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Brett Winningham

Brett Winningham

Brett has been following the sport of NASCAR since the beginning of the 2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Since Brett was 13, he has had a passion of chasing a job in sports that not many get the opportunity of doing. He has been in the NASCAR media since the middle of the 2010 season. Since then, he has been a part of many racing podcast shows to improve his talents. You can find him on twitter @NASCAR_Brett.

Kyle Busch captured the win this evening in the 15th annual Nextra Energy Resources 250 at the Daytona International Speedway for his 36th win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Busch's impressive NASCAR win total now sits at 126 and will probably only get bigger as the races continue during Speedweeks. Busch also claimed a big defeat by becoming the first driver to score a win at Daytona in the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series. Since 2007, Toyota has scored their eighth consecutive victory in the series at the Daytona International Speedway.

Coming home in the second spot was Timothy Peters after driving a hard fought race in the No. 17 for Red Horse Racing. He led the third most laps of any driver this evening of 20. He finished second by just 0.017 seconds and nearly held off Busch just enough to win the race. Peters will take this momentum into Martinsville next month where he has had numerous success in the past.

The 2013 winner of the Nextra Energy Resources 250, Johnny Sauter, drove his No. 98 Toyota to a third place finish. Sauter was up-front nearly the whole race but could never get out front to lead a lap. In six total starts at the 2.5-mile oval, Sauter scored his second top-10 finish this evening.

The next race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be at the Martinsville Speedway on March 29th. You can catch the race live on FOX Sports 1 at 2:30 p.m. Et. The Motor Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast of the event.

See below for the full-race results:

1 Kyle Busch 51 Toyota 100   7 25 0 0 0
2 Timothy Peters 17 Toyota 100   18 20 43 1 0
3 Johnny Sauter 98 Toyota 100   9 0 41 0 0
4 Ryan Truex 32 Chevrolet 100   14 0 0 0 0
5 Ron Hornaday Jr. 30 Chevrolet 100   2 0 39 0 0
6 Ryan Blaney 29 Ford 100   3 0 38 0 0
7 Jeb Burton 13 Toyota 100   11 0 37 0 0
8 Joe Nemechek 8 Toyota 100   13 0 0 0 0
9 Jimmy Weller III 08 Chevrolet 100   30 0 35 0 0
10 German Quiroga Jr. 77 Toyota 100   23 0 34 0 0
11 Ryan Sieg 39 Chevrolet 100   12 0 33 0 0
12 Tyler Reddick 19 Ford 100   10 0 32 0 0
13 Matt Crafton 88 Toyota 100   4 0 31 0 0
14 John Wes Townley 5 Toyota 100   6 0 30 0 0
15 Ben Kennedy 31 Chevrolet 100   1 52 31 2 0
16 Justin Jennings 63 Chevrolet 100   32 0 28 0 0
17 Bryan Silas 99 Chevrolet 100   25 0 27 0 0
18 Ryan Ellis 28 Chevrolet 100   34 0 0 0 0
19 Chris Fontaine 84 Toyota 100   27 0 25 0 0
20 Norm Benning 57 Chevrolet 100   36 0 24 0 0
21 Jennifer Cobb 10 Chevrolet 98   35 0 23 0 0
22 Travis Kvapil 50 Chevrolet 95   28 3 23 1 0
23 John King 20 Chevrolet 87   19 0 21 0 0
24 Michel Disdier 07 Chevrolet 83   33 0 20 0 0
25 Brennan Newberry 24 Chevrolet 81   26 0 19 0 0
26 Darrell Wallace Jr. 54 Toyota 76   16 0 18 0 0
27 Caleb Holman 75 Chevrolet 74   29 0 17 0 0
28 Mason Mingus 35 Toyota 73   22 0 16 0 0
29 Parker Kligerman 58 Toyota 73   15 0 0 0 0
30 Ross Chastain 92 Ford 73   8 0 14 0 0
31 Sean Corr 82 Ford 73   20 0 13 0 0
32 Joey Coulter 21 Chevrolet 73   5 0 12 0 0
33 Brian Ickler 7 Toyota 73   21 0 11 0 0
34 Tyler Young 02 Chevrolet 73   17 0 10 0 0
35 Chris Cockrum 74 Chevrolet 73   24 0 9 0 0
36 Jason White 93 Chevrolet 45   31 0 0 0 0

 Via: ESPN




Weather forced NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying to be canceled this afternoon at the Daytona International Speedway. For all three races this weekend, all rookie drivers will earn the pole for the events. The line up was set via practice speeds combined in the three sessions held this weekend.

