2017 Daytona 500 in 80 days

2017 Daytona 500 in 80 days
The NASCAR 2016 awards ceremonies are history. Look Ahead gives a final 2016 snapshot on a few drivers each week and lists what is known about their 2...
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Dakoda Armstrong will return to JGL Racing for the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) season with WinField as Primary Sponsor on the No. 28 Toyota for 20 races starting with the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

He finished 13th in the 2016 NXS final drivers' standings in his first season with the JGL Racing organization. He went on to collect 22 top-20 finishes during the season. Armstrong and his No. 28 WinField Toyota will once again be led by veteran crew chief Steven Lane. The team will continue to utilize Joe Gibbs Racing engines and will be expanding on that relationship as well.-Integrity Sports Marketing
Dec 8 - 10:43 AM

Alex Bowman will race the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS in the Feb. 18 season-opening, non-points The Clash at Daytona International Speedway, which will feature pole position winners from the previous year.

Bowman won the No. 88 team’s lone 2016 pole at Phoenix in November. "Alex did such a great job in the car this year, and I felt like he deserved another opportunity," Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. "When I spoke with Rick (Hendrick) and the team about him driving The Clash, everyone agreed that he more than earned it, and Nationwide was 100-percent on board. I’m really grateful to him and Jeff (Gordon) for what they did (subbing for Earnhardt) for our team, and I’m glad Alex is getting another run with us."-Hendrick Motorsports
Dec 8 - 10:17 AM

Following a test session Wednesday afternoon at Darlington Raceway, Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been medically cleared to resume NASCAR competition after making a full recovery from a concussion.

He will return for the beginning of the 2017 season at the Feb. 26 Daytona 500. Earnhardt, 42, was cleared Wednesday evening by Dr. Micky Collins, medical director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program in Pittsburgh, in consultation with Charlotte neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty. Petty attended the test at the 1.366-mile South Carolina racetrack.-Hendrick Motorsports
Dec 8 - 10:05 AM

Days after disclosing a multi-year agreement with GREE, the world’s largest manufacturer of specialized Cooling & Heating Products, Gus Dean has announced that will drive full-time for Win-Tron Racing next season in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

Dean will drive the team’s flagship car, the No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry, for a full 20-race season championship effort beginning with February’s season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway Sat., Feb. 18, 2017. Motorsports veteran Todd Myers will serve as Dean’s crew chief for his first full season of ARCA competition.
Dec 8 - 9:57 AM

As part of the shifting of charters when HScott Motorsports decided to leave the sport fir 2017, Furniture Row Racing has acquired a guaranteed start for the No. 77 entry that will be fielded by Erik Jones.

That will help him reach his full potential in 2017 since he will not need to worry about qualifying on time. Jones is an early favorite to win next year’s Rookie of the Year honors.
Dec 7 - 5:30 PM

HScott Motorsports will not compete in 2017 after selling the charter they used for Clint Bowyer to Premium Motorsports, according to NBC’s Dustin Long.

In a statement issued earlier this week, Harry Scott Jr. said "Over the past several months I considered a number of options for moving forward with the team. Regrettably there are no viable sponsor/driver options immediately available to allow the team to participate in 2017."
Dec 7 - 4:24 PM

Reed Sorenson qualified for 28 races, but had only one top-25 finish at Daytona International Speedway to show for it.

Sorenson was still moderately fantasy relevant on 20 occasions because he earned positive place-differential points and was running at the end of most of his attempts. Other than his plate result, he was best on the short tracks of Richmond International Raceway and Bristol Motor Speedway, where he narrowly missed the top 25.
Dec 7 - 4:16 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the seventh-best average finish in 2016 with a 13.75.

As strong as he was, however, he had difficulty sustaining his momentum. He scored five consecutive top-10s once and four on another occasion, but each of those had a sub-25th-place result adjacent.
Dec 7 - 4:15 PM
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