THERE’S A LOT RIDING ON DAYTONA

Between some of the hijinks at Sonoma, and given the way the standings are shaping up in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, there may be as many fireworks during the race (or at least the end of it) as there is after it. Look closely at the standings, and you can see why. For some, there’s a golden opportunity to fortify their position at the front. For others, a Daytona victory may be their last best shot.For 2010 winner Kevin Harvick, this could become “Separation Saturday.&rdqu ...

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NASCAR TURNS TO SPEED DATING TO PICK DAYTONA DRAFTING PARTNERS

NASCAR has long been known for its unconventional solutions (Car of Tomorrow's wing, the testing ban, the return of the spoiler, requiring every spotter to be nicknamed Rusty.) The latest in this trend is Driver Speed Dating. February's Daytona race demonstrated that drafting partners are key because two cars go faster than one.With that in mind, NASCAR's elite drivers will participate in a speed dating seminar to find their perfect match for the July 2nd race.Three days prior to the race, drive ...

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HARVICK WINS WILD COKE ZERO 400

There were not that many cars left to beat, but Kevin Harvick and his Richard Childress Racing No. 29 Chevrolet were able to survive a Green-White-Checkered finish to win the annual 400-miler at the Daytona International Speedway. After an hour and a half rain delay, Bobby Labonte – who was making his 600th career start – gave the command to fire engines. With the field set by owner points, Harvick led the 43-car field to the green and at the end the night it was the No. 29 that powe ...

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NASCAR SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS

Summer Blockbuster movies are here and many films are incorporating NASCAR-related themes.  NASCAR has always had strong ties to Hollywood, from great movie characters to Daytime Emmys to car sponsors.Here is a look at some of the most anticipated NASCAR-branded movies coming to a theatre near you this summer.Twilight: Eclipse of the CupAs the Chase for the Cup quickly approaches, Miss Bella Sprint Cup must choose between her boyfriend vampire Jimmie and her friendship with the werewolf Den ...

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TALLADEGA FLIGHTS: DAYTONA’S RESTRICTOR-PLATE SEQUEL

The title is different, but man, I swear I have seen this movie before. It's a case of another restrictor-plate race and another wild finish. The plot is slightly different and so are the players, but the catalyst remains the same. "Lose the plates," they say. "Wreckin' ain't racin'." Few would argue the second statement. The conflict of the story is what to do as an alternative. Remember Bobby Allison in the "Flight of Fancy"- the 1987 Talladega action c ...

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