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Clint Bowyer’s report card at the end of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season will be pretty straightforward – anything less than a victory or a berth in the playoffs will be a failing grade in the eight-time race winner’s mind.


Does that mean there’s pressure going into 2018? Sure, he says, just like it’s been every year since he started full-time Cup Series racing in 2006. 


“Every year is a make-or-break year in this business. It doesn’t matter if it is your first year or your third year or beginning your 13th year,” said Bowyer, who finished second in the 2012 championship and third in the 2007 title chase but just missed a playoff berth in 2017. “There is always that pressure and it is always on. Nobody puts that on us, we put it on ourselves. We are competitors.”


The 2017 season was one of “almosts” at Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) for Bowyer, who replaced retiring three-time Cup Series champion Tony Stewart in the No. 14 car. The 38-year-old native of Emporia, Kansas finished second three times and third twice, plus he owned a 15.5 average finish –11th best among fulltime drivers. Despite running well, he and his crew chief Mike “Buga” Bugarewicz-led team believe they need to run even more consistently and reach victory lane in 2018.


“Buga and I expect to win races and make the playoffs,” Bowyer said. “We had the same goal last year and we’ll have the same goal this year. There’s no doubt in my mind we can make the playoffs and we need to get back to victory lane. It’s been too long and it’s time go there again.”


Bowyer will have the resources to accomplish those goals in 2018. SHR owns 39 victories in 972 starts since Stewart and Gene Haas began the organization that celebrates its 10th season in 2018. Roush-Yates Engines will power his No. 14 Fords again for a veteran group of mechanics and pit crew. Off the track, the colors of Rush Truck Centers will adorn the No. 14 entry for several races in 2018, including the Feb. 18 Daytona 500 season opener.


Bowyer will drive a Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Ford paint scheme at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.


“Our Daytona paint scheme has a story behind it,” Bowyer said. “A great business relationship has grown between ExxonMobil and Rush Truck Centers’ 100-plus dealerships. You’ll see co-branded cars and they are both seeing big wins that came from the mutual SHR sponsorships. That’s how this business works, now. You have to do as well off the track as you do on the track.”


Bugarewicz said that, as much as anything else, familiarity should pay dividends for the No. 14 team in 2018. Both he and Bowyer are intense competitors often combining for interesting radio chatter during races. The Pennsylvanian says that intensity is all about wanting to win.   


“We are continuing to build on that relationship,” the third-year crew chief said. “We’ve had a year to fill our notebook. There’s still a lot of work to be done on everybody’s part on the No. 14. We’re going to keep working hard. We didn’t get a victory like we wished for last year but ran in the top-10 most of the year. It was kind of tough to be outside looking in at the end of the season last year. None of us on the team were happy about missing the playoffs. We want to work and we want to get better. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and dedication to get wins, be more consistent and get to where we want to go.”


The points-paying season begins with the 60th running of the Daytona 500 and Bowyer could think of no better way to kick off the season than with a victory in the sport’s most prestigious event. SHR teammate Kurt Busch won last year’s Daytona 500 and Bowyer would like to make it consecutive victories in the “Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing.”


“Can you imagine what it would be like if I won the Daytona 500?” Bowyer said with a laugh. “I think NASCAR would have a tough time finding me for those New York interviews on Monday and Tuesday. You know those yachts in the harbor in Daytona? I wouldn’t care whose it was, I’d take one of them to the Caribbean.”


Bowyer should be one of the favorites when the green flag drops. The race will mark Bowyer’s 434th Cup Series start and his 25th Cup Series start at Daytona, where he has four top-five finishes and 13 top-10s. Two of his eight career Cup Series victories have come on restrictor-plate tracks, and he finished second at Daytona last July.


The report card at the end of the year will focus on wins and playoffs, and a Daytona 500 victory would most certainly earn Bowyer an “A” grade for his first test of the 2018 season. 



NASCAR® and Digital Ally®, Inc., a company with the mission to provide law enforcement agencies, emergency management, and commercial companies with the highest quality video solutions and software management, announced today a multi-year official partnership, naming Digital Ally "A Preferred Technology Provider of NASCAR."

As part of the new relationship, Digital Ally will provide cameras that will be mounted in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage throughout the season, bolstering both NASCAR’s commitment to safety at every race track, as well as enhancing its officiating process through technology.

