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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...

Michael Annett wins Xfinity Series opener at Daytona

Feb. 16, 2019 6:57 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Michael Annett stretched the Speedweeks streak of first-time winners to three with a victory Saturday in the Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Annett won for the first time at NASCAR's national level, a career that spans 345 races in three series. He...

Daytona 500 announces 4th consecutive sellout

Feb. 16, 2019 5:19 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Daytona 500 is a sellout for the fourth consecutive year. Daytona International Speedway announced Saturday that all reserved grandstand seats have been purchased for the 61st running of "The Great American Race." Track president Chip Wile says "this is a tribute to our...

Sam Bass, NASCAR's paint-scheme artist, dies at 57

Feb. 16, 2019 4:38 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Sam Bass, a NASCAR artist who helped design paint schemes and program covers that illuminated an entire sport, has died. He was 57. His wife, Denise, announced his death Saturday with a note on his official Twitter account. Bass suffered from kidney problems. Other details were...

Toyota stars Truex, Busch benched for Daytona 500 practice

Feb. 16, 2019 4:35 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The biggest Toyota stars skipped the final practice for the Daytona 500, with former NASCAR champs Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch among the drivers sitting out. There was little need to risk the cars and ruin a starting position for Sunday's race. Seven-time champion Jimmie...

Perfect Storm: The 500 and fight that changed NASCAR forever

Feb. 16, 2019 11:29 AM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The first break came with the massive blizzard that wreaked havoc on the East Coast, essentially locking television viewers in their homes. The Daytona 500, meanwhile, was to be broadcast live in its entirety for the first time, reaching markets that knew little, if anything,...

AP Was There: Yarborough-Allison brawl mars '79 Daytona 500

Feb. 16, 2019 8:52 AM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Richard Petty won the race. Who won the fight? The 1979 Daytona 500 title may have gone to The King, but it is most memorable for the infield brawl between Cale Yarborough and the Allison brothers, Donnie and Bobby. The tussle came after Yarborough and Donnie Allison wrecked...

Austin Hill earns Truck Series victory in Daytona opener

Feb. 15, 2019 10:55 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Austin Hill blocked his way to his first career Truck Series victory in a crash-marred season-opener Friday night at Daytona International Speedway. With only nine of the 32 trucks still running in the second overtime, Hill had to block Grant Enfinger for most of the final lap....

Joe Gibbs touched by support following death of son

Feb. 15, 2019 7:39 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Joe Gibbs was in the second season of owning his eponymous race team when the stress of a tight race at the Daytona 500 hit him. His relatively inexperienced son was working in the pits and needed to be flawless with team driver Dale Jarrett leading the race. Sure enough, Jarrett...

Kyle vs. The King: Busch chases Petty for 200 NASCAR wins

Feb. 15, 2019 4:04 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Busch had been sprayed with champagne and hoisted his winner's trophy last July at Pocono Raceway when fans sitting high above the stage shouted his name so they could snap a quick photo. Busch craned his neck to oblige the requests and the signage on the premium seating...