9.Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas Racing 8.Ryan BlaneyTeam Penske STARTING POSITION DRIVER TEAM 9.Tyler Reddick*Richard Childress Racing 3.Daniel HemricRichard Childress Racing 21.Cody WareRick Ware Racing 5.Brad KeselowskiTeam Penske 13.Casey Mears*Germain Racing 13.Ryan NewmanRoush Fenway Racing 17.Bubba WallaceRichard Petty Motorsports 20.Landon CassillStarCom Racing 10.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Roush Fenway Racing 11.Daniel SuarezStewart-Haas Racing 8.Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas Racing 2.Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports 5.Austin DillonRichard Childress Racing STARTING POSITION DRIVER TEAM 18.Matt TifftFront Row Motorsports 3.Joey LoganoTeam Penske PROJECTED DUEL 2 LINEUP 7.Erik JonesJoe Gibbs Racing 19.Parker Kligerman*Gaunt Brothers Racing 18.Ross ChastainPremium Motorsports 16.Matt DiBenedettoLeavine Family Racing 7.Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing Sunday’s Daytona 500 single-car qualifying set only the front row for the “Great American Race” — Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron (Busch Pole Award) and Alex Bowman will lead the field when the green flag drops Feb. 17 (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).The qualifying speeds, though, set the lineups for Thursday’s Gander RV Duel races at Daytona (7 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the twin 60-lap races that determine the full starting lineup for the 61st running of the Daytona 500.PHOTOS: The best of the weekendDuel 1 is typically comprised from the odd-numbered drivers on the Daytona 500 qualifying speed chart — first, third, fifth, etc. Duel 2 is then the even-finishing drivers. NASCAR officials, though, ensure an even number of Open, non-Charter teams in each duel race.The results of those two races will determine the cars that qualify for the Daytona 500, and where they line up on the grid. The winner of Duel 1 will start the Daytona 500 in third place, second place starts fifth, and so on through the inside row. The winner of Duel 2 will start the Daytona 500 in fourth place, second place starts sixth and so on through the outside row.MORE: William Byron wins Busch Pole for Daytona 500Additionally, Tyler Reddick and Casey Mears locked themselves into the Daytona 500 field by virtue of being the fastest two Open cars during qualifying.Below is the starting lineup for each Duel race.* denotes Open, non-Charter teamDUEL 1 LINEUP 1.William ByronHendrick Motorsports 4.Clint BowyerStewart-Haas Racing 1.Alex BowmanHendrick Motorsports 10.Kurt BuschChip Ganassi Racing 4.Martin Truex Jr.Joe Gibbs Racing 16.Kyle LarsonChip Ganassi Racing 12.Chris BuescherJTG Daugherty Racing 14.Ryan Truex*Tommy Baldwin Racing 2.Jimmie JohnsonHendrick Motorsports 20.BJ McLeodPetty Ware Racing 12.Michael McDowellFront Row Motorsports 14.Jamie McMurraySpire Motorsports 11.David RaganFront Row Motorsports 19.Corey LaJoieGO FAS Racing 17.Ty DillonGermain Racing 6.Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing 15.Brendan Gaughan*Beard Motorsports 6.Paul MenardWood Brothers Racing 15.Ryan PreeceJTG Daugherty Racing 21.Joey Gase*Motorsports Business Management
The Walton Group of Companies (Walton), a privately-owned real estate investment and development group, has named Steven Friedman Chief Financial Officer of Walton Development & Management (USA), Inc. (WDM). Friedman is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience and a strong track record of financial leadership and counsel. He joins Walton after serving as a partner in the real estate practice of a global accounting and advisory firm, and is charged with overseeing corporate finance for WDM’s U.S. regions.Walton, a multi-national real estate investment and development group concentrating on the research, acquisition, administration, planning and development of strategically located land in major North American growth corridors, has nearly 97,000 acres of land and $4 billion in assets under management and administration and currently is managing 21 development projects, including six new development projects in the United States. Walton has recently entered two new markets, Denver and Nashville.Ed Fleming, WDM President, notes that Friedman’s appointment comes at an important juncture for the company, as it continues to employ forward-thinking strategy, collaborative partnerships and local talent/expertise to responsibly develop the growing portfolio of land and assets under management and administration.“Walton is at a pivotal point, as we approach 100,000 acres of land under management and administration and remain true to our mission of collaborating with local stakeholders to achieve the highest and best potential for the land,” he said. “Steve’s extensive experience enhances Walton’s capabilities as we continue working closely with builders and developers in all markets to offer a variety of residential, industrial and commercial property opportunities.”Friedman most recently served as the national director of Ernst & Young LLP’s Homebuilding and Land Development practice, located in Washington, D.C. – the largest of its kind in the United States. His broad depth of experience includes mergers and acquisitions, structuring and restructuring transactions, and cross-border and multinational real estate investment and finance.Friedman is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Fordham University School of Law. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Pacific Coast Builders Council (PCBC).
