AN INSPIRING MOMENT WITH OUR VETERANS

Chris Dempsey and Matt Kenseth (Photo courtesy of Crown Royal)DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ In the few years I have been covering the sport of NASCAR, I have had a number of humbling moments that stick out in my memory. Interviewing some of my childhood heroes, attending events I never could have imagined possible and talking with fans from all over the country have left a lasting impression on me. Last week at the rain-soaked Daytona International Speedway, another of those humbling experiences took pl ...

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THE DAYTONA 500 IN PICTURES

The Orlando Sentinel has a cool photo gallery from the Daytona 500 that includes several pictures of Sarah Palin, Tim McGraw and Larry the Cable Guy, three names that were destined to appear in the same sentence together.  Check out the Sentinel's gallery here. ...

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HOLE-Y MOLEY!

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ In the midst of an exciting and highly compelling Daytona 500, the red flag was thrown and the race halted not once, but twice for a hole that developed on the racing surface between Turns 1 and 2. Sitting in the bottom groove, cars continually hit the reported 9x15x2 inch hole causing concern for NASCAR and prompting immediate work to repair the track. First noticing the issue after John Andretti cut a tire and hit the wall on Lap 118, the drivers brought the cars to pit r ...

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MCMURRAY, POTHOLE, JUNIOR’S RELEVANCE WIN DAYTONA 500

Jamie McMurray overcame a pesky pothole that caused two long red flag delays, a revitalized Dale Earnhardt Jr., the usual assortment of restrictor-plate crashes and his own gentle tears to win the 2010 Daytona 500. Nice-guy McMurray held off a hard-charging Earnhardt in a green-white-checkered overtime finish. But what this race will be remembered for was its length. It lasted more than six hours. You better believe that left Kyle Busch enough time to sneak in a nap. On national television. ...

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SHOULD YOUR GIRLFRIEND ENJOY NASCAR?

This Sunday will force men across this country to choose between the Daytona 500 and their girlfriends. Many will attempt to combine NASCAR and Valentine's Day into one romantic racing evening ... but should you and your significant other even watch the Daytona 500 together? Here is a list of the pros and cons of getting your girlfriend into racing.   ...

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DAYTONA 500 LATE ODDS

 We didn’t need a stinking starting order to talk about the Daytona 500 odds. Now that we have a starting order, it’s time to put mythical money where my mouth is.This season, I’m going to wager $50 of fake money (I’m married - like I have disposable income) on each race. I’ll use the same odds from USA Today and track my progress/losses for the sake of entertainment purposes only. Some weeks I’ll pick one driver. Some weeks I’ll hedge my bets. And ...

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NEW RULES FORCE TEAMS TO ADJUST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ With the new rules package put in place by NASCAR prior to the Daytona 500, speeds have picked up and the guys behind the wheel have been forced to adjust the way they drive. A larger restrictor plate, a taller whicker down the back of the car and a new rear shock package have changed how the cars handle in the draft around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway. Already a handling-sensitive track, the new rules package – plus NASCAR’s ‘hands-off&rsqu ...

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DAYTONA 500 EARLY ODDS

Starting order. We don’t need a stinking starting order. Odds are out for the Daytona 500. Even though we have no clue who is starting in spots 3-43, there are some trends developing for the race and the 2010 season.Oh, wait. This information is for the sake of entertainment. So don’t use my advice; go purse shopping the day of the race and buy your mommy a nice Valentine’s Day card. That’s bleeping teamwork My favorite Tenacious D song applies to Sunday’s race. ...

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DANICA FINALLY RACES

Putting all the hype aside, Danica Patrick climbed into her No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet on Saturday afternoon and made her stock car debut at Daytona International Speedway. Running the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 ARCA Series event, Patrick got firsthand experience running in the draft and banging fenders at over 190 mph. Starting 12th, Patrick took her time getting used to the difficulties of racing in the draft. She was aggressive at times, communicated well with crew chief Tony Eury Jr., saved a ...

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YOU MAY BE INFECTED WITH DANICA FEVER

Daytona Speedweeks is overwhelmed with a full-blown case of "Danica Fever." The public will soon be caught up in an epidemic of Danica Patrick. Journalists will speculate about her prospects this year. Throngs of photographers will plaster her image on every magazine. And Jamie Little will look hot reporting on her until we are all driven insane. There is no escape; this week she'll be in the Super Bowl (in commercials), she'll guest star on CSI: NY (as a leather-clad stock car driver) ...

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