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Duel Notes: Rave Reviews
Thursday, 11 Feb, 2010 – 19:44 | Comments Off on Duel Notes: Rave Reviews
Duel Notes: Rave Reviews

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – There weren’t many wrecks in Thursday’s Gatorade Duels, but they still were considered exciting races by most of those who really watched it.
From the top of a transporter in the garage area, it was readily apparent that once the tires became worn, drivers were really struggling […]

McDowell Has A New Highlight Reel
Thursday, 11 Feb, 2010 – 17:54 | Comments Off on McDowell Has A New Highlight Reel
McDowell Has A New Highlight Reel

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – Michael McDowell became an instant classic on Youtube following his vicious wreck during Sprint Cup qualifying in April 2008 at Texas Motor Speedway.

On Thursday, the Phoenix native took a major step toward shedding the label of a driver best-known for a horrifying, barrel-roll crash.
He drove an unsponsored […]

Harris: New Rules Fuel Cool Duels
Thursday, 11 Feb, 2010 – 15:26 | Comments Off on Harris: New Rules Fuel Cool Duels
Harris: New Rules Fuel Cool Duels

Daytona Beach, Fla. – Wow! Give these guys a little extra horsepower and look what you get:
Victories by Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne by margins totaling 0.019-seconds in Thursday’s Gatorade Duels.
And the battles for the transfer spots – the two Daytona 500 starting positions up for grabs in each of the 150-mile qualifying races – […]

NASCAR Adjusts GWC Rule
Thursday, 11 Feb, 2010 – 12:24 | Comments Off on NASCAR Adjusts GWC Rule
NASCAR Adjusts GWC Rule

RacinToday.com
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) today announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the white flag under NASCAR’s green-white-checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the white flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and […]

Minter: Contrariness In The Air
Thursday, 11 Feb, 2010 – 10:12 | 3 Comments
Minter: Contrariness In The Air

Daytona Beach, Fla. – I’m not sure why I arrived at the track in a contrary mood this morning. I woke up on the right side of the fold-away bed in the Homewood Suites. I had a nice breakfast and a pleasant drive into the track.
But as the teams are outside the media center preparing […]

Minter: Will The New Rules Affect The Duels?
Thursday, 11 Feb, 2010 – 7:55 | Comments Off on Minter: Will The New Rules Affect The Duels?
Minter: Will The New Rules Affect The Duels?

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. –  NASCAR is doing its best to spice up things this season, with new rules, or lack thereof, on aggressive driving and bump drafting. And now there’s a good chance that there will be more than one try at a green-white-checkered-flag finish if the situation warrants.
But will […]

Hamlin Says See Him In September
Thursday, 11 Feb, 2010 – 7:32 | One Comment
Hamlin Says See Him In September

Daytona Beach, Fla. – Many of the same media members who picked Carl Edwards as the top challenger to Jimmie Johnson last year are picking Denny Hamlin as the most likely to dethrone this year.
Although the pre-season picks don’t mean much, especially considering Edwards was never a championship threat last year and didn’t even win […]

Minter: Older’s Better For Jr. And Me
Wednesday, 10 Feb, 2010 – 17:01 | Comments Off on Minter: Older’s Better For Jr. And Me
Minter: Older’s Better For Jr. And Me

Daytona Beach, Fla. – Driving into Daytona International Speedway this morning, running a bit late due to traffic in Jacksonville, I drove right by the first tunnel to the infield.
I’d rather lose a few minutes than break a decades-long tradition of driving into the track through the old, narrow corrugated-metal tunnel in Turn 4.
Just seeing […]

Metal Storm Warning: A Wild Day In Daytona
Wednesday, 10 Feb, 2010 – 16:24 | Comments Off on Metal Storm Warning: A Wild Day In Daytona
Metal Storm Warning: A Wild Day In Daytona

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – Gentlemen, start your wrecking.
Practice for the Gatorade Duel 150s began Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway and, suddenly, it was a free-for-all on the 2.5-mile oval.
Before it was all over, six drivers, including four-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, had to roll backup cars off […]

NASCAR May Allow Multiple GWC Restarts
Wednesday, 10 Feb, 2010 – 10:50 | One Comment
NASCAR May Allow Multiple GWC Restarts

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
and Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Daytona Beach, Fla. – NASCAR officials have confirmed that they may change rules on green-white-checkered finishes and make the changes in time for Thursday’s twin Gatorade 150-mile qualifying races.
The change would allow multiple restart attempts prior to the white flag lap.
The changes, first reported by RacinToday Wednesday […]