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Kenseth, Hamlin win Budweiser Duel at Daytona

Joe Gibbs Racing teammates sweep Duels; crash mars second race
Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin win NASCAR's Budweiser Duel at Daytona; field for the 2014 Daytona 500 set.

The Budweiser Duel at Daytona, NASCAR’s twin qualifying races that set the field for the Daytona 500, enjoyed its first setting in prime time on Thursday evening. While the week leading up to the event witnessed practice crashes that forced seven teams to back-up cars, the Duel was a comparatively composed affair — until the final turn of the night.

Top 10 Feel-Good Wins in NASCAR History

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for the Auto Club 400 at Fontana

Predicting the best fantasy drivers in California so you don't have to.
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<p> Dustin Long ranks each driver on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit for this weekend's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.</p>

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads back out west for the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long will be offering his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, he’ll break down the picks according to its NASCAR driver classes — A-List, B-List, C-List.

5 Storylines to Watch Entering NASCAR's 2018 Season

How will the sport replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick?
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5 Storylines to Watch Entering NASCAR's 2018 Season

It’s finally here. Sunday’s Daytona 500 begins another 36-race NASCAR odyssey, the second with Monster Energy as primary sponsor. The energy drink stepped up to back the sport after Sprint bailed on their deal following the 2016 season.

 

Alex Bowman Replaces Dale Earnhardt Jr., Big Shoes to Fill

Alex Bowman inherits Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 at Hendrick Motorsports
Alex Bowman inherits Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 at Hendrick Motorsports

Alex Bowman, casually dressed in jeans and a gray T-shirt, apologizes for running a few minutes late to an appointment at the Hendrick Motorsports shop where Bowman’s No. 88 Chevrolets are housed and worked on daily.

 

But all is quiet at the nearly deserted building on this November afternoon. Most Hendrick employees are nearly 800 miles away in Homestead, Fla., where Dale Earnhardt Jr. is embarking on his final race weekend as a driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

 

NASCAR Remembers Retired Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s career made an impact on Rick Hendrick, Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty and many more.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s career made an impact on Rick Hendrick, Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty and many more.

The retirement of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver award for the 15th consecutive year in 2017, leaves a void. The sport as a whole will miss the man whose legions of fans long ago rose up as one Junior Nation.

 

Earnhardt easily was the most recognizable face and name in NASCAR for the last decade and a half. He will continue to be involved in the sport as a co-owner of JR Motorsports, which fields XFINITY Series teams, and as a race analyst in the NBC booth.

 

Chase Elliott Talks Dale Jr., Denny Hamlin and No. 9 Chevrolet

Hendrick Motorsports' Chase Elliott is poised to be NASCAR's next superstar.
Hendrick Motorsports' Chase Elliott is poised to be NASCAR's next superstar.

The torch has been passed, from one son of a Hall of Famer to another. With the retirement of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott is poised to assume the role of fan favorite. In two years at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup level, Elliott, the son of Hall of Famer Bill, has already built an impressive fan following. His popularity is expected only to grow as Dale Jr. fans look for a driver to latch on to.

 

Jimmie Johnson Brings Cycling Craze to NASCAR

The seven-time Cup champ enjoys cycling nearly as much as driving.
Seven-time Cup champ Jimmie Johnson enjoys cycling nearly as much as driving.

Jimmie Johnson’s racing career began on two wheels, as he whipped BMX bikes and motorcycles across tracks in Southern California. After he became a superstar on four wheels, he returned to two wheels as an amateur triathlete. And now he has helped initiate a bicycling fad among NASCAR drivers. Seemingly every week, a handful of drivers tour the area around the track.

 

What are Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s retirement plans?

Dale Jr. is expecting his first child and is starting a new job with NBC Sports.
Dale Jr. is expecting his first child and is starting a new job with NBC Sports.

Dale Jr. won’t be racing cars anymore, but that doesn’t mean he’s slowing down. The 43-year-old and his wife, Amy, are expecting their first child. The father-to-be announced the good news by posting a picture of pink baby shoes on Instagram in October. He will also be joining NBC Sports’ NASCAR coverage in July 2018. The 14-time Cup Series Most Popular Driver plans to take a crash course in announcing.

 

Ford EcoBoost 400 Preview and Fantasy NASCAR Predictions

Danica Patrick's retirement is the latest challenge facing NASCAR
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Ford EcoBoost 400 Preview and Fantasy NASCAR Predictions

We’ve seen plenty of sports deal with the fallout from athlete retirements. The NBA struggled after losing Michael Jordan and golf has seen interest wane with Tiger Woods on the sidelines. But all those moments pale with the changing of the guard we’re seeing in NASCAR.

 

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