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By Sandra McKee | February 15, 1998
Drivers to watch: Chevy drivers Sterling Martin, Dale Earnhardt, Terry Labonte and Jeff Gordon; Pontiac drivers Bobby Labonte, John Andretti and Ernie Irvan. And Ford drivers Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin.Best bets: Dale Earnhardt or Terry Labonte will break his 20-year Daytona 500 winless streak.Dark horses: Keep an eye out for Michael Waltrip, in his 13th full season without one Winston Cup win. He is looking strong in his Wood Brothers Ford; And 1990 Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope, driving for a first-year team owned by Chuck Rider, has been impressing with strong practice sessions.
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Sports on TV | February 21, 2014
FRIDAY'S TELEVISION HIGHLIGHTS NASCAR Sprint Cup Daytona 500, practice FS111:30 a.m. N'wide DRIVE4COPD 300, qualifying ESPN21 Sprint Cup Daytona 500, practice FS12:30 Camping World Daytona, qualifying FS14 Camping World Daytona FS17:30 M. bask. Mt. St. Mary's@Central Conn. St. (T) MASN10 a.m. Mt. St. Mary's@Central Conn. St. (T) FCS3:30 Mercer@Florida Gulf Coast ESPNU6 Towson@Northeastern (T)
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | February 21, 1994
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Sterling Marlin, nicknamed Chicken Snake, and his daddy, Coo Coo, real name Clifton, have been trying to win the Daytona 500 for a total of 27 years.Yesterday, with more than 150,000 race fans shoe-horned into Daytona International Speedway, Sterling Marlin did it.It was his 13th try."I always knew I could win if I ever got to the right team," said the 36-year-old."I always knew he could win. I just knew it," said the 62-year-old father, who single-handedly operates a 1,400-acre beef farm.
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February 15, 2012
Michael Waltrip will make a historic run in this year's Daytona 500. He will make his 75th start on the fabled superspeedway — the most of any driver — on Feb. 26. He will drive the No. 40 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota for Aaron Racing. "When I was a kid thinking about Daytona, I never dreamed I would start more NASCAR races there than anyone," Waltrip, 48, said. "That's amazing. " Hopefully, Waltrip will bring plenty of 5-Hour Energy — one of his sponsors — down to Daytona.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | February 15, 1991
Of all the sports presented by CBS, the Daytona 500 has been the network's most consistent performer.So says Lou D'Ermilio, associate director of CBS Sports."
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By Andrew Astleford and Andrew Astleford,Orlando Sentinel | February 17, 2007
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A defensive Jeff Gordon stood outside his racing hauler yesterday morning, addressing questions about the latest rules violation in a week littered with controversy leading up to the start of the 2007 Nextel Cup season. NASCAR officials deemed Gordon's car, which passed pre-race inspections, too low Thursday after he won the second qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway. Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla., tomorrow, 2 p.m., chs. 45, 5
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By Robert Markus and Robert Markus,Chicago Tribune | February 18, 1991
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- It wasn't fate that beat Dale Earnhardt in the Daytona 500 this time. It was Ernie Irvan.Passing the menacing "Man in Black" on the 195th lap, Irvan won the wreck-marred 33rd running of stock car racing's most glamorous race when the desperate Earnhardt spun out on the backstretch of Lap 198, taking Davey Allison with him.Irvan had about a four car-length lead over Earnhardt and Allison, who had been racing side by side for second place...
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By Gary Long and Gary Long,Knight-Ridder News Service | February 10, 1992
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The trickle of fuel that kept Ernie Irvan's Chevrolet from stalling in the final yellow-flag lap of the 1991 Daytona 500 deprived Sterling Marlin of what would have been his inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup victory.Sterling, Clifton "Coo Coo" Marlin's 34-year-old son, still ranks as the best active stock-car driver who hasn't finished first.But he is becoming accustomed to starting first, particularly on the circuit's longest and fastest speedways.Yesterday, he outran new Junior Johnson stablemate Bill Elliott by three-100ths of a second to claim the pole for the 34th annual Daytona 500 next Sunday.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | February 12, 1995
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt, the seven-time Winston Cup champion, was wearing a bright red shirt. Dale Jarrett, the man who had beaten him to the finish line in the 1993 Daytona 500 and the man who beat him to the No. 1 starting position for next Sunday's Daytona 500, wore plum.Together, they make quite a sight. Earnhardt in his silver reflective shades. Jarrett in brown reflective shades.They look like they're on the road to Hollywood. Yesterday, they took center stage in this annual roadshow called the Daytona 500."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Correspondent | January 17, 1992
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Washington Redskins helmet hung in the locker behind coach Joe Gibbs, but the logo on his sports shirt was a checkered flag with the words "Joe Gibbs Racing."Yes, it was 10 days before Gibbs' Redskins would meet the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI, but there was Gibbs on a satellite hookup smiling over the prospect of winning the Daytona 500."I can dream, can't I?" said Gibbs, when asked if he'd ever considered the possibility of winning the Super Bowl and Daytona within a month of each other.
