‘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

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108 thoughts on “‘Daytona 500’ Race Chat Room

  1. Alucard, I don’t see myself competent to speak to that level of performance elements so I wont go there. I see improvement in HMS Power. I would assume this improvement is more a function of Mr H having a ” Come to Jesus” discussion with the HMS engineers/management…. I saw HMS past performances issues as a result of JGR’s stealing staff from HMS, thus leaving HMS without the knowledge base they have always depended on… Now Mr H is back, he has rebuilt his knowledge base and HMS is back…. Granted, HMS is not perfect, HMS has work to do in the aireo issues and Pit Crew staff yet to satisfy. If HMS is running better in cooler temperatures, that’s way above my pay grade an I am not smart enough to recognize that… sorry…

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    • To be honest, I don’t know how to respond to this. It’s “way above your pay grade” to recognize that someone is faster compared to the rest of the field at night than they are in the day? It’s simple. HMS has more horsepower. They don’t have the handling figured out just yet. They were better at it this year, but still not completely there. When the temperatures went, the grip went up and it became more about horsepower than it did handling and HMS became dominant.

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  2. I want to hear other’s thoughts on a conclusion that I’ve come to. Compared to the rest of the field, the Hendrick cars are much more dominant in cool temperatures. They have the most raw speed, but still don’t handle the best in the day. Now, they greatly improved on the handling issues this year, because they were able to be competitive in the day. With that said, I couldn’t help but notice how much faster the 24 and the 5 were compared to the rest of the field when the Sun went down and the grip came up. They’re heading in the right direction, but they still need to improve on handling during the day while maintaining their speed.

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