Race Weekend Update
Daytona Qualifying Fast Facts:
#24-Chase Elliott won the Coors Light Pole Award for the The 59th Annual Daytona 500 with a lap of 46.663 seconds, 192.872 mph.
This is his third pole in 42 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2017.
This is his second Daytona 500 pole (2016-2017) in three races at Daytona International Speedway.
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2017 and his 23rd in 35 races at Daytona International Speedway.
#2-Brad Keselowski (third) posted his third top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway.
#13-Ty Dillon (12th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Alan Gustafson, crew chief for Chase Elliott, posted his third consecutive Daytona 500 pole (Jeff Gordon, 2015; Chase Elliott, 2016-2017) tieing the record Ernie Elliott set in 1985-1987.
Chase Elliott becomes the fifth driver in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history to win consecutive Daytona 500 poles joining Fireball Roberts, Buddy Baker, Bill Elliott and Ken Schrader.
Chase and Bill Elliott are the fourth father-son duo to win the Daytona 500 pole joining Richard and Kyle Petty, Bobby and Davey Allison and Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr.; the Elliott's are the first father-son duo to win consecutive Daytona 500 poles.(NASCAR Statistics)(2-19-2017)
Annual Advance Auto Parts Clash - Race Fast Facts:
#22-Joey Logano won the The 39th Annual Advance Auto Parts Clash, his first victory in the preseason event. In nine starts in the Advance Auto Parts Clash Logano has posted one win (2017), four top fives and six top 10s.
This is the third Advance Auto Parts Clash victory for Team Penske - Joey Logano (2017), Kurt Busch (2011) and Rusty Wallace (1998).
#18-Kyle Busch (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in the Advance Auto Parts Clash.
#88-Alex Bowman (third) posted his first top-10 finish in the Advance Auto Parts Clash.
#19-Daniel Suarez (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie.
#10-Danica Patrick finished fourth in the Advance Auto Parts Clash - the highest finish by a female driver in the event - previous best was Patrick's 10th-place finish in 2010.(NASCAR Statistics)(2-19-2017)
NASCAR Expands Concussion Protocol: NASCAR announced updates to its concussion protocol for competitors, adding a consistent screening tool for all venues and increasing available neurological support for race event weekends through its new partnership with AMR.
NASCAR's protocol now includes:
- As part of the new rule regarding damaged vehicles, a driver whose car sustains damage from an accident or contact of any kind and goes behind the pit wall or to the garage is required to visit the Infield Care Center to be evaluated.
- The medical portion of NASCAR's Event Standards now require that Infield Care Center physicians incorporate the SCAT-3 diagnostic tool in screening for head injuries.
- AMR will provide on-site neurological consultative support at select NASCAR events during the 2017 season and will work directly with NASCAR in the continued development of concussion protocol.
The new protocol goes into effect immediately for all NASCAR national series.(NASCAR)(2-17-2017)
NEXT RACE: The Daytona 500 kicks off the 2017 season this Sunday, Feb. 26. Catch it LIVE on FOX at 11 a.m. PT.
NEXT RACE: The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series hits the track in Arizona this weekend at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz. Catch it on FS1 on Sunday at 3 p.m. PT.
VISOR CAM: JR HILDEBRAND AT SONOMA
Ed Carpenter Racing conducted a private test at Sonoma Raceway on Feb. 14, but allows this sneak peek with a visor cam of laps turned by JR Hildebrand in the No. 21 Chevrolet. Keep an eye on the G-force loading as Hildebrand negotiates the twists, turns and elevation changes on the road course. VIDEO: http://www.indycar.com/Videos/2017/02/02-19-Visor-cam-Hildebrand-Sonoma