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Sad News out of NASCAR this afternoon. JD Gibbs, the cofounder of JGR and son of Joe Gibbs has passed away following a long battle with a neurological disease. He was 49 years old.

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13 hours ago, Thunderstrike said:

Sad News out of NASCAR this afternoon. JD Gibbs, the cofounder of JGR and son of Joe Gibbs has passed away following a long battle with a neurological disease. He was 49 years old.

I'm quite sad about this, I remember seeing an interview he did with ESPN back in 2008 and now he's no longer with us, it's very hard for everyone in the sport especially the Gibbs team.

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On 1/13/2019 at 5:51 AM, Chrysalis89 said:

I'm quite sad about this, I remember seeing an interview he did with ESPN back in 2008 and now he's no longer with us, it's very hard for everyone in the sport especially the Gibbs team.

It's hard when anyone associated with the sport dies. It is however inevitable.

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More sad news from NASCAR

Legendary NASCAR owner Glen Wood, one half of the set of brothers who own the legendary Wood Brothers team, has died at the age of 93.

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Buried under all the sad news as of late is the announcement of a joint venture between Spire Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing. They have formed a partnership to field the #40 McDonalds/Bass Pro Shops/ Cessna Chevrolet for what will likely be Jamie McMurray's final NASCAR start for the Daytona 500.

We are now officially less than a month away from the Daytona 500. With there still being a few open seats in the top touring series, more information should be incoming as we get closer to the season's start.

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The countdown is on for the official start to Speedweeks. LIttle over 6 days from now is the ARCA Daytona 250 on Saturday. Besides the 500, what is you guy's favorite event of Speedweeks?

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NASCAR is back baby! On Sunday, we had qualifying for the front row of the Daytona 500, along with the Advance Auto Parts Clash

Before qualifying even started, the car chiefs of Austin and Ty Dillon, as well Chase Elliott, were ejected from the track due to the cars failing prequalifying tech inspection twice.

Starting with the qualifying, Hendrick Motorsports swept the top 4 spots, with William Byron and Alex Bowman taking the front row. The rest of the 40 car field will be set Thursday evening with the Daytona duel qualifying races.

Now on to the Clash. The race was mostly a snorefest, with Paul Menard leading most of the event. The race was red flagged three different times due to persisant heavy mist and light rain showers. The race ended following the final caution. Jimmie Johnson got a good run on Menard as they raced down the backstretch. Menard through a late block, triggering a large crash which effectively ended the race. Johnson would end up with the win, Kurt Busch in his first run with Chip Ganassi finishing second, Joey Logano 3rd, Ryan Blaney 4th, and Alex Bowman 5th. The rest of the top ten: 6th Austin Dillon, 7th Chase Elliott, 8th Aric Almirola, 9th Ryan Newman, and 10th Daniel Suarez. Other notables include Jamie McMurray finishing 11th in what is probably his last Clash appearance and Kevin Harvick in 12th.

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8 hours ago, Thunderstrike said:

Jimmie Johnson got a good run on Menard as they raced down the backstretch. Menard through a late block, triggering a large crash which effectively ended the race.

Personally, I agree with what one of the commentators (don't remember which one) said, in that Johnson mis-judged the distance he was trying to clear Menard by, and ran into the #21.  Menard barley moved, and Johnson got into his bumper and turned him.  We saw plenty of side-draft passes yesterday and no one else made that mistake.  My belief that it's Johnson's fault, not Menard's for a possible block attempt.

Also, was disappointed that they didn't just wait out the rain.  Daytona's got lights.  Guess NASCAR wanted to give a win to "7-Time the Third", since he hasn't won since spring of '17.

8 hours ago, Thunderstrike said:

...Paul Menard leading most of the event

Hopefully a good sign for Team Penske's performance this Sunday!  

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14 hours ago, nx9100 said:

Also, was disappointed that they didn't just wait out the rain.  Daytona's got lights.  Guess NASCAR wanted to give a win to "7-Time the Third", since he hasn't won since spring of '17.

NASCAR and the track decided not to use the lights. Guess they didn't want it to end under the lights. And I watched the accident from Kurt Busch's onboard camera. Menard came down to attempt a block on Johnson.

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8 hours ago, Penguinbrony2409 said:

And I watched the accident from Kurt Busch's onboard camera. Menard came down to attempt a block on Johnson.

Guess we'll have to agree to disagree on this one, lol.  In my opinion, Menard did move to block, but Johnson still didn't give enough clearance.  Rubbing is racing, I guess....

Onward to the 500!

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15 hours ago, nx9100 said:

Guess we'll have to agree to disagree on this one, lol.  In my opinion, Menard did move to block, but Johnson still didn't give enough clearance.  Rubbing is racing, I guess....

Onward to the 500!

actually, onward to the Duel qualifying races Thursday Night. wanna see Chase win his for the third straight year, but i'll be happy as long as he doesn't tear up his car. Then a full weekend of action.

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Here's a look at the weekend down in Daytona.

The season officially kicked off with a wild wreckfest of a Truck Race that took place Friday Night. Austin Hill and Hattori Racing Enterprises picked up where they left off 2018, winning the season opening race down at Daytona. Grant Enfinger, Ross Chastain, Spencer Boyd, and Matt Crafton rounded out the top 5. Natalie Decker, making her debut in the truck series, crashed early in the race and ended up 32nd.

The Xfinity series took to the track on Saturday. It was a significantly cleaner race than the race the previous night. Michael Annett ended up winning for the first time in his career. The rest of the top 5: Justin Allgaier 2nd, Brandon Jones, Ryan Sieg, and Austin Cindric rounding out the top 5. Jeff Green ended up with a top 10 run in the 7th spot. Jeffery Earnhardt started second and led 29 laps of the race, but ultimately faded to finish in the 15th position.

And on to the great american race, the Daytona 500. This was a fairly calm race for the first half of the event. From halfway on, it was an all out crashfest, as well over half the field ended up having damaged cars. Denny Hamlin survived the demo derby to pick up his second career win in NASCAR's premier event. Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, Joey Logano, and Michael McDowell rounded out the top 5. Jimmie Johnson came home in 9th place with a torn up race car, with top 10 as well for Ross Chastain. Pole Sitter William Byron was one of the dominant cars of the day, ultimately ending up in the big one. Same thing with Matt DiBennedetto. Chase Elliott also got swept up in a late race crash, finishing 17th.

 

And on we go now to Atlanta, where we have a double header of Xfinity and Truck Series action on Saturday. Sunday is the MENCS race, as is the norm.

 

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