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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Watermelon farmer Ross Chastain gets top-10 finish at Daytona 500

Ross Chastain and Ryan Preece were part of a bumper crop of Daytona 500 rookies.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Denny Hamlin cruises to second Daytona 500 victory in four years

Denny Hamlin came to the Daytona 500 determined to honor his late car owner with a victory. He delivered with a storybook tribute for Joe Gibbs Racing.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 16, 2019

Perfect Storm: The Daytona 500 and fight that changed NASCAR forever

Thanks to a landmark television deal, a massive snowstorm and a spectacular ending that included an infield brawl, the 1979 Daytona 500 was instrumental in broadening NASCAR’s southern roots. Forty …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 16, 2019

Fresh faces and new sponsors give Daytona 500 throwback feel

NASCAR’s biggest race features eight drivers making their Daytona 500 debut and a handful of new sponsors. It is part of a changing landscape that has returned NASCAR to its …


All eyes will be on Danica Patrick in her IndyCar return and farewell

Sebastien Bourdais was back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday. So was Helio Castroneves, who returned to his home away from home to re-acclimate to an Indy car. But the …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 18, 2018

No fairy-tale ending for Danica Patrick at Daytona 500

There was no fairy-tale ending for Danica Patrick. There was no checkered flag; no trip to Victory Lane and no Cinderella story in her final NASCAR race.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 18, 2018

Austin Dillon drives No. 3 car back to glory in Daytona 500

Austin Dillon put the No. 3 back in victory lane at Daytona International Speedway. Dillon won in the car number made famous by Dale Earnhardt and won 17 years to …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018

Bubba Wallace tops Daytona 500 speed chart in final practice

Darrell Wallace Jr. turned heads again Saturday at Daytona International Speedway and topped the speed chart in the final practice for NASCAR’s season opener.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018

Vietnam vet Mark Thompson to make Daytona 500 start at 66

The oldest driver in the Daytona 500 is truly a race veteran. Mark Thompson did a tour of duty in Vietnam that wrapped up two decades before he made his …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018

Shifting gears: NASCAR’s young look on display for Daytona

Never before has one race displayed NASCAR’s rapidly changing look more than this year’s Daytona 500. Three drivers under age 25 start in the first two rows. New rules have …


Jimmie Johnson, 7 others switching cars for Daytona 500

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and seven other teams are switching to backup cars for the Daytona 500. All of the teams sustained damaged in qualifying races Thursday. The group …


First at last: Dale Earnhardt’s lone 500 victory still resonates

Dale Earnhardt ended a 0-for-19 streak in the Daytona 500 in 1998. The 46-year-old Earnhardt was the sentimental choice and finally won “The Great American Race” in his 20th try. …


Team Penske stakes claim as Daytona 500 favorites

Team Penske again dominates at Daytona as Ryan Blaney wins qualifying race for the Daytona 500. Penske has 2 wins at Speedweeks. Chase Elliott won the 2nd qualifying race in …


Peyton Manning to lead field to green flag at Daytona 500

Peyton Manning is leading one more drive on a huge stage. The two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback will serve as honorary pace car driver for the 60th running of the Daytona …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 11, 2018

Alex Bowman puts No. 88 on the pole at Daytona

Alex Bowman put an old familiar car on top of the Daytona 500 leaderboard.


Kurt Busch sets aim on becoming 4th repeat Daytona 500 champ

Kurt Busch is ready for his close-up outside the car. Busch signed with an entertainment agency in the offseason and may soon make the leap from stock cars to the …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 11, 2018

Patrick arrives in Daytona for 1st stop of ‘Danica Double’

Danica Patrick has arrived at Daytona International Speedway to begin preparations for her final NASCAR race. She will run the Feb. 18 season-opening Daytona 500 and then turn her focus …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017

Fryer: Hype, new format didn’t equal must-watch Daytona 500

The Daytona 500 was sold out, the grid packed with celebrities, the fan area full of activities including a motorcycle “Ball of Death.”


Kurt Busch steals monster victory by winning Daytona 500

Decked in Monster gear and chugging a tall boy of the energy drink as he was flanked by scantily clad models and one of pro sports’ top partiers, Kurt Busch …


Joe Gibbs, Roger Penske defend NASCAR as having bright future

Joe Gibbs joined the list of heavy hitters defending NASCAR during one of its shakiest periods in decades. The owner of powerhouse Joe Gibbs Racing said NASCAR has a bright …


Chase Elliott grabs 1st Cup win in Daytona 500 qualifier

Chase Elliott already had the top starting spot for NASCAR season-opening Daytona 500, so he had no real reason to race hard Thursday night in a qualifying race.


Optimism in high gear at Daytona for NASCAR’s top teams

Optimism abounds after the opening weekend at Daytona International Speedway, especially for NASCAR’s top teams.


Elliott nips Earnhardt to win 2nd straight Daytona 500 pole

It’s impossible to tell the history of NASCAR without mentioning Elliott and Earnhardt.


NFL great LaDainian Tomlinson named honorary starter for Daytona 500

NFL great LaDainian Tomlinson, who could be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame later this week, has been named honorary starter for the upcoming Daytona 500. Tomlinson will …


George Diaz: Martin Truex Jr. earns respect as loyal, gracious adversary

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is NASCAR’s beloved Favorite Son. Clint Bowyer is NASCAR’s funny class cutup. Jimmie Johnson is NASCAR’s quintessential smooth and silky winner.


Hamlin uses daring move to give Joe Gibbs a Daytona 500 win

With a Hail Mary move, Denny Hamlin ended Joe Gibbs’ 23-year drought at the Daytona 500. Hamlin pulled out of line with a lap to go Sunday to make a …


Busch brothers back in Daytona 500 year after sitting out

Kyle Busch was stuck in a hospital bed, the Daytona 500 just a race on TV.


Junior hoping to drive ‘Amelia’ back to victory lane

Her name is Amelia, and boy, can she fly.


Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch win qualifying races

Driving a car he believes is unbeatable, Dale Earnhardt Jr. added to his family legacy at Daytona International Speedway on the anniversary of his father’s death.


NASCAR’s biggest losers hope for major upset at Daytona

The 1962 New York Mets, the mid-70s Tampa Bay Bucs and the current Philadelphia 76ers have nothing on Casey Mears.