"NASCAR takes seriously its role in providing a safe environment for its fans and competitors, and this partnership with Digital Ally is the next step in that commitment," said Scott Miller, NASCAR Senior Vice President, Competition. "In addition, this partnership is the latest example of NASCAR implementing technological advancements to officiate, and continuing to provide the best racing for our fans."

Digital Ally is the leading provider of mobile video systems used by thousands of companies and governmental entities in all 50 states and around the world. The company is a pioneer in the design and development of dashboard and body cameras that are utilized across multiple industries and municipalities. Digital Ally has been developing, engineering, and supporting its video technology for more than a decade.    

"It’s our goal to provide our customers with video solutions that are customized to meet their unique business needs," said Stanton Ross, chief executive officer, Digital Ally. "NASCAR has its own unique set of challenges and it was important to design a durable and reliable solution that will stand up to the demanding environment at-track." 

Tune-in to the DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


The start of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has a look of familiarity for driver Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion team at Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). For the first time in several years, the season will kick off with the same race format, points system, manufacturer, primary partners and series sponsor from the previous season as the team heads to Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway for the season-opening Speedweeks.


The biggest changes for Harvick and the No. 4 team this year include an updated Jimmy John’s livery featuring a reversed color scheme with a white hood, black fenders and red highlights; new SHR teammate Aric Almirola driving the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion; one fewer pit crewmember over the wall on pit stops; and a new NASCAR inspection process. 


There is comfort in familiarity, which is good news for Harvick and the No. 4 team as Jimmy John’s returns for its third season on the hood of the No. 4 Ford for the 60th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 18. Jimmy John’s, based in Champaign, Illinois and famous for its freaky fast delivery, made its Daytona 500 debut in 2016, when Harvick and the No. 4 team started ninth and finished fourth to start the season in “The Great American Race.”


While Jimmy John’s is on the hood for the Daytona 500, for the third consecutive year Busch Beer returns to Harvick’s No. 4 Ford Fusion at Daytona for Sunday’s Advanced Auto Parts Clash – the 75-lap, non-points-paying race that kicks off the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season.


Busch’s rich racing history began in 1978, when the brand sponsored the award presented to Cup Series pole winners. Busch went on to be the “Official Beer of NASCAR” from 1988 through 1997 and was the title sponsor of the stepping-stone division to the Cup Series – currently known as the NASCAR Xfinity Series – from 1984 through 2007. The last Busch-sponsored driver prior to the company’s return in 2016 was NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough and his iconic No. 11 car during the 1980 season.


Both Jimmy John’s and Busch have reason to be optimistic as Harvick and the No. 4 team head to Daytona.


As Harvick enters his 18th NASCAR Cup Series season and his fifth at SHR with crew chief Rodney Childers at the helm, he is looking to score his second win in the Daytona 500. He won the famed Harley J. Earl trophy in 2007, when he beat Mark Martin to the Daytona 500 finish line by .020 of a second on the final green-white-checkered restart. It was the closest Daytona 500 finish since the inception of computer scoring in 2003. The race still stands as the second-closest finish in Daytona 500 history.


Harvick also has three wins in the Clash at Daytona – 2009, 2010 and 2013 – tying him for second-most with his team owner Tony Stewart and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett.


In the 2009 Clash at Daytona, Harvick survived an incident-filled race that saw a record eight caution periods and less than half the starting field make it to the checkered flag.


The following year, he joined Neil Bonnett, Ken Schrader and Stewart as the fourth driver in event history to win consecutive races, and he did so driving a backup car he was never able to practice, passing Greg Biffle with two laps remaining in a green-white-checkered finish. NASCAR declared Harvick the winner when a multicar incident ended the race under caution.


In his 2013 win, Harvick led 40 of 75 laps, dominating the second and third segments en route to his third Clash at Daytona victory in five years.


If Harvick can add his name to the Harley J. Earl trophy for a second time Feb. 18 in the season-opening Daytona 500 at “The World Center of Racing,” he would be the 11th driver in NASCAR history to win the iconic event more than once. It would also put the No. 4 team in prime position to secure a berth in the 2018 playoffs as it attempts to win a second NASCAR Cup Series championship in four years.



