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Daytona 500 grandstand seating sold out NASCAR to award medals to top three finishers of Busch Clash Travis Pastrana to attempt Daytona 500 with 23XI Racing RCR, Kyle Busch add sponsorship from Netspend Kyle Larson, Rick Hendrick and the road to the Indianapolis 500

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Grandstand seating and camping sold out at the Daytona 500 Feb. 19, Daytona International Speedway announced Tuesday.

The sale is the eighth in a row for the 500, which opens the NASCAR Cup Series regular season.

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Tickets are still available in the backyard fan zone and hospitality areas.

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“Our fans know there’s nothing like the sport of being in the Daytona 500 and they will help us kick off NASCAR’s 75th Anniversary by filling the facility,” speedway president Frank Kelleher said in a statement released by the circuit.

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The recruit Austin Sindrik won last year’s Daytona 500 by 0.036 seconds more than Bubba Wallace.

In the first series, NASCAR will award medals to the top three finishers in the Cup race. The medals will be awarded after the Busch Clash on February 5 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The winner of the race will receive a gold medal, the runner-up will receive a silver medal, and the runner-up will receive a bronze medal in the demonstration race.

The awards ceremony will take place on the podium in Victory Lane, which will be located under the Olympic chalice of the Coliseum. It hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games. Los Angeles will host the 2028 Olympics.

The Race Winner’s Medal weighs 4.7 ounces and is plated in 24 carat gold.

“These will be huge prizes for our drivers who compete in a territory that has hosted two Olympics and is gearing up for a third,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing development and strategy. “The medals not only honor the stadium’s rich tradition, but also represent a special element unique to NASCAR’s 75th Anniversary.”

Twenty-seven cars will compete in a 150-lap quarter-mile race built inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Training and qualification will be held on February 4th.

Four heats, two last chance qualifying races and this feature will take place on February 5th.

Veteran driver Travis Pastrana will attempt to qualify for the Daytona 500 next month in a 23XI Racing entered Toyota car.

Pastrana, who will drive car number 67, will become a teammate Bubba Wallace and Tyler Reddick. Eric Phillips will be the team leader. Sponsorship will be from Black Rifle Coffee Company.

Pastrana, who has competed in multiple series in a 25-year career, did not compete in the Daytona 500. He finished 10th in the Xfinity Series at Daytona International Speedway in 2013.

Pastrana competed in 42 Xfinity Series races from 2011 to 2013. He had no wins, no fives, no four hits in the top 10. He last raced for NASCAR in the Craftsman Truck Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the fall of 2020.

He has won seven supercross, motocross and rally championships and has won 11 gold medals in motorcycle racing and rallying at the X Games.

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Since his team does not have a charter, Pastrana will have to earn one of the four non-charter spots to make it into the top 500. Competition for those spots will be fierce, with seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson Zane Smith and possibly IndyCar kingpin Helio Castroneves in the group.

“I really want to have a great car, a great team and great people to help me get there,” said Pastrana. “Going to an event and earning your spot is very important. Did I think that Jimmy and Helio might try to claim four spots? No, but it’s going to be an amazing week.”

Pastrana, 39, said the 500 had been on his wish list for decades.

“First of all, I want to be a part of it,” he said. “I want to add some value to this. It’s more than anything I’ve done. These are the best drivers. Being able to line up next to them will be something I can proudly smile at for the rest of my life.”

He admitted that “winning for me is finishing on the lead lap.”

In a team message, 23XI Racing President Steve Lauletta called Pastrana “one of the most famous and decorated athletes of all time, and we look forward to helping him in his quest to race Daytona. 500. Bringing in a driver of the caliber of Travis speaks volumes about the success of 23XI Racing in the first two seasons and indicates that we are moving in the right direction.”

Kyle Bush and Richard Childress Racing received several race sponsorships from financial company Netspend.

Busch, in his first season with the North Carolina Welcome team, will race for the Netspend in several races, including March 26 at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas near the Netspend headquarters in Austin.

“We look forward to seeing the No. 8 Netspend Chevy on racetracks across America and achieving our key marketing and business goals with this unique platform in partnership with the RCR team,” said Kelly Knutson, president of Netspend, in a statement released RKR.

Busch left Joe Gibbs Racing after 15 seasons to join RCR for 2023. The loss of M&Ms/Mars sponsorship at JGR was a key reason for Bush’s exit.

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Perhaps he needed such a talent as Kyle Larson change mind.

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