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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 …


Keselowski tweeting for Miller Time moments

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It was the tweet read ’round the world. Brad Keselowski changed the NASCAR social media landscape forever last year when, during a lengthy delay in the …


Newsmakers

Hired Former Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has been hired as the athletics director at Sacred Heart University. The university in Fairfield, Conn., said Friday that Valentine’s appointment will …


Patrick hangs on to Daytona pole after safe run

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – All Danica Patrick needed to do was keep her car intact. She didn’t exactly follow her team owner’s advice – start and then park after two …


Harvick and Kyle Busch wins Daytona 500 Duels

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – There are two certainties heading into the Daytona 500: Kevin Harvick is the favorite, and no one is sure what the action will look like in …


Patrick makes history as first woman to win pole for NASCAR race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Danica Patrick has made history before – as a woman and a racer, in Indianapolis and Japan. The spotlight is nothing new. But never has it …


Danica Patrick wins Daytona 500 pole

Danica Patrick won the Daytona 500 pole Sunday, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any race in NASCAR’s premier circuit. It’s by far the biggest achievement …


Kenseth wins wild one

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – There was rain, fire, soap suds and fog in the most bizarre Daytona 500 in history. When it was all over, Matt Kenseth was the only …


In brief: Daytona 500 rescheduled; Walker wins U.S. Indoor

Daytona 500 rescheduled for today Auto racing: The Daytona 500 has been postponed for the first time in its 54-year history.


Daytona 500 rained out

The Daytona 500 was postponed Sunday for the first time in its 54-year history after heavy rain saturated Daytona International Speedway.


Expect mixed bag at Daytona 500

To paraphrase the famous philosopher Forrest Gump, the Daytona 500 is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get when you put 43 souped-up …


Stewart may be primed to end Daytona jinx

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tony Stewart has had plenty of chances to win the Daytona 500, and he’s had his heart broken every time. Stewart wound up on his roof …


Wreck ends Waltrip’s Daytona 500 streak at 25

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Michael Waltrip sat in a golf cart just outside the care center, stared at the ground and sheepishly placed both hands on his head. He knew …