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Kurt Busch on Pole in Atlanta, Kyle Busch Time Disallowed

UPDATE: Kyle Busch’s qualifying time was disallowed after he failed post-qualifying inspection for an issue with the rear end of the car, rewarding Kurt Busch the pole and moving everyone forward one position. The defending champion will start 40th on Sunday; no further penalties are expected. Kyle Busch captured his first career pole at the Atlanta …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Atlanta Edition

The 2016 season is off to a running start and as expected there are plenty of hots and not-so-hots after a weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Just don’t expect every race this year to have the kind of finish we saw Sunday. HOT It’s often been said that baseball is a game of inches, but …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2016 Daytona 500

Who’s in the headline – Denny Hamlin put a stamp on his Daytona Speedweeks with his second triumph in three races Sunday. Hamlin beat Martin Truex Jr. to the line with a scintillating run that resulted in the closest finish in the history of the Daytona 500. Hamlin was the dominant car for much of …

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The Successor, Amelia and More Lost to Difficult Daytona Handling

Handling matters at Daytona. Say it with me, everybody. Handling. Matters. At. Daytona.  Gee, didn’t that feel good? It’s been a while. Going into Sunday’s 58th Daytona 500, the focus rested on the usual suspects. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. appeared to have another rocket ship. Chase Elliott took the pole as Jeff Gordon’s successor and won …

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Denny Hamlin Wins in Closest Finish in Daytona 500 History

Daytona International Speedway has never been higher. And during Sunday’s 58th Daytona 500, it’s never been closer as Denny Hamlin gave a last-lap bump to Matt Kenseth in turn 4 before edging Martin Truex, Jr. to the line to win his first Daytona 500. “It’s the pinnacle of my career, for sure,” Hamlin said. “Toyota, it’s …

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Chase Elliott Edges Joey Logano for XFINITY Win at Daytona

There’s nothing like a photo finish to kick off the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2016. Chase Elliott, following multiple heart-stopping blocking maneuvers in the closing laps, nipped Joey Logano at the line to win the Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway. The victory is the fifth of the 20-year-old’s NXS career and first at …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Wins Final Practice at Daytona

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished the week’s worth of practice sessions on top as he won final practice at Daytona International Speedway. At a time of 45.655 seconds (197.131 mph), Earnhardt led defending Daytona 500 champion Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski in a session that saw 25 cars take to the track. The Hendrick …

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Full Throttle: Time to Change How NASCAR Does Plate Racing

To say the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is going through a change heading into 2016 is an understatement. The charter system, reduced field size, the overtime line and the low downforce package are all creating quite a bit of upheaval heading into the year. But one thing that hasn’t changed for the last four years …

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The Big Six: Questions Answered After the 2016 Can-Am Duels at Daytona

Who…gets my shoutout of the race? Duel 1: Sure, he’s running for the team who took the big teams to school in the Daytona 500 in 2011, but Ryan Blaney only has a handful of Cup races under his belt, and he’s been impressive in most of them.  Despite making two pit stops in his …

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Friday Faceoff: Who Needs a Daytona 500 Win?

Who would benefit the most from a Daytona 500 win? What driver in the field needs a 500 to complete their resume?  Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: Any driver with no prayer of winning a non-plate race would benefit the most. Not only would they be a part of the whirlwind winner’s media tour, but they’d …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Wins Can-Am Duel No. 1 in Daytona

“Amelia” flew to another victory at Daytona International Speedway as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. held off Joey Logano to bring his No. 88 to victory lane in Thursday’s Can-Am Duel No. 1. “We knew it was a really good car,” Earnhardt said. “This car, actually a lot of people don’t talk about it, but it won …

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Did You Notice? … Dale Earnhardt Is Dead

Dale Earnhardt Sr. #3

(Photo: Donald Miralle)

Did You Notice? … Dale Earnhardt is dead? Look, I don’t mean to be insensitive. That crash at the end of the 2001 Daytona 500 shocked the world, left a nation in mourning and woke up millions to the depth of NASCAR affection across America. It left children without a father, provided a popularity boost …

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