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Ø  100th ANNIVERSARY INDIANAPOLIS 500 TO START AT NOON

Ø  TRG to Launch Full Season Assault on 2011 IMSA Season

Ø  NASCAR.COM - Sprint Cup Series Headlines

Ø  RacingJournalOnLine

 

 


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100th ANNIVERSARY INDIANAPOLIS 500 TO START AT NOON

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 - The 33 greatest drivers in the world will cross the famed Yard of Bricks to take the green flag for the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 at noon (ET) Sunday, May 29, 2011.

The start time has been 1 p.m. since 2006.

"With less than 100 days until the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, we are excited to finalize our start time so our fans can begin to make plans to celebrate with us at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and CEO. "Starting the race at noon gives us an additional hour of daylight to ensure we can complete all 500 miles of the race in case we were to encounter any kind of inclement weather. Noon also has the green flag waving in a time slot that is better for our West Coast viewers.

"Our fans also have told us they like an earlier starting time, and it's very important for us to stay responsive to their vital feedback."

The inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911 started at 10 a.m. after race organizers determined that start time would allow the race to be completed by dinner time. That stood as the official starting time for the event through 1941. After a four-year hiatus due to World War II, the race resumed in 1946 with an 11 a.m. start, a time that remained unchanged for 59 consecutive races through 2004.

The start time moved to noon in 2005 and again to 1 p.m. in 2006, when Indiana began observing Daylight Savings Time.

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2011 Indy 500 tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500, "The Most Important Race in History," on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Race Day ticket prices start at just $30. Fans can buy tickets online at www.imstix.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or by visiting the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

Children 12 and under will be receive free general admission to any IMS event in 2011 when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.

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TRG to Launch Full Season Assault on 2011 IMSA Season

Petaluma, CA (February 21, 2011)- Following a successful return to IMSA competition in 2010, TRG will return in 2011 with two full entries in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Yokohama. Fielding drivers Dr. Jim Norman and Randy Oswald who feature both speed and experience, the team looks set to return to the GT3 Cup Challenge ranks for the first time since 2006.

Taking a 25-year “hiatus” from racing to pursue a career in medicine, Dr. Jim Norman joins TRG for his first full season of racing at this level. A graduate of the Skip Barber National ranks, Norman is not only a proven racer, but he’s also an experienced pilot and drummer. Sponsored by parathyroid.com, Norman has high expectations for his first full season of competition.

“I’m really excited to join TRG for the season,” explained Norman. “We had a successful test at Sebring last week and I was very pleased to find the pace that we did. To be part of the ALMS weekend with the GT3 Cup Challenge is a very special opportunity, and I look forward to next month’s first race.”

Randy Oswald will also join the team in his Verax sponsored Porsche GT3 Cup car. Coming from a banking and IT Background, the Toronot native comes with 12 years of experience in different Porsche disciplines, and should be a strong competitor in the TRG ranks.

“I’ve always wanted to be a part of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge,” stated Oswald. “I knew that this was the series I wanted to really make a run at, and I’ve spent the last two years running in a similar car to get ready. Running with TRG is a very welcome opportunity and I’ve been really happy with the level of professionalism and support they’ve given.”

For Team Owner Kevin Buckler, the opportunity to return to the IMSA ranks with such a strong driver lineup is a great sign of the team’s return.

“This promises to be a great year,” stated Buckler. “We have two drivers who are very talented and this really makes it even more exciting for the team. Dr. Jim was extremely impressive in his debut with us at last week’s test, and he’s been absolutely great to work with. He has his goals set, wants to hit his marks and we are going to help. Randy Oswald is another very talented guy and has shown some fabulous pace and racecraft in his club racing efforts with us and is ready to step it up here. Based on last week’s pace I’d say we have a really good team in the IMSA ranks this year—-this is gonna be fun!!”

TRG is a full-service motorsports company offering a total driver ladder approach. This approach starts with track days, goes to club events, up into street stock series and culminates in the ultimate goal of professional motorsports. With sports car focused facilities in Petaluma, California (Infineon Raceway) and Millville, New Jersey (New Jersey Motorsports Park) the team can offer turn-key support as well as arrive-and-drive programs.

The company’s NASCAR operations are headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina. The team fields a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry and has the capacity to run ARCA, Nationwide and the Camping World Truck Series.

