JTG Daugherty Racing is set to Nascar Daytona 500 Live build on late-season success from a year ago with veteran AJ Allmendinger returning to the No. 47 entry while adding a second car for Chris Buescher.
The bulk of Allmendinger’s team stays in place from last season including having Randall Burnett as crew chief while Buescher will have Trent Owens atop his pit box.
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“We had to move to a two-car team because we had so many sponsors on the car,” Allmendinger said. “Not a lot of teams in NASCAR can say they had to go to a second car because they had too many sponsors.
“I have a great relationship with Tad (Geschickter, team owner),” Allmendinger said. “A lot of team owners are talking to him about how they do this, NASCAR’s talking to him about the sponsor side and he’s finally starting to get the credit he deserves. It’s special to see how the team was when I got here in 2013, I think they had about 27 employees and they were struggling. To see what it’s grown into in 2017 with all the people in the shop is crazy.”
Allmendinger finished 2016 with four top-10 finishes in the final six races, ending the season 19th in points. Nascar Daytona 500 Live But his nine total top-10 finishes made it his second-most successful season in 11 seasons competing in the Cup Series.
“During the summer, we lost our way with setups and struggled,” Allmendinger said. “As we got to the end of the year, we started building cars back to where we wanted them. Randall (Burnett) and I learned a lot about each other in our first year together. Going into our second year, bringing Chris and Trent Owens over will be a bigger benefit for us.”
The season-opening Daytona 500 will be a milestone for Allmendinger as he will make his 300th start at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series level. But unlike any of his previous 299 starts, the Daytona 500 will be the first under NASCAR’s new enhanced race format.
“It’s interesting,” Allmendinger said. “Good changes, more opportunities to score points.”
After many months of rumors concerning a possible second team coming for JTG Daugherty Racing, it was finally announced in late November that Buescher, on loan from Roush Fenway Racing, would be joining the team driving the No. 37 machine and that he would bring a NASCAR charter with him which was formerly held by the No. 16 team.
“We’re still under contract with Roush but coming over this year to JTG, we’re working this season and getting integrated with everybody over there,” Buescher said.
It’s the second year in a row that Buescher will drive for a new team. After winning the XFINITY Series title in 2015, he graduated to the Cup Series last year while driving for Front Row Motorsports. Moving to JTG Daugherty Racing for 2017, it’s the third team in as many years he’s driven for in NASCAR’s top two divisions.
“It’s been a transition, coming Nascar Daytona 500 Live Stream over to a new team for the second year in a row trying to get to know everybody,” Buescher said. “It’s been about as seamless as you could ask it to be. The atmosphere is awesome, a very family-friendly environment. Everybody’s got a great attitude and high hopes for this season.
“2017’s looking to be a great year. Looking at the momentum that AJ had in the second half of the season last year is promising and makes us optimistic to get rolling to Daytona, to Atlanta and onto that westerns swing.”
Buescher’s freshman season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series brought a win at Pocono in August and a berth in the playoffs. But disappointing finishes at Chicagoland, New Hampshire and Dover knocked him out of a chance to move on toward the championship. Now back for his sophomore season with a new team, Buescher is ready to take on a more veteran status but understands he needs to tweak his driving style based on the new race format.
“Before the changes in the format, I thought I did a pretty good job learning about patience but now I don’t think it’s gonna help me a whole lot,” Buescher said. “There are still some similarities. The racing probably won’t change a whole lot from the drivers’ standpoint, but I think the strategy side could definitely get shaken up now.
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“There’s going to be a lot to watch. I am not a fan of change in general I think I’m two software updates behind on my phone. But there are somethings I can see the need for and where they can be beneficial.”
Buescher says his relationship with his new teammate was already strong before joining JTG-Daugherty Racing but that the off-season only helped to build a new friendship.
“I knew AJ a little bit more than the other drivers and then when we went through the off-season we had a couple events and I’ve gotten to know AJ very well,” Buescher said. “Very wide open. We all know AJ is probably the best road racer in the garage and the second half of last season they showed extreme promise speed wise.”
“Chris Buescher has a lot of talent, won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race, to bring in him and Trent Owens – a lot of knowledge,” Allmendinger said.
“There’s a lot of good things that I think are gonna work to help us make things better,” Buescher said. “It’s good to have teammates to bounce things over. The alliance with Richard Childress Racing over there is already like having teammates but it helps to have everything under one roof.”Allmendinger agrees that a second in-house team will also prove beneficial.
“It’s fun to be able to have a teammate. Having the RCR alliance has been great, but having a second car in your organization where you’re truly running the same stuff, as drivers I can bounce ideas and vice versa,” Allmendinger said.
