Taking the plates off at Auto Club Speedway meant the first “unrestricted” race of the regular season Sunday; and for once, the 2-mile oval didn’t disappoint.
After a fourth at Fontana on Sunday, Mark Martin sits sixth in the standings and is the highest-ranked of the Yankees… er, Hendrick powerhouse.
This week, here’s a sneak peek at what they all were thinking following the Auto Club 500.
“They could do 10 green-white-checkereds and we’re still not going to make it to the checkered,” said Jeff Gordon.
It was Jimmie Johnson who lost out – his rear-axle failure at Daytona was enough for him to lose his grip atop our poll for the first time since last fall.
The hole that appeared in turn 2 at Daytona was symbolic of so much more: the gulf NASCAR has dug itself into over the past several years.
The 150-mile Gatorade Duel qualifying races showcase some of the best racing during the entirety of Speedweeks at Daytona.
As NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers prepare to tackle their 36-race regular season, it’s time to take a look at which ones carry the most momentum into 2010.
The Bud Shootout might just be a 75-lap exhibition race, but it did illustrate a number of things to understand for what’s ahead this season in Sprint Cup.
While Mark Martin and Denny Hamlin have run up front at plate tracks, their knack for being in dicey moments in these races is their biggest obstacle.
Any active past Daytona winner is eligible – but did it seem slightly silly to see drivers like Derrike Cope in the race?
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Growing up just five miles from Daytona International Speedway in nearby Ormond Beach, a 6-year-old Alan Gustafson would hear engines roaring around the famed 2.5-mile speedway in the distance from his own backyard. Years later he would go to the track and watch great crew chiefs from Gary DeHart to Ray …