The Racer’s Group was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing. The team boasts Rolex Series GT championships in 2005 and 2006 and holds the record for the most wins in Grand-Am with 31. The team’s resume is highlighted by five championships, three Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona victories and a Le Mans 24 Hour win.

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NASCAR.COM - Sprint Cup Series Headlines

Today, February 21, 2011, 5 hours ago

Head2Head: Is it a problem non-race winners currently lead?

Today, February 21, 2011, 7 hours agoGo to full article

The first race weekend is in the books and the current championship leaders are Clay Rogers, Landon Cassill and Carl Edwards. Three drivers that didn't win their race are currently leading the standings.

Gilliland, Labonte find success with the push

Today, February 21, 2011, 11 hours agoGo to full article

At the end of the 53rd Daytona 500 Sunday, the proof was in the pushing for many, but none so much as David Gilliland and Bobby Labonte whose third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively, were breakthroughs.

Strong Earnhardt effort cut short at Daytona

Today, February 21, 2011, 13 hours agoGo to full article

Few drivers had a more active Speedweeks than Dale Earnhardt Jr. There was a crash in the season-opening Budweiser Shootout last weekend, a crash in practice Wednesday that forced him into a backup car, and a crash in the final laps of Sunday's Daytona 500. Yet what kept NASCAR's most popular driver from winning NASCAR's biggest event was something far more mundane.

Bayne becomes youngest Daytona 500 winner

Yesterday, February 20, 2011, 10:48:33 PMGo to full article

The planets aligned. Heck, the heavens stood still. And Trevor Bayne recaptured the magic of David Pearson in the Wood Brothers throwback No. 21 Ford, winning Sunday's 53rd running of the Daytona 500.

Ragan's mistake dooms chance at Daytona victory

Yesterday, February 20, 2011, 9:58:21 PMGo to full article

David Ragan's crew chief, Drew Blickensderfer, came out of his Roush Fenway Racing hauler after the Daytona 500 with a sandwich in his hand, so choking on the disappointment of his driver, David Ragan, losing a shot at winning the Great American Race wasn't an option.

Smith pleased, but laments what could have been

Yesterday, February 20, 2011, 9:16:16 PMGo to full article

One of NASCAR's best-kept secrets may be no longer.

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RacingJournalOnLine

Today, February 21, 2011, 21 hours ago

Racing notes

Today, February 21, 2011, 21 hours agoGo to full article

RECORD DAY: With the buddy- system style of racing the drivers preferred and the new rules it triggered, it's not surprising Sunday's Daytona 500 set race records for lead changes (74) and different leaders (22). Drafting partners had to...

Recapping the race

Today, February 21, 2011, 21 hours agoGo to full article

Mile Marker 100 Leader: Brad Keselowski Next Five: Regan Smith, Paul Menard, Clint Bowyer, Tony Stewart, Jeff Burton. Lap Leaders: Kurt Busch (1); Kevin Harvick (2); Kurt Busch (3); AJ Allmendinger (4); Harvick (5-8); Allmendinger (9); Jeff Gordon (10);...

Questions & Attitude

Today, February 21, 2011, 21 hours agoGo to full article

Why did that winning car look so familiar? Because the Wood Brothers painted it in the same scheme of their Mercury that won the wild 1976 Daytona 500 with David Pearson aboard (red and white with gold numbers). It...

Transcripts

Today, February 21, 2011, 21 hours agoGo to full article

Race-winner Trevor Bayne Trevor Bayne talks about more than just winning: Earlier in the week at dinner, you said that if you won this race, you would be expected to go to New York, you would have to buy...

Packers' Collins soaks up scene

Today, February 21, 2011, 21 hours agoGo to full article

Nick Collins came back to Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, about six years after he was a Bethune-Cookman star football player. Things certainly have changed.

2012 500 will be 1 week later

Today, February 21, 2011, 21 hours agoGo to full article

The 2012 Daytona 500 will be staged one week later than normal to tighten the early Sprint Cup Series schedule and to avoid a potential conflict with the NFL playoffs.

Big One wrecks No. 92's dreams

Today, February 21, 2011, 21 hours agoGo to full article

For the final four days of Speed Weeks, Brian Keselowski was on Cloud Nine, soaking up all of the aura of his first Daytona 500 as a driver. Unfortunately, 30 laps into Sunday's race, he got one final taste of another Daytona 500: The Big One, a spinning and grinding wreck that included 14 cars through Turns 3 and 4.

