Pete Hamilton wins the 1970 Daytona 500
Driving the blue Petty Enterprises Plymouth Superbird, Pete Hamilton won the 1970 Daytona 500 . See the thrilling action unfold in vintage video.
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 .
The ring's the thing: Kurt Busch explains how Daytona 500 prize ended up back with him
Kurt Busch explains how he gave his Daytona 500 ring to Tony Stewart and how there was a mishap that saw it end up back in his possession.
Best in-car audio from the Daytona 500
Take a listen to all the action from the Daytona 500 , including Kurt Busch's first 500 win, and the wreck that took Dale Earnhardt Jr. out of the running.
Ryan Blaney relives his last lap at the Daytona 500
During his new weekly podcast on NASCAR.com 'Glass Case of Emotion,' Ryan Blaney describes what it was like to be in contention to win the Daytona 500 .
Pete Hamilton passes away at age 74
RELATED: Every Daytona 500 winner in history NASCAR driver Pete Hamilton, who won the 1970 Daytona 500 driving for Petty Enterprises, passed away Wednesday. He was 74. Hamilton won four times during a career that spanned six seasons and included 64 starts in what is now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He won the series' Rookie of the Year title in 1968. NASCAR issued a statement on Hamilton's passing Wednesday afternoon that read: NASCAR extends its deepest condolences to the friends and family of Pete Hamilton. Hamilton’s career may seem relatively brief at first glance, but a careful study of the gentleman racer makes it abundantly clear that Hamilton achieved excellence during his extraordinary tenure in NASCAR. Hamilton captured the NASCAR National Sportsman championship in 1967, the premier series Rookie of the Year Award in 1968 and an abundance of victories throughout a variety of NASCAR-sanctioned series. But, of course, he will be remembered most fondly for his stirring victory in the 1970 Daytona 500 while driving for the iconic Petty Enterprises race team. And for that, his legend will live forever. A native of Massachusetts, Hamilton earned three of his four wins while driving for the Randleman, North Carolina-based Petty organization. Both seven-time champion Richard Petty and Maurice Petty issued statements on Hamilton's passing. Richard Petty said: "We ran two cars in 1970, and Plymouth helped introduce us to Pete. They wanted us to run a second car with him on the bigger tracks. 'Chief' (Maurice Petty) led that car and started in the Daytona 500 . Pete and 'Chief' won the race, and it was a big deal. Pete won both Talladega races that year. It was great to have Pete as part of the team. He was a great teammate. We send our prayers to his family." Maurice Petty, who ran the team, said: "Pete was as fast as anyone on the superspeedways in 1970. We had support from Plymouth to run two Superbirds, and they connected us with Pete Hamilton. He was a good match for us, and we won three races together. I enjoyed being around him and will miss him." While Hamilton was competitive on tracks of all sizes, he excelled on the series' largest speedways with his wins coming at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. His Daytona 500 win came in his 21st career start and featured a late-race battle with David Pearson. In addition to driving for Petty Enterprises, NASCAR Hall of Fame car owner Cotton Owens as well as Banjo Matthews fielded cars for Hamilton during his brief career.