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February 17, 2011
Bowyer the man to beat George Diaz Orlando Sentinel In Fairy Tale Land, Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the Daytona 500 and NASCAR Nation sheds tears of joy for the prodigal son honoring his father. In the real world, Junior has yet to prove he can measure up to Daddy Dearest in a number of ways, so we'll move on to the most likely candidate: Clint Bowyer. In three of the four restrictor-plate races last year, Bowyer was the man to chase down at some point.
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By George Diaz | February 16, 2011
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR is an odd sport if you spend some time away from the garage, covering your basic ball-and-stick sports. Imagine baseball changing the distance from home to first base by a few feet a few days into the season. Or the NFL widening the goal posts right before Week 1 kicks off. NASCAR's burden is that it is a sport driven, no pun intended, by technology. And so the rules of engagement are an evolving process. It leads us to the unveiling of the 2011 season and, already, a conundrum for NASCAR.
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February 12, 2010
Dale Jr. is ready to rally Tania Ganguli Orlando Sentinel This will be a great weekend for Dale Earnhardt Jr., and he will win the Daytona 500. Hendrick Motorsports spent all offseason turning around its one lagging team. Alan Gustafson, Mark Martin's crew chief, led the charge, and those two shops now work as one. There's no doubt part of Martin's success last season - when he won five races and finished second in points - had a lot to do with his team.
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By Tania Ganguli and Tania Ganguli,Orlando Sentinel | February 16, 2009
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -As the rain clouds crept closer to Daytona International Speedway yesterday, Matt Kenseth crept closer to the front of the field. He passed Elliott Sadler with a push from Kevin Harvick to take the lead on Lap 146 of the Daytona 500. And as the rain came down six laps later, Kenseth, known for his even-keeled and calm personality, started screaming into his radio: "Rain! Rain! Rain! Rain!" It caught his crew chief off guard, but this was a big moment. Kenseth was in first place when the race was red-flagged because of rain.
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By Ray Frager | February 15, 2009
Daytona 500 2 p.m. [chs. 45, 5] For the nonaficionado of NASCAR, it always seemed odd the Cup season would start with the most important race. But the importance of Daytona is one of the constants in NASCAR when so much else has changed. It's a long run to the end of the season, and these days you need only to get into the "playoffs" for a shot at the title and then turn it on. However, this is the start of an attempt by Jimmie Johnson (left) to win an unprecedented fourth straight Cup championship.
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By From Sun news services | February 15, 2009
In any other year, Carl Edwards probably would have been a NASCAR champion. He won nine Sprint Cup races, including three of the final four in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, and had eight top-five finishes in the 10-race Chase. One problem: Jimmie Johnson was even better, forcing Edwards to settle for second place. "If we run like that every year, we're going to win a lot of championships," Edwards said. History bears him out. Only one current driver, four-time series champ Jeff Gordon in 1996, has won nine or more races in a season and failed to win the title.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 15, 2005
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Rusty Wallace has always run well at Martinsville, Va., and as the laps dwindled there last autumn, he was in a position to win. That is, until his Penske teammate, Ryan Newman, crossed him up on a restart, pushed him up the track and then refused to give way and let Wallace back in line. Wallace fell back in the field and finished 10th. Newman came home third. After the race, Wallace ran his car into Newman's on pit road. It was the most visible display of long-running animosity between the two. Feuds in NASCAR are as old as the sport, but seldom do they become as obvious among teammates as the one currently simmering between Wallace and Newman.
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By Sandra McKee | February 14, 1996
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jeff Purvis, in a Chevrolet, won the pole for Saturday's Goody's Headache Powders 300 Grand National race with a speed faster than that set by Daytona 500 pole-sitter Dale Earnhardt.Purvis hit 189.733 mph in the smaller Grand National car to beat Earnhardt's run of 189.510."I wish they'd let me run this car in Winston Cup," said Purvis. "Beating Dale's speed does surprise me. But when you've got a fast race car, it seems like you're going slow. The car was real comfortable.
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