Busch: Mistake cost me victory

Today, February 21, 2011, 21 hours agoGo to full article

Carl Edwards said of all his Daytona 500s, his best finish felt the worst. Kurt Busch could relate.

Debris flattens Jr.'s tire, hopes

Today, February 21, 2011, 21 hours agoGo to full article

The roar of the crowd said it all when Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the lead in Sunday's Daytona 500.

Bayne 'will be a great one'

Today, February 21, 2011, 21 hours agoGo to full article

The predictions were right: It was a record-setting, wild and extreme Daytona 500 on new pavement Sunday. But nobody expected this finish. A kid, driving for NASCAR's oldest racing team, won a shootout to become the race's youngest champion.

Daytona 500 winners

Yesterday, February 20, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

1959 Lee Petty 1960 Junior Johnson 1961 Marvin Panch 1962 Fireball Roberts 1963 Tiny Lund 1964 Richard Petty 1965 Fred Lorenzen 1966 Richard Petty 1967 Mario Andretti 1968 Cale Yarborough 1969 Lee Roy Yarborough 1970 Pete Hamilton 1971 Richard...

Chatter, attitude and Speed Freaks

Yesterday, February 20, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Earnhardt won 30 races at Daytona before finally winning the 500 in 1998. He also won three more times after that for a total of 34. Stewart is now up to 16 Daytona wins without a 500. But who's counting?

NASCAR cooling cars by upping grille opening

Yesterday, February 20, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

With warm weather in the forecast for today's Daytona 500 and Ford's ability to ride second in a two-car draft for extended periods of time, NASCAR will allow teams to increase the size of their grille openings from 50 to 60 square inches.

Labonte starting over -- again

Yesterday, February 20, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Tad Geschickter -- "just call me 'Gearshifter' " -- has a feel for navigating the choppy waters of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Tires tempting some teams to use just 1 set

Yesterday, February 20, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Goodyear's director of racing Greg Stucker was asked point blank, "Has Goodyear developed the perfect race tire?"

Danica pleased with 14th

Yesterday, February 20, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

She finished a lap down, but there were smiles all around the Danica Patrick camp following Saturday's Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

Cassill wrecks, still takes 3rd

Yesterday, February 20, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Before the checkered flag fell on the third-closest finish in Nationwide Series history, four crashes slowed Saturday's DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

Nationwide margin (.007 seconds) is slim, very slim

Yesterday, February 20, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Four is a fabulous number for Tony Stewart. On Saturday, Stewart won the Nationwide Series' season opener for the fourth consecutive year -- driving the No. 4 Chevy -- by capturing the checkers in the DRIVE4COPD 300.

Race traffic patterns today

Yesterday, February 20, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Turn 4 track access: All traffic attempting to access Daytona International Speedway's Turn 4 tunnel from International Speedway Boulevard at Bill France Boulevard will be sent east on International Speedway Boulevard to Midway Avenue, then south on Midway to Richard...

Look for tandem racing to dominate 500

Yesterday, February 20, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Everybody is doing it. But will they do it in the Great American Race with 43 cars on the track?
More: Race traffic patterns | Army: NASCAR pairing paying off | Take a ride inside a pit crew's world

Michael Waltrip gets 1st Truck Series win

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

There was more talk than action in the daylight hours Friday at Daytona International Speedway. At night, things changed.
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Idle chatter, fan chatter and attitude

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

IDLE CHATTER: Bob Jeffrey Bob Jeffrey, longtime NASCAR spotter, currently serves in that role for Tony Stewart's No. 14 Cup Series team. What other duties do you have with the No. 14 team aside from spotting? "That's it. When...

Local results

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

FRIDAY Volusia Speedway Park DIRTcar Nationals by University of Northwestern Ohio DIRTcar UMP Late Model 40-Lap A-Main Finish (Finish Pos./Start Pos./Driver): 1. (5) Billy Moyer; 2. (6) Rick Eckert; 3. (9) Jimmy Mars; 4. (7) Scott Bloomquist; 5. (4)...

Kvapil shake leads to crash

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Things were going too smoothly in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona on Friday night.

