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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.
Nos. 2, 4 teams penalized after violations at Phoenix
RELATED: Details on NASCAR's deterrence system NASCAR levied L1-level penalties against the No. 2 car of Team Penske and the No. 4 car of Stewart-Haas Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Wednesday following Sunday's race at Phoenix Raceway. The violation for the No. 2 car is detailed in sections 220.127.116.11.2 of the NASCAR Rule Book (post-race general inspection measurements), and driver Brad Keselowski's fifth-place finish in the Camping World 500 is encumbered, per section 12.10 of the NASCAR Rule Book. Meanwhile, the violation for the No. 4 car is detailed in sections 18.104.22.168 I-4 of the NASCAR Rule Book (track bar mount and supports) and driver Kevin Harvick's sixth-place finish at Phoenix is encumbered. As a result of the violation, No. 2 crew chief Paul Wolfe was fined $65,000 and suspended from the next three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points races. The team was assessed with the loss of 35 driver points and 35 owner points. Brian Wilson will serve as the No. 2 team's crew chief this weekend at Auto Club Speedway while the team "evaluates our approach relative to today's penalties," Team Penske said in a statement. Appearing on a Wednesday night edition of FS1's "NASCAR Race Hub," Keselowski discussed the impact of not having Wolfe atop the pit box and his history with Wilson. "Well, first off, my crew chief, Paul Wolfe, is an elite crew chief, and I feel really lucky to have him, " Keselowski told the program. "...To lose a guy like that, it definitely hurts. He's a great asset to our team, but this is one of those setbacks that I think every team faces and we're just going to have to get through it. It looks like it’s going to be a handful of races and we’ll do the best we can during that time. "The good thing about Brian Wilson is he comes from the XFINITY side as a crew chief who just won with Joey Logano at Las Vegas. But even before that, he was on the 2 team as the lead engineer, so a lot of knowledge and experience, and we look forward to working together with him." The No. 4 crew chief Rodney Childers was fined $25,000 and suspended from the next Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points race. The team was assessed with the loss of 10 driver and 10 team owner points. On Thursday morning, Stewart-Haas Racing officials said that the organization "has officially requested an appeal hearing regarding the penalties ... and have also requested a deferral of the penalties until the appeal process is complete." The appeal request means that Childers will be allowed to participate in this weekend's race activities at Auto Club. Team Penske also has the option to file an appeal to the National Motorsports Appeals Panel. As of Thursday morning, the team was still evaluating its options. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;g
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 .
Chase Elliott: 'Fifth is good , but not as well as we ran'
RELATED: Race recap " Results " Standings HAMPTON, Ga. -- A peach of a day was within the grasp of home-state favorite Chase Elliott at Atlanta Motor Speedway. A fast car, combined with a crucial late-race error by race dominator Kevin Harvick, had left the door open. Elliott rallied for a fifth-place finish in Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 , overcoming a mid-race, pit-road speeding penalty to work his way back into contention. But some unfortunate wheelspin on the final restart left him just shy of a breakthrough Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in his Georgia backyard. Harvick won both of the opening stages and led 292 of the 325 laps, but when he was pinched for speeding on pit road during the final caution period, the waiting room for contenders suddenly became much more crowded. Elliott, who ran second to him for a sizable portion of the 500 -mile distance, was first in the queue, but Brad Keselowski cut in line to grab his first win of the season. "It's nice to have a top five I guess, but man, we had an opportunity with Kevin having a problem," Elliott said after exiting the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet. "We weren't as good as him. I thought at times we were a little better than Brad, and ran second to Kevin the majority of the race. When a guy has trouble like that, it'd be nice to be able to capitalize on it. "You'd rather beat them outright if you have the opportunity, obviously, but you've got to capitalize on days like that. Fifth is good , but not as well as we ran." Before Harvick served his penalty, Elliott was poised to restart fifth. With Harvick sent to the back of the line and the running order adjusted, Elliott lined up fourth in the disadvantageous outside lane, which bogged him down to start the closing green-flag run. "Just a product of restarting fourth. … It was tough," Elliott said. "The outside lane, just coming to the restart boxes, is really slick. We saw it all weekend and I don't really have a good answer as to why that is. It just is. Made it tough on the guys up top." Elliott's week, packed with extracurricular activities and a bonus Camping World Truck Series start in his stomping grounds, had the markings of a special homecoming, but ended in disappointment for the second-straight weekend. The 21-year-old driver started from the pole position in the season-opening Daytona 500 and led the majority of the green-flag dash to the finish before running out of fuel with less than three laps remaining. MORE: Despite falling short, Elliott runs masterful race at Daytona Circumstances worked against Elliott again at Atlanta, but No. 24 crew chief Alan Gustafson said his team was able to take some solace in both strong showings to kick off the 2017 campaign. "It was an opportunity, so we made a couple of mistakes, and that's all it takes -- mistakes at inopportune times," Gustafson said. "The 2 (Keselowski) made mistakes, too, but they just made them early enough that they could overcome them. We were close to getting back on track with them, but didn't quite execute there at the end. Good day, solid day. I mean, there were a lot of positives out of the first two races. Just need to execute when the time is right there." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
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 .