Ben Kennedy will start on the pole tonight in the season opening NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Kennedy, like Kwasniewski in the Nationwide Series, will be making his debut this evening behind the wheel of a Turner-Scott Motorsports truck.

Starting on the outside of Kennedy, will be the series veteran of Ron Hornday. Tonight at the Daytona International Speedway, he will be behind the wheel of the No. 30 truck, also owned by Turner-Scott Motorsports.

Ryan Blaney will start the race in the third spot breaking the Turner-Scott Motorsports sweep for the top-three spots. Blaney goes into tonight's Nextra Energy Resources 250 looking to score his third career win in the series. He also goes into the race this evening with momentum left over from 2013 after a second place finish at Homestead.

Todd Peck will be the only driver who will fail to qualify. Charles Lewandoski withdrew from the race before the scheduled qualifying session.

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Weather had a say today at the Daytona International Speedway of who won the pole for tomorrow's DRIVE4COPD 300. After the first round completed, qualifying then was cancelled and times stood from the first round.

Dylan Kwasniewski will win the pole for the event after being pushed by teammates Kyle Larson and Danica Patrick in the draft. Kwasniewski posted a fast time of 46.856 seconds, 192.078 mph. Tomorrow's race will be his first ever start in the series. For Kwasniewski's first two ARCA Racing Series starts, including last weekends race at Daytona, he went on to score the pole.

Starting on his outside will be teammate Kyle Larson after running in that Turner-Scott Motorsports draft with a 46.857 second lap time. The time averaged out to 192.074 mph. lap time. Larson lost the pole to Kwasniewski by just 0.001 seconds.

In the third starting position will be Danica Patrick in the No. 30 Chevrolet this weekend. Patrick was at the tail-end of the three car draft and ended up posting a lap of 46.867 seconds, 192.033 mph. Patrick missed the pole by just 0.011 seconds.

Nine drivers will go home after not posting a fast enough speed. Those drivers include: David Ragan, Tanner Berryhill, Chris Buescher, Willie Allen, Matt Carter, Matt DiBenedetto, Carl Long, Carlos Contreras and Clay Greenfield.

Tonight NASCAR ran two 150 mile races this evening to set the starting line up for Sunday's 56th annual Daytona 500. The first duel was ran clean and green with most of the action coming in the second race.

Matt Kenseth drove to the victory this evening with a spectacular three wide finish at the line. Kenseth led the most laps of any driver and certainly had one of the best cars of the evening. He won the race by 0.022 seconds ahead of Kevin Harvick.

Later on during post-race technical inspection, NASCAR deemed the No. 4 of Kevin Harvick illegal from a split in the track bar that exceeded the maximum allowance. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams are allowed no more than a three inch split and the No. 4 exceeded that limit. No penalties will be given.

The second duel was clean and green until the exit of turn four coming to the checkers. Jimmie Johnson ran out of fuel, which caught Jamie McMurray off guard and started a wreck involving numerous cars. It sent Clint Bowyer into the air but was able to drive his car to pit road. Denny Hamlin was able to score his second Speedweeks victory this weekend.

Drivers who will miss the field for the 56th annual Daytona 500 are: Eric McClure, Ryan Truex, Joe Nemechek, Morgan Shepherd and Michael McDowell.

See below for full starting line up:

1 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 3 196.019 mph
2 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet 195.852 mph
3 Matt Kenseth Toyota 194.574 mph
4 Denny Hamlin Toyota 194.477 mph
5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 194.544 mph
6 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 195.042 mph
7 Marcos Ambrose Ford 194.894 mph
8 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 41 194.078 mph
9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 195.211 mph
10 Paul Menard Chevrolet 194.919 mph
11 Josh Wise Ford 192.061 mph
12 Brian Scott Chevrolet 194.776 mph
13 Aric Almirola Ford 194.658 mph
14 Trevor Bayne Ford 194.334 mph
15 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 194.108 mph
16 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 194.410 mph
17 David Gilliland Ford 193.736 mph
18 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 40 193.732 mph
19 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 195.707 mph
20 Clint Bowyer Toyota 194.523 mph
21 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 193.365 mph
22 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 192.695 mph
23 Cole Whitt Toyota 192.538 mph
24 Terry Labonte Ford 192.135 mph
25 Greg Biffle Ford 195.818 mph
26 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 191.493 mph
27 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 194.380 mph
28 Casey Mears Chevrolet 194.582 mph
29 Alex Bowman Toyota 23 189.685 mph
30 Carl Edwards Ford 195.712 mph
31 Brian Vickers Toyota 192.798 mph
32 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 194.637 mph
33 Brad Keselowski Ford 195.296 mph
34 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 195.004 mph
35 Joey Logano Ford 194.582 mph
36 Michael Annett Chevrolet 194.574 mph
37 Kyle Busch Toyota 194.502 mph
38 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 4 194.422 mph
39 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 194.066 mph
40 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 193.815 mph
41 Parker Kligerman Toyota 193.594 mph
42 Michael Waltrip Toyota 66 193.428 mph
43 David Ragan Ford 192.328 mph


