‘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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‘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

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott

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

‘The Clash at Daytona’ Race Chat Room

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Welcome to the first Race Chat Room of 2017!

Alex Bowman will  be driving the NO. 88 for The Clash at Daytona due to his strong efforts in the car last year when Dale Jr. was out with a concussion. The race is a 75 lap event with a competition caution thrown out on lap 50, setting up a 25 lap sprint to the checkered flag.

The green flag drops at approximately 8:10 PM EST this Saturday and can be watched LIVE on FS1.

LIVE Leaderboard can be found at NASCAR.com

FREE LIVE In-Car cams can be found at NASCAR Drive

Coming Up: Speedweeks 2017 and a New Era Begins

"NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 - Practice"

It seems just like yesterday that the 2016 season was wrapping up in dramatic fashion in Homestead, and it also seems just like yesterday that Dale Jr. officially announced his return to Cup racing after a successful test session at Darlington Raceway in December. It’s been a busy off season as Monster Energy was announced as the new sponsor for the NASCAR Cup Series, major changes were announced to the race and points formats, and the question of whether or not Dale Jr. would return to racing were all major talking points.

Now the teams of NASCAR are heading to Daytona International Speedway for the start of 2017 and it all kicks off with the ‘Advance Auto Parts Clash’ on Saturday night!

Track activity officially begins on Friday night with two practice sessions for The Clash and also the debut of the all new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Saturday morning will feature the first two practice sessions for the Daytona 500 where teams will more than likely be focusing only on mock qualifying runs. After that, ARCA begins its 2017 season with their annual 80 lap wreck fest that preludes The Clash on Saturday night. Daytona 500 qualifying takes place Sunday afternoon.

The first Race Chat Room of 2017 will go live Thursday night!

Below is the TV schedule with all action taking place on FS1 while Daytona 500 qualifying will be aired on your local FOX network.

Friday, Feb. 17
5 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1
6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1
6:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1

Saturday, Feb. 1
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12:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1
1:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1
2:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1
3:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1
5 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice (re-air), FS1
6 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1
8 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash, FS1

Sunday, Feb. 1
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3 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX

 

‘Countdown to Daytona’ Off-Season Discussion

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Welcome to the new home for Dale Jr. Nation! Thank you to those who have been loyal as we have grown from 88-Central.com back in 2011, to DaleJrNation.com in 2013, and now our third and final change to DaleJrNation.blog.

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Dale Jr. Tops Yesterday’s Test Session at Phoenix International Raceway

 

How about this!? Earnhardt Jr. topped the Phoenix test session after running 69 laps with a top speed of 135.568 and best lap time of 26.555.

Dale had this to say about returning to Cup racing after 7 months out of the car:

“I’m a little nervous if there’ll be any kind of learning curve. I hope there isn’t. Sometimes you see guys in sports that are away for a while have to adjust to how much has changed since they’ve taken time off, and then there’s some guys who come back and it’s like they’ve never missed a day. I don’t know. I hope there is no rust to shake off. I’m really anxious to get out there and have some success, go out there and run well and check that box and know we’re right where we need to be.”