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Exciting Shootout a jump-start to NASCAR season?

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kyle Busch twice appeared destined to destroy his race car, and twice used breathtaking saves to keep on running around Daytona International Speedway. He probably shouldn’t …


Edwards earns pole position for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Carl Edwards fell bitterly short in last season’s bid to win the NASCAR championship. He’s starting 2012 out front.


Busch’s late pass nets Budweiser Shootout win

Kyle Busch used a last-gasp pass of defending NASCAR champion Tony Stewart to grab the first win of the 2012 season at Daytona International Speedway at Daytona Beach, Fla. Busch …


Bayne makes his way back to Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – One fan asked Trevor Bayne if he was married. Another wanted to know what his favorite Bible verse is. The Daytona 500 winner grinned as he answered …


Rookie Bayne races way into spotlight

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Trevor Bayne celebrated his Daytona 500 victory by playing basketball with friends, then skateboarding on the infield of NASCAR’s most storied race track. And why not? …


Wood Brothers make improbable return to Victory Lane at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Wood Brothers were once a juggernaut in NASCAR, a family team that perfected the modern pit stop and raced to win after win with David …


Bayne, 20, wins Daytona 500 for Wood Brothers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – This year’s Daytona 500 was blanketed with emotion on the 10-year anniversary of the crash here that killed Dale Earnhardt, the iconic NASCAR champion known even …


20-year-old wins Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – This year’s Daytona 500 was blanketed with emotion on the 10-year anniversary of the crash here that killed Dale Earnhardt, the iconic NASCAR champion known even …


Daytona 500 should feature latest tandem racing strategy

The fans will stand in silence, three fingers raised toward the sky, on the third lap of the Daytona 500 in honor of the late Dale Earnhardt. The tribute to …


Earnhardt Jr. wins pole for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. understands the solemn reverence and respect for his father – who died a decade ago on the last lap of the Daytona 500. …


Daytona drivers top 203 mph in tests on repaved track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The recently repaved surface at Daytona International Speedway is fast. Really fast. Maybe too fast. In the most significant test on the 21/2-mile superspeedway, cars topped …


Gibbs begins 20th NASCAR season with high hopes for a title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The presentation at Joe Gibbs Racing last month began as a rambling remembrance of the race team’s humble beginnings. As the audience grew restless, and eyes …


Worth the wait

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jamie McMurray’s heart sank when he saw Dale Earnhardt Jr. lurking in his rearview mirror. Of all the guys bearing down on me, he thought, it …


Pothole prompts race to parking lot

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Cars were running at Daytona International Speedway with the race red-flagged Sunday. Just not on the track.


Kenseth win a tough sell in big event

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Matt Kenseth is not boring or bland. Get to know him a bit, and one might find he’s actually rather funny. Sure, he’s a bit quiet …


Kenseth reigns in the rain

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The rain finally fell on Daytona, then it took another 20 minutes for the real downpour. Matt Kenseth, the quiet, unassuming former NASCAR champion who had …


Daytona offers hints on NASCAR future

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The million-dollar motorhomes still crowd the infield at Daytona International Speedway, and the FanZone has hosted a steady stream of cash-carrying customers. The hospitality village is …


Stewart’s fortunes change in mere hours

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It took Tony Stewart just five hours to go from brooding over his battered Daytona 500 car to celebrating a victory in the season-opening NASCAR Nationwide …