Denny Hamlin's Daytona 500-winning car right at home
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin will never forget winning the 2016 Daytona 500. And how could he, with that winning car residing in his living room?
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stage points
RELATED: Full stage lengths for every race " Race enhancements 101 The enhanced race format for 2017 provides drivers with additional opportunities to earn points throughout an event. Each race except the spring Charlotte race is comprised of three stages -- Stage 1, Stage 2 and the Final Stage. The Coca-Cola 600 adds a fourth stage. Drivers who finish in the top 10 in Stage 1 and Stage 2 earn additional race points, with the winner of each stage earning 10 points, second place earning nine points, third place earning eight points, etc., down to one point for 10th place. Stage 3 of the Coca-Cola 600 awards points in the same manner as Stages 1 and 2 in the other races. The Final Stage produces the race results and awards points across the field. Below is a cumulative running tally of how many stage points drivers have earned this year, as well as their stage wins -- stage wins will provide an additional bonus point per win for the postseason. Through Charlotte Note: Does not include points earned for the Can-Am Duels at Daytona
Fill-in-the-blank: Daytona 500
Can you believe it? -- Kurt Busch won the Daytona 500 25 cars finished the Daytona 500 A last-lap pass to decide the Daytona 500 The Monster Energy car in Victory Lane ! I've seen everything now. This was the -- wildest most recent best most entertaining Daytona 500 since -- the last Daytona 500 Clint Bowyer finished the race upside down and on fire that time Ward Burton won the race that time Trevor Bayne won the race This race had it all: -- a new Daytona 500 winner pit strategy fuel mileage Michael Waltrip finishing as the highest Toyota , -- teammates wrecking together on multiple occasions only odd-numbered cars finishing in the top 5 15 cars finishing on the lead lap Rob Gronkowski , and most of all, -- Brendan Gaughan six Daytona rookies 37 lead changes the winner only leading a single lap . I don't think anybody expected to see -- the Toyota teams crash together halfway through the race Tony Gibson celebrate boisterously Cole Whitt have a shot at winning the race like, three clean cars at the end of the race in total both Furniture Row cars pass inspection . I haven't seen anything that crazy since -- Trevor Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500 the pre-race grid walk Sterling Marlin tugged on his fender under the red flag Carl Edwards suddenly retired . And how about -- Michael Waltrip's final race Ryan Blaney's charge to the finish Denny Hamlin not speeding on pit road for one whole race Corey LaJoie making the race only to crash out early ! Unbelievable, right? He's such -- a millennial a good race car driver a disappointment an important part of the future of the sport . This was the first race with -- NASCAR's new stage-based race format Daniel Suarez Jimmie Johnson's beard Stewart-Haas Racing driving Fords Monster Energy as series title sponsor . It was a big change, which made me feel -- happy inside uncomfortable excited for the future optimistic , yet -- wondering how it would have been normally yearning for the past suspiciously thirsty missing Carl Edwards like Sterling Marlin with a fresh bag of Doritos . This Daytona 500 was also the first one -- with the five-minute post-crash clock in place without Greg Biffle to feature no Joe Gibbs Racing cars on the lead lap without a Labonte since 1978 , which makes me so -- confused frustrated nervous excited different inside ! I'm just glad this -- darn crash-filled Ford-dominated underdog-laden Brian Scott-less race didn't go too much longer than it did. After all, I've got to -- watch the Academy Awards change my preseason playoff picks watch how Ryan Blaney passed like 30 cars on the last lap figure out how Kevin Harvick is fourth in points weep alongside fellow Toyota fans watch the entire race again from the beginning in case something changes throw my Kevin Harvick 2017 Daytona 500 champion T-shirt in the trash figure out if Kyle Busch's segment win gets him closer to 200 career wins get this car fixed before my five minutes expires .
