Joey Logano won yesterday’s Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona in the first official event of the NASCAR season. As heard on WEBO, Logano was in third to start the final lap, but was able to capitalize after Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski made contact in front of him. The race was postponed by rain on Saturday. Also yesterday, Chase Elliott qualified on the pole for next Sunday’s Daytona 500 while Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr. qualified second. The rest of the lineup will be set in qualifying races Thursday live on WEBO.
NASCAR begins Speedweeks 2017 tomorrow night live on WEBO with the Advance Auto Parts Clash under the lights of Daytona International Speedway. Seventeen Monster Energy Cup Series drivers will compete in the non-points event. Denny Hamlin won last year’s race. Motor Racing Network coverage will begin at 7pm. The front row of the Daytona 500 will be set Sunday in pole qualifying, and the rest of the field will be set in special races next Thursday before the Great American Race next Sunday. Every Monster Energy Cup and Xfinity Series race will be heard live on WEBO this season.
NASCAR has announced major changes to the race format this season. Races for the Monster Energy Cup, the Xfinity Series, and the Truck Series will now be split into three segments. The first two segments will make up about half the race. Points will be awarded for each stage and the winner of each final stage will qualify for the chase. The length of the races will remain the same, but the segment lengths will change each week. The new format was put together by a panel of drivers, teams, and track officials. They hope it will make races more competitive and enjoyable for fans. You can hear every NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series race live on WEBO this season, beginning next month at Daytona.
NASCAR driver Carl Edwards announced his retirement this morning in a special press conference. The 37-year-old won 28 races over his 13-year career in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup. Edwards will be replaced in the No. 19 car by reigning Xfinity Series Champion Daniel Suarez. Our partners from MRN and PRN will continue to cover today’s announcement throughout the day on WEBO.
Jimmie Johnson won his record-tying seventh NASCAR Championship yesterday, winning the race at Homestead-Miami Speedway that was heard live on WEBO. Johnson stormed past race leader Kyle Larson on the final restart and hung on for his fifth win of the year and third of the Chase. Other championship contenders Joey Logano finished fourth, Kyle Busch was sixth, and Carl Edwards was 34th after a late crash trying to block Logano on a restart. NASCAR will return to WEBO for the Daytona 500 in February. (Photo credit: www.mrn.com)
The Syracuse men’s basketball team will return to the Carrier Dome Friday night to host Monmouth University at 7pm live on WEBO. Binghamton High School graduate King Rice is in his sixth season as the head coach of the Hawks. Pregame coverage will start at 6pm.
Saturday, the Syracuse football team will play their final home game against Florida State. The Orange are 4-6 on the season, and hoping to upset the Seminoles on Senior Day. IMG coverage will begin at 2:30pm on WEBO.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will crown this year’s champion live on WEBO Sunday. Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, and Joey Logano are the Championship Four that are in contention for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Motor Racing Network coverage will begin at 1:30pm Sunday.
Four Tioga County squads won Section 4 Championships this weekend, including the Newark Valley football team. The Cardinals won their first-ever sectional title with a 48-12 victory over Spencer-Van Etten/Candor. Brett Stewart had a day, with 141 rushing yards, 62 passing yards, a touchdown catch, and an interception.
In volleyball, Owego (pictured), Tioga, and Candor all won Section 4 titles on Saturday. It was the sixth straight for Owego, the fourth in five years for Tioga, and the first since 2008 for Candor.
In college football, Syracuse lost their quarterback Eric Dungey to a concussion and the game 54-0 to Clemson. They will try and rebound at home this week against NC State.
In NASCAR, Carl Edwards won a rain-shortened race at Texas to advance to the Championship Four, joining Jimmie Johnson. Two more will qualify this week.
The Owego football team lost a Section 4 Class B semifinal game 34-0 at Chenango Forks Saturday. As heard on WEBO, Forks led 13-0 at the half, and exploded for 21 points in the third quarter as they pulled away for the win. They will play Windsor for the Class B title on Saturday. Owego ends their season with a 6-3 record.
In Class C, Newark Valley and Spencer-Van Etten/Candor both won their semifinal games, setting up an all-Tioga County championship game. The Cardinals pounded Oneonta 69-19 while the Eagles edged Lansing 28-20. Newark Valley rolled to a 53-6 win over SVEC in the regular season. Their game is scheduled for 12pm Saturday at Union-Endicott.
In NASCAR, six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson won at Martinsville yesterday to qualify for the Championship Four. The Chase for the Sprint Cup will continue Sunday at Texas live on WEBO.