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Daytona Notes: 500 Could Have Steamy Sub-Plot
Friday, 24 Feb, 2012 – 19:02 | Comments Off
Daytona Notes: 500 Could Have Steamy Sub-Plot

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Engine temperatures continue to be a concern heading into Sunday’s Daytona 500.
A rule change designed to limit drivers from pushing fellow competitors for more than two laps has left engine temperatures approaching the danger point.
It’s resulted in a return to the pack racing that fans seem to favor.
But it’s also led [...]

Danica Says Wreck Was A Real Eye-Opener
Friday, 24 Feb, 2012 – 11:07 | One Comment
Danica Says Wreck Was A Real Eye-Opener

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The hot breaking news out of Daytona International Speedway on the Friday morning after the Gatorade Duels is that Danica Patrick did not cover her eyes just before she slammed into the wall off Turn 2 in her Duel.
Patrick did allow that she closed her eyes [...]

Danica Patrick Talks About Scary Wreck At Daytona
Thursday, 23 Feb, 2012 – 20:41 | Comments Off
Danica Patrick Talks About Scary Wreck At Daytona

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In her first real Sprint Cup race, Danica Patrick was involved in one of the scariest wrecks of Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.
On the final lap of the first Gatorade Duel, Patrick’s Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet was bumped off the track at nearly 200 mph.
The car skipped across the paved portion of the front stretch infield [...]

Minter: A Day For The Underdogs To Howl
Thursday, 23 Feb, 2012 – 20:21 | Comments Off
Minter: A Day For The Underdogs To Howl

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In a NASCAR world dominated by multi-car teams that suck up the high-profile drivers, mechanics and sponsors, it’s refreshing to have at least one day when the lesser-knowns get a share of the spotlight.
Defending Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne was among those racing their way into [...]

500-Bound Robby Gordon Gives Econ Lecture
Thursday, 23 Feb, 2012 – 18:31 | 2 Comments
500-Bound Robby Gordon Gives Econ Lecture

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Robby Gordon parlayed earning a berth into this weekend’s Daytona 500 into a rare opportunity to hold court with the media on Thursday.
And the maverick racer didn’t disappoint when it came time to offer his opinion on a variety of topics.
Despite nailing down a starting position in NASCAR’s most prestigious event, [...]

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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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 [...]