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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.


Joe Gibbs Racing looks to end Daytona 500 drought

Joe Gibbs has made it perfectly clear to his drivers: Even if they win every exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway, it’s the Daytona 500 that matters most.


Rookie Chase Elliott becomes youngest on Daytona 500 pole

Chase Elliott was too young to really remember celebrating in victory lane with his father, dressed in a shirt that matched Bill Elliott’s firesuit and a little finger pointed toward …


Brian Vickers to replace Tony Stewart at Daytona

Brian Vickers is expected to replace injured driver Tony Stewart for the NASCAR season opener at Daytona International Speedway, The Associated Press has learned.


Junior tweets car better than driver

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. saved his first tweet for the night of his 2014 Daytona 500 win. About 5,100 tweets and one year later, Earnhardt lamented on …


Busch crashes; breaks leg, foot

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kyle Busch broke his right leg and left foot in a vicious hit Saturday into a concrete wall during the Xfinity Series race. He’ll miss the …


NASCAR suspends Busch amid violence allegations

NASCAR suspended Kurt Busch indefinitely on Friday after a judge said the former champion almost surely choked and beat an ex-girlfriend last fall and there was a “substantial likelihood” of …


Earnhardt Jr.: Anniversary of dad’s death no day for mourning

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. recognized the anniversary of his father’s death Wednesday and said it was not a day for mourning. Junior took to Twitter to acknowledge …


Danica Patrick, Denny Hamlin wreck in Daytona 500 practice run

Danica Patrick and Denny Hamlin wrecked during Daytona 500 practice Wednesday. Patrick’s No. 10 Chevrolet sustained enough damage that she was forced to switch to a backup car and will …


Kyle Larson ready to become NASCAR’s new superstar

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As Jeff Gordon winds down his long career, the kid who grew up idolizing him is just getting started. Kyle Larson is ready to become NASCAR’s …


Brad Keselowski has everyone’s attention with his driving and his mouth

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Brad Keselowski might as well sign up as the next celebrity target at a comedy roast. His fellow NASCAR drivers already have plenty of practice hurling …


Gordon takes pole in unpopular Daytona qualifying

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The qualifying session for NASCAR’s biggest race of the year was lambasted by Tony Stewart as “a complete embarrassment” and called a “cute show” by Clint …


Sprint Unlimited just a Daytona tuneup

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Sure, it will be cool to race under the lights at Daytona International Speedway. Of course everybody wants to rev up those engines. And there may …


Decade later, Dale Jr. Daytona winner again

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Through rain and wrecks, on Daytona’s longest day, this was a drought Dale Earnhardt Jr. was determined to end. NASCAR’s most popular driver won the Daytona …


Hamlin survives Sprint Unlimited

Denny Hamlin won a race of attrition Saturday night, beating just seven other cars to the finish of the exhibition Sprint Unlimited. Only eight cars finished the 75-lap showcase at …


‘Solid day’ in end

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Danica Patrick made more history at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. She became the first woman to lead a lap and was the highest female finisher …


Johnson wins Daytona 500

Jimmie Johnson made a late push and reclaimed his spot at the top of his sport on Sunday, winning the Daytona 500 for the second time. It was the second …


Several fans injured at Daytona after accident

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – At least 30 NASCAR fans were injured Saturday when a car sailed into the fence at Daytona International Speedway, and large chunks of debris – including …


Montoya eager to put fiery crash, mediocrity behind him at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Forgive Juan Pablo Montoya if he doesn’t find the fireball jokes very funny. He’s just totally over them a year after crashing into a jet dryer …