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Earnhardt Jr.’s selfie underscores NASCAR’s new promotional tack

The photo on Twitter captures key elements of NASCAR’s marketing strategy — Dale Earnhardt Jr. snapping a selfie in front of a statue of his famous stock car-racing daddy at the legendary Daytona International Speedway — exemplifies the convergence of NASCAR’s emphasis this season on social media to promote its brand.

Harvick continues fast pace

Kevin Harvick, fresh off his victory at Phoenix, posted the fastest lap speed in practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He will take part in qualifying Friday for Sunday’s Kobalt 400.