MRN.com Weekend Preview
By: MRN Staff on February 16, 2017 | 3:21 P.M. EST
NASCAR's 69th season gets rolling this weekend at Daytona International Speedway with Saturday night's Advance Auto Parts Clash non-points special event kicking off Speedweeks 2017. (Photo: Getty Images)
NASCAR's 69th season gets rolling this weekend at Daytona International Speedway with Saturday night's Advance Auto Parts Clash non-points special event kicking off Speedweeks 2017.
Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" - will open its coverage from Daytona by airing Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice on Friday at 5 p.m. (ET). There's another session scheduled for Saturday at 11:30 a.m., with exclusive radio coverage of the Advance Auto Parts Clash to follow.
The non-points special event features pole winners from last season. Denny Hamlin won last year's race and is bidding to become just the fifth driver in the 39-year history of the event to claim back-to-back victories. Neil Bonnett was the first to double up, in 1983 and '84; followed by Ken Schrader (1989-90), Tony Stewart (2001-02) and Kevin Harvick (2009-10).
MRN's live coverage begins Saturday at 7 p.m. The broadcast from "The World Center of Racing" will be anchored by Joe Moore and Jeff Striegle with analysis from Hall of Fame driver Rusty Wallace. Then on Sunday, MRN will air live coverage of Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented by Kroger - to set the front row for the Daytona 500 and the starting lineups for next week's twin qualifying races. Air time is 3 p.m.
You can hear all Motor Racing Network broadcasts from Daytona on your local affiliate or its website. All programming also will stream live on the MRN App and at MRN.com - which will have complete coverage throughout the weekend with the latest news, results, stats, features, photos, video and post-race analysis.
Elsewhere, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East opens with Sunday's Jet Tools 150 at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway. And the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series kicks off its 2017 season with the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. There'll be action Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Stay with MRN.com throughout the weekend for all your racing news!