DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – The Latest at Daytona 500 (all the time on the local):
Kyle Busch won the first stage of Daytona 500, through the 40-car field after the start of 31.
Alex Bowman was second, followed by defending Cup Series champion Joey Logano, Daniel Suarez and Ryan Blaney.
The end of the stage came a few laps after Kurt Busch, Bubba Wallace, Jamie McMurray and defending Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillion were involved in a crash.
The first race precursor came after Corey LaJoie blew a wheel in front and damaged his face. Yes, his face. The front of No LaJoie's 32 Old Spice Ford featured a photo of her face and beard.
Kurt Busch, Bubba Wallace, Jamie McMurray and defending Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillion were involved in the first crash of Daytona 500.
Busch was left Turn 2 while Ricky Stenhouse Jr. passed. about 50 laps in "The Great American Race."
Busch, Wallace and McMurray got their cars on the pit road for repair.
Joe Gibbs Racing and Fox Sports are respected by late JGR co-founder JD Gibbs.
The network and television network Gibbs recognized Gibbs in the 11th lap of Daytona 500.
Team owner Joe Gibbs ended his eyes during the tribute. Crew's crews stood over the road wall and built a banner worried about Gibbs and everything he had done for the team. Fox showed a picture of JD Gibbs smiling.
Gibbs's favorite number is 11, the car number Denny Hamlin taught for the team since 2005.
Joe Gibbs's eldest son died last month's long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. He is 49.
Hamlin values this NASCAR era in memory of JD. Gibbs's younger brother Hamlin finds a late-model test at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina in early 2000.
] Hamlin's charity gives $ 111 to the JD Gibbs Legacy Fund for every lap he leads to No. 11 Toyota in 2019
Daytona 500 is happening, led by William Byron 40-car on the green flag.
21-year-old Byron and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex The Bowman, 25, make up the youngest game in the 61-year history of "The Great American Race."
Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears need to get off the field because of unapproved changes to their cars. Larson and Mears changed the shipping; McMurray went back to the field because of a rear gear change.
J.J. Watt uses a cinema session to prepare for Daytona 500.
The Houston Texans star and Daytona 500 grand marshal watch the video of the last decade of celebrities that began in the race with the most popular phrase in motorsports. Watt said that Dale Earnhardt Jr. had "tonnes of energy" on last year's mandate.
"I trained in front of my girlfriend home last night," Watt says. "He gave me thumbs, so we're good guys go."
Watt was raised in Wisconsin and said a seventh grade teacher turned him into the sport, specifically the former driver Dick Trickle. Watt said that the class teacher will notify Trickle results every week. Watt said he liked the same Earnhardts and Jeff Gordon, and may feel a nuisance to Daytona.
"This track is big, it's huge," Watt says.
Watt is a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and is known for his charitable work at the Justin J. Watt Foundation, which provides after-school opportunities for children. Following Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Watt set a goal to raise $ 200,000 for Houston's recovery efforts. She has finished raising more than $ 41 million, helping to earn her the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.
"I'm in a position where I get a game for a living and pay well to do it," Watt says. "We have a chance to use that platform to bring it back and make it good."
Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman may feel the buzz at Daytona 500.
Edelman, whose fine sport muffles the facial hair, serves as honorary starter and placed to wave the green flag for Sunday's race. The New England Patriots star receiver called NASCAR drivers is "really not crazy."
"This is a degree of respect for these people, who are clearly adrenaline junkies," Edelman says. "Football players, we are losing the screws. The dudes are certain, too."
Edelman had his adhesive beard in a recent tapping "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," with trimmings that used to raise money for Boston Boys & Girls Club.
Edelman doesn & # 39; Do not know if he's going to show off the beard again at its rugged lengths later. But he grew up with the advice of Patriots coach Bill Belichick in the heart.
"He says to put everything in draw and worry about it after the football season," Edelman says. "So I put my razor on the draw and I'm worried about it after the football season."
Edelman won the Super Bowl MVP awards after getting 10 passes for 141 yards while helping the Patriots rise in a 13-3 victory over Los Angeles
12:30 pm  NASCAR CEO Jim France says the French family remains focused on NASCAR.