'American Ninja Warrior' filming at Daytona International Speedway
NBC's wild and wildly popular obstacle course show "American Ninja Warrior" is coming to the biggest stage in NASCAR, Daytona International Speedway, to film as part of Season 9. Daytona is a true modern motorsports stadium and will now serve as a proving ground not only for race car drivers but also for athletes in city qualifying and city finals rounds for the show. Competitors who make it out of the finals course will move on to the national finals rounds in Las Vegas with a chance at a $1 million prize. "We're excited to serve as a host location for the filming of 'American Ninja Warrior' and add another new event to an already busy schedule," Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. "We're thrilled to welcome the competitors to the world's only motorsports stadium and provide an electric atmosphere as individuals attempt to navigate these challenging obstacles. To succeed, they are going to need strength, speed and perseverance, very similar to what we see on the high banks of the Speedway." The TV tapings will begin each night at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET in between the Axalta and Chevrolet Injectors at the speedway. There will be two different sessions for each night of taping, both of which are available for guests to view. To sign up for free tickets to attend the event, visit http://on-camera-audiences.com/shows/American_Ninja_Warrior . The qualifying episode filmed at Daytona will air June 26, and the city finals will air Aug. 7. The only remaining question is whether "Stenja" will compete again. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who is a fan of the show along with girlfriend and fellow racer Danica Patrick, competed in 2016. MORE: @nascarcasm Q&A with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -- aka "Stenja"
Daytona test to serve as innovative look at potential future
BUY TICKETS: Buy tickets for Daytona and all 2017 races Liftoff panels, ride heights and aero ducts will be on the menu today at Daytona International Speedway as NASCAR and Goodyear officials, along with five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams, begin a two-day test at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. Erik Jones (Furniture Row Racing Toyota), Alex Bowman (Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet), Joey Logano (Team Penske Ford), Danica Patrick (Stewart-Haas Racing Ford) and Ryan Newman (Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet) are scheduled to take part in the program. "We've got three bodies of work we're going to try to do," Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR Senior Vice President Innovation and Racing Development, told NASCAR.com. "Once we learn from that, we take the best solution and that will go into the Goodyear test (on Wednesday)." Simulation and wind tunnel testing have shown that liftoff panels, which are installed underneath the rear of the car, can further reduce the likelihood of liftoff by a vehicle on the track. But what officials don't know, Stefanyshyn said, is "when we put cars together (out on the track), will it screw up the racing?" "We have two versions of the liftoff panel," he said. "We know they both work. Is there one that's better for racing? They could both hurt the racing and if that's the case, we'll scratch it." If it doesn't hamper the quality of competition, work in that area will continue, likely with a battery of additional tests in the wind tunnel before such changes would be implemented for competition. MORE: Evolution of track repave on display at Texas
Episode 1: Daytona 500, Oscars, Puking, Monster Girls and Predictions
WARNING: 'This podcast contains strong language and mature content.' On the first episode of the Glass Case of Emotion podcast, Ryan Blaney, Kim Coon, and Charles Bush discuss topics surrounding the Daytona 500 week, both on and off the track.
Race Rewind: The Daytona 500 in 15
Relive all the excitement from the 'Great American Race' that saw Kurt Busch win his first Daytona 500.
Tony Gibson 1-on-1: Daytona 500-winning crew chief on his future
Jonathan Merryman talks to crew chief Tony Gibson about getting to the top and his future now that he has a Daytona 500 title with Kurt Busch on his resume.
Hamlin's 2016 Daytona 500-winning car comes home -- literally
Denny Hamlin's 2016 Daytona 500-winning car had been on display for the past year in Daytona , but now the car has come home -- quite literally. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver tweeted a photo Thursday night of the car safely tucked away in his house -- yes, you are reading that correctly. In his house. She made it home.. can't thank @JoeGibbsRacing @FedEx @ToyotaRacing for letting me keep this history making car. Thank you!! pic.twitter.com/mHjNbZnSBn — Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) March 31, 2017 Hamlin also identified the other cars pictured for an inquisitive mind on Twitter. @dennyhamlin @JoeGibbsRacing @FedEx @ToyotaRacing Is that your rookie Bud Shootout winning car in the back? — Jamie Mac Updates (@JMacUpdates1) March 31, 2017 Yes sir. First ever stock car in the middle of the 2. https://t.co/mhfMXzgqFt — Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) March 31, 2017
Daytona 500: Young drivers show skill and fire
BUY TICKETS: See the races in Atlanta Young drivers recap from Daytona
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