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 Dale Earnhardt Jr. endured a weekend of rain, a three-hour-plus pre-race delay, and nine caution flags to win the Coke-Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway early Monday morning.

 The race ended at 2:41 a.m. and concluded with a large crash featuring Austin Dillon's No. 3 Chevrolet going airborne and smashing into the catch-fence near Turn 1 after he crossed the start-finish line. Dillon walked away from the wreck, the fourth major crash of the night. After being released from the infield care center, Dillon said he suffered a bruised tailbone and forearm.

 Pole-sitter Earnhardt dominated the night, leading 96 laps in his No. 88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevrolet. He also had the convincing support of the fans remaining at the track following the 154-minute rain delay. The delay was a harbinger for the race itself, which included four multi-car crashes and those nine caution flags that covered 43 of the scheduled 160 laps before the green-white checkered finish. It was Earnhardt’s fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup career victory on the 2.5-mile Florida track.

 "I had a lot of fun tonight," a somewhat subdued Earnhardt said after the race. "We have such great motors and good cars. We ran Very fast. I had to block a lot, get a lot of pushes from everybody. I had to run real hard to win this race here. We got shuffled back a few times."

 Driver Paul Menard could have been speaking for everyone at the speedway when he said on his radio during the race that Earnhardt’s No. 88 was "ridiculously" fast. Earnhardt consistently outran the competition on re-start after re-start.

 Earnhardt’s crew raced onto the track after the last-lap crash to check on Dillon’s condition. The catch fences at Daytona International Speedway were reinforced following an accident in 2013 during a NASCAR XFINITY Series race.

 Denny Hamlin finished third, with Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five. Harvick leads the Sprint Cup points standings by 63 points over Earnhardt. - By Bill Speros





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Steve Byrnes Named 2016 Squier-Hall Award Winner
 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 4, 2015) — Popular FOX Sports broadcaster Steve Byrnes has been named the recipient of the 2016 Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. Byrnes most recently served as the play-by-play announcer for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on FOX Sports 1 and was the network’s co-host of NASCAR Race Hub. He passed away in April after a long battle with cancer.

Byrnes will be honored during NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony festivities on Jan. 22, 2016 and featured in an exhibit in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.

"For three decades, Steve’s hard work and humanity brought NASCAR fans closer to their favorite drivers," said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. "His passion for the stories and people he covered was always reflected in his work. Steve was respected for his professionalism and adored for his easy demeanor."

From 2001-14, Byrnes served as a pit reporter for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races on FOX. He also served as a studio show host and appeared on various programs.

Prior to joining FOX, Byrnes hosted a variety of NASCAR programs including Inside Winston Cup Racing with Ned Jarrett and Darrell Waltrip’s Racers on TNN. He also worked as a pit reporter for CBS, TNN and TBS.

His courageous battle with cancer served as an inspiration to the NASCAR industry, fans and his peers. In April, shortly before his passing, Bristol Motor Speedway named its Sprint Cup race the Food City 500 In Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand up to Cancer.

Byrnes was among eight nominees voted upon by a panel comprised of NASCAR and NASCAR Hall of Fame executives, journalists, public relations representatives and former drivers. The Squier-Hall Award was created in 2012 to honor the contributions of media to the success of the sport.  Legendary broadcasters Ken Squier and Barney Hall, for whom the award is named, were its initial recipients. Other recipients of the award include Chris Economaki (2014) and Tom Higgins (2015).

The other seven nominees for the 2016 award were:

Norma "Dusty" Brandel, the first woman to report from inside the NASCAR garage

Russ Catlin, one of the best-known early racing writers and historians, served as editor of Speed Age Magazine

Shav Glick, covered motorsports for the Los Angeles Times for 37 years, bringing NASCAR coverage to the West Coast

Bob Jenkins, served as the lead NASCAR lap-by-lap anchor at ESPN from 1982-2000.

Bob Moore, spent more than 20 years as a NASCAR beat writer including stints with the Daytona Beach News-Journal and The Charlotte Observer

Benny Phillips, spent 48 years covering NASCAR for the High Point (N.C.) Enterprise, 27 years for Stock Car Racing and 12 years on TBS

T. Taylor Warren, best known for his three-wide photo of the 1959 Daytona 500 finish, he covered every Daytona 500 until his death in 2008. - nascar pr





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Captain Thunder's Legendary TOP-5 Fantasy NASCAR Picks - COKE ZERO 400
 

 DALE EARNHARDT JR - WINNER
#88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevrolet

·         Three wins, 12 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 13.1

·         Average Running Position of 14.1, second-best

·         Driver Rating of 91.9, second-best

·         89 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

·         4,353 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 190.086 mph, 10th-fastest

·         2,475 Laps in the Top 15 (66.0%), second-most

·         2,968 Quality Passes, second-most

 

KURT BUSCH
#41 Haas Automation Chevrolet

·         11 top fives, 14 top 10s

·         Average finish of 17.5

·         Average Running Position of 15.8, seventh-best

·         Driver Rating of 90.5, third-best

·         71 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most

·         3,864 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most

·         2,161 Laps in the Top 15 (60.9%), sixth-most

·         2,724 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

JEFF GORDON
#24 AXALTA Chevrolet

·         Six wins, 13 top fives, 20 top 10s; four poles

·         Average finish of 16.6

·         Average Running Position of 14.3, third-best

·         Driver Rating of 88.0, fifth-best

·         4,157 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

·         2,274 Laps in the Top 15 (60.6%), fifth-most

·         2,709 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

JIMMIE JOHNSON
#48 Lowe's Patriotic Chevrolet
·         Three wins, 10 top fives, 13 top 10s; two poles