"This sport was built by families," France said at a Daytona 500 driver meeting. "It is important that we still remember that it is still a family business. Our family is focused on it . "
There have been reports suggesting that the French family is looking to sell NASCAR, reports that have not been specifically addressed by current leadership.
France is seen in almost every NASCAR race since he took last August after his nephew's arrest, Brian France. But he has mostly kept the public profile low. He gave no public view of how he had planned to end NASCAR's devastation and had not provided an interview with his six-month-old driver.
France also encourages drivers to take an exciting Daytona 500 after the three exhibition races the excitement beyond a couple of Jimmie Johnson crashes triggered.
"I hope some of you drivers get down to under with Denny (Hamlin) and Chase (Elliott) and make a show today," France said. ___
AJ Foyt was happy to get back to Daytona International Speedway.
The 84-year-old former Daytona 500 winner is happy to be anywhere, really.
"Hell, it's a nice return rather than a burial house," Foyt Foyt told the 1972 Daytona 500-to join his four Indianapolis 500 wins-and said he was lucky to be born with the ability to "adapt myself quite fast "when it comes to driving different types of cars across multiple
Foyt said he was away from the day-to-day operations of his IndyCar team.
"I get in when they need money and raise hell," he said.
Foyt fought late persecution issues and was trying to hear the questions inside the media room.
"I do not want hearing aid when walking run like 100 gallons of running water," he quipped
The singer of the country Jake Owen has been at Daytona 500 several times and knows what to give fans for his pre-race concert
"Hopefully, a damn good time," Owen says.
A native Floridian, Owen featured Daytona beach with his 2013 hit "Beachin." his friend Kevin Harvick on Saturday and took the 2007 Daytona 500 champ to win again.
"From what he told me, he's very good about it," Owen says.
made the Daytona 500 guitar. Late NASCAR artist Sam Bass designed and painted it. The Bass helped design the paint schemes and program covers that shine throughout the sport. Her death was announced Saturday. He is 57.
Owen is held by a gift believed to be the last bass guitar before he died.
Kyle Larson starts Daytona 500 from the rear of the field due to the change of transmission.
The No. 42 of Larson of Chevrolet had leakage before Saturday.
Larson is scheduled to start the 26th in the 40-car field.
Jamie McMurray, expected to retire from full-time racing after 500, went well behind the field due to gear change. McMurray won the 2010 Daytona 500 and was scheduled to start the 16th.
Casey Mears also went back because of a change in transmission, but he did not go far.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. can not stay away from Daytona 500.
Earnhardt won "The Great American Race" in 2004 and a decade later and remains connected to the NASCAR season opener even in retirement. He serves as honoring driver's truck on Sunday, for the first time in race history a truck will lead the field to the green flag.
Earnhardt was the grand marshal for the race last year and issued a command for drivers to start their engine. Who knows, maybe next year Earnhardt can sing national anthem or job concessions.
"I'll try and find other odd jobs every year as we continue," said Earnhardt.
Earnhardt retired after 2017 seasons in 26th career Cup wins. He owns JR Motorsports in the second-tier Xfinity Series and goes back to victory lane Saturday with driver Michael Annett. But Earnhardt, who works for NBC Sports, also enjoys retirement with his wife and daughter.
"I thought when I got the car, I could get it really bad and be kind," Earnhardt said. "It's really the other way around. When I get around the car, it's 'Thanks to God, I've got some time off.' I'm just happy to exit from under pressure But when the time goes, you do not expect more and more, unexpectedly. "
William Byron starts from the 61st post Daytona 500, the teammate Alex Bowman to create the youngest game in the history of "The Great American Race."
Byron is 21, and Bowman is 25. Both Chevrolets drive for Hendrick Motorsports.
the Hendrick duo, including the defending Cup Series champion Joey Logano. He started fourth, attempting to be the first reigning champion since Dale Jarrett in 2000 to win the season opener.
The defending race winner Austin Dillon starts from the 10th in No. 3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing.
Eight drivers will make their Daytona 500 debut, with most of them starting behind the pack.
It is also the first Daytona 500 since 2011 that did not include a female driver. Danica Patrick has been away from NASCAR after the opener last year.
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