Hamlin hoping luck changes

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Denny Hamlin shook his head and laughed when asked if his pets were OK and if his house was still standing.

Kelley amazed by tributes

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

On the 10th anniversary of her father's death, Kelley Earnhardt was at Daytona International Speedway, meeting people and celebrating the many good memories Dale Earnhardt had generated for others.

Fords feeling confident

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Is the new Roush Yates FR9 engine going to give those Fords an edge in Sunday's Daytona 500?

Bowyer gets last laugh

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Looking to give the Nationwide Series back its own identity, NASCAR changed the eligibility standards for its title contenders this year.

Waltrip wins on 'Black Sunday' anniversary

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

There were two Big Ones on Friday night and, as a result, only two contenders left with two laps to go.

Race traffic patterns today

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

TODAY Turn 4 track access: All traffic attempting to access Daytona International Speedway's Turn 4 tunnel from International Speedway Boulevard at Bill France Boulevard will be sent east on International Speedway Boulevard to Midway Avenue, then south on Midway...

Waltrip grabs 3rd in honor of No. 3

Friday, February 18, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Michael Waltrip already was going to get in the Daytona 500 even before he fired up the No. 15 Toyota for the second Gatorade Duel 150 on Thursday.

Local results

Friday, February 18, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

VOLUSIA SPEEDWAY PARK THURSDAY DIRTcar Nationals by University of Northwestern Ohio World of Outlaws Late Model Series 50-lap A-main (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won): 1. (1) Scott Bloomquist/50 $10,000; 2. (10) Brady Smith/50 $5,000; 3. (4) Austin Hubbard/50 $3,000; 4....

Smith-Busch tandem successful

Friday, February 18, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Regan Smith found his comfort zone Thursday in the first Gatorade Duel At Daytona.

Celebrity picks to win the Daytona 500

Friday, February 18, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Jimmie Johnson (19) "How can you bet against a five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion? Plus, my brother-in-law is chief engineer at Hendrick Motorsports -- I have team and family loyalty!" Eliot Spitzer, CNN's "Parker Spitzer" "Jimmie Johnson --...

Harvick roast to air on Speed

Friday, February 18, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

The "Budweiser Roast of Kevin Harvick" will be shown on Speed at 9 p.m. Saturday. The show was taped before a live audience at the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort.

Idle chatter, fan chatter, questions and attitude

Friday, February 18, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

My imagination, or did it take a long time to replace the segment of the wall Bobby Santos blew apart Thursday morning?

Bowyer pushes Burton to victory

Friday, February 18, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Clint Bowyer's stock keeps rising, after scoring two victories in the 2010 NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship playoffs.

Keselowski, Yeley race in

Friday, February 18, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Growing up, siblings agree to disagree. But when push comes to shove -- literally -- blood is blood and that was the case Thursday in the second Gatorade Duel At Daytona 150-mile qualifying race.

Junior is Means to an end

Friday, February 18, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has wrecked two cars over the last week. On Thursday morning, he gave one back.

Dillon to lead field

Friday, February 18, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Richard Childress Racing is doing everything it can to keep up with Kurt Busch.

Duel races will leave 5 outside looking in for 500

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

It is the race within the race. Today, when the Duel At Daytona 150s go green, 46 drivers will be battling for starting positions in the Daytona 500.

Race traffic patterns today

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

The Beachside Speedway Express bus no longer runs. ROADWAY RESTRICTIONS Turn 4 track access: All traffic attempting to access Daytona International Speedway's Turn 4 tunnel from International Speedway Boulevard at Bill France Boulevard will be sent east on International Speedway...

Questions & attitude

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Between Friday and Saturday, nearly four hours of Cup Series practice are scheduled. That means four more hours of tandem drafting, and four more hours of executing the Swoop-n-Swap in traffic.

Envy of the infield, custom semitrailer stands above crowd

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

A patchwork quilt of recreational vehicles and campers blankets the infield at Daytona International Speedway this week, but one stands above the crowd, literally and figuratively.

Parking space needs not only for cars during Speed Weeks

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Tens of thousands of cars and motorcycles will roll into town before sunrise Sunday to watch the Daytona 500, filling up local parking lots that charge $40 for a spot.

Aboard a blimp, sights to behold

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

From 1,500 feet, it's impossible to tell how high the waves are. But the visual of the green sea collapsing into herself, foaming white, was stunning from a different angle.

