Young NASCAR drivers in controversy at famous short track race

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Two of NASCAR’s rising stars were at the center of a major issue during Sunday’s Snowball Derby short-track race in Pensacola, Florida.

Chase Elliott, the son of former Sprint Cup champion Bill Elliott and a part-timer in the Camping World Truck Series, appeared to have won the prestigious Super Late Model race as he crossed the line first. However, a post-race inspection found that Elliott’s car had an illegal block of tungsten ballast.

That was a violation of the Derby rules, as tungsten is considerably more expensive than lead and organizers want to keep costs down. Elliott was subsequently disqualified, which handed the victory to Erik Jones (pictured) after his car passed post-race inspection.

For the 17-year-old Jones, it marks a successful end to a year that saw him become the youngest winner ever in CWTS competition at Phoenix International Raceway in November.

“A win is a win and we’ll take it,” Jones said according to SBNation. “Going through tech, things started slowing down and I was starting to get nervous because I thought that maybe we could end up winning this deal now. And it’s certainly the same emotion that we would have if we had gone out there and won on the track.”

It marks Jones’ second straight Derby win after defeating Sprint Cup star Kyle Busch for the win in 2012; this past November at Phoenix, Jones drove one of Busch’s Trucks to his historic victory.

Racing world reacts to Danica Patrick’s Daytona, Indy double news

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Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.

This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.

Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.

Well…. 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 here I come. 🙌🏼

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IMS President J. Douglas Boles

“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.

“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

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