From 1 to 600: Dale Jr.'s milestone memories
See where Dale Earnhardt Jr. made milestone starts Nos. 1, 100, 200, 300, 400 and 500 as he gets set to hit 600 in his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.
Daniel Suarez stars in first national television ad for Subway
BUY TICKETS: Celebrate Auto Club's 20th anniversary Daniel Suarez is debuting in his first national TV ad as a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver with sponsor Subway this weekend as the series wraps up its NASCAR Goes West swing at Auto Club Speedway. Suarez will drive the No. 19 Subway Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in Sunday's Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.) The accompanying television ad focuses on Suarez's drive and desire to reach the pinnacle of the sport, his path to get here and his competitive fire. "I came here to race," the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender says. "I came here to be better. Now, I stand here a challenger …" Get a sneak peek of the ad here: When Subway came on as a sponsor for Suarez earlier this year, the young star said, "I'm extremely grateful to Subway for their continuing sponsorship of our Joe Gibbs Racing team this year. I enjoy eating healthy, and Subway has always been my go-to choice to refuel my body when I'm on the road or at home. I'm looking forward to a great 2017 season in the Subway Toyota Camry." Subway is primary sponsor on Suarez's No. 19 ride for four Monster Energy Series races this season, including the May 28 Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte; the July 1 Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona; and the Oct. 15 Alabama 500 at Talladega.
No. 47 team's L1-level penalty from Atlanta upheld
RELATED: NASCAR levies L1-level penalties after Atlanta The National Motorsports Appeals Panel upheld penalties against the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing team that competes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series following a hearing Wednesday at NASCAR's Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina. JTG officials appealed L1-level penalties levied against the team, driver AJ Allmendinger and crew chief Randall Burnett following the March 5 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The penalties were the result of three unsecured lug nuts on the No. 47 Chevrolet found during post-race inspection and resulted in a loss of 35 championship driver and owner points and a $65,000 fine and three-race suspension for Burnett. The points loss dropped Allmendinger, who finished 26th at Atlanta, from 11th to 35th in the standings. Following last weekend's Phoenix race, he is now 31st in standings. RELATED: Details of the updated deterrence system Ernie Cope, the organization's director of competition, has served as interim crew chief during Burnett's suspension. Minimum penalty options for an L1-level infraction according to the NASCAR deterrence policy, consist of a deduction of 10 to 40 points, suspension of crew chief for 1-3 races, a fine of $25,000 to $75,000 as well as the team's finishing position being declared encumbered. Specific lug nut violations/penalties are: a $10,000 fine for one unsecured lug nut; $20,000 fine and one-race suspension of crew chief for two unsecured lug nuts; $65,000 fine, loss of 35 driver/owner points, three-race crew chief suspension and encumbered finishing position for three or more unsecured lug nuts. The panel consisted of Richard Gore, Bill Lester and Steve York. JTG Daugherty can appeal the panel’s decision to Bryan Moss, the National Motorsports Finals Appeals Officer, if it so chooses. JTG Daugherty Racing is located in Harrisburg, North Carolina. The organization fields two full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams featuring Allmendinger and the No. 37 team of Chris Buescher.