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  • Truex finished seventh in the first Duel. (Getty)

    NASCAR’s new points format means AJ Allmendinger and Martin Truex Jr. have already earned and lost points.

    The two drivers finished in the top 10 of their respective Duel Daytona 500 qualifying races Thursday night. But along with Allmendinger’s teammate Chris Buescher, the three failed post-race inspection. Their cars were too low.

    In previous years, the infraction simply means the three drivers would start at the back of the field for Sunday’s Daytona 500. And they’ll still do that. But for Allmendinger and Truex, they went from having points to not having points.

    As part of the points changes NASCAR instituted for the 2017 season, the top-10 finishers in each Duel qualifying race earned points. The winners of each race — Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin — received 10 points while the drivers who finished 10th each received a point.

    Truex finished seventh in the first Duel while Allmendinger finished fourth in the second Duel. Truex

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  • Denny Hamlin passes Dale Earnhardt Jr. on penultimate lap for Duel win

    Denny Hamlin won the 2016 Daytona 500. He’ll start fourth Sunday. (Getty)

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Denny Hamlin thwarted the possibility of a triumphant return for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

    Hamlin passed Earnhardt Jr. with two laps to go in the second Daytona 500 Duel qualifying race Thursday night and pulled away from Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch over the final lap.

    Junior, making his first (albeit unofficial) start since missing the final 18 races of 2016, ended up finishing sixth. He’ll start second for Sunday’s Daytona 500, however, after qualifying there during single-car qualifying last weekend. As the winner of Duel No. 2, Hamlin will start right behind Junior in fourth.

    Hamlin, the defending Daytona 500 champion, will also enter the 500 tied with Chase Elliott atop the points standings entering the Daytona 500 with 10 points. Elliott won the first Duel race. As part of changes NASCAR made to its point system in 2017, the top 10 finishers in the Duel qualifying races received points.

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  • Corey LaJoie crashes Reed Sorenson out of the Daytona 500

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Corey LaJoie bumped his way into the Daytona 500.

    During the first of two Duel qualifying races Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway, LaJoie was competing with Reed Sorenson for one of the final spots in Sunday’s race and found himself trailing Sorenson on the outside line as Lap 49 (of the 60-lap race) began.

    As Sorenson’s car slowed up just a bit exiting the tri-oval, LaJoie’s didn’t. The two made contact, and Sorenson went sliding into Paul Menard and an inside retaining wall.

    The impact crushed the front of Sorenson’s car. And his Daytona 500 hopes.

    “I really do feel bad about Reed,” LaJoie said. “I just tried to fill a hole and it was getting down to it and I probably did have position on him, but man when I’m trying to get into the Daytona 500, if my mom was in that spot I’d probably wreck her too.”

    The Duels are NASCAR’s unique way to set the starting field for the Daytona 500. Most of the field is already

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  • Chase Elliott wins first Duel qualifying race

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Chase Elliott held off challenges by Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray to win the first Duel qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Thursday.

    Because the Can-Am Duel races are awarding points, Elliott is now guaranteed to start the Daytona 500 tied with the winner of the second Duel atop the points standings. Elliott earned 10 points for the race win.

    Elliott won the pole for Sunday’s Daytona 500 last weekend, posting the fastest time of all 42 cars attempting to make the race. Because he was guaranteed a spot on the front row, he could have taken Thursday night’s race easy and rode around in the back of the pack and saved his car.

    Instead, Elliott raced up front the entire race. He fought back after being shuffled to the back part of the top 10 early in the race and once he got the lead late in the 60-lap race, he never relinquished it. As Harvick and McMurray tried to make runs behind him, they never got enough help to mount

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  • Your 2017 Daytona 500 qualifying races primer

    Welcome to the first points-paying edition of the Can-Am Duel qualifying races for the Daytona 500.

    NASCAR’s new points format means the traditional 150-mile qualifying races to set the field for the Daytona 500 will award points to the top 10 drivers in each race. Each race winner will get 10 points while 10th in each Duel will receive a single point (you can figure out how points for second-ninth are awarded). The points mean NASCAR will have official points standings before the first race of the season.

    The points given for the Duels are just like the points NASCAR will pay for the first two segments of races in 2017. The top 10 teams in each of the first two segments of all 36 Cup Series races will be awarded on a sliding 10-1 scale for the top 10. Full points, as always, will be awarded at the conclusion of official races.

