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Column: NASCAR's youth movement may be good for business

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Daytona Day was nothing short of a rousing success for NASCAR, which was able to celebrate both its storied past and youthful future on its biggest stage.

The Daytona 500 is the most important event of the year for NASCAR. With Austin Dillon's victory in the famed No. 3 and Bubba Wallace's history-making, second-place finish, NASCAR got perhaps its most promising glimpse to date of the next generation.

Junior at peace with Daytona 17 yrs after Earnhardt's death

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. made peace with Daytona International Speedway long ago.

Seventeen years after his dad's death, Earnhardt had only positive vibes Sunday at the famed racetrack where his father died. Dale Earnhardt was killed in a last-lap crash in the 2001 Daytona 500.

Standings: 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

As of: Feb. 20
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Ryan Blaney581
2Joey Logano502
3Austin Dillon473
4Darrell Wallace Jr.474
5Paul Menard465
6Michael McDowell396
7Denny Hamlin377
9Chris Buescher339
10Aric Almirola3310
11Trevor Bayne3111
12Martin Truex Jr.3012