Fill-in-the-blank: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
What a race! It's ridiculous scary uncomfortable just plain silly how many drivers got busted for speeding on pit road Sunday. Why don't they just go slower try not to play games with the timing lines ignore the black flag push opponent cars so they're speeding, too ? The biggest least surprising most unfortunate most unexpected story, of course, was how Kyle Larson Kevin Harvick totally gave the race away after being in position to win winning the first two race stages I got this tattoo in celebration of a sure-fire win speeding on pit road losing the race late at Daytona , too . I thought for sure that Kyle Larson Kevin Harvick tire strategy Richard Petty himself was going to triumph in the end, but I'm not upset with Brad Keselowski winning Harvick leading the points Clint Bowyer's performance seeing Cole Whitt in playoff contention ! Kyle Larson Kevin Harvick Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chase Elliott Jeff Gordon Darrell Waltrip is such a good driver millennial bright future star terrific commentator that I don't even care that he's not locked into the playoffs Jeffrey Earnhardt is only 5 points behind Dale Jr. Gray Gaulding's engine blew Dale Jr. won't retweet me for my birthday bees are dying at an alarming rate . Now, it sounds like Atlanta Motor Speedway Richard Childress Racing Kevin Harvick the No. 47 team the No. 22 team every driver is having second thoughts about repaving that worn-out surface how to install car batteries pit road speed how to tighten lugnuts . I certainly hope that's the case that's not the case NASCAR steps in I'm right Dale Jr. wins the next 34 races things change nothing changes , at least. For the second race in a row, Kyle Larson nearly won Kevin Harvick won Stage 2 Kevin Harvick led the most laps a Ford scored the victory Stewart-Haas Racing performed well Joe Gibbs Racing drivers struggled . If I were in that position, I would have won the race instead of Brad Keselowski tried harder to win the race switched my team to Ford, too tried to lead more laps flown the American flag for 500 miles, not just on the Victory Lap spun out because I'm not a race car driver . Time will only tell what happens next, when NASCAR Goes West Harvick goes for his third consecutive Stage 2 win I apply for JTG Daugherty Racing's likely new tire changer position Ford goes for three in a row RCR reverses its battery strategy Austin Dillon finally makes it to pit road after losing battery power Jamie McMurray tries to pass the entire field on a restart I get arrested for calling 911 to Kevin Harvick's house because I said he was choking try to talk my way out of a speeding ticket by blaming pit road timing lines I let another shopper in front of me in line at the Target checkout .
Truex eager for Daytona 500 after 2016 near miss
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! " 2016 Daytona race recap TAMPA -- Maybe it was appropriate that Martin Truex Jr . made a preseason appearance to promote the upcoming Daytona 500 at a National Hockey League game this week between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Los Angeles Kings. The oh-so-slight 0.010-second margin of victory between Truex and the 2016 Daytona 500 trophy is kind of like losing a hockey game on a final-second slap shot. That fast. That close. But when Truex arrived in Florida on Tuesday night he said he is more energized than ever about his chances to hoist NASCAR's most famous race trophy in the Feb. 26 Daytona 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.) Truth be told, the Furniture Row Racing driver has been thinking about the Daytona green flag since October of last year, when an engine failure at Talladega cost him a shot at the 2016 championship. RELATED: Truex picks up offseason internship at FOX "I always look forward to coming down here," Truex said. "When you get to Florida, you're like, 'This is nice.' " Thank you from @MartinTruex_Jr for following along today on this stop of the #ROADTODAYTONA500 at the @TBLightning game! pic.twitter.com/n4eDllcBH0 — Daytona IntlSpeedway (@DISupdates) February 8, 2017 As for the Daytona 500 , Truex remains as much encouraged as disappointed about last year's near-miss. Truex has collected two of his three top-10 Daytona 500 showings in just the last two years while driving for Furniture Row. Last year's runner-up finish to fellow Toyota driver Denny Hamlin was the closest margin of victory since the race began using electronic timing and scoring -- and it came in Truex's Furniture Row Racing team's debut with Toyota and its first year of a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing . "I don't think I've raced it any differently, really," Truex said." Two years ago I would say, I probably raced it like I had in the past, but this past year I definitely had more teammates than I've had before. "That made things a lot different. It's something I'll have to get used to, but we really worked together well in that race. "It's just one of those things where everything -- all the cards -- fell in our favor in last year's Daytona 500 . We raced well together, made good decisions to help each other. It just all worked out for us. It'll be hard to repeat that for sure." Any growing pains or natural concerns about the manufacturer shift were quickly shelved following Truex's impressive Daytona showing. What learning curve? He was driving and succeeding as if he and the team had been competing with Toyota horsepower for years. Truex reeled off a top 10 the next week at Atlanta (seventh) and an 11th at Phoenix the week after that. The team established itself as a frontrunner at the start of the 2016 season. And it ultimately proved to be a legitimate championship contender. "I think we weren't real sure and thought it might take a while for the transition and to get everything running smoothly," Truex said of the 2016 