Banquet honors Donnie Allison

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Stock car racing legend Donnie Allison earned many pole positions and victories during a rocky 20-year career that included crashes and injuries, sponsor struggles and family tragedies.

Packers fan driving for Titan

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Travis Kvapil is a Wisconsin native. Like most from the Badger State, he bleeds green and yellow and is a diehard Green Bay Packers fan -- so much so that he attended the Packers' Super Bowl win over Pittsburgh almost two weeks ago.

Almirola brings stability

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Last July, Aric Almirola wasn't here to race. He was at Daytona International Speedway on standby for Jimmie Johnson, whose wife was expecting their first baby.

Ex-'Cat Collins in Kvapil's corner

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Green Bay safety Nick Collins will attend Sunday's Daytona 500 as the guest of Sprint Cup driver and Packers fan Travis Kvapil.

Waltrip has 2 chances

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Michael Waltrip is planning, scheming and calculating different ways of making Sunday's Daytona 500.

Truck series season story lines

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Just a few years back the series was struggling to fill the field at certain venues, but at last count -- at least for Daytona -- the series is alive and well.

Nationwide season story lines

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

The series' new car has been several years in the making but this year they'll turn it loose for fulltime competition.

Bowyer among VSP winners

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Clint Bowyer highlighted a huge night of action Tuesday at the 40th DIRTcar Nationals by University of Northwestern Ohio at Volusia Speedway Park when he captured the overall DIRTcar UMP Modified event championship.

Drivers busy, even when they're not behind wheel

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

If you think NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers only work race weekends, talk to Eddie Jarvis, an executive vice president at Stewart-Haas Racing.

Pit Stop offers giveaways

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

NASCAR fans can stop by the DRIVE4COPD Pit Stop to take a COPD risk assessment and receive free giveaways.

'Transformers' stars grand marshals for Daytona 500

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Josh Duhamel and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, stars of the upcoming film "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," will serve as the grand marshals of the Daytona 500 alongside the film's director, Michael Bay. Three vehicles from the film will also serve as pace cars for Sunday's race.

Martina McBride to sing national anthem at Daytona 500

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Country music star Martina McBride will sing the national anthem for the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

Racing fans find ways to enjoy experience

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

For first-time visitors, Speed Weeks can be more difficult to navigate than the high-banked tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway.

Legend's son ready to take on NASCAR

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

As the son of a three-time Formula One champion, Nelson Piquet Jr. grew up dreaming of some day racing in Europe's most popular series.

Patient recalls '76 500

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

One of Gene Patient's earliest memories as a NASCAR fan came while watching the 1976 Daytona 500 on TV.

Area native enjoying low-profile success

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Daytona Beach native Gene Patient has gone over the wall in the Sprint Cup Series and even headed up the fabrication department at Evernham Motorsports. But he insists neither of those gigs was the most gratifying of his 16-year career in motorsports.

Daytona's not the only track where speed rules

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

A fist-sized chunk of clay launched off a roaring race car's tire, soared over the track's chain-link fence and arced toward a group of tall racing fans in coveralls.
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Draft could change for 500

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

What the heck is happening to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing at Daytona International Speedway?

Jr. wins Daytona 500 pole

Monday, February 14, 2011, 12:43:29 AMGo to full article

It appears the Speed Weeks stars are aligning for NASCAR's most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. After drawing the pole position for the Budweiser Shootout, he captured the Daytona 500 pole in Sunday's time trials over Daytona International Speedway's 2.5-mile tri-oval.
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Draft could change for 500

Monday, February 14, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

What the heck is happening to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing at Daytona International Speedway?

Racing notes

Monday, February 14, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Hamlin could use a break Unlike race fans, Denny Hamlin is glad the Speedway will be closed until Wednesday. Speed Weeks aren't exactly off to a roaring start for the Toyota driver. On Saturday night, Hamlin was making a...

NASCAR Sprint Cup story lines

Monday, February 14, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Going for the Six Pack Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson won his unprecedented fifth straight championship last year, so the rest of the field continues to give chase. Can Johnson continue his dominance and put six...

Questions & Attitude

Monday, February 14, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Junior draws the pole for the Shootout. Junior wins the pole for the 500. When do the conspiracy theories begin? Congrats. While you may not be ahead of the curve, you're in the lead draft. OK, we've waited until...