TriStar Motorsports announced today that Corey LaJoie will pilot the No. 72 Toyota Camry for multiple races in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. LaJoie will be behind the wheel of the TriStar Motorsports team Toyota for the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, on Sunday February 18

Corey LaJoie, a third generation racer, is very well-known name in the racing community. His father, Randy LaJoie, brought home Xfinity Series Championships in 1996 and 1997. LaJoie already has an impressive racing career that includes, six wins in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and three wins in the ARCA Series. LaJoie was selected as a member of the 2012 NASCAR Next Class, an industry initiative to help spotlight NASCAR’s rising stars and bolster fan recognition around talent that will grow into Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series mainstays. He was in the same class as fellow stand-out drivers Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney.

In 2016, LaJoie competed in ten Xfinity Series races and earned two top-ten finishes. LaJoie made the leap to the MENCS in 2017, earning the highest finish of his rookie year campaign, 11th place, in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

“It’s such a great opportunity to work with TriStar Motorsports,” said Corey LaJoie. “I hope to use the learning experiences from my 2017 rookie season and work hard for some great finishes this year.  It’s my goal to continue building a successful team with Bryan, while honoring the legacy his dad, Mark left behind. It’s also great to continue working with Schluter Systems again this season. I can’t thank those guys enough for believing in me.”

“We are very excited about our continued partnership with Corey LaJoie,” said Marco Ludwig, CEO & President of Schluter®-Systems. “Schluter’s involvement at the races has allowed us to strengthen client relationships while increasing the visibility of our brand in a fun and engaging atmosphere.”

“We are excited to have Corey join our team,” said Bryan Smith, TriStar Motorsports Owner.  “His attitude, desire and ability are a welcomed addition and we feel that he will be a great fit to continue the growth of our program.” 

Be sure to tune into FOX on Sunday February 18 to catch all the excitement at Daytona International Speedway. For more information on Corey LaJoie, or to stay up to date on any new events, visit

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TriStar Motorsports will continue competition in NASCAR's premier series fielding one full-time entry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for the 2018 season.
The No. 72 Chevrolet will compete with collective efforts of two drivers. TriStar welcomes the return of Cole Whitt and proudly announces the addition of Corey LaJoie to the driver lineup. Corey LaJoie will fill the seat of the No. 72 for the majority of the schedule including the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Whitt returns to TriStar after a solid effort in No. 72 in 2017. With intentions to shift focus, Whitt has elected to decrease his racing commitments and has requested a limited schedule.
Whitt's NASCAR career includes seven years on the circuit and races in which he has competed in NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and the Monster Energy Cup Series. He completed the full 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the TriStar Motorsports No. 72 securing three top-20 finishes and one top-15 being his best finish of 12th place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"I want to thank TriStar and the Smith family for allowing me to do something I feel is the right decision for me and my family," said Whitt. "I am excited and a little nervous to say that I will be racing a limited schedule this year.  I am looking forward to taking the next step in my life and trying to spend most of my time with my family. Stepping back from racing is a hard choice but I strongly believe this is the right path. TriStar has been an amazing blessing to me and my family and I look forward to what the future holds for both of us."
Corey LaJoie, a third generation racer, is very well-known name in the racing community. He is the son of Randy LaJoie, 1996 and 1997 NASCAR XFINITY Series Champion.  Already having an impressive racing career that includes six wins in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and three wins in the ARCA Series, LaJoie was selected as a member of the 2012 NASCAR Next Class, an industry platform to help spotlight NASCAR's rising stars and bolster fan recognition initiative cultivating Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) mainstays. In 2016, LaJoie competed in ten XFINITY Series races and earned two top-ten finishes. He made the leap to the MENCS in 2017, earning the highest finish of his rookie year campaign;  11th place, in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
"It's such a great opportunity to work with TriStar Motorsports," said Corey LaJoie. "I hope to use the learning experiences from my 2017 Rookie Season and work hard for some great finishes this year.  It's my goal to continue building a successful team with Bryan, while honoring the legacy his dad, Mark left behind."
 "We are taking a different approach with our competitive platform for 2018 by utilizing two drivers", said Bryan Smith, owner of TriStar Motorsports. "It is an opportunity we feel is the best direction for this season and accommodates the goals of both drivers as well as the team.  We are more than pleased with Cole's efforts in 2017 and are extremely glad to have him back this season.  He has been an integral part of our return to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and we appreciate his contributions to our team. We are equally as pleased to add Corey to our driver roster. His attitude, desire and ability are a welcomed addition and we feel he will be a great fit.  We feel both drivers embody the core elements of who we are as a team and are confident each will contribute to the betterment of our program."
TriStar Motorsports has acquired a charter from Front Row Motorsports for the 2018 season and will continue competitive efforts under the direction of Crew Chief Frankie Kerr.
Sponsorship details for the MENCS No. 72 are forthcoming in addition to plans for the TriStar NASCAR XFINITY Series program
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Mooresville, NC (Tuesday, February 6, 2017) - The Premium Motorsports organization grows stronger with the addition of championship winning crew chief, Todd Parrott. Parrott will be joining Jay Robinson, Scott Eggleston, Pat Tryson, Tommy Baldwin and Brian Keselowski to lead Premium Motorsports for the 2018 NASCAR season.

