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  • Chase Elliott wins 2016 Daytona 500 pole

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 hrs ago

    DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – Chase Elliott will start his first Daytona 500 from the top spot.

    The driver replacing Jeff Gordon in the iconic No. 24 won the pole Sunday for the Daytona 500. Elliott's lap of 196.314 MPH was faster than Matt Kenseth's lap of 196.036 MPH. Kenseth will start second in the 500 while the rest of the starting order will be determined for the Feb. 21 race in qualifying races on Thursday.

    Gordon won the pole in 2015 for his final Daytona 500.

    "I think the big thing is just the team and the Daytona 500 qualifying is about the team guys and the effort they put into these cars and it’s nothing special I did, it’s really what kind of work they did this off-season to make it happen," Elliott said. "Jeff knows all about that ... This is very special and a great way to start the season.”

    Elliott, 20, is the second rookie in the last three years to win the pole for the 500. Austin Dillon, driving the No. 3, won the pole in 2014. Elliott also becomes the youngest driver to ever qualify first for stock car racing's biggest race.

    Here's how those qualifying races will line up.

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  • Video: 5 storylines to watch at Daytona

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 4 hrs ago

    Daytona week has arrived.

    The Daytona 500 is a week away on Feb. 21 and to get you ready for the first points race of the season, Yahoo Sports' Jay Busbee brings you five things to watch at Daytona.

    Front row qualifying for the 500 is decided Sunday afternoon while the rest of the field will be assembled via the Duels qualifying races on Thursday, Feb. 18. The Camping World Truck Series opens its season on Feb. 19 while the first race of the Xfinity Series season is on Feb. 20.

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  • Cincinnati's president has been campaigning for Big 12 move

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 5 hrs ago

    Cincinnati is interested in switching conferences.

    According to documents obtained by the Cincinnati Enquirer, emails show that the president of the school has been in contact with others about the possibility of the Bearcats joining the Big 12 since 2014. Cincy is currently a member of the American Athletic Conference.

    The Big 12 is currently at 10 teams. While it's possible the league could expand at some point, there's no immediate incentive for it to do so. The league is now allowed to host a conference championship game after a rule mandating that conferences must have 12 teams to have a title game was ditched.

    Per the communications revealed by the Enquirer, president Santa Ono talked to former Kansas State president John Wefald, who told Ono that if Cincinnati wanted to get to the Big 12, it may have to make a short term revenue cut and that Oklahoma president David Boren liked UC as an expansion candidate. Boren has been outspoken about his thoughts on the Big 12 expanding back to 12 teams.

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  • Race winnings will no longer be listed in Cup Series box scores

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 5 hrs ago

    If you've looked at the box score from Saturday night's Sprint Unlimited won by Denny Hamlin, you likely noticed something missing.

    That something was a dollar amount for each driver's race winnings. NASCAR has traditionally listed the money drivers and teams have won after each race. But with the new charter agreement affecting the way the structure of the way money is awarded in the Cup Series, those winnings will no longer be publicly available.

    From NBC Sports:

    ( NASCAR Chief Operating Officer Brent) Dewar said it didn’t make sense to provide winnings that are listed according to drivers, which was misleading because the money actually was awarded to teams. Dewar contrasted it to a PGA event, where the listed winnings actually go directly to the golfer.

    So in honor of the death of race winnings in box scores, here are the 20 drivers with the most race winnings in Cup Series history before the 2015 season and where they stack up vs. a few notable drivers in history

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  • Quick takeaways from the Sprint Unlimited

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 19 hrs ago

    DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – Throughout the 2016 we may have way too many quick thoughts for our post-race posts. So consider our new Takeaways feature to be the home of our random and sometimes intelligent musings. Sometimes the post may have a theme. Sometimes it may just be a mess of unrelated thoughts. Make sure you tweet us your thoughts after the race or email your post-race rants via the link in the signature line below.

    • There was a lot of debris on the frontstretch at Daytona on Saturday night. The main debris victim was Brad Keselowski, who had large pieces of debris on his grille at least twice. The first time Keselowski's car had debris on the front of his grille, his engine got so hot that the radiator started spewing water and the team had to replenish it.

    [Related:Denny Hamlin wins Sprint Unlimited for third time]

    And if it was plastic from the newly-finished construction, it's a bit ironic given the track is using wet wipes instead of napkins at concession stands to cut down on the possibility of debris flying around.

  • Denny Hamlin wins Unlimited in first test of new extra lap rules

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 19 hrs ago

    DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – NASCAR's modified green-white-checker finish got its first practical application in the season's opening race.