It was a very eventful practice this afternoon for the Budweiser Duels tomorrow evening at the Daytona International Speedway for many drivers. The two incidents will force atleast six teams to switch to a back-up car for the Daytona 500.
In the first on-track incident, Cole Whitt blew a tire going into turn three. Vickers, with a natural reaction, turned in-front of Casey Mears to send him into the wall. A hood flap flies off of Vickers car and stuck right into the nose of the No. 24 car of Jeff Gordon. Mears was able to save the car and continued on.

Brian Vickers will be the only driver who will need to go to a back-up car from the first incident. Cole Whitt was going to a back-up, but when his teammate Parker Kligerman got into the second incident, team decided to repair the primary No. 26.

The second crash involved five cars that started just past the start/finish line. The incident started between Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano. Kenseth came up to block Logano, which sent him up the track into Parker Kligerman. Kligerman's car caught air and brushed the catch fence, ripping some of the fencing and a camera away, but no one was hurt. Ryan Truex, Dave Blaney and Paul Menard also was involved as a chain reaction.

"We were coming off four there and the 20 started making a move to go down. I assumed he was gonna go down there. I had the run, so I was gonna fill that hole and then he started to come back up and I was there," said Logano. "Maybe I shouldn’t have been racing as hard as I was there in practice, but everybody was in a big pack there trying to make things happen. As soon as he came back up I checked up a little bit and then the 21 hit me from behind and we spun out. It happens. That’s Daytona for you. We have another good Shell/Pennzoil Ford in the trailer that they backed out and are getting through tech now so we’ll get that out and make sure it’s good for the Duel and get through that and we’ll be fine."

This will force Ryan Truex, Joey Logano, Parker Kligerman, Paul Menard and Dave Blaney all to a back-up car. After the crash, Blaney told Fox Sports 1 reporters that Humphrey-Smith Racing has no back-up car this weekend.

Practice will resume later on tonight at the Daytona International Speedway, which can be seen live on FOX Sports 1 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Et. It will be interesting to see how many racing teams will participate in the event.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will set to roll in 2014 this weekend with the DRIVE4COPD 300 at the Daytona International Speedway. This will mark the first of 33 total stops on the schedule this season.

The entry list features 49 total drivers, meaning, nine of those will go home after qualifying. Some of the drivers include, Jason White, Jeffery Earnhardt, Chase Elliott, Carlos Contreas, Tanner Berryhill, Danica Patrick, Dylan Kwasniewski, Kyle Larson, Dakota Armstrong, Chris Buescher, Johnny Sauter, Chad Boat, Bobby Gerhart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and David Ragan.

Three drivers of Dylan Kwasnieski, Chase Elliott and Chad Boat will all make their NASCAR Nationwide Series debuts this weekend at the Daytona International Speedway. These three drivers has numerous success on many short tracks around the country but it's time to put them to the test on the high banks. Chase Elliott is probably everyone's favorite to watch coming into the opener.

The season opener has always played a favorite to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars at Daytona. That group this weekend will consist of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Matt Kenseth, David Ragan and Josh Wise. These drivers will certainly be the favorites this weekend to try and claim the first victory of the year.

The Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle will be strong in the NASCAR Nationwide Series once again. These drivers to watch out for are, Ty Dillon, Chase Elliott, Ryan Reed, Dylan Kwasniewski, Dakota Armstrong and Chris Buescher. Chase Elliott and Dylan Kwasniewski will certainly be the ones to watch out for in 2014.

You can catch the season opener for the NASCAR Nationwide Series this Saturday live on ESPN at 1:00 p.m. Et. Live radio coverage of the event will be provided by the Motor Racing Network. You can listen to MRN through a local radio station, online on, TuneIn or by dialing 1-832-999-1717 on your phone.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will take their shot this weekend on the high banks at the Daytona International Speedway for the 15th annual Nextra Energy Resources 250. This race will be the first of 22 total events scheduled this season for the series.

A total of 38 drivers are scheduled to practice and qualify this weekend, but two drivers will miss the field after qualifying on Friday afternoon. Some of the drivers racing this weekend include, John Wes Townley, Michael Disdier, Jeb Burton, Tyler Reddick, John King, Joey Coulter, Ryan Ellis, Mason Mingus, Todd Peck, Travis Kvapil, Parker Kligerman, Charles Lewandoski, Sean Corr and Jason White.

