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.
Oral-B USA 500 entry list
See which drivers will compete in the Sprint Cup Series' 25th race of the season
Stats advance: Analyzing the Oral-B USA 500
A stat-based look ahead to the Sprint Cup Series stop at Atlanta
Best in-car audio from the Oral-B USA 500
From a loose squirrel to a dust up between Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr., these are the best in-car audio highlights from Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Ryan Newman, Oral-B support Phoenix veterans
Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contender supports Oral-B 'Built in the USA' campaign
Junior reflects on first race, more ahead of milestone 600th start
BUY TICKETS: Celebrate Auto Club's 20th anniversary MORE: See where Junior's lining up for 600th start FONTANA, Calif. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. will make his 600th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start Sunday at Auto Club Speedway. And for all the glory, trophies and adoration, his two-time Daytona 500 winning career hasn't necessarily been as NASCAR's most popular driver imagined it to be. Earnhardt's initial motives were simpler and his goals modest. But he's enjoying the long ride and the achievement and respect he's accumulated in 18 full-time seasons on NASCAR's main stage. "I just wanted to drive," Earnhardt said of the milestone. "I wanted to race cars for a living. I wanted to do it well enough to be able to afford to make a living doing it. "I didn't have vision or assume that I was going to make all of the money and success that we have made, but all I really wanted to do was to do it long enough so I didn’t have to get a real job. I mean that as sincere as I can. I'm real thrilled that I've had the opportunity to stay around and drive for some really great teams. Some really awesome owners. Worked with a lot of amazing crew chiefs and crew members." Earnhardt, who missed the second half of the 2016 season recovering from concussion symptoms, returned to competition this year more grateful for the opportunity and with perhaps a different perspective. MORE: Dale Jr.: 'I feel really good' He acknowledged Friday in California that he has had preliminary talks with team owner Rick Hendrick about extending his contract with the championship organization. Earnhardt has maintained that he wanted to see how he felt behind the wheel again before committing to a contract process. "We have had some discussions about planning to get together," Earnhardt said. "It's not something I put on the shelf for sure. We are getting closer and closer. "I have done some things that I really think have (given) me a lot of confidence in the car and in my ability to continue to race and so … yeah, I'm not in any hurry to sit down and have those discussions, but we have been chit-chatting a little bit about what we need to go ahead and start heading in that direction." As for the weekend's important milestone, only Matt Kenseth has more (618) starts among active drivers. And despite the large number, Earnhardt concedes there are typically a few he hears about most -- and he gets it. "They talk about wins," Earnhardt said of his fans. " 'I was at Daytona when you won in '04, I was at Daytona when you won in '14, I was at the All-Star race when you won or I've watched every race you've ran.' You know you hear … really, they remember the moments on the track more than anything. And I do the same thing. "I think back about the wins and maybe not even the wins, some races are really fun and satisfactory, but you are the only one that will remember them because you ran third or fifth or something like that and they are kind of obscure in most people's minds. "I think about winning the All-Star race as a rookie, just how fortunate we were to do that. Winning the Daytona 500 twice. I didn't know that I would even win it once and everything that has happened. The list goes on and on." Despite the success -- the Daytona 500 wins, the dramatic Daytona summer race win in 2001 following his father's death in that year's Daytona 500 , the All-Star race win, the streak of four consecutive Talladega trophies -- Earnhardt humbly and vividly remembers the first of his 599 starts. "My first Cup race? I was really nervous," Earnhardt said. "I remember sitting on the starting grid or sitting in qualifying for the race and telling (then crew chief) Tony (Eury) Jr. that I would switch with him for a million dollars so he could do this instead of me because I was scared to death. "Just they had made such a big deal about that whole thing." And to think, that was only the beginning of the making of a superstar, the most popular driver -- a talent that earned his place in the record books. And in hearts. &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
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.
Snapshot: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
RELATED: NASCAR 101: Format fast facts " Complete starting lineup At a Glanc e What: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Where: Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1.54-mile tri-oval in Hampton, Ga. Green flag: 2:46 p.m. ET TV/Radio: FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Forecast: Sunny with a high near 65. Light east wind becoming southeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning. National anthem: Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project Grand Marshal: Ty Pennington, star of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" Race distance: 325 laps, 500 .5 miles Pit road speed: 45 mph Caution car speed: 55 mph Stage lengths: Stage 1 ends on Lap 85, Stage 2 ends on Lap 170, Final Stage scheduled to end on Lap 325 &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
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 .
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