DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – The Latest in NASCAR Media Day Daytona 500 (Local):
Ryan Newman would appreciate the opportunity to drive the Oscar Mayer mobile home.
Oscar Mayer is Newman's main sponsor this season on No. 6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing. Newman wore a yellow and orange fire suit and was grilled at the request to spin Oscar Mayer's famous, 27-meter-long hot dogs on wheels.
"I would do it, yes," Newman said. "I do not believe anybody's' Dukes of Hazzard" has jumped the Oscar Mayer Mobil Mobil. "
Paul Menard says he talked to Jimmie Johnson and defeated the wreck of the late race that cost Menard a win in the Clash exhibition.
Johnson unleashed a wreck that nearly wiped out the entire 20-car field as he sank low, trying to marginalize Menard as they fought for the lead. Johnson turned Menard over and started a massive chain reaction. Johnson passed Menard and won the rain-shortened race.
"Jimmie did what he wanted to win. It was not intended, "Menard said.
Menard declined to discuss many details of the conversation and said he was ready to "move on" from the incident.
"What has been done is done. Do you see in the rearview mirror? "Said Menard.
Not everyone was ready to let it go. Rider Corey LaJoie joked that he might have a better shot at the season opener, "if Jimmie can get another 20 cars out on Sunday."
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Corey LaJoie believes he has the best beard in the cup series.
It will soon get national recognition.
LaJoie's face and beard can be seen on the front of his Ford No. 32 for Speedweeks.
"I was against it at first," LaJoie said on Wednesday in Daytona 500. "But Old Spice had an idea of what they wanted to do, and they ran with it. They only gave us the one option. There were no A, B and C options.
"It was: & # 39; Her face goes to the car, which will look like hair on the side of the car because we push our dry shampoo and handle it. & # 39; I thought, 'Right, right? "But once we get the thing out, it's just like no other, far more than anyone would have expected."
There were jokes, memes, and many puns since the color scheme debuted in Daytona last week.
Kyle Busch says he is negotiating a contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing.
Busch drives the Toyota # 18 for Gibbs since 2008 and is with the organization in a contract year. He was surprised on Wednesday when he learned that his contract status was known to the public. He stated, however, that he was not really a free agent.
"We are in talks right now, we are talking. Everything is agreed, "Busch said. "It's just about putting the pen on paper. We are all good. "
Busch won 47 Cup races with Gibbs and the 2015 Championship. He has fought for the title in each of the last four seasons.
Johnny Sauter rescued his 2019 season about a month after breaking up without notice.
Sauter lost his ride with GMS Racing in January when the team decided to use reigning Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt instead.
The decision was blind to Sauter, who won six races for GMS last season and finished fourth in the championship final. Sauter won the Truck Series Championship in 2016, finished the last six seasons no less than fourth place and won 13 times for GMS.
Shortly before he had to report to Daytona International Speedway, Sauter put together a new job. He will return to ThorSport Racing this season, where he drove from 2009 to GMS in 2016.
"I'll come back home," Sauter said. "I could not be proud to return there and fight for a championship."
ThorSport expands four full-time truck deployments with Sauter. He will be teammates with Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes, Myatt Snider and Grant Enfinger. Snider will race in selected races for the team.
Sauter arrived on Friday evening three days before the opening race of the Truck Series in Daytona.
Casey Mears will receive a paint job for the Daytona 500. Mears secured one of the open spots for Sunday's race when he qualified in a completely black Chevrolet # 27. Without a guaranteed place in the field Germain Racing could not sign a main sponsor in time for qualifying.
Mears, who still wore a simple black fire suit, at least had a hat of Rim Ryderz on his lap.
"They literally gave me that hat when I walked in the door," Mears said on the Daytona 500 media day. "I learn while I go. It looks like a pretty cool company. "
The company manufactures skateboard rims.
Mears, who has won a career trophy in 488 starts, said he has no plans for another race this season. In 2006 he finished second in the Daytona 500.
Mears drives a second entry for Germain in a car built in partnership with Premium Motorsports. He was one of the six riders to claim four open seats at NASCAR's season opener.
