Stenhouse Jr. and Brian Pattie Join Forces for the 2017 Season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2017) –  Heading into his fifth season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will  team up with veteran crew chief Brian Pattie who will take over the reins of the No. 17 team.

“I’m really excited to get the season started,” Stenhouse said. “Brian (Pattie) has been in the sport for numerous years so I feel his experience with race strategy will definitely benefit us especially with the new race format. Brian and I work together well, and I feel like I’ve already seen a big benefit in our communication.

Camping World Truck Series Notes From Daytona

Sauter Begins Title Defense At Daytona

Back for his ninth full-time season to defend his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title, Johnny Sauter will attempt to win the NextEra 250 at DAYTONA International Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1) for the second consecutive year.

The No. 21 GMS Racing driver became the first competitor in NCWTS history to clinch an automatic berth in the playoffs when he held off Ryan Truex for the victory at Daytona last year.

Sauter captured the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title on the strength of three wins, 12 top fives and 19 top 10s. He increased his performance at the end of the year finishing first, first, second and third in the final four races.

Matt Crafton (2013-14) is the only driver who’s won back-to-back NCWTS titles.

Can-Am Duels Are Today…. PLUS Other MENCS Notes Before the 2017 Daytona 500

Can-Am Duels Set For Thursday

The drivers of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will take to the track at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday night for the Can-Am Duels. The Duels will determine who starts in the third through 40th positions in Sunday’s DAYTONA 500.

Thirty-eight teams are locked into the DAYTONA 500 (36 via charter and the two fastest open teams from Sunday’s qualifying – Elliott Sadler and Brendan Gaughan). The highest finisher in each Duel among the Open teams will make the Daytona 500. The other Open teams will be driven by Reed Sorenson, Corey LaJoie (both in Duel 1), and Timmy Hill or DJ Kennington (in Duel 2).

The highest finishers other than Chase Elliott (pole winner) in Duel 1 will fill the third through 39th starting spots on Sunday, while the highest finishers in Duel 2 other than Dale Earnhardt Jr. will line up in the fourth through 40th positions on Sunday.