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As if the anticipation of his inaugural Daytona 500 wasn’t enough for Erik Jones, the driver of Furniture Row Racing’s No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry prepared for the 59th running of the Great American Race by experiencing a completely unique sensation of speed, horsepower, g-forces, and patriotism: a flight with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds.

Jones and fellow NASCAR Cup Series competitor Ryan Blaney took one-hour flights Tuesday in F-16 Flying Falcons from Yelvington Jet Aviation at Daytona Beach International Airport. He flew on Thunderbird No. 8 piloted by Captain Erik Gonsalves, who has logged more than 1,600 flight hours, including more than 500 hours of combat experience. The flight pulled as many as 9.3 g’s during the flight.-Furniture Row Racing
Feb 21 - 9:00 PM

Bubba Wallace (No. 6 Leidos Ford Mustang) will make his sixth career NASCAR XFINITY Series start at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday afternoon.

In five previous starts at the famed superspeedway, Wallace has recorded two top-10 finishes with a best finish of sixth coming in Feb. 2016. Wallace also made two previous starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at "The World Center of Racing" in 2013 and 2014. Seth Barbour will be atop the pit box for his seventh NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona on Saturday. In six previous starts at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, Barbour has recorded one win, two top-five finishes and three top-10 finishes.-Roush Fenway Racing
Feb 21 - 8:49 PM

Ryan Reed (No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang) has six starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) at Daytona International Speedway (DIS).

In his six starts he has earned one win, two top-five and three top-10 finishes. In 2015 Reed captured his first NXS Series win in the season-opener at Daytona. He started eighth, led 14 laps and made a last-lap pass for the victory. 2016 Recap: Reed started the 120-lap event from the 11th position, but suffered some damage to the right-rear during a caution early on in the race. The team worked on the car over the course of the race and Reed was able to earn a 16th-place finish.-Roush Fenway Racing
Feb 21 - 8:41 PM

If the rest of the season shapes up to be anything like Daytona, Shane Lee has got a lot to look forward to.

In his first race in the No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion for Cunningham Motorsports, he came away with a career-best finish of third Saturday at Daytona Int'l Speedway. Lee didn’t have the position he’d hoped for at the start of the race, lining up 19th out of a full field of 40, but quickly made moves to get within the top-10 with teammate Dalton Sargeant not far behind.
Feb 21 - 12:46 PM

Tom Hessert (No. 25 Andrews Products-Renton Coil Spring Toyota) finished fifth in Saturday's ARCA Racing Series season-opening Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 at Florida's Daytona Int'l Speedway.

He started on the pole, led 21 laps and completed all laps of the (rain shortened) 75-lap race. Hessert is currently fourth in the 2017 ARCA championship standings after this event.
Feb 21 - 12:36 PM

Dalton Sargeant (No. 77 Phoenix Construction-Billy Ballew Ford) finished fourth in Saturday's ARCA Racing Series season-opening Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 at Florida's Daytona Int'l Speedway.

He started 10th in the lineup, led one lap and completed all laps of the (rain shortened) 75-lap race. Sargeant is currently fifth in the 2017 ARCA championship standings after this event.
Feb 21 - 12:33 PM

Bret Holmes (No. 23 Southern States Bank-Holmes II Excavation Chevrolet) finished sixth in Saturday's ARCA Racing Series season-opening Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 at Florida's Daytona Int'l Speedway.

He started 14th in the lineup and completed all laps of the (rain shortened) 75-lap race. Holmes is currently sixth in the 2017 ARCA championship standings after this event.
Feb 21 - 12:26 PM

Kyle Weatherman (No. 78 St. Charles Glass-Turn One Condos Chevrolet) finished eighth in Saturday's ARCA Racing Series season-opening Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 at Florida's Daytona Int'l Speedway.

He started fourth in the lineup and completed all laps of the (rain shortened) 75-lap race. Weatherman, who will compete in 10 ARCA races this year, is currently eighth in the 2017 ARCA championship standings after this event.
Feb 21 - 12:22 PM

Clint King (No. 58 Lira Racing Ford) finished ninth in Saturday's ARCA Racing Series season-opening Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 at Florida's Daytona Int'l Speedway.

He started 29th in the lineup and completed all laps of the (rain shortened) 75-lap race. King is currently ninth in the 2017 championship standings after this event.
Feb 21 - 12:06 PM

Kaz Grala (No. 88 Kiklos Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil Chevrolet) finished 10th in Saturday's ARCA Racing Series season-opening Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 at Florida's Daytona Int'l Speedway.

He started sixth in the lineup and completed all laps of the (rain shortened) 75-lap race. Grala is currently 10th in the 2017 championship standings after this event.
Feb 21 - 12:02 PM

Zane Smith (No. 43 Diamondback Towing Toyota) scored a second place finish in Sunday night's NASCAR K&N Pro Series-East (NKNPSE) season-opening Jet Tools 150 at Florida's New Smyrna Int'l Speedway.

He started 26th in the lineup and completed all laps of the 150-lap event. Smith is currently second in the 2017 NKNPSE point standings after this event, five points behind leader (and race-winner) Ronnie Bassett Jr.
Feb 21 - 2:13 AM

Hunter Baize (No. 13 Ecowater/KAT Sports Chevrolet) scored a seventh place finish in Sunday night's NASCAR K&N Pro Series-East (NKNPSE) season-opening Jet Tools 150 at Florida's New Smyrna Int'l Speedway.

He started 14th in the lineup and completed all laps of the 150-lap event. Baize is currently seventh in the 2017 NKNPSE point standings after this event.
Feb 21 - 2:10 AM

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota) scored a ninth place finish in Sunday night's NASCAR K&N Pro Series-East (NKNPSE) season-opening Jet Tools 150 at Florida's New Smyrna Int'l Speedway.

He started fifth in the lineup, led 21 laps and completed all laps of the 150-lap event. Gilliland is currently ninth in the 2017 NKNPSE point standings after this event.
Feb 21 - 2:06 AM

Ben Rhodes' (No. 27 Toyota Tundra) 2017 campaign will be led by crew chief Eddie Troconis, who called the shots for Cameron Hayley in 2016 at ThorSport Racing.

Troconis enters his second full-time season in the series atop the pit box. In his first full-time season, the Mexico native was credited with six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. The Down Low on Daytona... In Rhodes' Daytona Int'l Speedway debut in 2016, the Louisville, KY native started 24th, and finished seventh in the 100-lap event.-ThorSport Racing
Feb 21 - 1:59 AM

Sheldon Creed, X-Games gold medalist, made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series-East (NKNPSE) debut driving the No. 40 A.M. Ortega Construction Toyota Camry in Sunday night's season-opening Jet Tools 150 at Florida's New Smyrna Speedway.

Showing good speed in practice, he backed it up with a fourth-place qualifying effort. Despite having radio issues, Creed ran inside the top-10 for much of the race before losing power in his Camry. The faulty battery caused him to drop multiple laps, which resulted in a 19th-place finish.
Feb 21 - 1:53 AM


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