Snapshot: fred's 250 at Talladega
Get up to speed for the 18th Camping World Truck Series race of 2014 What: Ninth annual fred's 250 powered by Coca - Cola Where: Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama When: Saturday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. ET TV: FOX Distance: 94 laps, 250 .04 miles Defending race winner: Johnny Sauter Pit road speed: 55 mph Fuel window: 40 laps On The Front Row " Full lineup 1. Tyler Reddick , Brad Keselowski Racing No. 19 Ford (186.827 mph) 2. Tayler Malsam , Turner Scott Motorsports No. 32 Chevrolet (186.714 mph) Fastest in practice: Ben Kennedy , No. 31 Chevrolet, Turner Scott Motorsports (188.902 mph) Best consecutive 10-lap average: Darrell Wallace Jr ., No. 54 Toyota, Kyle Busch Motorsports (181.877 mph) Former winners in the field: Johnny Sauter (2013) About the sponsor: fred's is a discount general merchandise store with more than 700 locations centered around the southeastern United States. Shake-and-bake : "Actually a couple days ago I was talking with some friends in Mexico. I talk very often with them and they asked me where is going to be my race this weekend, and I told them Mexico and Talladega and they told me, 'Hey, Talladega like the movie?' So, definitely there is a lot of history in this race track." -- Daniel Suarez, who is making his first career Camping World Truck Series start this weekend Not as easy as it looks: "It sounds simple -- holding it wide open and being in the draft, but at the end of the day there is a lot of things that you can do with it. I'll just be trying to learn as much as I can in practice and early in the race and be ready for when it matters." -- Erik Jones , who is making his first start at Talladega Keeping your head: "I've never raced at Talladega Superspeedway , but I already know that it's going to be a wild one. Something crazy always happens here. We ran well in Daytona earlier this year and we're bringing back the same truck, but I know Talladega can be a whole different animal. The key is racing smart so that you can make it to the last lap, and then it's game on until you can cross the finish line." -- Ben Kennedy , who is also making his first start at Talladega Relying on fate: "Racing at Talladega is just like going out and buying a lottery ticket -- you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. There's just no telling -- but you've got to play the game." -- Matt Crafton , the defending series champion and current points leader MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Snapshot: Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca -Cola
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Starting lineup for Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca -Cola
See the full starting lineup for the Sprint Cup Series' Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca - Cola at Daytona International Speedway.
Tickets for the 2016 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca -Cola On Sale Thursday, Oct. 29
Tickets for the 2016 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca - Cola On Sale Thursday, Oct. 29 ~ Independence Day Holiday Weekend Classic To Be Held In New Motorsports Stadium For The First Time ~ DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tickets for the 58th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca - Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the first following the completion of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project, will officially go on sale Thursday, Oct. 29 at 9 a.m. EDT. Fans will be able to purchase tickets to the Independence Day holiday weekend classic scheduled for Saturday, July 2 in one of three convenient ways: • Online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com • By calling 1-800-PITSHOP • Visiting the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours Building The new motorsports stadium will feature 101,500 new, wider more comfortable seats, thousands of premium club seats, 40 escalators and 17 elevators, 60 luxury suites, social “neighborhoods” and three concourse levels that will span the nearly mile-long frontstretch. Reserved stadium seats for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca - Cola start at $55. Reserved stadium seats for children ages 12 and under are $20 and kids 12 and under are free in the Sprint FANZONE. The Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca - Cola will feature 43 stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series battling for a coveted victory in the 160-lap, 400-mile race, which will be capped off by the largest fireworks show in the Southeast. About DAYTONA Rising DAYTONA Rising is a $400 million reimagining of an American icon – Daytona International Speedway . Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,500 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with trackside views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests. DAYTONA Rising: Reimagining an American Icon , expected to create 6,300 jobs, $300 million in labor income and over $85 million in tax revenue, will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500. Toyota, Florida Hospital, Chevrolet and Sunoco are Founding Partners of DAYTONA Rising, joining the Speedway to help provide the very best experience for fans through more than 80,000 total square feet of engagement areas, branding rights for four of the injectors/entrances and four of the new neighborhoods. Barton Malow is serving as the design-builder for the project. In addition to DAYTONA Rising, Barton Malow has renovated the University of Michigan “Big House” and the Rose Bowl. ROSSETTI is the architect for DAYTONA Rising. ROSSETTI is an award-winning architectural design and planning firm with 46 years of expertise in sports and entertainment projects including the Green Bay Packers Titletown, renovations for the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field, a new headquarters for the LA Lakers, five MLS stadiums and the new retractable roof over the USTA’s Arthur Ashe Stadium. Race fans can follow the progress of the DAYTONA Rising project by visiting www.DAYTONARising.com and connecting with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter , Facebook , Pinterest , Instagram and YouTube . Also, fans can see the construction project up close by taking one of the daily tours available at the Speedway on non-event days throughout the year. Visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tours or the Speedway Ticket and Tours Building for more information. For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP. About Daytona International Speedway Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race" - the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most of the attention - as well as the largest audience in motorsports - the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe, thus earning it the title of "World Center of Racing." In addition to eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training. ###
Kyle Busch wins the Lilly Diabetes 250
Kyle Busch wins the Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second year in a row.
