial schedules since 2008. Michael Waltrip Racing’s charters will be purchased by Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch, while HScott Motorsports will lease a charter from Premium Motorsports this season for the No. 46 of Michael Annett, according the NBC’s Dustin Long. Blaney is capable of making every race, but fantasy owners will have to pay close attention each week to insure he qualifies.
Feb 10 - 12:16 PM

Seven and 11 are considered lucky numbers in the dice game craps, but they have not elevated Brad Keselowski to the top 10 on either the top-five or top-10 lists. He sits just outside that mark in terms of number of front-of-pack results and has the 12th-best average finish of 19.36.

With two wins at Talladega SuperSpeedway. Keselowski has a much better average result there than Daytona International Speedway. His ‘Dega average is 14.8, while his Daytona average is 23.9.
Feb 10 - 11:24 AM




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