Daytona May Just Be The Beginning For Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Ten years has a way changing things. In 2004, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first Daytona 500, his 10th career victory. He looked like he had the world on a string. The win would be the first of six that season, one in which a profanity uttered during a victory celebration cost him money and cost him points. He suggested his fifth win at Talladega wasn't any big deal because his legendary father won ten at the track. Sunday night, high on victory, Junior said something about Mooresville, No ...

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Daytona 500 Win, Lose or Draw

  The race is finally over. The partying in Daytona may continue all week, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Great American Race, cemented his Chase status after one week, shut up his critics and proved himself to be a real contender to win the 2014 Sprint Cup. There can't be a bigger winner from the weekend. Still, there are others who will feel the impact of Daytona for months to come. Here's a quick breakdown, Bert Convy style. (more...) ...

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Even With Changes, Some Good Familiar Sights

No matter how it all shakes out, 2014 will look nothing like what it has in recent seasons. we have a new Chase, a new penalty system, new drivers, old drivers in new rides, and the list goes on. Amid all the changes, some things look familiar, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. The number three is out front- The number three car and Daytona seem to go hand in hand. There was Paul Goldsmith on the old road-beach course, Fireball Roberts, Junior Johnson, and then there was Dale Earnha ...

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Daytona Qualifying: Win, Lose or Draw

Two starting spots are set. Forty-one still need to find a place for Sunday's Great American Race. But even though more than 90 percent of the field is still up in the air, the weekend activities created several important things that will change how you watch the Daytona 500. Here's a breakdown, Bert Convy style. (more...) ...

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Early Daytona 500 Odds

  Early Daytona 500 odds are out, which means we can start talking about the 2014 Sprint Cup season instead of previewing what might happen in the 2014 Sprint Cup season. While the numbers will change, the early predictors offer some interesting trends that might change how you think about the biggest race in motor sports. (more...) ...

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PHOENIX: A MORE REALISTIC LOOK INTO 2013

Ladies and Gentleman of Daytona Beach, the carnival has officially left town. The Daytona 500, the Budweiser Duel, the Sprint Unlimited, the Battle of the Beach, Danicamania, and the Junior Nation have packed up and headed west. We’ve all seen the promotional trailer, the hardcore fan and the lookie loo alike. Now it’s time for a real honest-to-goodness look at what the NASCAR season holds in store.   You can hear the new fan now, “You mean that’s not how NASC ...

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IS IT OVER YET? PERSEVERENCE PREVAILS

About the only calamities that this race didn’t have was a plague of locusts and Lake Lloyd turning to blood. Monday’s race may not have been the best Daytona 500 ever run, but it will be one we’ll never forget. The good news is all involved made the best of a multitude of bad situations. Rain may have delayed the race, but it didn’t shorten it. A jet dryer fire may have prolonged the race, but the repair crews did a yeoman’s job of fixing the track, and thank ...

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THE GREATEST OF THE GREAT AMERICAN RACE

Some call it NASCAR’s “Super Bowl.” Much like football’s greatest game, the “Great American Race” has had some of its greatest moments in its greatest event. Several races merit honorable mention. Among them, a win by Indy legend A.J. Foyt in 1972, Dale Jarrett’s 1993 victory with dad Ned announcing it, and Fireball Roberts’ victory in 1962. 2001’s Daytona 500 race, won by Michael Waltrip was historic, but the tragic death of Waltrip&rsq ...

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DANICA PATRICK IN THE DAYTONA 500: WIN, LOSE OR DRAW

  Danica Patrick is in the Daytona 500. Finally.Years of speculation about Patrick’s skill, or lack of it, will be on full display in North America’s largest race. Sorry Indianapolis 500.With Patrick’s announcement comes a surprising amount of winners and losers, plus some people who find themselves stuck in the middle. Here’s a breakdown, Bert Convy style. Win: FOXThe Daytona 500 is a huge ratings cow for the network. Add Patrick’s appearance/spectacle/nobo ...

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THREE DAYTONA TESTING LESSONS

Daytona, how we’ve missed you.The 2012 season took its first visible steps with testing this past weekend. Normally, testing developments are minor…at best.But when there’s snow outside the yard, sunshine in Florida and a clock ticking down to the 500, it’s more than reasonable to examine three intriguing developments coming from this past weekend. Hendrick looks angrySaturday, four of the top five speeds belonged to Hendrick cars. And that’s with Chad Knaus ski ...

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