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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...

Wallace tops Daytona 500 speed chart in final practice

Feb. 17, 2018 1:21 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Darrell Wallace Jr., the first black driver to start the Daytona 500 since 1969, turned the fastest lap Saturday in the final practice for NASCAR's season opener. Wallace went 196.954 mph on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway and continued to shine as one of the stars of...

Sauter dedicates Truck Series win at Daytona to crew chief

Feb. 16, 2018 10:45 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Johnny Sauter wanted to win this race, maybe as badly as any other. Sauter won the season-opening NASCAR Truck Series race Friday night and dedicated it to crew chief Joe Shear Jr., whose wife died unexpectedly in late December. "I didn't have one nerve," said Sauter, who...

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...

Vietnam vet Thompson to make Daytona 500 start at 66

Feb. 16, 2018 3:59 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The oldest driver in the Daytona 500 field is truly a race veteran. Mark Thompson did a tour of duty in Vietnam that wrapped two decades before his NASCAR debut. Never heard of the racing sexagenarian? —He made his Cup debut at Pocono in 1992 against the likes of Dale...

Fox to use drivers on broadcast of Talladega Xfinity race

Feb. 16, 2018 11:52 AM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Fox Sports will again use a lineup of NASCAR drivers as analysts for a race. Working the April 28 Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway will be: Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brad Keselowski and Darrell "Bubba"...

Jimmie Johnson, 7 others switching cars for Daytona 500

Feb. 16, 2018 11:46 AM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and seven others are switching to backup cars for the Daytona 500. All of the teams sustained damaged in qualifying races Thursday. The group includes Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron, 2012 Cup Series champion Brad...

First at last: Earnhardt's lone 500 victory still resonates

Feb. 16, 2018 10:46 AM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt was NASCAR's "Intimidator," winning his first Cup championship in only his second full season. Earnhardt had achieved about all there was to do in NASCAR by 1998, including a record-tying seven Cup Series championships. Winning the Daytona 500 was the only...

First at last: Earnhardt's lone 500 victory still resonates

Feb. 16, 2018 3:25 AM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt was NASCAR's "Intimidator." He stormed into the sport and won his first Cup championship in only his second full season. Earnhardt had achieved about all there was to do in NASCAR by 1998, including a record-tying seven Cup Series championships. Winning the Daytona...

Team Penske stakes claim as Daytona 500 favorites

Feb. 15, 2018 11:10 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Roger Penske has a car capable of winning the Daytona 500. Maybe even three of them. Penske again went 1-2 at Daytona International Speedway for its second sweep of Speedweeks. This time, Ryan Blaney went to victory lane after winning the first of two Thursday night qualifying...