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Kenseth Wins Second Duel On Late Pass
Thursday, 23 Feb, 2012 – 16:58 | Comments Off
Kenseth Wins Second Duel On Late Pass

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Matt Kenseth took the lead with 2.5 miles to go and went on to win the second Gatorade Duel qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday afternoon.
The winning pass came against  teammate Greg Biffle, who went high to block Kenseth. Kenseth dipped low and shot under Biffle.
“We just had a big run there,” Biffle [...]

Stewart Wins First Duel; Danica Wrecks Hard
Thursday, 23 Feb, 2012 – 15:19 | Comments Off
Stewart Wins First Duel; Danica Wrecks Hard

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Tony Stewart won the first Gatorade Duel qualifying race on Thursday afternoon when a last-lap wreck occurred with him in the lead.
The victory was the 17th for Stewart at Daytona International Speedway, though none of those wins have come in the Daytona 500.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was second in the Duel. Third was Marcos Ambrose.
Michael McDowell [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Won’t Just Be Along For The ‘Ride’
Thursday, 23 Feb, 2012 – 8:07 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Won’t Just Be Along For The ‘Ride’

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – With NASCAR’s rules guaranteeing starting spots in the Daytona 500 to the top 35 teams in last year’s car owner points standings, there’s really not much reason for drivers to run hard in Thursday’s 150-mile Gatorade Duel qualifying races.
In fact, the way restrictor plate races of [...]

Stewart Nearing Earnhardt Mark – Unfortunately
Wednesday, 22 Feb, 2012 – 16:50 | Comments Off
Stewart Nearing Earnhardt Mark – Unfortunately

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The count-up has begun in earnest for three-time and defending Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, who is 0-for-13 in the sport’s biggest race, the Daytona 500.
Already the questioners in the media center at Daytona International Speedway are drawing comparisons to Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s streak of losses [...]

Pedley: Duels In Danger Of Becoming Dull-els
Wednesday, 22 Feb, 2012 – 11:47 | Comments Off
Pedley: Duels In Danger Of Becoming Dull-els

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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And now, the tension of the Gatorade Duels. Except, not really. Not for fans. Not any more. Not since de facto franchising has been tossed into to the pot in Sprint Cup.
Now, the Duels are little more than practice/test sessions.
Time was, the twin qualifying races which preceded the Daytona 500 every [...]

Flat Spot On: Daytona Bound
Monday, 20 Feb, 2012 – 8:27 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: Daytona Bound

It’s the time of year when the crisp, dry air seems to make the stars sparkle like the Hope Diamond.
Maybe it’s misbegotten optimism, but he’s up there as usual, marching low on the horizon from east to west with broad sword in hand. To much of the world, it’s Orion with his three-star belt and [...]

Carl Edwards To Start The 500 From The Pole
Sunday, 19 Feb, 2012 – 15:36 | One Comment
Carl Edwards To Start The 500 From The Pole

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Carl Edwards went out early in Sunday’s qualifying session for next Sunday’s Daytona 500 and he went out fast. So fast that none of the 44 drivers who followed him onto the track at Daytona International Speedway could better his speed.
As a result, Edwards will start NASCAR’s biggest race from [...]

2013 Shootout Rules Revealed
Sunday, 19 Feb, 2012 – 15:28 | Comments Off
2013 Shootout Rules Revealed

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NASCAR on Sunday released eligibility requirements for the 2013 Shootout at Daytona.
Next season’s field will consist of 2012 pole winners and past Shootout winners who have attempted to qualify for at least one race during the 2012 season.
Eligibility rules for next season’s annual non-points race mirror those from 1979-2008, and puts greater emphasis on each [...]

Kyle Busch, Tandem Haters Win Bud Shootout
Sunday, 19 Feb, 2012 – 10:34 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch, Tandem Haters Win Bud Shootout

Kyle Busch passed Tony Stewart heading to the finish line on the final lap and went on to win the Budweiser Shootout exhibition race for Sprint Cup cars at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night.
The margin of victory was the narrowest in Shootout history – .013 seconds.
It was Busch’s first Shootout win and it came [...]

Shootout Should Be Informative, Entertaining
Saturday, 18 Feb, 2012 – 13:24 | Comments Off
Shootout Should Be Informative, Entertaining

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The Budweiser Shootout is not really one of those events that prompts people to hold watch parties. It’s main allure has been that it kind of, sort of kicks off the new NASCAR season.
It’s been kind of a meet-and-greet from afar for fans and competitors.
It’s featured confusing, revolving entry criteria, [...]