NASCAR reveals race start times for 2016 season
RELATED: Schedule times highlights DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2016) -- NASCAR ® , in collaboration with broadcast partners FOX Sports, NBC Sports Group, race teams and the 29 tracks committed to hosting races for the coming season, today announced race start times and network coverage for all three of its national series based on previously released schedule dates for 2016. Entering the second season of 10-year comprehensive media rights agreements, races will be televised by FOX, FS1, NBC and NBCSN, with the exception of select events in August that will air on CNBC and USA due to NBC Sports' coverage of the Summer Olympics. National series races will also be broadcast live by Motor Racing Network (MRN), Performance Racing Network (PRN), IMS Radio Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90. Fans can visit www.nascar.com/tv-schedule for weekly tune-in information throughout the season. Tickets to all NASCAR national series events are available at www.nascar.com/tickets . MORE: Retirement not on Dale Jr.'s radar "NASCAR concluded 2015 with its most-watched championship finale in a decade, a benchmark that serves as a testament to deeper collaboration with our television and radio partners and increased engagement with fans," said Steve Herbst, senior vice president, broadcasting and production at NASCAR. "We look forward to carrying this momentum into 2016, starting with the DAYTONA 500 ® and Speedweeks, as the number of homes reached by our broadcast content continues to grow both domestically and internationally." 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule Date Location Network Race Start Radio 2/13 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway FOX 8 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/14 DAYTONA 500 Qualifying at Daytona International Speedway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/18 Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway FS1 7 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/21 DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/28 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway FOX 1 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 3/6 Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway FOX 3:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 3/13 Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway FOX 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 3/20 Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway FOX 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 4/3 STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 4/9 Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway FOX 7:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 4/17 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway FOX 1 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 4/24 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/1 GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/7 GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway FS1 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/15 Dover International Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/20 Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 7 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/21 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 7 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/29 Coca - Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway FOX 6 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 6/5 Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 at Pocono Raceway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/12 Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/26 Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway FS1 3 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 7/2 Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca - Cola at Daytona International Speedway NBC 7:45 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/9 Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 7/17 New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 1:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 7/24 Crown Royal Presents the 'Your Hero's Name Here' 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. IMS / SiriusXM 7/31 Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway NBCSN 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/7 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Watkins Glen International USA 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/20 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 8/28 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/4 Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway NBC 6 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/10 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/18 Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/25 New England 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 10/2 AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/8 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway NBC 7 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 10/16 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway NBC 2:15 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/23 Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway NBCSN 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/30 Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway NBCSN 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/6 AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway NBC 2 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 11/13 Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway NBC 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/20 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway NBC 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Schedule Date Location Network Race Start Radio 2/20 Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway FS1 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/27 Head's Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 3/5 Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway FS1 4 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 3/12 Axalta Faster. 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Brighter 200 at Phoenix International Raceway FOX 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 3/19 Auto Club Speedway FS1 4 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 4/8 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 4/16 Bristol Motor Speedway FS1 12:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 4/23 ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway FS1 12:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 4/30 Talladega 300 at Talladega Superspeedway FOX 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/14 Dover International Speedway FOX 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/28 Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 2:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 6/4 Pocono Raceway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/11 Michigan International Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/19 Iowa Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/1 Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca - Cola at Daytona International Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/8 Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 8:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 7/16 Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 4 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 7/23 Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. IMS / SiriusXM 7/30 U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/6 Zippo 200 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International CNBC 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/13 Mid-Ohio 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/19 Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway USA 7:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 8/27 Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville at Road America NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/3 VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/9 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/17 Chicagoland Speedway NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/24 VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 10/1 Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/7 Drive for the Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina at Charlotte Motor Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 10/15 Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway NBCSN 4 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/5 O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway NBC 3:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 11/12 Phoenix International Raceway NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/19 Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule Date Location Network Race Start Radio 2/19 NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway FS1 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/27 Georgia 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway FS1 4:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 4/2 Martinsville Speedway FS1 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/6 Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/13 Dover International Speedway FS1 5:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/20 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/10 Rattlesnake 400 at Texas Motor Speedway FS1 9 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/18 Iowa Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/25 Drivin' for Linemen 200 brought to you by Ameren at Gateway Motorsports Park FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/7 Kentucky 225 at Kentucky Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/20 #Eldora at Eldora Speedway FS1 9 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/30 Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/17 UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/27 Careers for Veterans 200 , presented by Cooper Standard Foundation and Brad Keselowski 's Checkered Flag Foundation at Michigan International Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/4 Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park FS1 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/16 Chicagoland Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/24 UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/1 Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/22 fred’s 250 Powered by Coca - Cola at Talladega Superspeedway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/29 Martinsville Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/4 Longhorn 350 at Texas Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/11 Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/18 Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway FS1 8 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM All times Eastern. 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Allgaier comes up short in Daytona's reviewed finish
RELATED: Results " Chase Grid " Standings DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The fast and furious finish in Friday night's Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca - Cola didn't go Justin Allgaier 's way, but the JR Motorsports driver still managed a smile afterward. "When you come home second two restrictor-plates races in a row with fairly non-torn up race cars, it does make it nice," the No. 7 Chevrolet wheelman said. "But still this one's going to hurt for a little while." Aric Almirola and Allgaier were running first and second, side- by -side during an overtime finish when the caution flag appeared for the final time at Daytona International Speedway . Officials didn't immediately throw the caution when an eight-car crash on the backstretch unfolded on Lap 103 of the originally-scheduled 100-lap race, and it appeared the battle for the win might go all the way down to finish line in the NASCAR XFINITY Series event. But eventually the yellow caution lights flashed, and Allgaier was left to wonder if he or Almirola was out front at the crucial moment. WATCH: Final XFINITY Series restart at Daytona "The last restart was crazy," Allgaier said. "Coming down to the end of the race there we knew it was going to be all out and everyone was going to do everything they could to get to the end. T.J. Majors, my spotter, he called the crash off of Turn 2. I pulled to the outside of Aric just trying to get any run that I could and actually had some momentum and then kind of stalled out in the middle of (Turns) 3 and 4. "Had some momentum coming back and unfortunately the (caution) light switch flipped maybe a 16th of a foot too early for me to get the win." Teammates Chase Elliott and Elliott Sadler finished ninth and 18th, respectively. Had Allgaier been flagged the winner Saturday night, it would have been a sweep of the plate tracks for JRM. Elliott won the season-opener here in February while Sadler scored the victory at Talladega Superspeedway . "I told them before the race this is the best race car I've ever had at a superspeedway," Allgaier said. "We came really close to sweeping all the restrictor plate races this year at JR Motorsports and that's a testament to the guys back at the shop, the Hendrick engine department, everybody that's involved in these cars. It's a lot of fun when you know that your race car is capable of winning every week." Ryan Sieg , Joey Logano and Brendan Gaughan completed the top five. The race was slowed by eight cautions and was red-flagged for nearly eight minutes for a 14-car crash -- the "Big One" -- on Lap 16. Friday's race rekindled memories of the Talladega finish, which also required video evidence to determine a winner after the caution appeared as Sadler and Brennan Poole battled for the lead. Allgaier said he did not question the timing of Saturday's final caution call but he wasn't in a hurry to lift and possibly throw away a win either. "I think Aric and I ran the whole rest of the lap, even after we got through the debris, trying to just be a little bit faster than other one, stay out in front, maybe that would be the determining factor," he said. "It's so hard. At the point we were at, I don't know if it would have been better to (race) back to the line. It's the same scenario as Talladega. … If they call it a little bit before, we're ahead, if they call it a little bit later, we're ahead. But right where they called it we were behind. It is what it is. "When they come down to the end like that you know it's going to be crazy. … Unfortunately, we were just a little bit behind." The runner-up finish kept Allgaier fourth in points. Daniel Suarez remains the points leader in spite of a 32nd-place finish caused by a crash that sidelined the Joe Gibbs Racing driver after just 48 laps. He now leads Sadler by six points (499-493).
