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Thursday, February 23, 2012

This week is the official start to the 2012 NASCAR points season.  Fans can stay abreast of the the activities leading up to the Daytona 500 by checking the TV Schedule right here at Fan4Racing.  

Daily news will be posted on this page with the digest of the weekly news posted to our weekly News and Views feature. 

Are you going to be in Daytona for the races this week? Be sure to check out the Driver Appearances tab to schedule your activities at the track. Click on the Driver link to see details for each appearance. There are many driver appearances scheduled so bookmark this page to your mobile phone so you know where to be and when for each driver.

Also, this is the last week to submit your 2012 Team for our Matt's Sports Card Contest. The more participants, the more prizes will be available. For contest rules, selection form and submission details please visit the NASCAR Contest tab. This contest is FREE and weekly results will be posted on this same tab so fans will know their ranking throughout the season.  Submissions are due by lap one of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 26th. 

Let's begin with news for today...

Thursday, February 23, 2012
2012 Gatorade Duel at Daytona Race 1 & 2 Results
Tony Stewart took the checkered and yellow flags to win the first NSCS Gatorade Duel at Daytona race Thursday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway. There was an incident that happened on the backstretch after the white flag was flown to bring out the caution, when Danica Patrick took a hard hit into the infield wall after being caught up with Aric Almirola. Thanks to the SAFER barries, Patrick came away unscathed.

Following Stewart to the drop of the checkered and yellow flags were Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishing second, Marcos Ambrose third, Jeff Burton fourth and Carl Edwards finishing fifth.

Rounding out the top-ten finishers were Michael McDowell finishing sixth, Kevin Harvick seventh, AJ Allmendinger eighth, Robby Gordon ninth and Jamie McMurray finishing in the tenth position.

Duel 1 Results

Race two of the NSCS Gatorade Duel at Daytona was less eventful then the first, as there were no cautions during the race at Daytona International Speedway.

Taking the checkered flag was Matt Kenseth, and he was followed by Regan Smith finishing second, Jimmie Johnson third, Elliott Sadler fourth and Greg Biffle finishing in fifth.

Rounding out the top-ten finishing positions were Joey Logano finishing in sixth, Kyle Busch seventh, Jeff Gordon eighth, Ryan Newman ninth and Kasey Kahne finishing in the tenth position.

Duel 2 Results

From Timing & Scoring provided by NASCARmedia  Daytona 500 Lineup

Krissie Newman scheduled to speak at ACES International Conference
Krissie Newman is scheduled to be a guest speaker at the 2012 ACES (Animal Center Education Services) International Conference at Sea World in San Diego, CA. The three-day event will be held September 27th-30th.

Read more from Ryan Newman Foundation-PR

Hamlin, Bowyer and Harvick Headline All-Star cast of Celebrity Appearances
Racing fans will be treated to a star-studded lineup of NASCAR drivers and celebrity guests making special appearances throughout the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 race weekend, Saturday and Sunday March 3-4 at Phoenix International Raceway. NASCAR superstars Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick headline the list of drivers and VIPs who will make special appearances at the track.

Read more from PIR-PR

2012 NNS DRIVE4COPD 300 First Practice Session Speeds
The 2012 NNS season officially got underway Thursday morning, as drivers took to the 2.5 mile track at Daytona International Speedway for their first DRIVE4COPD 300 practice session.

NSCS regular Denny Hamlin, with a lap speed of 197.472 mph, was the fastest during the session, while NNS driver Brian Scott posted the second fastest lap with a speed of 197.468 mph, followed by Kurt Busch (196.019 mph) who was third fastest, Kyle Busch (196.014) fourth and Tony Stewart (194.966) was fifth fastest.

Rounding out the top-ten fastest in practice were Joey Logano (194.957mph) who was sixth fastest, Kasey Kahne (193.715) seventh, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (193.715) eighth, Joe Nemechek (192.625) ninth and Michael Annett (192.612) posting the tenth fastest lap speed.

The teams will have their "Happy Hour" (final) practice session from 10:45 - 11:50 am ET this morning, and won't return to the track again until their 2:05pm ET scheduled qualifying session Friday afternoon. 

The DRIVE4COPD 300 race is scheduled to get underway around 1:15pm ET on Saturday, Feb 25th with ESPN beginning their (pre) race coverage at 12:00 pm ET.

From Timing and Scoring provided by NASCARmedia - Practice Speeds

Last call for smoking in Speedway grandstands
Joie Chitwood III looked at the calendar, and then he decided it was time to clear the air at the Daytona International Speedway.

Smoking will no longer be allowed in the grandstands starting with the Coke Zero 400 in July.