Author: CBS News TAMPA, Fla. — College football’s first national championship rematch was even better than the original, with an incredible ending.Deshaun Watson and Clemson dethroned the champs and became the first team to beat Nick Saban’s Alabama dynasty in a national title game, taking down the top-ranked Crimson Tide 35-31 Monday night in the College Football Playoff.Watson found Hunter Renfrow for a 2-yard touchdown pass with a second remaining to give the Tigers the title. A year after Alabama won its fourth title under Saban with a 45-40 classic in Arizona, Clemson closed the deal and denied the Tide an unprecedented fifth championship in eight seasons.Watson “never won the Heisman Trophy, but consistently told everyone who would listen he believed he was the best player in college football,” writes CBSSports.com’s Chip Patterson. “After leading Clemson back from a two-touchdown deficit and taking down the kings of college football to deliver the Tigers their first national title since 1981, no one is going to argue with him.”It was, says Patterson, “a game for the ages.”The lead changed hands three times in the fourth quarter, but Watson got the ball last. Likely playing in his final college game, the junior quarterback threw for 420 yards and three touchdowns. In two games against Alabama and the most ferocious defense in college football, Watson has thrown for 825 yards and accounted for eight touchdowns.Coach Dabo Swinney, the native Alabaman and former Crimson Tide walk-on receiver, has built an elite program at Clemson that was missing only one thing. Now the Tigers can check that box, too.“Eight years ago we set out to put Clemson back on top,” said Swinney, who can turn postgame interviews into a rousing sermon. “We came up a little short last year, but today on top of the mountain, the Clemson flag is flying.”TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)After three quarters of vicious hits and tight defense, Tigers-Tide II ended up looking a lot like the first meeting when the teams combined for 40 points in the fourth quarter.Clemson took its first lead when Watson found Mike Williams for a 4-yard touchdown a minute into the fourth quarter to make it 24-21.The Tigers took a 28-24 lead with 4:38 left in the fourth quarter when Wayne Gallman surged in from a yard out.The Tide’s offense, which had gone dormant for most of the second half, came to life with the help of a sweet call from newly promoted offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. Receiver ArDarius Stewart took a backward pass from Jalen Hurts and fired a strike to O.J. Howard for 24 yards.On the next play, Hurts broke free from a collapsing pocket and weaved his way through defenders for a 30-yard touchdown run to make it 31-28 with 2:07 left.More than enough time for Watson.“I was calm,” Watson said. He said he thought about Vince Young’s last-second touchdown for Texas that derailed the Southern California’s championship run in the 2005 championship game at the Rose Bowl. He told his team: “Let’s go be great.”Watson hooked up with Williams and Jordan Leggett, who made great catches for big gains to get to first-and-goal with 14 seconds left.A pass interference on Alabama made it first-and-goal at the 2 with six seconds left. Time for one more play to avoid a game-tying kick and potential overtime. Renfrow slipped away from the defense at the goal line and was alone for an easy toss. It was the walk-on receiver’s second TD catch of the night, adding to the two he had last season against Alabama.When it ended, Clemson’s 315-pound defensive lineman Christian Wilkins did a cartwheel and Ben Boulware, one of the toughest linebackers in the country, was in tears.The Tigers had snapped Alabama’s 26-game winning streak and beaten a No. 1 team for the first time ever.“It’s been 35 long years!” Boulware screamed. “It’s coming home baby! It’s coming home!”© 2017 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report. SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Clemson wins college football championship, beats Alabama 35-31 Published: January 10, 2017 4:58 AM EST