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Starr will join forces with B.J. McLeod Motorsports for the NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway on February 25th piloting the No. 99 Chevrolet Camaro, David Starr Racing PR reports.

Impact

The 49-year-old veteran has signed a deal with B.J. McLeod Motorsports to race in the season-opener at Daytona. Starr will pilot the No. 99 Chevrolet. No plans have been announced for any starts after this race, so his involvement with this team for the rest of the season remains a mystery. Starr has nine-career Daytona starts to his credit, with a top finish of sixth-place in 2015.

Casey Mears

NASCAR veteran Casey Mears and sponsor GEICO will partner with Biagi-DenBeste Racing for 12 races in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. Mears will pilot the No. 98 GEICO Military Ford Mustang, pmifirm.com reports.

Impact

If Mears couldn't compete in NASCAR's top division, this situation was about the next-best scenario for the veteran driver. The No. 98 team of Biagi-DenBeste Racing is a part-time team, but a very good one. They won a race last season with Aric Almirola behind the wheel. Mears will get 12 starts with the team in the Xfinity Series and split the ride with Almirola. This will be a way for Mears to stay engaged in competitive racing and keep his name in front of any Cup teams with potential openings.

Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson's car was parked with 14 laps remaining in the Clash at Daytona exhibition Sunday when his team had more than six crewmen over the wall to work on the car. NASCAR's new damaged vehicle policy states that the penalty for "too many men over the wall" is the car can't continue in the race, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

With new rules often comes confusion, and to make it more confusing, NASCAR only enforced parts of this new rule in the Clash. Both Larson and his crew chief, Chad Johnston, will seek further explanation and clarification on what happened with NASCAR. Hopefully, this will be a learning experience and won't be repeated when the races start counting for the No. 42 team.

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson crashed and finished 16th in Sunday afternoon's Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona, hendrickmotorsports.com reports.

Impact

It was not the way the defending champion wanted to kickoff his title defense. The No. 48 Chevrolet rolled off sixth on the starting grid, but found himself in the middle of three-wide racing early-on. A loose-handling race car was a bear for Johnson to handle and it broke loose and spun on turn 4 and slammed into the inside wall. The damage would retire him for the day. Johnson will hope to rebound in next weekend's Daytona 500.

Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick raced as high as second-place and skillfully avoided a last lap crash to finish fifth in the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway Sunday afternoon, stewarthaasracing.com reports.

Impact

The driver of the No. 4 Ford had pretty good speed, but he battled a loose handling condition throughout the 75-lap exhibition race. He would battle late to push forward and avoid the last-lap accident to cross the stripe fifth overall. It was Harvick's seventh Top-5 finish in the Clash, and a good tuneup for next Sunday's Daytona 500.

Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick surged from 10th-place on the final lap to finish fourth in Sunday's Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona, stewarthaasracing.com reports.

Impact

The last lap melee in turn 2 kicked open the door for Patrick to make a big move in the last lap. She surged from 10th to fourth-place over those closing seconds. "I will say that I got a little lucky, but there's a lot of that in speedway racing. It was a nice way to start things off in the TaxAct Ford today," Patrick said. "These Fords seem pretty fast. Roush Yates (Engines) does a great job. I got dropped back in the very back for a little bit, but once they started shuffling around, I got a big run. I felt fast, but it's just a matter of being in the right place at the right time and having the right help behind you, too. It got harder and harder toward the end of the race with fewer cars out there, but we were in the right place at the right time."

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Earnhardt Jr. qualified on the outside pole for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway Sunday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 192.864 mph.

Impact

Earnhardt put up a surprisingly good lap, one that was much better than his first round of qualifying. He would hold the top of the scoring pylon for a very short time though as teammate Chase Elliott would follow his lap with a slightly faster one. Still, Earnhardt is locked into the front row for next Sunday's Daytona 500. It was a very impressive performance for a driver coming off such a long layoff from racing.

Chase Elliott

Chase Elliott won the pole for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway Sunday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 192.872 mph.

Impact

The Hendrick Motorsports teams upstaged the Penske Fords and Gibbs Toyotas in pole qualifying Sunday afternoon. Elliott would roll out last in the second round of qualifying and knock teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. from the top of the scoring pylon. It makes for an all-Hendrick front row for next Sunday's Daytona 500. This is the second-consecutive Daytona 500 pole position for Elliott.

Alex Bowman finished third in the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The talented youngster showed why Dale Earnhardt Jr. let him drive his No. 88 Chevrolet in the Clash. Bowman worked well with the other drivers in the field and held Top-10 position most of the race. In the closing laps he would work with the Penske Fords to break up the Gibbs Toyotas. Once the monopoly at the front was broken up, Bowman would battle door-to-door with Kyle Busch coming to the stripe. However, he would fall just short and claim third-place in the Clash. Bowman is certainly the most talented driver without a full-time ride in the Cup Series.

Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch finished second in the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

Busch and the other Gibbs Toyotas worked together for most of the event. They set the pace as a foursome, mostly in single-file line. When the closing laps rolled around Busch would find himself in the tail-end of the four-car line and trying to fend off the challengers. The mayhem would shuffle him out at one point, but Busch would rally on the last lap and avoid the spin of teammate Denny Hamlin. He would cross the stripe second, just inches ahead of the No. 88 of Alex Bowman. It was a good kickoff to Speedweeks for the Joe Gibbs Racing star.

Joey Logano

Joey Logano won the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

Rain postponed the running of the Clash from Saturday night until Sunday morning. It would be the Joe Gibbs Racing show for most of the 75-lap event, but the Penske Racing duo of Logano and Brad Keselowski would push their way forward with 3 laps to go and break up the JGR Toyotas. Keselowski and Denny Hamlin would make contact on the final lap and throw the door wide open for Logano to capitalize. After the mayhem he would cruise to the finish for his first-ever win in the Clash.

Austin Theriault won the Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 ARCA Series race at Daytona International Speedway Saturday afternoon.

Impact

The ARCA Series kicked off the racing season with a wild, wreck-filled event at Daytona. Theriault would pilot his No. 52 Chevrolet around Terry Jones on lap 73 and would hang on to the point until rain brought out the caution on lap 75. After a lengthy delay the race would be called just five laps short of full distance. It was Theriault's second-career victory in just three-career starts in the ARCA Series.

Joey Logano

Joey Logano was fastest in opening practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 193.116 mph.

Impact

The full field rolled out for this massive, marathon four-hour practice for the Daytona 500. Teams worked exclusively on qualifying trim for Sunday's pole-qualifying session. Logano showed the way by beating out Aric Almirola late in the session. The Penske Racing Fords have looked good in both qualifying and race trim, so Logano should be a top pick to win the pole position Sunday for next weekend's Daytona 500.

Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona. He turned a fast lap of 196.528 mph.

Impact

Speeds picked up considerably in final practice as teams worked more in multi-car drafts. The Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas worked together exclusively as a foursome. They set the pace and held off the fast Fords of Penske Racing. Hamlin would jump to the top of the scoring pylon by session's end and record a very strong lap. He looks like a good bet to defend his event title from one year ago this Saturday night.

Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski was fastest in opening practice for the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona. He turned a fast lap of 191.604 mph.

Impact

It was no surprise to see the two teams of Penske Racing dominate the top of the scoring pylon after the season they had on the restrictor-plate tracks last season. Keselowski edged Kyle Larson for the fastest lap of this hour-long session. The entire practice was single-car runs, but we'll likely see how well Keselowski and his teammate, Joey Logano, do in the draft as final practice is expected to be a drafting session.

After picking up one win and three Top-5 finishes in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts for Red Horse Racing in 2016, Brett Moffitt will pilot the No. 7 Toyota Tundra at Daytona International Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway, joining series veteran Timothy Peters. Red Horse Racing PR reports.

Impact

It looks like Moffitt is guaranteed to start the first two races of the season for the No. 7 RHR team. They are scrambling for more sponsorship so that Moffitt can run the full 23-race schedule in 2017. This young driver and team have some serious potential, and hopefully they'll secure the funding needed to race full-time this season.

Daniel Suarez heads to Daytona to kick off his rookie season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with Joe Gibbs Racing this weekend in the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona, Joe Gibbs Racing PR reports.

Impact

Suarez's first taste of Cup action will come in Saturday night's Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona. This wild exhibition race will be a firey baptism of sorts for the young driver. He'll pilot JGR's No. 19 Toyota in a field dominated by Monster Energy Cup stars. It will be a great learning experience and good prep for the following weekend's Daytona 500.

Martin Truex Jr.

It will be Truex Jr., who will ring in Furniture Row Racing's new sponsor - 5-hour Energy – with the primary paint scheme of the company on his No. 78 Toyota in Saturday night's NASCAR season kick off - the invitational Clash at Daytona International Speedway, furniturerowracing.com reports.

Impact

5-Hour Energy had been a longtime sponsor of Clint Bowyer, however, with his move to Stewart Haas Racing they found a new team to sponsor. Truex will get to show their colors Saturday night in the Clash at Daytona. After that, the company will switch their sponsorship to Truex's teammate Erik Jones for the remainder of Speedweeks.

Matt Kenseth

Tide will return to Joe Gibbs Racing this season in a three-race deal. Tide will sponsor Matt Kenseth in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix in March, Indy in July and Charlotte in October, sportsbusinessdaily.com reports.

Impact

The sponsorship picture is beginning to take focus on the No. 20 Toyota car. Kenseth had some gaps to fill after Dollar General left at the end of last season. Tide will get three dates spread throughout the season, and help fund Kenseth's efforts.

Beaver Motorsports announced its debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Led by veteran team owner Mark Beaver, Beaver Motorsports will field the No. 50 Chevrolet full time in 2017 with driver Travis Kvapil, Beaver Motorsports PR reports.

Impact

MAKE Motorsports has been rebranded Beaver Motorsports and Kvapil will assume the driving duties for the No. 50 Chevy Silverado for the full season. The 40-year-old driver raced the full schedule for this team last season and posted one Top-10 and three Top-15 finishes. Kvapil will hopefully push them to better marks in the upcoming season.