Yes, practice for tonight’s Can-Am Duel 150 races (7 p.m. ET, FOX) at Daytona International Speedway was rained out Thursday afternoon, but the teams were plenty busy getting ready for tonight’s races, where the weather forecast is improving.
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Back in the saddle
The Daytona 500 will be Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s first race since last July. He will start NASCAR’s biggest race on the outside of Row 1, next to his teammate and pole-sitter Chase Elliott.
Kevin Harvick and his Stewart-Haas Racing team are threats to win almost anywhere they race and Daytona is no exception.
This is the 71st Daytona Speedweeks for NASCAR Hall of Fame member Glen Wood. He made his first trip in 1947, riding in a 1940 Ford along with his future father-in-law, Leonard Moricle and his future brother-in-law Lane Moricle.
Kyle Busch finished third in last year’s Daytona 500 and will be one of the favorites to win this year.
Going for it
Kyle Larson will try to give car owner Chip Ganassi another Daytona 500 victory to go with the one Jamie McMurray won in 2010.
The King and I
There’s 11 NASCAR Premier Series championships between Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon, who are flanked by Kyle Petty, himself a successful racer and now broadcaster.
Rising stars Daniel Suarez (from left), Chase Elliott, Bubba Wallace and Ryan Blaney stopped by the Daytona Media Center this morning.
To celebrate the 59th running of the Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway rolled out a special promotional car.
This is the last year for the Chevrolet SS, which will be discontinued next year. Tonight, this SS will pace the Can-Am Duel 150s.
Fueled by bacon!
Aric Almirola is hoping for a better 2017 season in his Richard Petty Motorsports Ford.
Aspen Dental has stepped up to sponsor Danica Patrick in at least 10 races this season, starting with the Daytona 500.
Lucky No. 7
Veteran racer Elliott Sadler is hoping that the No. 7 on the side of his Tommy Baldwin-owned Chevrolet brings him good luck in the Daytona 500.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wants the entire Roush Fenway Racing squad to find more speed this year.
Hard at work
FS1 reporter Alan Cavanna getting work done inside the Daytona International Speedway garage.
Red, white & blue
Clint Bowyer is loving life now that’s he’s taken over the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.
The two yellow stripes on the bumper of Daniel Suarez’s Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota indicate his rookie status.