Read more from Daytona Beach News Journal

New BK Racing owner committed to running successful Cup team
Tomato grower Wayne Press had invested in TRG Motorsports, a team that showed potential but eventually wound up folding its Sprint Cup operation after three seasons.

That experience, though, didn't sour him nor some of his other partners enough to keep them out of the Cup garage.

Read more from Scene Daily

Allmendinger on FOX and Friends
Shell-Pennzoil Dodge driver AJ Allmendinger will be a featured guest on Sunday's edition of FOX and Friends on the FOX News Channel. The program starts at 6am Sunday morning, with Dinger scheduled to join hosts Alisyn Camerota, Dave Briggs, and Clayton Morris at 8:30 am.  

From TRPR 

Rick Hendrick says he will appeal if Knaus gets penalty from NASCAR
Hendrick spoke with USA Today about the sponsorship, the inspection failure of Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 Chevy last week and the return of pack racing (and big wrecks) at Daytona:

Q: Are you planning to appeal if NASCAR penalizes the No. 48?
A: Yes. I think NASCAR does a good job in the garage area, and sometimes you agree and sometime you don't. I'm gathering all the facts on our end about when the car raced and who worked on it. We have really good documentation in our shop for every hour spent on a car and who does what with the mill and paint work. I've talked to the guys who do that work in the shop. I feel good about our position, but I have to sit down and go through it and present our case and go from there.

Q: You believe the car was legal?
A: Yes. I ran every restrictor-plate race we raced last year and went to the R&D Center. So, it's only been painted since then. It's been seen an awful lot (by NASCAR). So I need to get down to why it was wrong this time and (why) it's OK the other times.

Q: Did crew chief Chad Knaus tell you there's nothing different about the car?
A: The guys who do the body work have told me that. Chad doesn't do that work. I talked to Chad, but I talked to the other guys too. They've stated they absolutely didn't touch that area since it was built before the 2011 Daytona 500.

Q: Is Knaus' history as a repeat offender counting against him?
A: Well history is history, and you can't change it. I feel like Chad has been a good citizen the last few years, and he's tried really hard. He goes to the R&D Center. Before he takes air boxes to the track, he shows it to (NASCAR) because he doesn't want to have a problem. I know he works really hard, and I've been told in several situations that he's done a good job in that area. And we have not had any problems. We've had our share in the past, but I think it's a little different. There were a lot of other cars being sanded and (worked) on. Why didn't (the No. 48) get an opportunity to get some of that done if they didn't like it?

Read more from USA Today (scroll down to see this segment in the Q&A's)

Mama Lucia Meatballs Partners with RCR's No. 22 NASCAR CWTS Team
Quaker Maid Meats, a leading supplier of frozen meat products has reached a partnership agreement with Richard Childress Racing for the company's Mama Lucia Meatballs brand to be the primary sponsor of the February 24 race at Daytona International Speedway with RCR's NASCAR Camping World Truck series No. 22 team driven by 2011 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Joey Coulter.

Read more from RCR-PR

Schaeffer Oil Joins Forces with Max Gresham for Daytona
Schaeffer Oil - which has manufactured lubricants longer than any other company in America - today announced a promotional association with NASCAR driver Max Gresham for the upcoming NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck series event is scheduled for Friday, February 24 on the 2.5-mile 'World Center of Speed' Daytona oval.

Read more from Max Gresham-PR

Pro Motor Engines and Tristar Choose G-OIL for 2012
As a 30-year veteran of NASCAR competition Mark Smith knows engines. Smith is the owner of Pro Motor Engines (PME), a leading builder of race engines for all three NASCAR series, and owner of the TriStar Motorsports NASCAR Nationwide series team.

Building and preparing high performance racing engines is Smith's business and key to his team's success. Starting this season, TriStar has chosen G-OIL, the world's first and only American Petroleum Institute (API) and USDA BioPreferred certified bio-based full synthetic motor oil for all four of his 2012 NASCAR Nationwide series cars.

Smith's engines have won three NASCAR Truck series championships (2003, 2004 and 2009). He also received the prestigious MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Year award in both 2008 and 2009 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series competition.

G-OIL will be the motor oil for Tayler Malsam in the #19 G-OIL Toyota, Eric McClure in the #14 Hefty Reynolds Wrap Toyota, former NASCAR Camping World Truck series champion Mike Bliss in the #44 TriStar Toyota and the Toyota driven by former Nationwide series champion Jeff Green.

Read more from Green Earth Technologies-PR

Keep checking back for updated news throughout the day. At the end of today, these news stories will be posted to our weekly News and Views feature. 

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