"The addition of Todd Parrott, is the culmination of a plan that started a couple of years ago. We wanted to assemble the most experienced professionals available to our team in an effort to stay relevant and competitive. We are very pleased to have Todd join our staff and are looking forward to this season as we continue to build this team." - Jay Robinson

"I'm excited for my first day here at Premium Motorsports. I've been talking to Jay (Robinson) for about a month or so regarding the possibility of coming here to help him with this program. He has quite a few good people here like Pat Tryson, Scott Eggleston, Brian Keselowski and Tommy Baldwin who I actually worked with before. As I walked around the shop this morning I recognized several other people that I've worked with in the past as well, so I'm really looking forward to this new and different opportunity for me here. I just can't wait to get going and get racing" - Todd Parrott

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Go Fas Racing has announced today that Entertainment Studios' new film, The Hurricane Heist, will be the primary sponsor of Matt DiBenedetto's No.32 Ford Fusion for the Daytona 500. The Hurricane Heist is a film directed by Rob Cohen, the creator of the Fast and The Furious film franchise and the director of high adrenaline action blockbusters such as The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and xXx.

Entertainment Studios' The Hurricane Heist is an action thriller set to release on March 9th in theatres nationwide. The film's story is as exciting as a NASCAR race. Under the threat of a hurricane, opportunistic criminals infiltrate a US Mint facility to steal $600 million for the ultimate heist. When the hurricane blows up into a lethal CATEGORY 5 storm and their well-made plans go awry, they find themselves needing a vault code known only by one Treasury Agent (Maggie Grace), a need that turns murderous. But the Treasury agent has picked up an unlikely ally, a meteorologist (Toby Kebbell) terrified of hurricanes but determined to save his estranged brother kidnapped by the thieves. He uses his knowledge of the storm as a weapon to win in this non-stop action thriller ride charged with adrenaline throughout.

"It's going to be really cool representing The Hurricane Heist for the biggest weekend of our season," said driver Matt DiBenedetto. "Not only is the movie a great ride with phenomenal special effects, but the car looks great and will stand out on the racetrack. Hopefully The Hurricane Heist will help us bring home the win and start the year off strong!"

"Our film, The Hurricane Heist is an excellent match with NASCAR powerhouse driver, Matt DiBenedetto," said Entertainment Studios Founder, Chairman and CEO Byron Allen. "The partnership is the perfect fusion of an on-screen and off-screen thrill ride!"

Last year, Matt DiBenedetto drove the No.32 E.J. Wade Foundation Ford to a ninth-place finish in the Daytona 500. That finish set the tone for a great year for Go Fas Racing and the team improved nearly seven spots in both qualifying and race averages. Highlighted by two top-10's and several top-20 finishes, 2017 saw Go Fas Racing become NASCAR's most improved team.

DiBenedetto and the No.32 Go Fas Racing team will also be competing in the Can-Am Duels, the qualifying races for the Daytona 500, representing the title sponsor on his No.32 Can-Am / Kappa Ford.

Don't miss The Hurricane Heist No.32 Ford as it competes in the 60th annual Daytona 500 at 2:30pm EST on Sunday, February 18th on FOX and make sure to check out Entertainment Studios' The Hurricane Heist in theatres on March 9th.
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The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series kicks off at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway with the 60th running of the Daytona 500 with Aric Almirola piloting the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). This year marks the 11th season behind the wheel of a stock car in NASCAR’s most elite series for the native of Tampa, Florida.

