Tony Stewart finally gets Daytona 500 win

Kyle Busch won the opening stage of the Cup season while there was some chaos that ensued throughout the course: Defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson wrecked, and as many as 16 other cars suffered some sort of damage to their respective vehicles. I thought we had it lined up really good in the Clash.

"Watching the last several plate races, I think the Gibbs guys have the market cornered on the favorite", he said. "Hey, this is the call you've been waiting for". The excitement of a new season culminates on Sunday with the Daytona 500. LaJoie earned one of the open positions in "The Great American Race, " but it came with controversy.

NASCAR race teams keep a lot of things in reserve on race weekends, just in case they need something. It caused Sorenson to wreck.

Chase Elliott will lead the field to the green in Race 1, but for both events, it is important to remember that drivers will have different agendas at work. By the time his auto limped onto pit road after the race, Busch already was carving up the speedway's infield grass with a long victory slide. As Earnhardt enters the 18th season of his Cup career, he's still seeking his first title.

"I hunkered down", Busch said. "But we knew we had the reserve switch (for the back-up fuel pump) he could hit and I could make a lap with that, so we kind of planned everything around that lap with 51 to go to where we could make it on fuel".

Brad Keselowski: The 2012 series champion is still looking for first Daytona 500 victory. The 2016 Daytona 500 victor is hungry for another victory at the track, but will have to fight off 39 other drivers, including his three teammates and Gibbs' two satellite cars, to take that win.

Martin TRUEX Jr starting 35th: TRUEX finished a very close 2nd in the 500 previous year. LaJoie and Joey Gase are in the 40-car field Sunday.

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"It's still only part time, " LaJoie said.

Brendan Gaughan, Las Vegas' third entrant in the race, steered clear of trouble for most of the afternoon except for one minor brush. "Not what we wanted to hear.' He wasn't helping me any".

"I told Kurt", said Stewart, happy to return the compliment, "I said it's probably the best race and most patient race I've seen him run today".

There were two open slots for the Daytona 500 and they were claimed by Corey LaJoie and Canadian driver D.J. Kennington. To have an opportunity to come back this year as an owner and still have the opportunity to be where we're at right now, I mean, that's a pretty exciting feeling.

It was just an added bonus to win in SHR's first race with Ford.

He said he would have preferred not to have wrecked Sorenson, but insisted it was unintentional. He knows I just got married. There's a lot of pressure going in to making this race.

"This is a very positive story in our sport, to see the commitment of a very large company like Shell and Pennzoil are and for them to be able to sign up with this team really makes a statement for not only where Team Penske is, but for where NASCAR is as a sport", Logano said.

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Hendrick Motorsports has been admittedly aggressive in preparing for the Daytona 500, and it may be the cause of the problems the team has had in Turn 4 at Daytona International Speedway.

For the second straight season Elliott was left to wonder: what if? Sunday was his first race back after getting medically cleared. But he has won the July Race at Daytona and he has proven that he can win at the World Center of racing and he will be somebody that I look to charge out of the pack and possibly take it away. "Here we are in victory lane".

Goodyear found itself on the defensive when Kyle Busch, who was understandably upset when he wrecked out of the 59th annual Daytona 500, took his frustrations out on the tire manufacturer and its product after his crash.

In fact, Tony Stewart was once racing with Joe Gibbs for 10-years before he was released from his contract with them in 2008, due to his loyalty to Chevrolet since Gibbs chose to switch over to Toyota.

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"The hard part's over".

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