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Trivia Questions and Answers for February 18-22, 2013

by Phil Allaway *February 18 Q:* In 1989, Neil Bonnett returned to the Wood Brothers to replace Kyle Petty in the CITGO Ford No. 21. However, his return to the car did not last long. What happened? *February 18 A:* _That year’s Speedweeks was disastrous for Bonnett. Caught up in …

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Brad Doty Classic Tickets Available March 19 at Limaland

The Ohio Logistics 25th Annual Brad Doty Classic presented by Racing Optics is Limaland Motorsports Park’s premier event for the 2013 racing season. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, March 19 for this historic event featuring the World of Outlaws. The Classic will be contested on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. …

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Battle at the Beach – Late Model Edition

Kyle Larson wins first Battle at the Beach race. Photo by Yvonne Leonard The Late Model stocks have been a staple of NASCAR Short Track racing for some 30 years. It was appropriate that the first of the three races that will make up the Battle at the Beach would …

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Short-Term Memory Loss: Earnhardt’s Concussion Issue Fading Into Background

If an NFL linebacker or an NHL enforcer came forward and admitted to having a handful of concussions, including two last year, and sought advice from you, what would you say to him? Would you tell him that maybe it is time to hang up the helmet — call it a career? Would you tell him that as much as you love to watch him compete, there is more to life than sports? If you did want him to continue to compete, would you hold it against him if he suddenly retired?

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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR: Sprint Unlimited-Daytona 500 Edition

While much of America only begins to recover from winter, NASCAR is already off to a blazing start under the sun of Daytona Beach. With the Sprint Unlimited and qualifying for the Great American Race already in the books, the action continues to heat up in preparation for the much anticipated Budweiser Duels. This Speedweeks edition of *Who's Hot and Who's Not* shows that many of the usual restrictor plate racing suspects have already emerged at the historic superspeedway leading up to Sunday’s main event, while other favorites have yet to thaw out. Here's who's on their way to a strong start for 2013...

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Going By The Numbers: It’s Time For NASCAR’s New Plate Racing Head Honcho

They say Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is the modern-day master of the restrictor plate race. At least, that’s what they said years ago. In droves. All the time. It wasn’t a matter of if Junior won, but when and how. Nowadays, the reaction has tempered, but the sentiment remains, particularly when the series visits Daytona for the Great American Race (aka the Daytona 500). Little E is now more visible than usual, his name spoken in the broadcast booth as a driver to beat. And it’s not wrong to say that. Earnhardt Jr. does have two Daytona victories, along with six top-three finishes, though he hasn’t actually won at the track in a points race since 2004 (2008 brought a Gatorade Duel victory). Add to that five plate wins at Talladega, and you can see why people point to Junior as number one.

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Five Points to Ponder: A Reigning Champ Flying Under The Radar & Daytona Dreams

No other professional sport has as short an offseason as NASCAR; it's less than 90 days between the checkered flag flying at Homestead and the drop of the green for Sunday's Daytona 500. So why does it feel like it gets longer and longer every year? Especially this one. As you might imagine, I’m raring to go-go-go in 2013 for what, at least at first blush, might be one of the sport's fantastic seasons with plenty of changes designed to bring back its competitive edge. Here's five things to report on, as of now with Daytona continuing to unfold...

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Daytona 500 Qualifying Recap / Duel Lineups: Danica Patrick Makes History, Wins Pole

At Daytona International Speedway, the driver doesn’t really play all that much of a role when it comes to actually qualifying the car. All they have to do is keep the car pointed in the correct direction and keep the pedal to the metal. As a result, qualifying is more …

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Sprint Cup Daytona Week 1 Recap

Harvick Holds Pack Off to Win Sprint Unlimited Coming into the Sprint Unlimited on Saturday night, no one really knew what to expect. Every time a group of drivers had gotten on track together to practice drafting, a wreck brought the festivities to a halt. With spare parts and equipment …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Sprint Unlimited And Daytona 500 Qualifying

*Key Moment* -- On lap 16, Tony Stewart attempted to change lanes and make a move on race leader Matt Kenseth. While he wasn’t cleared by his spotter, Stewart chose to shift down low which resulted in his left rear corner making contact with the right front of Marcos Ambrose. Stewart’s car got out of shape, made contact with the apron and sent a shower of sparks over several cars that were pursuing him. Jimmie Johnson checked up in the high line, which caused Denny Hamlin to make contact with the five-time champ, turning him down in front of the oncoming pack and ultimately taking out one-third of the field. The accident eliminated defending champion Kyle Busch, two-time Unlimited Champion Jeff Gordon, 2006 winner Denny Hamlin and 1999 winner Mark Martin. Just like that, the field was reduced by one-third, many contenders sat idle in the garage and the drafting - along with the racing - became a shell of its former self.

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