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McDowell defends Daytona 500 decision not to push Logano

Feb. 19, 2019 5:24 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael McDowell was still digesting his fifth-place finish at the Daytona 500 when Joey Logano appeared at the front of his car, angrily pointing at the Ford logo. He was questioning McDowell's loyalty to the brand. "He shows up pointing at the Ford emblem, pushing on the Ford,...

Column: Daytona 500 was action-packed opener NASCAR needed

Feb. 18, 2019 5:27 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jim France told 'em to race and NASCAR's next generation didn't disappoint. The Daytona 500 packed an unforeseen punch that, if nothing else, entertained Sunday's sun-drenched, sold-out crowd at the famed "World Center of Racing." There were a ton of wrecks, especially during the...

Joe Gibbs dedicates Daytona 500 victory to late son

Feb. 18, 2019 2:17 AM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Joe Gibbs closed his eyes during a tribute lap for his late son, while crew members raised a banner to honor the co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing. J.D. Gibbs had been hand-picked by his father to run the organization, changed tires during the early seasons, had a brief stint as a...

Kyle Busch laments lack of help, runner-up finish at Daytona

Feb. 17, 2019 10:36 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Busch felt like an amiable teammate, willing to do whatever it took to get Joe Gibbs Racing to victory lane at the Daytona 500. He's not so sure Denny Hamlin did the same. Busch finished second in "The Great American Race," extending his winless streak to 14 in NASCAR's...

Watermelon farmer Chastain gets top 10 at Daytona 500

Feb. 17, 2019 10:03 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ross Chastain always has watermelons around victory lane, a nod to his roots in the family fruit farming business. He may not spend much time on the Florida farm these days, but with good reason — the eighth-generation watermelon farmer was a 10th-place finisher in the...

Denny Hamlin cruises to 2nd Daytona 500 victory in 4 years

Feb. 17, 2019 9:23 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin came to the Daytona 500 determined to honor his late car owner with a victory. He delivered with a storybook tribute for Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin won NASCAR's biggest race for the second time in four years Sunday, leading JGR in a 1-2-3 sweep of the podium in...

Denny Hamlin races to second Daytona 500 victory in four years, holding off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch

Feb. 17, 2019 7:34 PM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin races to second Daytona 500 victory in four years, holding off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch.

The Latest: Johnson wrecked trying to pit in Daytona 500

Feb. 17, 2019 5:49 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local): ___ 5:40 p.m. Jimmie Johnson's chances of winning a third Daytona 500 ended with a strange accident on pit road. Johnson was running near the front of the field and trying to pit when Cody Ware and his Rick Ware Racing teammate...

New-look Daytona 500 has a certain throwback feel

Feb. 17, 2019 2:45 AM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Among those trying to win the Daytona 500 this year are a Florida watermelon farmer, a short-track champion from New England, a television analyst and a 22-year-old whose career nearly was derailed by a brain tumor. The front row is the youngest in Daytona 500 history and it will...

Fresh faces and new sponsors give Daytona 500 throwback feel

Feb. 16, 2019 7:13 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Among those trying to win the Daytona 500 this year are a Florida watermelon farmer, a short-track champion from New England, a television analyst and a 22-year-old whose career nearly was derailed by a brain tumor. The front row is the youngest in Daytona 500 history and it will...