Ross Chastain, a Florida watermelon farmer and aspiring racing driver, had agreed that he would probably always be a journeyman for spinal cord teams who had little chance of winning races.
A chance encounter with a potential sponsor changed the life of Chastain.
Chastain was seen washing a motorhome between the practices of DC Solar, and the Chairman was intrigued to learn how Chastain earned extra money to finance his racing dreams. Jeff Carpoff was relentless, he wanted to sponsor Chastain and paid for Chastain to drive a handful of Xfinity Series races for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Chastain won equipment on his second start in Ganassis and in November he completed a full-time Xfinity ride with Ganassi, funded by DC Solar.
The joy of his long awaited break was short-lived. US government investigators raided DC Solar's headquarters in December, and the carpoffs have since been muted. Ganassi closed the Xfinity team, and Chastain was looking for work about a month before the start of the season.
"I do not drive the race car that I thought was me, but there are thousands of people whose lives have been turned upside down, and if I can not sleep at night, then," Chastain said. "Many people who had to find new jobs."
Denny Hamlin dedicates this NASCAR season to the memory of Joe Gibbs Racing co-founder J. D. Gibbs.
Team Gibson's eldest son and Pro Football Hall of Famer coach Joe Gibbs died in January at the age of 49. J. D. Gibbs discovered Hamlin in a late model test at the Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina in the early 2000s.
Hamlin's charity donates $ 111 to J.D. Gibbs Legacy Fund for each round he leads in 2019 Toyota No. 11. Hamlin also hopes to give Gibbs a victory, preferably in Daytona.
"It will be very important," Hamlin said. "Of course, everyone knows how important he was to me and my career and what he did for us. Of course, success on the track will be crucial. Now that I have pledged $ 111 for each lap we run, it will be important to me to be at the front and often to the front. "
Hamlin's career high for the lead in 2009 is 1,380.
Gibbs died of complications after a long struggle with a degenerative neurological disorder. In 2015, it became known that these were "conditions related to brain function". At that time he was president of JGR.
Daniel Hemric hopes that his surprising time trial for the Daytona 500 is just one of many highlights of his rookie season.
Hemric moved into the final lap of the single-car qualifying and finished fifth on the timing stand – behind Hendrick Motorsports' four-car series.
Hemric will make his debut in the Cup series on Sunday for the season opener and imagine on the biggest stage as a setback of the first stars of NASCAR. Hemric grew up in Kannapolis, North Carolina, home of the Earnhardt family, and grew up with the late Dale Earnhardt.
His big break came with Richard Childress Racing, Earnhardt's old team, and his car number comes from a sacred camp that was not given to every rider. Hemric becomes the Chevrolet No. 8, previously run by Earnhardt's Patriarch Ralph Earnhardt and later by Dale Earnhardt jr. Was used.
Earnhardt Sr. drove the Chevrolet No. 3 and Childress returned this number for his grandson Austin Dillon. Dillon drove the # 3 last year at the Daytona 500.
"It's a huge sense of pride to be from Kannapolis and a sense of pride in our racing business. If the boys recognize where I came from, where I was, and how I got to that point, that means a step for everyone, "Hemric said. "It's the American dream of how a guy can get to this level, and I'm up there to carry the flag for Kannapolis, and I have a chance to build something incredible."
Joey Logano no longer feels like the champion of the NASCAR Cup Series.
Though he thinks it's cool that people call him "champion," he says, and he has to turn the page with his Team Penske crew to look at the new season.
"That was last year," said Logano on Wednesday at the Daytona International Speedway. "One of my favorite quotes from Roger Penske is:" Do not trip over your press clippings. "This is the last year, and we have to keep looking forward, because I think we are Champions now, and once we unload here, the championship fun is over, and it's another attempt to win another, we're with everyone others back to zero. "
He finished third in the Clash show on Sunday and was back on track three days later for the Daytona 500 media day.
The 28-year-old Logano won his first cup championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November, beating competitors Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr.
Logano will try to become the first defending series champion to win the Daytona 500 since Dale Jarrett in 2000.
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