Brennan Poole has officially won the unofficial “Best Helmet in Daytona Award,” (as judged by this writer) and second place isn’t even close. Poole, who drives the No. 48 for Chip Ganassi Racing in the Xfinity Series, will wear a Star Wars-themed helmet for this weekend’s Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway. The helmet, designed and hand painted by Jason Beam of BEAMdesigns, is based off the helmet Luke Skywalker wore in Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope during the pivotal Battle of Yavin. The red symbol displayed on the front of the helmet is the logo of the Rebel Alliance, which Skywalker joins to fight the Empire as he pilots his X-Wing fighter with the designation “Red 5.”
NASCAR’s new points format means AJ Allmendinger and Martin Truex Jr. have already earned and lost points. As part of the points changes NASCAR instituted for the 2017 season, the top-10 finishers in each Duel qualifying race earned points.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Last June, GQ named Landon Cassill as NASCAR’s most stylish driver. It probably wasn’t a close vote. Cassill, 27, is known as a clothes horse around the garage and says he’s been interested in threads since he was a child. “I like to wear nice things, and NASCAR’s an interesting sport because it’s not necessarily a fashion-forward sport, but it has its own style for sure. Everybody has their own style no matter where you are,” Cassill told USA TODAY Sports Wednesday at Daytona 500 media day. “I think my style is just a little bit different than NASCAR. I do follow fashion. I actually watch runway shows and pay attention to fashion week. I think it’s my form of art that I’m