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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Daytona 500 media day (all occasions local):

2: 30 p. mirielle.

Elliott Sadler is ready for an additional shot at an elusive championship.

The particular 42-year-old Xfinity Series driver provides finished second four of the final seven years, including back-to-back months. He finished fourth or much better in six of those seven yrs.

He drives for close friend Dale Earnhardt Jr. at powerful JUNIOR Motorsports.

Sadler has being seeking a championship since breaking into the particular national series in 1995. This individual drove 12 full-time seasons within the Cup Series, finishing as high as 9th in 2004, and has driven 9 full-time seasons in the second-tier, Xfinity Series.

He knows the day can be coming that he will hang up their helmet, but he doesn’t need it to be until after a title. He or she watched Earnhardt and fellow 40-something drivers Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth walk away during the last three years.

“I’ve talked to them men, ” Sadler said. “When are you aware deep down in your heart that will, ‘Hey, it’s time for me to take a step else? ‘ I have that in your mind. I understand what that feeling is most likely going to be like.

“Right now, We don’t have it. I still wish to race and I still want to be aggressive. I still want to do the things it will take to be a good race-car driver. I would like to be in the gym. I want to watch movie. I want to do those things. I think as soon as that day comes where, ‘Ah, I don’t feel like going to the racetrack, then I’ll know it’s time for you to step away. But right now it offers not come to that point. ”

— Mark Long

2 g. m.

Defending Cup Series champ Martin Truex Jr. believes NASCAR’s new pit rules are the pits.

The sanctioning body reduced the amount of crewmembers allowed over the wall through six to five, meaning less people making changes when each second counts. NASCAR also implemented an universal air wrench which is heavier and slower. The new guidelines made their debut in the Battle at Daytona last weekend.

“I didn’t see any pit prevents the other day that were very good, ” Truex said. “Ours were awful. Now i’m sitting there like, ‘Oh the God. This is way worse compared to I anticipated. ‘ I seemed was sitting there for a moment. And then I came out with the 3 guys I came in with, therefore I’m like, ‘OK, so we just about all sucked. ‘”

The loss of a team member is expected to add a minimum of a couple seconds to a typical hole stop. The additional time also enables teams to get creative with methods to perform the same work with fewer individuals. An unexpected byproduct is more injuries through pit crews handling a weightier workload.

“All I’ve heard every offseason is how difficult it really is, how many guys are getting hurt, the particular guns are so slow, the weapons are this, ” Truex stated. “It’s going to be bad. Personally i think it’s going to take a while to figure out. ”

: Mark Long

1: forty five p. m.

Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson has no retirement date in view.

Johnson has watched fellow 40-something drivers Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. all leave the sport during the last three years. But he’s not prepared to join the NASCAR star exodus quite yet.

“For me, Personally i think like, sure, I could stop; We have accomplished so much, ” Johnson stated at Daytona 500 media time. “But what else am We going to do? I’m going to find another thing to race. I am a speed at heart and I want to compete and am feel like I can accomplish more within the sport and win more competitions and compete for more championships plus win more championships. I have a tendency feel that it’s time yet.

Manley said his desire to compete is really as “intense as ever” as he proceeds his chase of a record 8th NASCAR Cup championship. Johnson, which won the 2016 crown, is usually coming off the worst season associated with his career. He won just three races – none right after June – and finished tenth in the final points standings.

: Mark Long

1: fifteen p. m.

The Daytona five hundred has gone dry.

Former NASCAR winners Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick, who usually sport beer brand name sponsors logos on their hoods, have got non-alcoholic sponsors for the Daytona five hundred.

The Daytona 500 will be the very first once since 1982 without a beer-sponsored car in the race.

Miller En aning will still serve as primary coordinator for Team Penske and the Number 2 car driven by Keselowski at select races. Same with Busch and Harvick’s No . 4 Kia.

“It’s not like they’re not energetic, ” Harvick said. “You move everywhere in this town and Busch has pretty much taken over the town. You should never know Busch is not on the vehicle when you drive around town and appear around the racetrack. ”

– Serta Gelston

1: 10 g. m.

He Said It:

“Joey is one of those guys you could start working the (groin) and he’d leave smiling. ”

– Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski on permanently optimistic teammate Joey Logano.

: Dan Gelston

1: 05 p. m.

It’s a thorny problem for Brad Keselowski. Does it issue that he is the favorite to earn the Daytona 500?

Keselowski aren’t bet on himself.

“I’d become Pete Rose, ” Keselowski stated. “I don’t think it should be illegal in order to bet for yourself. It should be illegal to place against yourself. ”

But will be their pressure as the favorite?

“No, because I don’t have any money onto it, ” Keselowski said, laughing.

: Dan Gelston

12: thirty p. m.

Kevin Harvick provides high expectations for budding celebrity Chase Elliott.

The 2014 NASCAR Cup champion called Elliott the particular “biggest tie to our grass-roots NASCAR fan. ” Elliott is the 22-year-old son of Hall of Popularity driver Bill Elliott. Both originate from Dawsonville, Georgia.

“I seem like he’s one of the most important ingredients about what NASCAR racing does going forward due to his family name, ” Harvick said at Daytona 500 mass media day. “He has the legacy gowns already been built in this sport simply by his dad. He’s come into this particular sport with a great name plus already proven that he’s going to compete. He has those southeast, NASCAR connections to those core fans that nothing of the rest of us will ever have. Your dog is the guy. ”

Elliott, getting into his third full season in Hendrick Motorsports, in winless within 77 career Cup starts. He’s 12 top-five finishes last year, which includes five runner-ups.

“When he is victorious the first time, you’re going to see things that a person haven’t seen in a long time from lover reaction and just enthusiasm about this sports activity, ” Harvick said. “And whenever that happens, it’s going to be good for all of us. inch

– Mark Long

eleven: 45 a. m.

The eco-friendly flag is about to drop on Daytona 500 media day.

There’s a lot to talk about heading into Sunday’s competition. The field has undergone a spectacular youth movement, and new superstars seem to be the sport’s focus. Alex Bowman is on the pole for your season-opening race and fellow Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron is placed to make his Cup series first.

Kurt Busch will try to defend their Daytona 500 championship, and Matn Truex Jr. opens defense associated with his 2017 series title.

Darrell Wallace Jr. will make history since the first black driver since 1969 to start the Daytona 500.

Danica Patrick is still around, at least for one a lot more race. She’ll make her last NASCAR start as part of the “Danica Double” that has her ending her profession back in open-wheel racing at the Indiana 500.

– Dan Gelston

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