    • Just 42 cars and drivers are entered for the 40 spots in the race. 36 of the 40 spots are guaranteed to teams with charters. And with non-charter team drivers

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  • DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — Teams haven’t done anything other than qualifying runs with their Daytona 500 cars and yet it may be easy find a couple of favorites for Sunday’s race.

    “I would definitely point towards to the Fords and Penske,” Kevin Harvick said.

    Harvick is referring to teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski. Logano won last week’s exhibition Clash race after Keselowski collided with leader Denny Hamlin on the final lap of the race. Keselowski — thanks to a push from Logano — went to pass Hamlin, who made a very late block and allowed Logano to fly past.

    Keselowski and Logano have won four of the eight points-paying restrictor plate races since 2015. That past history, Jamie McMurray said, is what makes them a favorite before Thursday night’s Duel qualifying races.

    “But, the two Penske cars were already there because they have run well for the last two years at every plate race,” McMurray said. “They’ve been fast. So, before we got here, we knew they were going to be

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  • DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — Danica Patrick said she could relate to Dale Earnhardt Jr. when he said he’d suffered numerous concussions throughout his time as a driver.

    “I’ve had concussions,” Patrick said. “Every time you crash you have a concussion on a varying degree, I’m sure. So when he said something about having 12 concussions I was like, ‘Oh, I’m sure I’ve had 12 concussions.’”

    Earnhardt Jr. is making his return to the Cup Series in 2017 after missing the second half of 2016 because of concussions sustained over the summer. Junior has discussed his transparency during his recovery process numerous times, and Patrick said that openness has helped raise the level of awareness in the garage.

    “Now, I don’t think anyone else has as much luxury sponsorship-wise as Dale Jr. probably does to be able to just get out of the car like that, but it also is coming from a big-name driver that is setting the standard for well-being and it’s admirable,” Patrick said. “I think we like to sweep it

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  • Bold idea: NASCAR should have made the first stages of races shorter

    When NASCAR released the lengths of stages for all of its Cup Series races last week, it was clear the lengths of the first two segments were designed to avoid fuel mileage racing within the segments. It’s not the most thrilling of visuals to see a driver pragmatically save fuel to make it to the end of a stage and collect bonus points while other faster cars have to pit for fuel.

    So it’s totally understandable why the sanctioning body extended the lengths of segments 1 and 2 in all 36 Cup races to make sure that everyone will have to pit within a segment. With the first two segments of the Daytona 500 encompassing 60 laps each, drivers will have to stop with approximately 20 laps left in a segment.

    But what if NASCAR had gone the other way and shortened each of the first two segments to make sure that drivers could make it to the end of the stage without pitting? Would the format create more compelling racing? We think so.

    A main impetus for NASCAR’s stage format was to make drivers

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  • Montell Cozart becomes third Kansas QB to transfer

    Montell Cozart was Kansas’ leading passer in 2016. (Getty)

    Kansas’ quarterback depth chart is going to look even more different in 2017.

    Montell Cozart said Tuesday he was leaving the school. He’s the third Kansas quarterback to transfer from the Jayhawks this offseason.

    Cozart was Kansas’ leading passer in 2016. He was 112-190 passing for 1,075 yards and threw seven touchdowns and nine interceptions. He joins Ryan Willis — the Jayhawks’ third-leading passer last season — as a transfer from the team. Willis was Kansas’ leading passer in 2015.

    Deondre Ford has also transferred.

    Kansas signed former Washington State quarterback Peyton Bender in December. Bender, who left Washington State because of academic reasons, spent the 2016 season at a junior college. He’ll compete with Carter Stanley — the quarterback who started Kansas’ win over Texas — for the starting gig in 2017.

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  • Report: Tommy Tuberville thinking about running for governor of Alabama

    Are Tommy Tuberville campaign signs about to become a reality?

    According to a report from CBS Sports, the former Ole Miss, Auburn, Texas Tech and Cincinnati coach could be entering the 2018 governor’s race in Alabama as a Republican. Per the report, “it is known he is currently in the process of gauging interest for his entry into the 2018 race.”

    And a survey of Alabama residents about the worthiness of Tuberville’s candidacy is reportedly going to influence his decision. The coach resigned from his position at Cincinnati in December after a 4-8 season with the Bearcats. His career record at the four schools is 159-99

    Tommy Tuberville resigned from Cincinnati in December. (Getty)

    Someone with the resume of Tuberville’s is well-versed in the art of politicking. But would Alabama be willing to vote for an Auburn coach who isn’t the most popular? We’re only slightly joking when we say Nick Saban could announce he’s running for governor the day before the election and win in a runaway, but

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