Idle chatter: Rusty Wallace

Monday, February 14, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Rusty Wallace, former Cup Series champion, current team owner and father of driver Steven Wallace, and commentator for ESPN . . . Do you have dreams about still being a race car driver? "Yes, I do. I have dreams...

Dale Earnhardt Jr. interview transcript

Monday, February 14, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

An excerpt from Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s press conference after he won the pole for the Daytona 500 on Sunday: Dale, got to feel good about starting on the pole for Daytona next Sunday. I feel great. I mean, it's...

Kurt Busch follows win with solid run

Monday, February 14, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Though his highest speed in the No. 22 Dodge was only the 11th-fastest time during Sunday's Daytona 500 qualifying, the winner of Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout was feeling pretty good.

Kahne ready for Red Bull

Monday, February 14, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Kasey Kahne doesn't think the term "awkward" best describes his upcoming one-and-done season with Toyota's Red Bull Racing Team.

Teen's scene: Bayne continues solid run

Monday, February 14, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Thanks to an assist from Richard Petty Motorsports, Trevor Bayne didn't have to worry about Sunday's qualifying for the Daytona 500.

Fan chatter, idle chatter and attitude

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

FAN CHATTER: Beverly Ayers Age: 70 Hometown: Randolph, Mass. Occupation: Retired health aide Favorite driver: I like Ward Burton. Least favorite driver: I can't say, because that would not be fair. Dale Earnhardt has been gone for 10 years...

Hendrick stable goes 2-for-4

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout wasn't looking too good for Hendrick Motorsports about midway through the race.

Repaved racing: 'It's insane, it's wild'

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Superlatives flew almost as fast as the cars on Daytona International Speedway Saturday night after the first two stock car races on the newly repaved track.

'Big One' strikes near finish

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

A freshly repaved Daytona International Speedway couldn't stop the big one from happening in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 Saturday.

Gerhart nabs 7th DIS win

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Bobby Gerhart may not win many other places, but the ARCA Racing Series veteran has certainly cornered the market when it comes to Daytona International Speedway.

Speed break expected today

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

There won't be any blazing records set at Daytona International Speedway today during Daytona 500 pole qualifying, but there will be a lot of head shaking and hand wringing.

McMurray has fun with 2nd place

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Jamie McMurray never got the opening necessary to challenge for a victory in the dramatic final lap of the Budweiser Shootout on Saturday night.

DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

FRIDAY Volusia Speedway Park DIRTCAR NATIONALS World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-main (30 laps): 1. Steve Kinser, $10,000; 2. Sammy Swindell, $5,500; 3. Joey Saldana, $3,200; 4. Tim Shaffer, $2,800; 5. Paul McMahan, $2,500; 6. Stevie Smith, $2,300;...

Hamlin's gaffe hands Kurt win

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

The fastest way around Daytona International Speedway's newly paved, 2.5-mile tri-oval requires a speedy escort, nerves of steel and complete concentration.

Saturday Shootout becomes crash-fest

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

The Budweiser Shootout might want to go back to its original name -- the Busch Clash.

Fan chatter, idle chatter and attitude

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

It's no secret that nobody misses putting on that fire suit more than Rusty. He's jumpy and giddy on the calmest of days, so imagine how excited he'll be next Friday when he and Dale Jarrett take some high-speed laps.

Costs, economy keep older guys out of race

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Thirty drivers were eligible for the 33rd Budweiser Shootout At Daytona, but only 24 will roll to the green flag tonight at Daytona International Speedway.

Knaus revolutionizing pit crews

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

After Jimmie Johnson's pit crew meltdown at Texas Motor Speedway, Hendrick Motorsports decided to build its pit crew reserves, which could revolutionize the team aspect of stock-car racing.

Fuel-injection system coming to Cup in '12

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

NASCAR mechanics from 1948 could probably work on the engines used today in the Sprint Cup Series, because the V8 motors are fed air and fuel by a carburetor sitting atop the motor.

Dillon doesn't disappoint

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Thirteen years ago Ty Dillon got to celebrate Dale Earnhardt's Daytona 500 win in Victory Lane. On Friday he returned to Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway when he won the pole for today's Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 ARCA race.

