Welcome to 2017 and the biggest race of the season, the Daytona 500, get used to a new premiere sponsor, new teams, new drivers and a star walks away from it all.
FOX’s Marghiee Teshineh has your “FOX in the Fast Lane”:
For driver Martin Truex Jr. this year’s Daytona 500 is all about winning after clocking the second fastest time on record:
(Truex Jr.) “Last year was our second year together really as a group and we did some amazing things. So looking forward to just building on that.”
It’s a new season and a new sponsor for the top tier of NASCAR, no longer Sprint Cup, it’s the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. XFINITY remains the title sponsor for the second tier, while Camping World starts its ninth season sponsoring the Truck Series.
And nothing rocked the racing world more than hearing these words from driver Carl Edwards from Joe Gibbs Racing:
(Edwards) “I’ll see you guys around and just have a great season.”
Edwards walking away from Joe Gibbs Racing with no plans for the future. Edwards replacement for Daytona and the year, XFINITY champ Danny Suarez.
Other big changes in the garage: Erik Jones joins Furniture Row to drive their new cup team and Clint Bowyer is the new guy at Stewart – Haas, taking over for Tony Stewart.
I’m Marghiee Teshineh, FOX News.