Almirola reunites with several former co-workers from his past, including John Klausmeier, the leader of the No. 10 team whose 2018 season will be his first as a full-time crew chief calling the shots from atop the pit box. The 37-year-old from Perry Hall, Maryland, spent the last several seasons as an engineer under longtime Cup Series crew chief and current SHR production manager Tony Gibson. Almirola will pilot the black-and-white Ford Fusion with Smithfield branding for Daytona Speedweeks and for a majority of the season.

Smithfield, a brand of Smithfield Foods, which is based approximately five hours northeast of SHR headquarters in Smithfield, Virginia, enters its seventh season with Almirola and first with SHR. Founded in 1936, Smithfield is a leading provider of high-quality pork products, with a vast product portfolio including smoked meats, hams, bacon, sausage, ribs, and a wide variety of fresh pork cuts.

Almirola is the newest driver among SHR’s four-car contingent, joining veterans Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick. The 33-year-old driver is looking forward to getting to know his teammates better and being an integral part of the two-time championship-winning organization.

“Obviously, we see each other every week at the racetrack and there is that peer relationship, acquaintance relationship,” Almirola said. “I am the kind of guy who for the most part is pretty easy to get along with. I don’t create a lot of turmoil or animosity. I’ve never had negative interactions with any of my new teammates. I can’t say that I’m friends with them or have a great relationship with them, but that is coming. I plan that, by a few races into the season, I’ll have a great relationship with those guys. I want to help. I want to be part of the team and contribute to Stewart-Haas Racing and help put banners up inside the shop. I want to be a contributing factor to the race team. I am a firm believer that high tide raises all ships. If I can go and do my part and do my job and contribute, then hopefully we will all run better together.”

Almirola has found himself in victory lane at the 2.5-mile Daytona superspeedway multiple times. His Cup Series win there came in July 2014. He led 14 laps and captured the win in the rain-shortened race. Most recently, he led the most important lap – the final one – in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race in July 2016 at the high-banked superspeedway. Even though he’s accomplished his goal of winning at his home track, Almirola looks to add the famed Harley J. Earl trophy to his collection.

“Everybody loves to go to Daytona, but for me it has a little extra special meaning because I grew up in Tampa, Florida,” he said. “It’s just a couple of hours away across the state on Interstate 4. I grew up as a kid dreaming about racing at Daytona. Not only do I now have that privilege, but I’ve been fortunate enough to go to victory lane. I haven’t done it in February yet, though, and winning the Daytona 500 is the ultimate – you’re forever the Daytona 500 champion.”

While this year’s Daytona Speedweeks mark the first time Almirola and the No. 10 crew will work together in an official race capacity, the Smithfield crew tested Jan. 9 and 10 at Texas Motor Speedway for the first time in a two-day Goodyear tire test.

Rejuvenated for the 2018 season, Almirola spent most of his free time during the offseason visiting the SHR shop on an almost daily basis in preparation for his seventh full-time season piloting a 3,300-pound vehicle around racetracks throughout the United States. In addition to visiting with his new coworkers at SHR, Almirola has been busy with preseason media, including visiting the Miami area in mid-January to promote the Daytona 500. Smithfield also participated in the media tour by donating $6,010 to Feeding South Florida – 60 signifying the 60th running of the Daytona 500, and 10 signifying the number adorning Almirola’s Ford Fusion. Between the two busy Daytona weekends, the Florida native will be returning Tuesday, Feb. 13, to Pierce (Fla.) Middle School in Tampa, where Almirola’s parents met and attended.



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Entry List

#1 Jamie McMurray

Chip Ganassi Racing


#2 Brad Keselowski

Team Penske


#3 Austin Dillon

Richard Childress Racing


#4 Kevin Harvick

Stewart-Haas Racing


#7 Danica Patrick

Premium Motorsports


#9 Chase Elliott

Hendrick Motorsports


#11 Denny Hamlin

Joe Gibbs Racing


#12 Ryan Blaney

Team Penske


#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Roush Fenway Racing


#18 Kyle Busch

Joe Gibbs Racing


#20 Erik Jones

Joe Gibbs Racing


#22 Joey Logano

Team Penske


#31 Ryan Newman

Richard Childress Racing


#41 Kurt Busch

Stewart-Haas Racing

Ford 42 Kyle Larson

Chip Ganassi Racing


#48 Jimmie Johnson

Hendrick Motorsports


#78 Martin Truex Jr.