“To see the growth from the end of November to now, what the team’s gone through, we’ve added over 30 people and cars are being built. It’s just awesome,” Allmendinger said.
As FOX Sports continues its 500 hours countdown to the 59th running of the Daytona 500 (live on FOX Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. ET), we give a nod to the Waltrip brothers — Darrell and Michael — who have combined to lead a total of 362 laps in the Great American Race.
Both Darrell Waltrip and Michael Waltrip now work in the broadcast booth as FOX Sports NASCAR analysts.
But Michael will be stepping out of the booth and back behind the wheel of a race car for one final race as he attempts to run the 500 in the No. 15 Toyota for Premium Motorsports. It’s the same car number he drove to both of his Daytona 500 victories in 2001 and 2003.
Darrell Waltrip, although far more successful overall than his younger brother across a Nascar Daytona 2017 Live Stream Hall of Fame career that included a total of 84 race victories and three Premier Series championships, won the 500 only once — on his 17th try in 1989.
DW will be in the FOX broadcast booth along with Mike Joy and four-time NASCAR Premier Series champion Jeff Gordon to call all the action in the 500 on Feb. 26.
CONCORD, N.C. — This year’s Daytona 500 will consist of two 60-lap stages, followed by a final 80-lap stage to make up the 200 scheduled laps in the annual season-opening race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The Daytona 500 is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 26 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
NASCAR officials announced last month that all points-paying races in its three national series — Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series — would consist of three stages and that the format change would include the awarding of points to the top 10 drivers after the first two stages.
Points will be awarded in much the same fashion as previous years upon the completion of the third and final stage.
Upon the completion of each of the first two stages, drivers finishing first through 10th will be awarded additional points (10th for first, nine for second, etc.) that will be included in their final total for that race only.
Additionally, one point per stage win will be awarded to those drivers qualifying for the 10-race playoff at the end of the season. Race-winning drivers also will earn five bonus points per win to be applied following the completion of the regular season.
Stage lengths for the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 Truck Series race and Powershares QQQ 300 XFINITY Series race have also been announced.
The first and second stages of the Camping World Truck Series race will be 20 laps each, with a 60-lap final stage to round out the 100-lap event (not including any additional laps should the race go into overtime).
Stages 1 and 2 of the XFINITY Series race have been set at 30 laps, while the final stage will be 60 laps (also not including any additional laps should the race go into overtime).
Daytona Day is fast approaching — like a stock car motoring 200 miles per hour down the front stretch at Daytona International Speedway.
In just 27 days, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars will be doing exactly that at DIS in the 2017 Daytona 500 live on FOX, beginning at 2 p.m. ET on Feb. 26.
To commemorate this day, we remember the only Daytona 500 ever won in the No. 27. It happened in 1960 when Nascar Daytona 2017 Live Hall of Famer Junior Johnson, in just the second edition of the Great American Race.
Johnson was a late entry into the race with a 1959 Chevrolet owned by John Mason and sponsored by the Daytona Kennel Club. His hastily-prepared car did not have as powerful an engine in it as the cars that were favored to win — but Johnson discovered a secret weapon when he realized his car went faster if he could get hooked up in the aerodynamic draft of faster cars running directly in front of him.
Usually, those were the Pontiacs of Lee and Richard Petty, and the Pontiac driven by Bobby Johns that had been carefully prepared by master mechanic Smokey Yunick.
That enabled Johnson, who started ninth in the 68-car field, to stay up front with the other leaders for the majority of the race. And then when the rear window blew out in Johns’ car as he was leading with just nine laps to go, causing Johns to spin out off into the infield, Johnson was there to take advantage. He led the rest of the way — and 67 laps in all on the day — en route to what would be his only Daytona 500 victory.
It’s the only time in history the car number graced Victory Lane in the Daytona 500, and it later would be credited as the day when Johnson became the first driver to grasp the value of “the draft” at Daytona that today is taken for granted.
The No. 27 car number, overall, has been quite successful in NASCAR annals with a total of 52 wins in 1,069 Premier Series starts.
Rusty Wallace, who became more famous driving the No. 2 during his own Hall of Fame career, has the most career victories with 18 and, in fact, won his only Premier Series championship in 1989 while driving the No. 27 Kodiak-sponsored Pontiac for owner Raymond Beadle.
Johnson is next in career wins in the number with 13, followed by Benny Parsons, Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough with five apiece, Tim Richmond and Jimmy Spencer with two each, and Jimmy Florian and current driver Paul Menard with one each.
Paul Menard will attempt to win in the No. 27 in this year’s 500 on FOX. Menard, who drives the No. 27 Nascar Daytona 500 Live Chevy for Richard Childress Racing, already owns the most all-time starts in the number with 216. Source