Some Have More Than A Puncher’s Chance At Daytona

The sun even shines on a dog's hiney; that's the conventional racing wisdom on restrictor plate tracks. Wins by Michael Waltrip, Derrike Cope, David Ragan and others are often held up as evidence that Daytona and Talladega produce their share of Cinderella stories. No one will deny Saturday's Coke Zero 400 presents an excellent opportunity for the likes of AJ Allmedinger, Aric Almirola and David Gilliland to get that elusive first Cup points win, but know that there are drivers who have a kn ...

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Time To Toss Out The Plates?

Business is picking up again in metal recycling. Wednesday's practice at Daytona International Speedway saw more stuff get wadded up than a novelist with writer's block. Can you imagine the fist pounding back at the shop? As of right now, it appears one of the victims, Dave Blaney, will be packing it in, and another Daytona favorite, Trevor Bayne, may have his chances of making the show jeopardized by the mayhem triggered when Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth nudged each other. This is racing ...

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Sympathy For The Superspeedway

Just like the good ol' USA, NASCAR Nation has its polarizing issues. Instead of Obamacare and taxes, one debate among NASCAR fans has to do with racing on the superspeedways, also known as the "restrictor plate tracks." The metal devices that resemble a slice of Swiss cheese, restrict airflow and limit speed- this coming after Bobby Allison's car took out a section of fencing at Talladega in 1987 and injured several fans with flying parts. The upshot of the move has resulted in racing i ...

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“CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM” IS THE OPERATIVE PHRASE FOR THE NEW CAR

 There’s smiles all around at Daytona. Dale Earnhardt Jr. gave the new car a thumbs up, Jeff Gordon seems pleased, and a number of fans and drivers are happy to hear the two-car tandem should be going the way of the Blue Footed Booby. It’s all just one big love fest, save for short supplies, and a number of bent up cars from Friday, serving as a teacher that racers should tread lightly when attempting to bump draft. Heck, the car even LOOKS better. No doubt, all the buzz o ...

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DAVID RAGAN SCORES FIRST CAREER VICTORY IN COKE ZERO 400

Roush Fenway Racing’s David Ragan nearly went to Victory Lane in the season-opening Daytona 500, but an ill-timed lane change led to a black flag and a disappointing 14th place finish. Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, Ragan was able to make up for his costly mistake and score his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. Partnering with teammate Matt Kenseth for the entirety of the Coke Zero 400, Ragan was able to survive three late-race wrecks and two attempts a ...

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ROOKIE GETS READY FOR DAYTONA DEBUT

  Most teens Joey Licata’s age see Daytona as a place to visit for Spring Break. Licata sees it in a whole different light. “I’m not nervous yet,” he said from a cell phone on the infield at Daytona International Speedway. “I probably won’t be until I get in the car and start waiting for the race to begin.” Licata, 19, is preparing to make his debut in the ARCA series Friday. But this debut is different from most. You see, Licata had never seen D ...

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GREG SACKS PULLED OFF HUGE DAYTONA UPSET 25 YEARS AGO

In 1985 superspeedways and Bill Elliott victories went hand-in-hand. And not just wins but dominating performances. Massive leads were common while the rest of the pack slugged it out for second place on any tracks a mile or over. Fans flocked to NASCAR’s biggest venues to see if any of the established heroes could offer a challenge to the popular ‘good ole boy.’When the Firecracker 400 got ready to crank on July 4th, the circuit’s best threw their best at Elliott. On thi ...

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