Furniture Row Racing


#95 Kasey Kahne

Leavine Family Racing


FOX Sports powers into its 18th consecutive season of NASCAR coverage, beginning with Daytona Speedweeks, which culminates with the 60th running of the iconic DAYTONA 500 from Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 18 (2:30 PM ET).  Live coverage begins at 1:00 PM ET with FOX NASCAR SUNDAY, preceded by NASCAR RACEDAY at 11:00 AM ET, also on FOX.

FOX NASCAR’s presentation of Daytona Speedweeks, highlighted by FOX Sports’ 15th DAYTONA 500, features nearly 100 hours of multi-platform programming.


For its 15th DAYTONA 500, FOX NASCAR offers with seven NASCAR premier series championships’ worth of analysis and insight from Hall of Famer and three-time champ Darrell Waltrip alongside four-time champion Jeff Gordon, with veteran play-by-play announcer Mike Joy, covering his 43rd DAYTONA 500, and DAYTONA 500-winning crew chief Larry McReynolds with race analysis. This year’s running of the “Great American Race” marks the 20th anniversary of McReynolds leading Dale Earnhardt to his elusive DAYTONA 500 victory in 1998 atop the pit box for Richard Childress Racing.

Delivering stories and updates from pit road are pit reporters Jamie Little, FOX NASCAR newcomer and NASCAR driver Regan Smith, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum. Chris Myers hosts FOX NASCAR SUNDAY and the network’s coverage from the famed Hollywood Hotel mobile studio alongside Michael Waltrip, Darrell Waltrip and Gordon. Joy, McReynolds, Myers, Darrell Waltrip and Yocum were members of the original FOX NASCAR on-air team that debuted at Daytona in 2001.

The DAYTONA 500 is streamed live in both English and Spanish through FOX Sports GO, the critically acclaimed app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or on-the-go. All FOX NASCAR programming is live streamed on FOX Sports GO. FOX Deportes, the No. 1 Spanish-language sports network in the U.S., offers live coverage of the DAYTONA 500.

FOX Sports’ Daytona Speedweeks coverage kicks off Saturday, Feb. 10 on FS1 with MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES PRACTICE for THE CLASH AT DAYTONA (10:30 AM ET). Off-the-track, FS1 offers live coverage of DAYTONA 500 MEDIA DAY on Wednesday, Feb. 14 (12:00-2:00 PM ET), as well as a recap of the day’s happenings on an expanded edition of NASCAR RACE HUB at 5:00 PM ET.


THE CLASH AT DAYTONA, the first NASCAR event of the season, moves back to an afternoon start time in 2018, airing live on FS1 on Sunday, Feb. 11 (3:00 PM ET).  Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Gordon call the 75-lap, non-points race with McReynolds and pit reporters Little, Welch and Yocum. Myers and Michael Waltrip host the network’s coverage from the Hollywood Hotel.


DAYTONA 500 QUALIFYING is broadcast live on FOX on Sunday, Feb. 11 (12:00 PM ET), setting the prestigious first and second starting positions for the DAYTONA 500, as well as the starting order for the CAN-AM DUEL AT DAYTONA. 


The complete DAYTONA 500 starting order is determined following the CAN-AM DUEL AT DAYTONA, live on FS1 on Thursday, Feb. 15 (7:00 PM ET).  The pair of qualifying races is run under the lights with Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Gordon on the call, with race analysis by McReynolds and pit reporting by Little, Smith, Welch and Yocum. Myers and Michael Waltrip host.


FOX Sports kicks off its fourth year of NASCAR XFINITY SERIES coverage from Daytona on Saturday, Feb. 17 with the season opener at 2:30 PM ET. Adam Alexander calls the action alongside Michael Waltrip and 2012 MONSTER ENERY NASCAR CUP SERIES champion Brad Keselowski with pit reporting by Little, Smith and Yocum. NASCAR RACEDAY - XFINITY, FS1’s XFINITY Series pre-race show, hosted by Shannon Spake and McReynolds, previews the action at 2:00 PM ET.


In its 16th year of exclusive coverage on FOX Sports, the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES opens its season on Friday, Feb. 16 (7:30 PM ET) on FS1, with complete pre-race coverage beginning with NASCAR RACEDAY: NCWTS at 7:00 PM ET.  Vince Welch has the call alongside Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip. Hermie Sadler and Alan Cavanna cover pit road. John Roberts hosts NCWTS SETUP with analysis from two-time series champion Todd Bodine and Jeff Hammond and reporting by Sadler and Cavanna.


