NASCAR issues points penalties, suspensions, and fines to the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team for infractions found during opening-day inspections for Speedweeks.
Matt Kenseth held off Dale Earnhardt Jr to win a Daytona 500 that featured the first postponement in its history, and a bizarre accident that engulfed part of the track in flames.
In a weekend of unlikely winners, James Buescher took the checkered flag under caution in Drive4COPD 300 Nationwide Series race.
It took three attempts at a green-white-checkered-flag finish for John King to win his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in his eighth start in the series.
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NASCAR said it found modifications on the rear quarter panel of Jimmie Johnson’s Daytona 500 Chevy during initial inspection. The parts were confiscated, and Chad Knaus and the team face possible suspensions and fines. The C-pillars were where the issues were found.
Zest Soap will sponsor Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 17 Sprint Cup Ford Fusion, driven by Matt Kenseth, for four Cup races this season.
Michael McDowell will drive the No. 98 Ford for Phil Parsons Racing for the entire 2012 Sprint Cup Series season, the team announced. In the off-season, PPR merged with Whitney Motorsports, and partnered with Mike Curb, a long-time NASCAR and IZOD Indycar Series owner.
NEMCO Motorsports, the team owned by Joe Nemechek, announced that Bill Elliott will drive the team’s No. 97 Sprint Cup Toyota in the 2012 Daytona 500.
Terry Labonte will drive the No. 32 Ford for FAS Lane Racing in the 2012 Daytona 500, the team announced.