Flag drops on start of 2017 NASCAR season Sunday | Roger Diez

Flag drops on start of 2017 NASCAR season Sunday | Roger Diez

At one point, McMurray's vehicle bumped Kyle Busch, who maintained control but lost at least 10 spots and would fade to a 12th-place finish. She will start 12th in Thursday's second Can-Am Duel qualifying race, which will determine her starting position for Sunday. "You have meetings and media day and it's a insane couple of weeks in many ways".

"It's too emotional", Waltrip said Wednesday.

Daytona seemed like the flawless place to end his career.

Waltrip, 53, has no illusions.

Fans saw a throwback to days gone by last weekend, when the Advance Auto Parts Clash ran during daylight hours, as it had done in the early days, when it was the Busch Clash. It's not a track that you would think would suit my driving style a whole lot, because I'm the type that likes to ride right up by the wall, and MI has a pretty narrow groove right now because it just got repaved not too long ago. This place matters. It has been so good to him.

Next Race: Daytona 500, Sunday, 1 p.m., Daytona International Speedway, Fox TV. He is the son of Rural Retreat native Rene Cline Earnhardt and the grandson of racing icon Dale Earnhardt.

Will this finally be the year that Brad Keselowski breaks through and wins his first Daytona 500? I said that a little tongue and cheek yesterday, but I would definitely consider it. His four wins, two of which came in the February race, leads the active pack. Obviously, we faced a range of emotion that humans probably aren't created to face, and it happened in 10 seconds (in 2001). That's hard to think about.

There was guilt. Waltrip wrote about it in his 2011 autobiography In the Blink of an Eye.

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"I don't know what I could have done differently to defend that", Earnhardt said.

The reigning Daytona 500 victor has 29 career Cup victories and has been a stalwart of the Gibbs organization since cracking the circuit in 2005. I know what a result I can get by driving without fear, and I know what kind of result I can get if I have even a sliver of apprehension. "Certainly, if you made any driver pick one, they would pick this one [Daytona 500], so I'm thankful I have two of them".

He returned to that day in 2001. "It means a lot to our team - just a great way to start the season".

"I felt like after that Lap 25 caution, I'm not sure if it was how the lanes lined up, the lanes that opened up for us, that we were able to push our way up through there", Elliott said. "It looks like he just turned us, just like I thought". Everybody has that number. That was Dale's day.

The pole win was the third straight Daytona 500 pole for Elliott's crew chief Alan Gustafson (Jeff Gordon, 2015; Elliott 2016-17), tying the record set by Chase's uncle, Ernie Elliott (1985-87). Michael Waltrip 33. Joey Gase 34.

In 2017, drivers will get playoff points for things such as leading at the end of in-race stages and being atop the standings at the end of the regular season-an accomplishment long ignored in the era of NASCAR postseason. I've raced a lot.

"I would be at my elementary school in Kentucky, and my mom and dad would show up to get me on Wednesdays".

"We had a great shot to win a year ago before I made a bonehead move and let Junior get position on us, " said Hamlin, who also overcame a pit road penalty. If I start thinking about my safety and concerned about injury, it's time. I slept on the back up in the window. I love Daytona; I've been coming here since I was a kid, so every time we talk about coming to Daytona I get a big smile on my face.