Before FOX coverage of the DAYTONA 500 begins on Sunday, Feb. 18, NASCAR RACEDAY (11:00 AM ET) is broadcast moves from FS1 to FOX for the first time. John Roberts hosts with analysis from Jeff Hammond and Bobby Labonte from the Charlotte studio with at-track reporting from Cavanna and Kenny Wallace.  NASCAR RACEDAY also airs immediately preceding THE CLASH AT DAYTONA and the CAN-AM DUEL on FS1.


FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB, NASCAR’s most-watched daily news and update show, which enjoyed a 15% total viewership increase (166,000 vs. 144,000) in 2017 vs. 2016, airs Monday through Thursdays at 6:00 PM ET during the NASCAR season and is hosted by Alexander and Spake. Returning analysts include Jeff Hammond, Jeff Gordon, Michael Waltrip, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Chad Knaus, Regan Smith, Todd Bodine, David Ragan, Drew Blickensderfer, Austin Dillon, AJ Allmendinger, Bobby Labonte and Casey Mears. Alan Cavanna and Kenny Wallace offer live reports from the track during Daytona Speedweeks. On the weekends, the show continues with NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION, hosted by Roberts.


In addition, FOX Sports has several NASCAR specials planned during Daytona Speedweeks. Immediately following the Friday, Feb. 16 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race, FS1 premieres NASCAR RACE CLASSIC: THE 1998 DAYTONA 500, a condensed version of the original race broadcast highlighting Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s elusive win, hosted by Jeff Gordon.  On Thursday, Feb. 15, FS1 debuts NASCAR RACE CLASSIC: 1988 DAYTONA 500 (10:00 PM ET), also hosted by Gordon, following the CAN-AM DUEL AT DAYTONA live broadcast. These premieres are complemented by a special encore presentation of the third “Beyond the Wheel” short film series at 6:00 PM ET preceding Friday’s race.


Catch even more live on-track action as the ARCA RACING SERIES season opener airs live on FS1 on Saturday, Feb. 10 (4:00 PM ET). Kevin Lee calls the race with analysis from Phil Parsons and pit reporting by Jim Tretow and Dillon Welch (FOX broadcaster Vince Welch’s son).

For more media information relating to FOX Sports’ coverage of Daytona Speedweeks, visit FOX SPORTS PRESS PASS and follow @FOXSportsPR on Twitter. For the latest NASCAR news and information, please visit and follow @NASCARonFOX on Twitter.

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Another member of the Love’s Travel Stops family of companies will be racing for a win in this year’s Daytona 500. Speedco, a national network of service locations for the trucking industry, will join David Ragan’s No. 38 team for the 60th running of the Great American Race on Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway. 

The partnership gives Speedco’s parent company, Love’s Travel Stops, two opportunities to get into Victory Lane at the famed superspeedway. Love’s is the principal partner of Ragan’s teammate, Michael McDowell, and is the primary sponsor on McDowell’s No. 34 Ford for the Daytona 500.

Speedco joined the Love’s family of companies in November. Its 52 locations across the country provide oil changes, preventative maintenance, inspection services and tire offerings for commercial truck drivers. The acquisition combined two top brands to give the trucking community more service and product options at more locations.

Ragan is a two-time superspeedway winner in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and nearly took the No. 38 to Victory Lane in July, the last time the series raced at Daytona International Speedway. He was in the lead when the race went into a green-white-checkered overtime restart, and he crossed the line sixth as the field charged to the finish in a two-lap dash.

“Love’s Travel Stops has been a great partner of Front Row Motorsports for years now, and it’s cool to have a new member of the Love’s family as a primary partner on one of our cars, especially for the Daytona 500, where we know we’re going to have fast cars,” said Ragan. “Michael and I are looking forward to working together on track, and you know we’ll push hard to get a 1-2 finish for Speedco and Love’s.”

The No. 38 Speedco team will be on track for Daytona 500 pole qualifying on Sunday, Feb. 11, airing live on FOX. The team will then compete in the Can-Am Duels, the qualifying races that set the line-up for the Daytona 500, on Thursday, Feb. 15, airing live on FS1. The 60th running of the Daytona 500 is scheduled to run on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2:30 p.m. ET and will air live on FOX.