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Kurt Busch Details Released; NASCAR Suspends Him Indefinitely

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Looking for official statements on the Kurt Busch situation, all in one place? Click here.  Update: NASCAR issued a release at 6 PM Friday suspending Busch indefinitely. The sport cited Section 12.1.a (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and Section 12.8 (Behavioral Penalty) in their decision, one they said was based on the Family Court of …

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Pole Sitter Jeff Gordon Paces Friday’s First Practice

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It’s just practice. Following a chaotic evening of racing during the Budweiser Duels, Jeff Gordon paced the sixth practice session in preparation for the Daytona 500. Only 14 cars participated in Friday morning’s session, with each of the cars completing single-car runs. Setting the pace at 193.079 mph, Sunday’s pole sitter ran 17 laps after finishing in …

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Kurt Busch’s Lawyer Files Motion to Reopen Protective Order

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Kurt Busch‘s legal woes stretch on, but this time, it’s via his attorney, who’s appealing a protective order that says he must stay away from ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll. NBC Sports’ Dustin Long reports that Rusty Hardin, Busch’s attorney, officially filed a motion on Thursday (Feb. 19) to have the protective order reopened.  The reasoning for …

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Jimmie Johnson Takes Budweiser Duel No. 2; Danica Patrick, Denny Hamlin Feud

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In a wild Budweiser Duel, Jimmie Johnson found the best way possible to keep away from the madness. Stay out in front of it. Leading 40 of 62 laps, Johnson survived a green-white-checkered finish and completed a Hendrick Motorsports sweep of Thursday’s Budweiser Duels. Already qualified on the outside of the front row, Johnson will be …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Takes First Budweiser Duel; Gordon 2nd

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is back on top at Daytona. After starting from the rear, Earnhardt pulled himself all the way up front and led a Hendrick Motorsports one-two finish in the first Budweiser Duel. Penske Racing’s Joey Logano tried to spoil the party, getting up to second entering the final lap but couldn’t make the …

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Kyle Larson Wins Thursday Daytona 500 Practice By Beating 4 Other Cars

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So, about that final Daytona 500 practice before the Budweiser Duels…. In Thursday morning’s practice session, the fifth total for the Sprint Cup Series at Daytona for Sunday’s race, only four cars participated in total, with Kyle Larson coming out on top. Larson ran a speed of 192.70 mph to top the practice chart. He was joined …

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Ratings Increase Substantially For Sprint Unlimited, Daytona 500 Qualifying

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On Tuesday, overnight ratings were released for FOX’s broadcast of Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited.  The network heads were likely quite pleased that their telecast averaged a 3.2 rating for the night, up 78 percent from the 1.8 that the race received last year on FOX Sports 1.  Also, according to TV by the Numbers, the …

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Alex Bowman Wins Fourth Daytona 500 Practice

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Remember when Tommy Baldwin Racing nearly snagged the Daytona 500 following the jet-dryer incident of 2012? Their chances of victory this year seem to be just as good with Alex Bowman, who topped the charts in the second Daytona 500 practice of Wednesday with a speed of 200.495 mph. Bowman, 21, is attempting to make his …

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Kyle Busch Paces Third Daytona 500 Practice Amid Danica Patrick Crash

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Kyle Busch paced the field in the first Sprint Cup Series action at Daytona since Sunday’s qualifying round, winning the third practice for the Daytona 500 on Wednesday and posting a top speed of 200.776 mph. Busch was one of three drivers to eclipse the 200 mph mark, along with Jimmie Johnson (200.530) and Trevor Bayne (200.053). …

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R.I.P. Dale Earnhardt: Drivers, Fans Remember Champion on Anniversary of Daytona Death

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Today marks the 14th anniversary of the passing of Dale Earnhardt, who died Feb. 18, 2001, in a last-lap crash during the Daytona 500. But while Earnhardt is no longer with us, he is by no means forgotten; after all, not a Daytona Speedweeks goes by without mention of the seven-time champion’s famous name. So it was no surprise …

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