·         Average finish of 17.5

·         Average Running Position of 14.6, fourth-best

·         Driver Rating of 87.9, sixth-best

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 190.067 mph, 12th-fastest

·         2,378 Laps in the Top 15 (63.4%), third-most

·         2,753 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

MATT KENSETH
#20 DeWalt Made In The USA Toyota

·         Two wins, six top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 17.8

·         Average Running Position of 15.3, fifth-best

·         Driver Rating of 89.9, fourth-best

·         80 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

·         2,277 Laps in the Top 15 (60.7%), fourth-most

·         2,556 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 


SLEEPER PICK
(always outside the TOP-20 in Sprint Cup points)

KYLE BUSCH
#18 Interstate Batteries Toyota

·         One win, five top fives, six top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 19.1

·         Series-best Average Running Position of 12.8

·         Series-best Driver Rating of 96.2

·         85 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

·         4,023 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 190.207 mph, third-fastest

·         Series-high 2,488 Laps in the Top 15 (70.1%)

·         2,869 Quality Passes, fourth-most





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Captain Thunder's Legendary TOP-5 Fantasy NASCAR Picks - SONOMA
 

KURT BUSCH - WINNER
#41 Haas Automation Chevrolet

·         One win, six top fives, six top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 15.7

·         Series-best Average Running Position of 10.1

·         Series-best Driver Rating of 106.5

·         58 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 89.999 mph

·         Series-high 845 Laps in the Top 15 (76.3%)

·         221 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 


KYLE BUSCH
#18 M&M's Crispy Toyota

·         One win, one top five, two top 10s

·         Average finish of 20.9

·         Driver Rating of 85.3, 11th-best

·         50 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

·         540 Laps in the Top 15 (48.8%), 11th-most

 


JEFF GORDON
#24 AARP Member Advantages Chevrolet

·         Five wins, 14 top fives, 18 top 10s; five poles

·         Average finish of 8.0

·         Average Running Position of 12.1, fourth-best

·         Driver Rating of 103.4, second-best

·         70 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

·         555 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 89.932 mph, third-fastest

·         768 Laps in the Top 15 (69.4%), fourth-most

·         266 Quality Passes, third-most

 


CLINT BOWYER
#15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota

·         One win, five top fives, seven top 10s

·         Average finish of 9.2

·         Average Running Position of 14.0, fifth-best

·         Driver Rating of 95.0, fifth-best

·         35 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

·         Series-high 591 Green Flag Passes

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 89.760 mph, fifth-fastest

·         583 Laps in the Top 15 (58.5%), ninth-most

·         240 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), fifth-most

 


MARTIN TRUEX JR
#78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet

·         One win, one top five, two top 10s

·         Average finish of 18.7

·         Driver Rating of 86.1, ninth-best

·         52 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

·         583 Green Flag Passes, second-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 89.770 mph, fourth-fastest

·         183 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 


SLEEPER PICK
(always outside the TOP-20 in Sprint Cup points)

A.J. ALLMENDINGER





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Captain Thunder's Legendary TOP-5 Fantasy NASCAR Picks - MICHIGAN
 

KEVIN HARVICK - WINNER
#4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet

·         One win, seven top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 13.0

·         Average Running Position of 14.3, 10th-best

·         Driver Rating of 90.2, ninth-best

·         153 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most

·         1,581 Green Flag Passes, second-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 178.365 mph, 10th-fastest

·         2,161 Laps in the Top 15 (54.9%), 11th-most

·         656 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

DALE EARNHARDT JR
#88 AMP Energy Chevrolet
·         Two wins, seven top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles

·         Average finish of 15.6

·         Average Running Position of 12.5, fifth-best

·         Driver Rating of 98.0, fifth-best

·         197 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

·         1,549 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 178.673 mph, fifth-fastest

·         2,674 Laps in the Top 15 (67.9%), fifth-most

·         831 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

CARL EDWARDS
#19 ARRIS Toyota

·         Two wins, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole

·         Average finish of 9.7

·         Average Running Position of 11.4, second-best

·         Driver Rating of 100.5, fourth-best

·         200 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

·         1,427 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 178.757 mph, third-fastest

·         2,967 Laps in the Top 15 (75.3%), third-most

·         861 Quality Passes, second-most

 

JEFF GORDON
#24 PANASONIC Chevrolet

·         Three wins, 19 top fives, 27 top 10s; six poles

·         Average finish of 12.1

·         Average Running Position of 13.5, seventh-best

·         Driver Rating of 93.6, seventh-best

·         232 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

·         2,546 Laps in the Top 15 (64.6%), seventh-most

·         678 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

JIMMIE JOHNSON

#48 KOBALT Tools Chevrolet

·         One win, five top fives, 11 top 10s

·         Average finish of 15.9

·         Average Running Position of 11.5, third-best

·         Driver Rating of 102.5, second-best

·         Series-high 411 Fastest Laps Run

·         1,342 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 179.188 mph

·         2,857 Laps in the Top 15 (72.5%), fourth-most

·         766 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

SLEEPER PICK
(always outside the TOP-20 in Sprint Cup points)

TONY STEWART
#14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet

·         One win, 12 top fives, 20 top 10s

·         Average finish of 11.7

·         Average Running Position of 12.6, sixth-best

·         Driver Rating of 95.8, sixth-best

·         104 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 178.377 mph, ninth-fastest

·         2,610 Laps in the Top 15 (73.7%), sixth-most

·         735 Quality Passes, seventh-most





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