manufacturer change. "And then right out of the box we were strong and that really continued as we went to Atlanta, Phoenix, Vegas all those places. It was definitely an eye-opener for me, just to see the job the team did and how awesome it was working out already. "It definitely got me fired up for the season and feeling good about what we were going to have for the rest of the year." WATCH: Truex Jr. says of Daytona , 'It hurts a little bit' With good reason. Truex scored his first victory of the year in a historic performance in the longest race of the season, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in late May. After winning the pole position, Truex led 392 of the 400 laps – the most dominant showing in the storied history of the Memorial Day weekend event. He answered that with victory in another of the sport's most tradition-rich races, the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway during Labor Day weekend. He won two more times (at Chicago and Dover) in the next four races – playoff events, no less. " Daytona does set the tone for the season," Truex said. "You can obviously overcome a bad Daytona but you know, just to have that confidence in what you did and what you worked on all winter long as a group and have it pay off right out of the gate was very rewarding and a template we can continue to use." An engine problem at Talladega –- after winning the pole position –- came three weeks after Truex's Dover victory, however. It ultimately ended the team's robust championship hopes and eliminated him from further Chase contention. As the No. 78 Toyota sat in the Talladega garage that sunny afternoon -- parked only 41 laps into the 192-lap race -- Truex made peace with the misfortune. It had been the winningest season in his 11-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career and gave him and the sport's only Colorado-based team great confidence going forward. But Truex did concede this week that since that disappointing October afternoon, he has thought often about taking the first green flag of the 2017 season. "We knew our season was over at that point," Truex said. "We had a chance to win some races after that but didn't, so that was disappointing. Since then, it's been like, 'All right, didn't happen that year, so we'll have to get after it the next year.' And here we are, just a couple weeks away and everyone's ready to go." RELATED: Full schedule for Daytona Speedweeks For Truex and his team, that first Daytona 500 win feels a mere photo-finish away. " Daytona is just a tough place," Truex said. "It's one of those races where anything can happen, as a restrictor plate race. I've had some unfortunate things happen over the years. The last two years we've really had fast race cars and that's helped us stay out of trouble and stay up towards the front. And that's really where you want to be. "It's kind of right place, right time and having fast race cars and hopefully we'll be able to do that again this year. "We'll see if we can improve one spot from last year; that's the plan." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
How the Daytona 500 field is set for the 2017 race
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! The Daytona 500 is a unique event in many ways, including how the 40-car field is set for this year's race (Sunday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). There are two days that carry the most significance in how the field is set. The first is Sunday, Feb. 19 when two rounds of single-car qualifying will take place starting at 3:10 p.m. ET (FOX). The second is Thursday, Feb. 23 when the Can-Am Duel races take place, starting at 7 p.m. ET (FS1). Here are more details: SINGLE-CAR QUALIFYING Programming info for single-car qualifying When: Sunday, Feb. 19 Where: Daytona International Speedway TV: FOX Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio What is the format? This event will determine the front row (spots 1 and 2) for the Daytona 500 . There will be two rounds of single-car qualifying, with the 12 fastest cars in Round 1 advancing to Round 2. There will be a 10-minute break between rounds, and cars will make their Round 2 run based on Round 1 times (slowest going first, fastest last). The fastest time in Round 2 will be the Coors Light Pole Award winner for the Daytona 500 . The second-fastest time in Round 2 will earn the other spot on the front row for the Daytona 500 . The pole winner will start first in the first Can-Am Duel race on Thursday. The other front-row driver will start first in the second Can-Am Duel race. The rest of the field will line up for Thursday's Can-Am Duels based on qualifying time, with odd-numbered finishers lining up in the first Duel, and even-numbered finishers lining up for the second Duel. CAN-AM DUELS Programming info for the Can-Am Duels When: Thursday, Feb. 23 Where: Daytona International Speedway TV: FS1 Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio What is the format ? The Can-Am Duels will determine spots 3-38 in the Daytona 500 grid. With 36 Charter teams entered in the race, two of these spots will be filled by the top Open car in each Duel race. The qualifiers from the first Duel will line up on the inside row in the Daytona 500 depending upon their finish in Duel 1. The qualifiers from the second Duel will line up on the outside row for the Daytona 500 depending upon their result in Duel 2. The remaining two spots on the Daytona 500 grid will be awarded to the top Open teams from Sunday's qualifying that are still left (i.e. didn't qualify through the Duels). In review : - Two spots (front row) determined by Sunday's qualifying. - Spots 3-38 determined by results of Duels races. - Spots 39, 40 go to the top Open cars remaining. - That's a total of 40 cars for Sunday's race (36 Charter cars, 4 Open cars). &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
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