In this race last season, Johnny Sauter led the final 15 laps of the event to score the victory. Later on in 2013, Sauter went out and also snatched the victory at the Talladega Superspeedway. If Sauter can bring home the hardware on Friday evening, he will tie Todd Bodine with the most consectutive restrictor plate wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Crafton will begin his quest for a back-to-back NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship this weekend at the Daytona International Speedway. No driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has been able to do so. Crafton was the hottest driver in 2013 by scoring 16 consectutive top-10 finishes in the series.

Despite losing his full-time ride in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Turner-Scott Motorsports, Jeb Burton will try to take his new ride with ThorSport Racing to a victory in the season opener. In 2013, Burton earned the most poles of any driver in the series. Though, he captured only one win at the Texas Motor Speedway and finished out the season with five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle in 2014 will heat up between three different drivers going for the title. Tyler Reddick, Ben Kennedy and Mason Mingus will battle it out through 2014 and try and get the title. The favorite probably out of all of these three drivers will be Ben Kennedy.

You can catch the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener live on FOX Sports 1 at 7:30 p.m. Et. The Motor Racing Network will carry the live radio coverage of the event. You can listen on roughly 100 radio stations around the country, TuneIn App, or by dialing 1-832-999-1717 on your mobile phone.

Daniel Suarez takes it two-for-two tonight in the Battle at the Beach at the Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this season. Suarez led a total of a 119 of 150 laps to capture his second victory in the series this season. Suarez, from Monterrey, Mexico, became the first driver from the country to win a race at the hostoric track. He leaves Daytona with a 18 point lead over Lee Pulliam after two races in 2014.

Austin Hill scored his second career top-10 finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series this evening by coming home in the second position. Hill started the event from the second spot but could never catch the strong car of Daniel Suarez. He was 0.596 seconds behind the race winner when the checkers flown to end the race.

Brandon McReynolds scored his third top-five finish this evening by driving his No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota home to a third place finish. McReynolds was one of the cleanest drivers all evening long battling up front with Suarez at one point. He did not get a great qualifying effort that was 19th fastest, but once when the race started, McReynolds was able to chew his way to the front to capture his eighth top-10 finish.

Ben Rhodes night started off great after qualifying on his first ever NASCAR K&N Pro Series East pole, but later on got into an incident that heavily damaged his No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet, and Rhodes went on to a disapointing 15th place finish out of 26 cars. Tonight was the second time of his NASCAR K&N Pro Series career that he started a race inside the top-10.

See below for the full race results:

1 6 6 Daniel Suarez Sunoco Racing Fuel Toyota 150 48 5 Running
2 2 22 Austin Hill * A&D Welding Ford 150 42   Running
3 19 16 Brandon McReynolds NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 150 41   Running
4 11 15 Nick Drake * NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 150 40   Running
5 9 11 Lee Pulliam * Don Valley North Toyota 150 39   Running
6 10 96 Kenzie Ruston Ben Kennedy Racing Chevrolet 150 38   Running
7 3 20 Gray Gaulding Krispy Kreme Chevrolet 150 38 1 Running
8 18 99 Patrick Staropoli * PEAK Toyota 150 36   Running
9 12 34 Scott Heckert Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet 150 35   Running
10 21 31 Kaz Grala * OzLINK Chevrolet 150 34   Running
11 15 46 Brandon Gdovic American Messaging/ Toyota 150 33   Running
12 23 97 Jesse Little Vanacore Homes/NTI Chevrolet 150 32   Running
13 17 4 Sergio Pena UTI/NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota 150 31   Running
14 13 98 Cameron Hayley Cabinets by Hayley Chevrolet 150 30   Running
15 1 41 Ben Rhodes * Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet 150 29   Running
16 14 42 Jay Beasley * Toyota Racing Development Toyota 150 28   Running
17 20 21 Mackena Bell Special Smiles Toyota 149 27   Running
18 7 43 Brodie Kostecki * Arcoplate Toyota 148 26   Running
19 22 71 Eddie MacDonald Grimm Contracting Chevrolet 148 25   Running
20 16 2 Ryan Gifford Toyota Racing Development Toyota 147 24   Running
21 8 1 David Garbo, Jr. * Garbo Lobster Toyota 145 23   Running
22 5 24 Brennan Newberry Qore24 Chevrolet 143 22   Running
23 4 4 Ronnie Bassett, Jr. * Butler Trailer Mfg. Toyota 143 21   Running
24 26 18 Brandon Jones Paragon Energy Holdings Toyota 143 20   Running
25 25 55 Jerry Dawson * EXIT Realty Chevrolet 81 19   Accident
26 24 89 Cory Joyce Kyros Ent Chevrolet 74 18   Brakes