    OK, the Sprint Unlimited isn't officially the first race of the NASCAR season. But the exhibition race serves as a test for many drivers and teams for the Daytona 500. And Denny Hamlin passed the test for the third time, winning Saturday night's race ahead of Joey Logano.

    [Related:Quick takeaways from the Sprint Unlimited]

    Hamlin was leading down the backstretch on the race's final lap when a multi-car accident happened in turns 1 and 2. NASCAR waited to throw the caution flag to see if the wreck would clear. As Hamlin maintained his lead, the caution was out before what remained of the field made it to turn three.

    The race went four laps over after a multi-car crash on the backstretch that started when Casey Mears bumped Brad Keselowski who bumped Carl Edwards on the backstretch. Thursday, NASCAR said that any overtime attempts would be governed by an "overtime line" on the backstretch.

  • Brian Vickers' return to Cup Series ends with crash (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 21 hrs ago

    DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – Brian Vickers' first substitute driving appearance for Tony Stewart ended abruptly and viciously when he hit the turn 1 wall in Saturday night's Sprint Unlimited at Daytona.

    Vickers appeared to have a right-rear tire issue as the field headed into the corner and he lost control. As he hit the wall he was clobbered into by teammate Kevin Harvick, who had nowhere to go. Vickers said he felt the tire go down on the straightaway but as he was rolling out of the gas, the car snapped loose on him.

    Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch were also involved. Busch is also a teammate of Vickers', meaning Danica Patrick was the only Stewart-Haas Racing driver not involved in the crash. Clint Bowyer was involved too; he's replacing Stewart in 2017 in the No. 14 car.

    Vickers was driving the exhibition race for Stewart after Stewart suffered a fractured vertebra in a sand buggy accident. Vickers climbed from the car after the crash and was evaluated and relased from the infield care center. It was his first Cup Series race since the Phoenix race in spring of 2015. Vickers missed the majority of the season because of blood clots.

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  • Baylor doesn't have to release police sexual assault records

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    The Texas attorney general's office is not requiring Baylor to release police records relating to sexual assaults committed by two former football players.

    The records were requested by both the Associated Press and ESPN's Outside the Lines. According to the state, the release of the records would violate the privacy of the victims in the assaults.

    From the AP:

    In arguing that the records should remain private, Wheelus says that the party requesting the information knows the names of the victims, so releasing the records would result in making public "highly intimate or embarrassing details."

    The AG's office, headed by Attorney General and Baylor graduate Ken Paxton, declined further comment on the opinion.

    Elliott is currently serving 20 years in prison after he was convicted of two counts of sexual assault in 2014 for a 2012 incident at a party.

    Baylor, a private university, is subject to state open records laws after laws changed in 2015 that made the records of campus police open to be requested.

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  • Wood Brothers Racing no longer part of Race Team Alliance

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Wood Brothers Racing said Friday that it's no longer part of the Race Team Alliance.

    The team did not get one of the 36 charters granted as part of NASCAR's new ownership structure.Teams that got charters had competed full-time in the Sprint Cup Series for the past three seasons. The Wood Brothers, who have been in NASCAR since 1953, haven't run a full-time schedule since after the 2008 season. The team is returning to full-time racing in 2016 with Ryan Blaney.

    “Around this time last year, the owners group invited us to be a part of their discussions," Wood Brothers Racing business director Jon Wood said. "The first time that we went to one of those meetings was the weekend of the 600 in May. It was at that point when we sort of saw the proposed framework and the direction that they were wanting to go. It was fairly close to what it turned out being. That being said, we kind of knew right then that if it went down that road that it would certainly change things for us but we didn’t know if that was it yet."

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  • HScott Motorsports leases charter for Michael Annett in 2016

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    The first lease of a charter under NASCAR's new ownership agreement is done.

    HScott Motorsports has leased the charter granted to Premium Motorsports for the 2016 season. The lease guarantees Michael Annett will have a starting spot in every race in 2016. Premium Motorsports, which is fielding a full-time car for Cole Whitt, will have to qualify on speed every week.

    "The new Charter License structure is the result of monumental and unprecedented cooperation between NASCAR and the teams that will further advance the sport into the foreseeable future," owner Harry Scott said in a statement. "The Charter System provides equity and certainty necessary for owners to build a successful business plan and maintain the health of their investment that will benefit fans and sponsors."

    HScott was granted a charter for the 2016 season for Clint Bowyer's No. 15 team. To get a charter, a car had to participate full-time in the Cup Series from 2013-2015. HScott expanded to two teams in 2015 when Annett joined Justin Allgaier to form a two-car team.