Wed, 6/11/19 – 16:06 | 9 Comments

There used to be butts in them thar seats. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By Jim Pedley | Senior

There is that old saying that is usually attributed to moms or aunts or somebody who bakes really good pies: If you can’t say something good about someone, don’t say anything. Glad mom won’t be reading the […]

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Race Day: Spoiler Alert – Here Are The Winners

We at hate to spoil today’s race and the rest of the season for readers, but we’re going to have to. Sorry.
As a season-opening, special edition of Race Day, the staff is offering its picks for the winner of today’s Daytona 500 and for the 2011 Sprint Cup championship.
We’ve hedged just a bit by […]

Sun, 02/20/11 – 8:59 | 3 Comments
Cooling Becomes The Hot Topic In Daytona
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
Daytona Beach, Fla.  –  As the temperatures climbed this week at Daytona International Speedway and the NASCAR Sprint Cup rulebook was altered almost daily, the hottest word around the garage prior to the Daytona 500 was cooling. In the new Daytona era of two-car packs, keeping the engine of the […]

Sun, 02/20/11 – 7:51 | One Comment
Scenes Of 2001 Remain Seared Into The Brain
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
The day that Dale Earnhardt died will not, cannot, ever be forgotten by those who were there. Biggest star in the sport, biggest race in the sport, final lap, final turn.
It was the day the sport changed forever. Fans lost their anchor to the sport, the sport lost its cultural […]

Sun, 02/20/11 – 5:00 | 7 Comments
Stewart Dances Way To Nationwide Victory At Daytona
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Tony Stewart won the Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway Saturday afternoon and, of course, it was as a result of another round of Noah’s Ark racing.
Stewart edged Clint Bowyer by inches to get the victory in the Drive4COPD 300.
Landon Cassill, who pushed Stewart from 11th place to the victory over the final laps, […]

Sat, 02/19/11 – 15:59 | One Comment
Minter: Ah, The Smell Of Bondo In A NASCAR Garage
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Daytona Beach, Fla. – A few random observations from a Friday at Daytona International Speedway.
First, it was refreshing to walk through the garage and get a whiff of fresh Bondo being applied to a race car. Donnie Wingo and the crew of Trevor Bayne’s No. 21 Ford were in the far end of the second […]

Sat, 02/19/11 – 8:30 | One Comment
Emotional Waltrip Back In Victory Lane In Daytona
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Ten years to the day marking his initial and star-crossed win in the Daytona 500, Michael Waltrip returned to Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway Friday night.
Waltrip won the NextEra Energy Resources 250 – the 2011 season-opener of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – with a classic slingshot move […]

Sat, 02/19/11 – 6:00 | 4 Comments
Daytona Notes: Cuppers Take Breath
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
Daytona Beach, Fla. – The racing surface at Daytona International Speedway was a lonely place on Friday as just 12 Sprint Cup drivers chose to participate in the two practice sessions leading into Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Jeff Burton set the pace in the first round of practice. Mark Martin was fastest […]

Fri, 02/18/11 – 18:11 | Comments Off on Daytona Notes: Cuppers Take Breath
Bowyer On NNS Pole; Danica Fourth
Clint Bowyer won the pole of Saturday’s Drive4COPD 300 Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway Friday.
Bowyer, the 2008 Nationwide champion, posted a lap of 180.821 mph in his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.
Landon Cassill was second fastest  with a lap of 180.600 mph and will start next to Bowyer on the front row Saturday in […]

Fri, 02/18/11 – 17:43 | Comments Off on Bowyer On NNS Pole; Danica Fourth
‘The Day’ Is Gut-Wrenching History Times Three
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
As a hard-card carrying member of NASCAR’s Citizen Journalist corps, and as a motorsports fan, I admittedly watch an inordinate amount of programming on SPEED.
That’s not a blanket endorsement of the many hours of NASCAR happy-talk on the network, or even some of the original series that are not NASCAR-related. […]

Fri, 02/18/11 – 13:36 | Comments Off on ‘The Day’ Is Gut-Wrenching History Times Three
The 2011 Daytona 500 Starting Grid
The starting field for the 2011 Daytona 500 (by row).
(Note: Dale Earnhardt Jr. will move to the back of the field during the final parade lap because he had to change to back-up car after crashing in practice.)
Row 1:
1 – No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet
2 – 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to […]

Fri, 02/18/11 – 10:51 | Comments Off on The 2011 Daytona 500 Starting Grid