Auto Club 400 Race Chat Room 

Late post guys. Sorry. It’s been crazy. Thanks to Buck for the reminder 

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‘Kobalt Tools 400’ Race Chat Room

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Friday, March 10
2 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1
3:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1
4 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1
6 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS2
7 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS2
7:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS2

Saturday, March 11

Noon, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1
1 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1
2 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1
2:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1
3:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay: XFINITY, FS1
4 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Boyd Gaming 300, FS1
6:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Post-Race Show, FS1

Sunday, March 12

1:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1
3:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Kobalt 400, FOX
9:30 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1

Rearview Mirror: 2017 Folds of Honor 500

Rough day for the Nationwide NO. 88 at Atlanta

Atlanta did not go the way we all had hoped for our driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale had a surprisingly good qualifying run that put him 12th to start the race but once the green flag dropped, something seemed a little off. The NO. 88 immediately fell back a few spots to P15 with a seemingly bad handling race car that was just all over the place especially in the middle of the turns. Dale was specifically saying that the 50%-60% mark was where he needed help with more grip.

After falling back to P15, Earnhardt Jr. was able to get it back to P13 by working the top of turns 1 and 2 and the bottom of turns 3 and 4. The first green flag pit stop of the day took place around lap 35 and that’s where his trouble started. Dale was caught for speeding coming into pit road in multiple segments of pit lane so a drive through penalty was assessed. The NO. 88 went a lap down as a result, but thankfully the race was still in its early going and the possibility of recovering with the lucky dog or wave around at the end of the first stage was a possibility … until trouble struck again. While improving his position to P25 and only a few more cars to pass to get into the lucky dog spot, Dale had a tire go down that forced him to make an unscheduled pit stop. This was the nail in the coffin for Dale and the Nationwide team as they were never able to recover; floating around P30 and as far back as P34 and multiple laps down.

Despite being completely out of contention and multiple laps down, Dale did say over the team radio that we was still having a good time and was simply enjoying being back behind the wheel. Better days will come for sure. Sunday was just another one of those days that we have known all too well over the years as Junior fans. Yesterday’s kind of race used to actually get me down and ruin my Sunday’s because I wanted Dale to just simply run well and fight for a win. But after last years serious concussion injury and the possibility looming of him never being able to get back in a race car, we can’t take his competitive days for granted anymore. We must enjoy every race day that he’s healthy and on the racetrack, even when the day goes sour.

Dale tweeted this after the race and I think it solidly summarizes exactly how I feel and how I think we should all feel in Jr. Nation –

It wasn’t the best afternoon, but I’m so happy to be back with these guys here! Win or lose, we stick together. @nationwide88

‘2017 Folds of Honor 500’ Race Chat Room

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ALL TIMES EST

Friday, March 3
10 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1
11 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, FS1
Noon, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1
1:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1
2:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, FS1
3:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS1
4:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FS1
5:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1

Saturday, March 4

9 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1
10:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS1
Noon, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1
1:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay: XFINITY, FS1
2 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Rinnai 250, FS1
4:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Active Pest Control 200, FS1
6:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Post-Race Show, FS1

Sunday, March 5

2 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FOX Pre-Race Show, FOX
2:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip  500, FOX
11 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1

 

Rearview Mirror: 2017 Daytona 500

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A great car but a disappointing result for the NO. 88. Onto Atlanta!

We’re going to be trying something a little different this year. The ‘Rearview Mirror’ is essentially our post race discussion thread that will lead us into our next ‘Race Chat Room’. The ‘Rearview Mirror’ will be posted the morning following every Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Pretty simple, right? We’ll continue to do what we do best, posting NASCAR news we find around the web and discussing those topics.

‘Daytona 500’ Race Chat Room

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The wait is over! The start of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is finally here with the 59th Running of the Daytona 500, and the 69th season of NASCAR racing! As we all know there are some big changes with the race formats this year, so it will be interesting to see it all play out for the first time today.

But more importantly, this is the return of our fan favorite to NASCAR racing, Dale Earnhardt Jr.. After being out for the second half of the 2016 season due to a concussion, he is back and is as ready as ever to go racing. He will be starting second and going for his third victory in the Great American Race.

The Daytona 500 can be watched LIVE on your local FOX network.

LIVE Leaderboard can be found at NASCAR.com

Green Flag at about 2:31 PM EST / 1:31 PM CST / 12:31 PM MST / 11:31 AM PST

‘Speedweeks 2017: Daytona 500 Practices, Truck Race, Xfinity Race’ MEGA Race Chat Room

Dale Jr. will start 2nd for the Daytona 500

Keep your conversations here throughout the race weekend until the big Daytona 500 Race Chat Room goes LIVE late Saturday night!

The trucks take the green flag Friday night LIVE on FS1. Xfinity starts its season with 5 JRM cars taking the green flag on Saturday afternoon also LIVE on FS1.

Sprinkled inbetween those two events are a bunch of practice sessions for the Daytona 500 which will air LIVE on FS1.

FRIDAY, FEB. 24:

ON TRACK
— Noon-12:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series first practice, FS1 (Follow live)
— 1-1:55 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 practice, FS1 (Follow live)
— 2-2:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS1 (Follow live)
— 3-3:55 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 practice, FS1 (Follow live)
— 4:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying (single vehicle/two rounds), FS1 (Follow live)
— 7:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 (100 laps, 250 miles), FS1 (Follow live)

PRESS CONFERENCES (Watch live)
— 11 a.m.: Team Penske
— 11:30 a.m.: Team Chevrolet and owners (Jim Campbell, of Chevrolet, U.S. VP, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports; Richard Childress of Richard Childress Racing; Chip Ganassi of Chip Ganassi Racing; and Rick Hendrick of Hendrick Motorsports)
— 10 p.m. (approximately): Post-NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race

GARAGECAM (Watch live)
— 11:30 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series
— 12:30 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

SATURDAY, FEB. 25:

ON TRACK
— 10:30 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Qualifying (single vehicle/two rounds), FS1 (Follow live)
— 12:30-1:55 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 final practice, FS1 (Follow live)
— 3:30 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Powershares QQQ 300 (120 laps, 300 miles), FS1 (Follow live)

‘Can-Am Duels’ Race Chat Room

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Chase Elliott and Dale Jr. starting 1st and 2nd for the Daytona 500

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be starting first in his Duel race with his 2nd starting spot guaranteed for the Daytona 500 alongside repeat pole sitter Chase Elliott who will take the green flag in the first Duel race.

Weather will be interesting as scattered storms are in the forecast, but the keyword here is “scattered”, it will be interesting whether or not rain will significantly effect these two races. NASCAR VP Steve O’Donnell stated that if the races tonight are rained out then they will take place sometime Friday.

Race coverage begins at 7:00 PM EST on FS1 with the LIVE Leaderboard and NASCAR Drive located at NASCAR.com for companion viewing options.

‘Daytona 500 Qualifying’ Race Chat Room

 

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Dale Jr. is looking for his second career Daytona 500 pole today in Kroger Qualifying for the Daytona 500. Jr. was 11th quick in yesterday’s marathon 4 hour qualifying practice session. The Clash made it clear that you need to be close to the front to have a chance at victory. It’ll be key that Dale Jr. qualifies in the top 15 or top 10 for a solid chance at victory on Thursday and Sunday.

Coverage is LIVE on your local FOX Network at 3 PM EST.

LIVE Leaderboard can be found at NASCAR.com