Dale Jr. draws top spot for Shootout

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

A Speed Weeks with a decided Earnhardt flavor got another burst of it Friday. Dale Earnhardt Jr. drew the pole for tonight's Budweiser Shootout.

Beauty queen's true love: speed

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

As a teen, Canada's Maryeve Dufault beat out a large group of beauty queens from around the globe to be crowned the 2000 Miss Hawaiian Tropic International.

Racing hitting the mainstream for female fans

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Growing up in New Jersey, Pat Reynolds had been told racing wasn't for girls. But that didn't stop her from loving the outings with her dad to the nearby dirt tracks.

All around the track, tent city springs to life

Friday, February 11, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

On a dreary day like Thursday, one thing saves the show off the track at Daytona International Speedway -- tents.

Questions, attitude and idle chatter

Friday, February 11, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Well, in most years, if a manufacturer increases its Cup Series involvement by 50 percent, it's big news. But for Dodge, this isn't most years.

Danica's goal: Get better

Friday, February 11, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Danica Patrick will begin the second phase of her NASCAR learning experience when she competes in the Feb. 19 Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Duno back in ARCA race with championship team

Friday, February 11, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Milka Duno has only been racing for 13 years, but when it comes to racing circuits she's been around.

Fire destroys cars, shop; kindness gets driver back on track

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Indiana's Darrell Basham has driven in the ARCA Racing Series for 39 years, but last November, he thought he was done.

Danica at DIS twice in 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Danica Patrick's two-headed racing schedule -- one with fenders, one without -- will include two visits to Daytona Beach this year.

Second chance

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

It wasn't when he showed up too drunk to practice at Darlington Raceway. Or when he tried to disguise a mouthful of marijuana as tobacco snuff during a DUI arrest in Bowling Green, Ky.

Fans begin to flock into town for race experience

Wednesday, February 09, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Whether it's the first or 40th time a fan has clutched tickets to the Daytona 500, the excitement still mounts in the days leading up to the race.

Country hit-maker to open race

Wednesday, February 09, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Country music star Brad Paisley, known for his albums "5th Gear" and "American Saturday Night" and such hit singles as "Then" and "Ticks," will perform at the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show.

NASCAR drivers hit the dirt

Wednesday, February 09, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

A week before NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne secures his harness for the start of the Daytona 500, he'll have several opportunities to celebrate a victory.

Back to the playground

Wednesday, February 09, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Thirteen years ago, 5-year-old Ty Dillon and his big brother, Austin, were romping on the playground in the infield at Daytona International Speedway.

Chase races get new time slot

Tuesday, February 08, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

With the NASCAR season starting Saturday with the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway, the sanctioning body released starting times for all its Sprint Cup Series events.

Bobby Dale not relying on famous name

Tuesday, February 08, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

He has one of the most famous names in motorsports, but Bobby Dale Earnhardt is determined to go racing on his own.

Menard staying busy

Sunday, February 06, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

At the will of circumstance, by the power of the improbable, Paul Menard will be driving for his fourth race team in as many NASCAR Sprint Cup Series seasons.

No injuries from fire at Gibbs shop

Saturday, February 05, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

An early morning fire in the engine shop of Joe Gibbs Racing resulted in plenty of water and smoke damage but no injuries, according to team officials.

Speedway launches site

Thursday, February 03, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

To enhance fan communication and safety, and providing timely information, Daytona International Speedway has launched a mobile website, daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

News-Journal becomes official newspaper of DIS

Thursday, February 03, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

The Daytona Beach News-Journal is now the official newspaper of Daytona International Speedway, thanks to a marketing partnership agreement signed this week.

Win hands owner 'Chip Slam'

Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Chip Ganassi's drive for performance excellence from his three race teams hit a new high Sunday when his No. 01 BMW Riley captured the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

NASCAR guys land four podium spots

Monday, January 31, 2011, 12:10:00 AMGo to full article

When it comes to the NASCAR brethren, their results in Sunday's Rolex 24 At Daytona were a mixed bag.

Marathon turns to one-lap dash

Monday, January 31, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

The Rolex 24 At Daytona is supposed to be a show of sportscar endurance, but Sunday's finish at Daytona International Speedway turned into a heart-pounding, one-lap dash to the checkered flag.

