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Todd Gilliland, the 15-year-old Sherrils Ford, NC driver, posted the fastest overall lap in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East practice for tonight's season opening Jet Tools 150 at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway.

Gilliland ended last season in Victory Lane in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West finale. He posted a lap of 18.393 seconds (93.949 mph) around the .48-mile high banked oval in the #16 NAPA Toyota Camry. Spencer Davis (18.430/93.760) and Kyle Benjamin (18.434/93.750) were second and third fastest. Harrison Burton was fastest in the first 45 minute session and fourth overall. Kaz Grala rounded out the top five. Dillon Bassett, Ronnie Bassett Jr., Collin Cabre, Noah Gragson and Tyler Dippel completed the top 10.-NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
Feb 14 - 4:33 PM

Ryan Blaney qualified seventh in Sunday’s qualification for the Daytona 500. He may not start there, depending on his Can-Am 150 Duel finish, but as one of two fastest Open drivers, he knows he will at least get a chance to race in the Big Show.

Blaney is racing for Rookie of the Year honors and does not have one of 36 chartered guaranteed starts. This was one of his earliest obstacles. He will challenge Chase Elliott in the rookie battle and that will go down to the end of the season.
Feb 14 - 2:51 PM

Along with pole sitter Chase Elliott, Matt Kenseth is the only other driver who knows where he will start next Sunday. He posted a lap of 196.036 mph, which was 0.065 seconds slower than the No. 24.

Kenseth has been one of the top plate racers in recent seasons and with more experience he is a better fantasy choice next Sunday.
Feb 14 - 2:47 PM

Chase Elliott posted a time of 196.314 mph to the pole for the Daytona 500 and will be the youngest driver ever to win the top spot at a rookie. He is the sixth driver to do so.

Elliott is one of only two drivers who know where he will start next Sunday’s race so long as he takes care of his equipment and does not have to roll out a backup. He should be considered a favorite to finish among the top 10.
Feb 14 - 2:44 PM

Martin Truex Jr. failed to clear pre-qualification inspection and did not get a chance to post a lap. This means he will start his Can-Am Duel in Daytona in the back of the pack.

Anyone can get to the front of the pack with restrictor-plates on the car, so Truex is probably not overly concerned.
Feb 14 - 2:16 PM

Matt DiBenedetto will race in the Daytona 500. He posted the second fastest time among the Open drivers behind Ryan Blaney. His speed of 192.686 put him 26th on the chart and narrowly beat Michael McDowell.

DiBenedetto will be in a ride that has a charter and guaranteed start for the remainder of the season, but for this race he gave up his car to Michael Waltrip.
Feb 14 - 2:12 PM

ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards veteran John Wes Townley has a secret weapon at Daytona; his name is Kevin Reed.

Townley, in a brand new Zaxby’s Chevrolet, returned to the Gatorade Victory Lane at Daytona Int’l Speedway with an old friend. Reed who crew-chiefed Townley to Victory Lane in 2013 at Daytona with a different team, reunited with Townley just in time to win the Lucas Oil 200 Driven By General Tire Saturday afternoon. The win not only reunited Townley with Reed, it was the first win for the new Tony Townley-owned Athenian Motorsports team. Eighteen-year-old rookie William Byron, in the No. 55 Liberty University Toyota, finished second, three lengths away (.209 seconds/margin of victory) at the final stripe. It was Byron’s career-first start at Daytona.
Source: ARCA Racing
Feb 13 - 11:19 PM

Kyle Larson was one of only two drivers who made it to the checkered flag in the Sprint Unlimited without significant damage. He finished the event fourth.

Notably both the winner Denny Hamlin and third-place Paul Menard were among the injured. The 2016 Sprint Unlimited was one of attrition.
Feb 13 - 10:24 PM

Defending Daytona 500 champion Joey Logano finished second in the Sprint Unlimited, which seems to show he is going to pick up where he left off last year.

Logano was one of only two drivers without significant damage on his car. That is what will be required to win the Big Show.
Feb 13 - 10:20 PM

A multi-car accident on the white flag lap ended the Sprint Unlimited. Denny Hamlin was leading at the time and won the exhibition race.

Hamlin was dominant at the end of the race and the caution did not contribute to his win. Several cars were mangled on the final lap including Matt Kenseth, Danica Patrick, Jamie McMurray, and Martin Truex Jr.
Feb 13 - 10:11 PM

Kurt Busch spun in a single-car crash with a handful of laps remaining, but NASCAR did not throw a caution. Meanwhile in an unrelated incident, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards triggered a multi-car accident that also collected Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, and Casey Mears.

At this stage of the race no one will lift and Mears was part of the catalyst for the wreck. The field is shrinking and the race will go into overtime. Edwards ultimately took responsibility for the accident.
Feb 13 - 10:07 PM

Kurt Busch spun in a single-car crash with a handful of laps remaining, but NASCAR did not throw a caution. Meanwhile in an unrelated incident, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards triggered a multi-car accident that also collected Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, and Casey Mears.

At this stage of the race no one will lift and Mears was part of the catalyst for the wreck. The field is shrinking and the race will go into overtime. Edwards ultimately took responsibility for the accident.
Feb 13 - 10:06 PM

Kurt Busch spun in a single-car crash with a handful of laps remaining, but NASCAR did not throw a caution. Meanwhile in an unrelated incident, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards triggered a multi-car accident that also collected Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, and Casey Mears.

At this stage of the race no one will lift and Mears was part of the catalyst for the wreck. The field is shrinking and the race will go into overtime. Edwards ultimately took responsibility for the accident.
Feb 13 - 10:06 PM

Kurt Busch spun in a single-car crash with a handful of laps remaining, but NASCAR did not throw a caution. Meanwhile in an unrelated incident, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards triggered a multi-car accident that also collected Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, and Casey Mears.

At this stage of the race no one will lift and Mears was part of the catalyst for the wreck. The field is shrinking and the race will go into overtime.
Feb 13 - 10:05 PM

Kurt Busch spun in a single-car crash with a handful of laps remaining, but NASCAR did not throw a caution. Meanwhile in an unrelated incident, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards triggered a multi-car accident that also collected Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, and Casey Mears.

At this stage of the race no one will lift and Mears was part of the catalyst for the wreck. The field is shrinking and the race will go into overtime.
Feb 13 - 10:04 PM


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