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Column: NASCAR's youth movement may be good for business

Feb. 19, 2018 6:35 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Daytona Day was nothing short of a rousing success for NASCAR, which was able to celebrate both its storied past and youthful future on its biggest stage. The Daytona 500 is the most important event of the year for NASCAR. With Austin Dillon's victory in the famed No. 3 and Bubba...

Austin Dillon takes No. 3 back to victory lane at Daytona

Feb. 18, 2018 10:56 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The No. 3 is No. 1 again at Daytona, on a day, in a race and at a place forever linked with the great Dale Earnhardt. Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500 on Sunday night driving the iconic No. 3 Chevrolet that Earnhardt piloted for most of his career. Earnhardt was behind the wheel...

Junior at peace with Daytona 17 yrs after Earnhardt's death

Feb. 18, 2018 9:11 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. made peace with Daytona International Speedway long ago. Seventeen years after his dad's death, Earnhardt had only positive vibes Sunday at the famed racetrack where his father died. Dale Earnhardt was killed in a last-lap crash in the 2001 Daytona 500. "When...

The Latest: Wallace overcome with emotion after historic run

Feb. 18, 2018 7:23 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local): 7 p.m. Darrell Wallace Jr. sobbed in his mother's arms after he posted the best finish for a black driver in the Daytona 500. Wallace was runner-up to winner Austin Dillon, and the emotion of the achievement hit the rookie driver...

Earnhardt ready to hit South Korea for NBC Olympics gig

Feb. 17, 2018 8:37 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. won a checkered flag before he leaves to check out Olympic gold. Earnhardt departs Monday for South Korea to start his Olympics coverage for NBC Sports. Earnhardt retired from driving in November and signed on to be an analyst, and he gets his next shot behind...

Tyler Reddick needs 5 overtimes to win at Daytona

Feb. 17, 2018 7:05 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Reddick needed five overtimes, a brief red flag and the closest finish in NASCAR history to take Dale Earnhardt Jr. to victory lane. Reddick won the Xfinity Series' season-opening race by beating JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler in a photo finish. The margin of...

Wallace tops Daytona 500 speed chart in final practice

Feb. 17, 2018 2:51 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The first black driver to start the Daytona 500 since 1969 continues to blaze a trail at Speedweeks. Darrell Wallace Jr. turned heads again Saturday at Daytona International Speedway and topped the speed chart in the final practice for NASCAR's season opener. "A lot of stories, a...

Bubba Wallace set to make history as black driver in Daytona

Feb. 17, 2018 1:31 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Richard Petty rarely visits pit road after a race anymore and usually with good reason. The Hall of Fame driver's eponymous race team has toiled for decades in mediocrity, with checkered flags all but extinct. Bubba at Daytona changed the game. Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. had...

Shifting gears: NASCAR's young look on display for Daytona

Feb. 16, 2018 4:04 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Never before has one race displayed NASCAR's rapidly changing look more than this year's Daytona 500. Three drivers under age 25 will start in the first two rows, new rules will make the cars difficult to drive and NASCAR's longtime most popular driver will watch from the...

Drivers competing in the 2018 Daytona 500

Feb. 16, 2018 3:51 PM EST

The 40 drivers competing in the 2018 Daytona 500, in order of starting position: ___ No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports DRIVER: Alex Bowman BORN: April 25, 1993 HOMETOWN: Tucson, Arizona CREW CHIEF: Greg Ives SPONSOR: Nationwide TWITTER: @AlexBowman88 NOTEWORTHY: "Bowman the Showman" landed pole in return to...