Rolex sends technology from sportscar to your car

Monday, January 31, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

DAYTONA BEACH -- For some race fans, leaving Daytona International Speedway and climbing into the family car may seem like a letdown. They'd rather be speeding away in their own race car. Perhaps those drivers can take a little...

Local couple a team for Dempsey Racing

Monday, January 31, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

DAYTONA BEACH -- As the fog lifted Sunday morning, Megan Zeller took time to get breakfast with her race car driver boyfriend and relax after they got about 90 minutes of sleep throughout the night. Zeller, an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical...

Idle chatter with Patrick Dempsey

Monday, January 31, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Dempsey, team owner and co-driver of the No. 40 Mazda, which made the post-race podium with a third-place finish in the GT class Sunday at the Rolex 24. At all surprised at how emotional you are? "I've been emotional...

New track surface a hit

Monday, January 31, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

There's nothing like a 24-hour race to test the repaved racing surface at Daytona International Speedway. In the end, after some 721 laps of racing, the reviews were five stars.

Car 54, where are you?

Monday, January 31, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

It's the nature of endurance racing. You do everything right and still something goes wrong.

No pole, clutch, but win in GT class

Monday, January 31, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

There's nothing like revenge as a motivator. And after Thursday afternoon's happenings, driver Andy Lally and team owner Kevin Buckler had plenty of it.

Ganassi 1-2 after sprint to stripe

Monday, January 31, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

What started as a wild, motorized free-for-all was decided by an electrifying drag race to the finish line. Scott Pruett mashed the gas and captured Sunday's Rolex 24 At Daytona to the delight of an infield throng enjoying a spring-like afternoon at Daytona International Speedway.

Fan chatter for Jan. 31, 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011, 12:00:00 AMGo to full article

Name: LuLu Taggart Age: 49 Hometown: San Francisco, Calif., now 4 years living in Daytona Beach Occupation: Dental assistant Favorite driver: Patrick Dempsey Least favorite driver: I hate to make anybody feel bad, so I don't have a least favorite....

Today at Daytona International Speedway

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

WHAT: Rolex 24 At Daytona ON THE TRACK TODAY: 3:30 p.m., finish of the race COURSE: 3.56-mile road course LENGTH: Timed event, 24 hours CARS: Daytona Prototype, Rolex GT RECORD: 112.897 mph, Masahiro Hasemi, Kazuyoshi Hoshimo, Toshio Suzuki, Anders...

Fan Chatter: Helmut Frey

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Age: 69 Hometown: Stuttgart, Germany Occupation: Bio-medical Favorite driver: The Brumos Porsche drivers Least favorite driver: Some of the NASCAR guys. Dale Earnhardt has been gone for 10 years now. What do you see as Earnhardt's legacy to racing?...

Racing Notes

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

FAST GREEN: Land speed record holder Andy Green, a Royal Air Force pilot, gave the command to start engines for the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Saturday afternoon. Afterward, he met with the media and said he got the...

Questions & Attitude

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Today's big questions ...and maybe a few actual answers What is this, the 24 Hours of Bristol? It's beginning to sound that way. Driver after driver emerged from the cockpit during the early stints Saturday and talked about the...

Idle chatter: Andy Green

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Green, holder of the land-speed record (763.035 mph), who is grand marshal of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Let's start with a philosophical question: If you're breaking the sound barrier and start talking to yourself, do you hear it?...

Krohn hits Rolex in green machine

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

You can see Tracy Krohn's car even in the darkest corner of Daytona International Speedway's 3.56-mile road course during the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

NASCAR drivers fit right in at Rolex 24

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

With limited experience in Grand-Am Road Racing, the NASCAR regulars felt right at home in Saturday's Rolex 24 At Daytona.

DeLand entries have tough go

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

The No. 30 car did not exactly have a good start to its weekend. The Mazda RX-8 of Racers Edge Motorsports of DeLand never got on the track for Thursday's qualifying and was forced to start the Rolex 24 At Daytona from the back Saturday.

Rangers ace also at home in sportscar

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

What does Texas Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson do during Major League Baseball's offseason? He goes racing.

Crash Course

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

The Rolex 24 At Daytona looked like a combination of I-95 at rush hour and a demolition derby Saturday. There was so much contact between race cars, Daytona International Speedway's 3.56-mile road course was littered with all manner of car and sod clippings.
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