Two weeks at Daytona International Speedway produced a great kickoff to the 2014 season. With storylines galore and intense racing throughout Speedweeks, it was truly a special start to the season. Despite the fact that NASCAR is racing at Phoenix this weekend, most people continue to talk about all that went on in Daytona. The Trackside Duo still has Daytona on their mind as well, so this week they discuss their five biggest moments from Speedweeks 2014. (more…)
There is rarely a moment in NASCAR when everyone is pleased at one time. For fans, drivers, media, and NASCAR personnel to all be happy about an outcome of a certain race is so rare, we hardly ever think about it. I mean all of NASCAR agreeing on something sounds like a joke, right? We certainly never imagined it happening. However, I believe on Sunday Night, we all felt a little joy for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Emotions ran high at the end of the 56th Annual Daytona 500 as Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored his first victory in the race since 2004. It had been a long ten years since he last won in 2004. The years were filled with plenty of close finishes, but Earnhardt Jr. could never close the deal. That all changed Sunday Night as Earnhardt Jr. held off a storming pack in route to victory lane. (more…)
- Austin Dillon (#3)
- Martin Truex Jr. (#78)*
- Matt Kenseth (#20)
- Denny Hamlin (#11)
- Kasey Kahne (#5) (more…)
The word ‘undefeated’ rarely comes up in NASCAR. Winning two straight races is an extremely hard task to accomplish, but Denny Hamlin has followed in Kevin Harvick’s footsteps and has done just that during SpeedWeeks. Hamlin opened up SpeedWeeks by winning the Sprint Unlimited and now he is two-for-two at Daytona with his victory in the second Budweiser Duel. (more…)
A very competitive first Budweiser Duel ended with Matt Kenseth beating Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne out by a nose. Kenseth earned the third starting spot for Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Austin Dillon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kenseth were the leaders throughout the race. Dillon led early, then Earnhardt Jr. led for the middle portion of the race, and Kenseth led just about the entire second half. (more…)
A special story. It’s what we all like to see. Seeing a driver win the Daytona 500 who deserves the victory will leave everyone smiling at the conclusion of the race. When Trevor Bayne won in 2011, it was hard not to be happy for the kid. He had taken an underdog team compared to the bigger organizations and brought them the ultimate glory. He had also revived the Wood Brothers and put them back in victory lane, something they viewed as a long shot heading into the day. That race is considered one of the best Daytona 500’s we have ever seen. Why? The outcome told the tale of a historic team and underdog driver defeating the odds and winning the biggest race of the season.
This Sunday brings opportunity for another feel-good story to emerge. The chance for an underdog to take victory is present, but there are a few high-profile drivers who could generate a special story equivalent to one of an underdog. Drivers I believe have the potential to do that on Sunday include Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Austin Dillon, and Greg Biffle. (more…)
As teams prepare for Thursday’s Budweiser Duel Races, Wednesday’s practices got rather wild. Two major wrecks in the first Sprint Cup Series practice sessions left just over a half a dozen teams unloading backup cars. The first wreck was fairly calm compared to the second one which left Parker Kligerman upside down on the frontstretch. All drivers were okay, but their cars, the catch fence, and SAFER barriers were not. (more…)
Catch the Budweiser Duel Qualifying Races on Thursday, February 20th and see who can race their way into the Great American Race. The night of racing kicks off at 7 ET and can be seen on FOX Sports 1.
Budweiser Duel #1
- Austin Dillon (#3)
- Greg Biffle (#16)
- Ryan Newman (#31)
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (#88)
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (#17) (more…)
Austin Dillon had the fastest car during Pre-Season Testing in January and he once again has a quick machine for the Daytona 500. Dillon took the pole on Sunday for the 56th Annual Daytona 500. Dillon was able to hold off Martin Truex Jr. and beat out Roush-Fenway teammates Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards for the pole. (more…)