RACE STATISTICS Fastest Qualifier: Ben Rhodes *, Time: 18.589 Seconds, Speed: 71.655 mph Failed To Qualify: Clint King (07), Beto Monteiro (12), Nathan Russell (75), Brandon Jones (33) (Jones replace Sam Hunt in No.18 due to illness) Time of Race: 1 hrs., 9 mins, 12 secs     Average Speed: 48.121 mph     Margin of Victory: .596 Seconds Caution Flags: Laps 11-16; 40-44; 56-61; 64-72; 85-92; 94-100; 130-136; 140-145.  8 for 54 laps. Lap Leaders: Ben Rhodes (grid), Gray Gaulding 1-31, Daniel Suarez 32-150. Total Laps Led: Daniel Suarez 119, Gray Gaulding 31.  1 changes involving 2 drivers.

Doug Coby brought home the victory this evening for the second annual Battle at the Beach at the Daytona International Speedway. This was Coby's second career win in an exhibition event under the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Coby only ended up leading two laps of the event.

Jason Myers ended up finishing the event tonight as he did not last season. Myers started the event from the sixth spot and worked his way up to the second position when the checkers fell. He fell just short of the leader by 0.322 seconds on the final lap, however, Myers does has something to be proud of as he grabed his best finish in an exhibition event.

Luke Fleming also captured his best finish of the Battle at the Beach tonight after a third place effort. In 2013, Fleming started the event in the 13th position but brought home his No. 40 Jerry Hunt Auto Sales to a 19th place run. He started the event this evening from the ninth spot.

Tonight's pole sitter Ryan Preece was having such a good day going for him until the final laps of the race. On lap 143, with seven laps remaining, Preece got into the lap car of Dave Sapienza to send him around and then suffered a flat tire from the contact. Preece persevered and went on to a fourth place finish. The 2013 champion led all but the last two laps of the Battle at the Beach.

Denny Hamlin captured the victory this evening at the Daytona International Speedway by staying out of trouble all night long. Hamlin started on the pole and led the most laps of 27 to grab his second victory in the event. He also led the most times during the race of six. Tonight, Hamlin became only the ninth driver to score more than one race win in the event.

"The best car won, that’s for sure. I can’t thank this FedEx team enough. Thank everyone from FedEx Express, this is good," said Hamlin. "We’re two in a row now. We’re building on something. Still we had a great car all weekend and got to thank FedEx and Toyota and Sprint. Thank the fans for coming out. That was survival of the fittest for sure. With three (laps) to go we’re at the tail end of a very small pack and it’s really hard to get runs, but this car was just phenomenal and you saw it those last couple laps."

Brad Keselowski had a strong showing this evening, but he was just short of the victory when Hamlin pulled away from the rest of the field on the final lap. It was Keselowski's second top-10 finish in the unofficial season opener. He lost the race by just 0.197 seconds behind the race winner.

"It was definitely a race of attrition and we survived, somewhat, to the end. We finished second," said Keselowski. "Obviously came up one spot short, which in a race like this is all that matters. It was just kind of the timing of the runs. I thought it was great racing. The cars are maybe just a tiny bit more responsive than they were last year, but, obviously, if the field gets up by the wall it’s tough to make a move, but, all in all, I thought it was pretty good racing. This format is good for plate racing and I thought it was a decent night."

Kyle Busch managed to salvage a third place this evening after being involved in a wreck 15 laps remaining in the event. Busch spun the No. 18 Camry off turn four, nearly an exact replica of what he did two years ago, from an aero tap from Keselowski. He started the event in the fourth spot and drome himself to his fifth top-10 finish in the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona.

"Just about trying to make the right moves and not having a whole lot of help to do any of it. There’s so little cars out there that you’re just kind of on your own trying to figure things out," said Busch. "That’s kind of the way the race played out tonight. It was the same race for everybody there at the end."

With 18 cars starting the event, only nine of them actually ended up finishing. Early on into the event, nine cars ended up in a crash just past the start finish line when Matt Kenseth got spun. It then started a chain reaction collecting Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Danica Patrick and other drivers. NASCAR threw the red flag to clean up from the incident for around 10 minutes.

The next race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be on Thursday evening for the two Budweiser Duel 150 races that will set the rest of the Daytona 500 field. The races will be live on FOX Sports 1 starting at 7:00 p.m. Et. You can also listen to live radio coverage with the call by MRN.


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