Suarez's 32nd-place finish shrinks points lead
RELATED: Results " Standings " Updated Chase Grid DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR's XFINITY Series points leader Daniel Suarez wrecked out of Friday night's Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca - Cola at Daytona International Speedway midway through the event. The accident left Suarez with a season-low 32nd place finish after posting an impressive season start highlighted by 12 top-10 finishes in the first 14 races. That run included his historic maiden victory at Michigan two weeks ago making Suarez the first Mexican-born driver to win a premier series race. His fortune on the Daytona high banks, however, was a low point of his season and threatened to dethrone him from his lead in the series standings. However, Elliott Sadler ran out of gas before NASCAR Overtime got underway in Friday's race and finished 18th, allowing Suarez to hold a six-point lead in the standings after the Daytona event. It was not entirely a surprising outcome according to Suarez who said the racing Friday night was extremely aggressive from the drop of the green flag. "I'm good, I'm just really disappointed," Suarez said after emerging from the infield care center with a clean bill of health. "That's the consequences I guess when racing so hard so early. They were bumping very hard, being aggressive, trying to gain positions before the competition caution. "They were racing like it was the last 10 laps, but it was too early for that." The accident that ultimately sidelined Suarez was his second of the young night. His No. 19 Arris Toyota was initially damaged when Suarez was collected in a 14-car accident on Lap 16 that brought out a 7-minute, 40-second red flag period. He was running in the back half of the field later when his car snapped toward the left and hit the SAFER Barrier lining the track's inside retaining wall. "The car was not right," Suarez said. "I had a car very close to my right side, I was very tight but feel like I barely touched him and I went around unfortunately. I guess that's how it is sometimes on superspeedways." "Everyone wanted track position even before the competition caution. But it was crazy -- three wide -- everyone was bumping. I think I called it one lap before. I told my spotter, 'everything is getting crazy here.' "But I'm fine. NASCAR does a very good job with safety on these cars."
Weather delays Friday's on-track action at Daytona
RELATED: Live weather updates from Daytona Inclement weather rolled into Daytona International Speedway on Friday, interrupting NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying midway through the first of two scheduled rounds. Twenty-two cars attempted laps before NASCAR halted the session for lightning with David Ragan atop the leaderboard. Qualifying did resume shortly after 3:30 p.m. ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying got underway at 4:50 p.m. ET (NBCSN, Live Extra). Weather washed out most of Thursday's on-track activity, as only one NASCAR XFINITY Series practice was completed. Two Sprint Cup practices and XFINITY final practice were canceled on Thursday. The Sprint Cup cars were on the track Friday morning for a rescheduled practice, the only practice before Saturday's Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca - Cola (7:45 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Brian Scott t led that practice, a 45-minute session during which Kyle Busch wrecked hard into the outside wall. Busch was evaluated and released from the infield care center, but he will have to go to a backup car. The XFINITY Series' Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca - Cola is scheduled for Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Tifft undergoes surgery to remove brain tumor
Matt Tifft underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor on Friday afternoon and the NASCAR XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series driver came out of surgery Friday night and is recovering, according to his personal Twitter account. UPDATE: Matt is out of surgery and in recovery. We will update you with more information tomorrow morning. Thank you all for your thoughts. — Matt Tifft (@Matt_Tifft) July 2, 2016 Tifft was supposed to drive the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at Daytona International Speedway in Friday night's Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca - Cola but JGR announced early in the week that Tifft would not make the start as the 20-year-old will undergo surgery for removal of a low-grade glioma in the brain. David Ragan drove the No. 18 to the pole and the team kept Tifft's name above the door. Per JGR's announcement on Tuesday, the slow-growing tumor was found during treatment and evaluation for a recent disc condition in his back. Tifft is expected to undergo surgery and rehabilitation soon and once cleared by physicians is expected to return to racing. The release noted the JGR rookie is anxious to return to the race track as soon as possible. In six series starts this season, the driver has two top-10 finishes and earned the 21 Means 21 Pole Award at Talladega.