Chase Elliott, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Give Chevrolet Front Row for 59th Running of the Daytona 500

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Fifth Consecutive Pole for Chevrolet in the Great American Race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 19, 2017) – For the second consecutive year, Chase Elliot put the No. 24 NAPA Chevrolet SS on the pole for the season-opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Daytona 500.  With a lap of 46.663 seconds/192.872 mph, the 2016 Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year, claimed his third career pole.

In his return to competition after missing 18 races in 2016 recovering from symptoms of a concussion, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. qualified the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS in the second position, locking Chevrolet and Hendrick Motorsports into the front row for the 59th running of the Great American race.

DAYTONA 500 to Debut New Format for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Races

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2017) – Saturday night’s Advance Auto Parts Clash will return an iconic race name  – the Clash – to Daytona International Speedway’s NASCAR competition. Five days later on Feb. 23, the Can-Am Duel, the two 150-mile qualifying races for the DAYTONA 500, will also revisit a past tradition as for the first time since 1971 those races will award points in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.

Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Ready To Build On Its Daytona History

The long winter’s wait is over for the Wood Brothers and their Motorcraft/Quick Lane race team.

The iconic No. 21 Ford Fusion returns to the track this week at the Daytona International Speedway to start the 2017 Monster Energy Cup season. It’s the second-straight year that the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team will be competing on a full-time basis, but the team’s history in the elite division dates back to 1953, further than any active team on the circuit.

How They “Paint” NASCAR Cars

Exotic track-special Porsches are famous for the way they forego badges in the name of lightness. Rather than the metal pieces you’d find on the typical 911, you get stickers. Stickers. On a $190,000 car. That’s taking less is more to the extreme.

However, Porsche isn’t the only fan of fancy stickers. In fact, NASCAR racers – some of the most recognizable racecars on the planet – are stickered from stem-to-stern. Sticker isn’t the technical term, though. In the world of automotive couture, the colorful, unique and sponsor-spattered livery that adorns a large part of the field at any cup series race is called a wrap.

Not every car in the field is wrapped – some still choose to go the old-fashioned route with paint and decals – but names like Chip Ganassi, Richard Childress Racing and other cup frontrunners are supporters of the new technique. It’s likely that one day soon it will replace painting altogether for race cars.