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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 Sandra McKee | October 18, 2011
I was covering motorsports for four years before I saw someone die in what might be considered a senseless crash. I didn't know Ricky Knotts, a 28-year-old driver who had spent every dime he and his parents could muster to qualify for the 1980 Daytona 500. He died on Valentine's Day in a simple crash, a crash exactly like the one that would claim seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt's life 21 years later. I was there for Earnhardt's death, too. Both of those accidents at first glance might seem innocuous, but they were both devastating, head-on collisions into the outside wall at Daytona International Speedway.
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By Jim Peltz and Jim Peltz,Los Angeles Times | February 18, 2007
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Run silent, run fast. Several Nextel Cup drivers will start today's Daytona 500 atop a wave of hype or under a cloud of controversy, but there's another group lurking quietly beyond the headlines with fast stock cars that could find Victory Lane. Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla., today, 2 p.m., chs. 45, 5
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February 23, 2011
A year ago, people from all over the world were looking at Daytona International Speedway and laughing. It wasn't a chuckle that resonated warmly in the corporate offices. A pothole made a mockery of the track and the signature NASCAR event of the season, the Daytona 500. Fast-forward to this week: NASCAR is all abuzz because a 20-year-old kid rumbled into Victory Lane, driving fast and hard on a new asphalt surface that cost $20 million. It was money well spent. The new surface — with much more sticking power that allowed for faster speeds — was a big hit, though it was overshadowed by Trevor Bayne's improbable victory.
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By Ed Hinton and Ed Hinton,Orlando Sentinel | February 15, 2007
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Michael Waltrip's Toyota team yesterday took the hardest hit yet in what has mushroomed into the toughest cheating crackdown during Daytona 500 week in at least 31 years. Waltrip's crew chief and his vice president of competition were ejected from Daytona International Speedway for the remainder of Speedweeks and suspended indefinitely from NASCAR competition. Gatorade Duels Today, 2 p.m., Speed Channel
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By CHERYL BLACKERBY and CHERYL BLACKERBY,PALM BEACH POST | March 5, 2006
It's the 65th anniversary of Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Fla., and there are lots of events planned. Pick up the Official Pocket Guide and 2006 Bike Week Poster at the Official Bike Week Welcome Center. 386-255-0981. 28th annual Daytona Motorcycle Swapmeet, through March 12. Buying, selling and trading motorcycles and all the accessories. Live entertainment, good food and cold beer. Daytona Flea Market, ISB & Tomoka Farms Road. 301-336-2100. Biker's Atlas Big 50 Tent, through March 12. Daytona Motorcycle Marketplace Vendors with displays and demo rides at Daytona International Speedway.
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By SANDRA MCKEE and SANDRA MCKEE,SUN REPORTER | February 19, 2006
Daytona Beach, Fla. -- Five years after the death of seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt at Daytona International Speedway, the pain is still with Richard Childress, Earnhardt's friend and the owner of the black No. 3 Chevy he made famous. But Childress and his race team are focused and ready to go after a victory today in the Daytona 500. Daytona 500 Today, 2:30 p.m., chs. 11, 4 Daytona 500 Site -- Daytona Beach, Fla. When -- Today, 2:30 p.m. TV -- Chs. 11, 4 (1:30 p.m.) Track -- Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile tri-oval)
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October 20, 2010
There is quite a bit of media interest in NASCAR lately. Unfortunately, it involves a lack of interest among race fans. Ratings for the first four races of the Chase for the Championship were down 27 percent compared with last year. The level of concern prompted a meeting between ESPN and NASCAR executives last weekend in Charlotte, N.C. "Some people are asking, 'Is it because you've switched from ABC to ESPN?'" said Andy Hall, spokesman for ESPN. "There isn't that much of a difference in the reach.
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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 10, 1998
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Coming to a race in this Florida resort offers a special opportunity for race fans who want to search out the past.They can wander down to the original part of Daytona Beach, along the Halifax River, where inside the Halifax Historical Museum, an auto racing treasure-trove is waiting.The museum has a roomful of file cabinets filled with the written word and pictures. It's one of the largest archives of NASCAR and Winston Cup racing history outside of Daytona International Speedway's own museum.
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January 19, 2011
Major testing is set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, giving most drivers the chance to check out the new asphalt. The entire track — measuring 1.4 million square feet of the speedway — was repaved in the offseason after the infamous pothole scenario that affected the 2010 Daytona 500. But this was a much-needed complete makeover. The track had not been repaved since 1978. "I think this Daytona 500 will be the best one," said Cup champ Jimmie Johnson, who got a sneak peek at the track prepping for the Rolex 24 race.
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October 20, 2010
There is quite a bit of media interest in NASCAR lately. Unfortunately, it involves a lack of interest among race fans. Ratings for the first four races of the Chase for the Championship were down 27 percent compared with last year. The level of concern prompted a meeting between ESPN and NASCAR executives last weekend in Charlotte, N.C. "Some people are asking, 'Is it because you've switched from ABC to ESPN?'" said Andy Hall, spokesman for ESPN. "There isn't that much of a difference in the reach.
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February 17, 2010
When Tony Stewart finally wins the Daytona 500, he should receive the Dale Earnhardt treatment. Stewart won his fifth season-opening Nationwide Series race in the last six years on Saturday. On Sunday, he whiffed on his chance for his first Daytona 500 win … again. "We just missed," he said. "We've missed it since we got here. I'm not sure what we missed, but we'll figure it out." There's no question Stewart is one of the best American drivers of all time.
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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 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 Selena Roberts and Selena Roberts,Orlando Sentinel | October 1, 1991
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Richard Petty, who holds the NASCAR record for career victories, is expected to announce his retirement at a news conference today at Level Cross, N.C., a source close to Petty said yesterday.The source, who requested anonymity because of his job, said Petty, 54, will drive next season then retire.Petty confirmed the news conference but would not say why. "Until then," he said, "I can't tell you a thing."Petty has been tight-lipped about his plans as a driver. Retirement rumors have been circling him for several months.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 10, 2001
Crownsville driver Kelly Sutton's foot was feeling itchy last night as she waited for today's 11 a.m. ACDelco 200 Goody's Dash Race at Daytona International Speedway. "I can't believe it's really going to happen," said Sutton, whose dream since she was 16 was to drive on the high banks of the famed 2.5-mile speedway. "I have chills." Sutton, 29, has multiple sclerosis, but that hasn't stopped her efforts to accomplish what she wants to do. Today, she will start 21st in the 37-car field.
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By Jim Peltz and Jim Peltz,Los Angeles Times | February 18, 2007
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Run silent, run fast. Several Nextel Cup drivers will start today's Daytona 500 atop a wave of hype or under a cloud of controversy, but there's another group lurking quietly beyond the headlines with fast stock cars that could find Victory Lane. Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla., today, 2 p.m., chs. 45, 5
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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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