Daytona 500

Danica impresses at Daytona, NASCAR's Gen-6 does not

Through the Gears: Five things we learned in the Daytona 500
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<p> Through the Gears: Five things we learned in the Daytona 500</p>

The Great American Race, for the first 180 laps, looked more like the Great American Parade. Cars ran single-file for much of the Daytona 500, content to ride in packs for fear that pulling out for a pass would leave them slower than the street cars the new Gen-6 models are supposed to resemble.

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Hype for Daytona 500 over as favorites emerge

Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart lead a star-studded field
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<p> Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart lead a star-studded NASCAR field.</p>

A week of pomp and circumstance is nearly over in Daytona. On the eve of NASCAR’s most prestigious race, the Daytona 500, Cup cars roar around the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway in the final practice session of the week — known as Happy Hour — looking for that last little bit of speed. Or handling. Or integrity. Or answers of some sort.

The 10 Most Memorable Daytona 500s

Storylines, history surround NASCAR's Daytona 500

Running the facts, figures and numbers on the Daytona 500
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The is an event that transcends its own sport, much the same as the Super Bowl, the World Series or the Masters. Over the last 54 years, a lot of history has been made just off the beach (and just on it) on Daytona International Speedway's 2.5-miles of asphalt. The following is a look at the numbers, facts and figures of NASCAR's biggest race.

How NASCAR Sets the Starting Lineup for the Daytona 500

It's unlike any other race. As is its qualifying procedure.

Setting the starting lineup for the Daytona 500 can be a trial of confusion for those that choose not to read the syllabus. And let’s be honest, that’s why you’re reading this, right? You want the CliffsNotes.

Fair enough. So allow me to explain this as painlessly as possible.

Backseat Drivers Fan Council

Backseat Drivers Fan Council debates Monday night racing at Daytona

by Dustin Long

The Backseats Drivers Fan Council is back! While NASCAR and tracks have their own fan councils, most people don’t see the results of what fans are asked. That’s why I started a fan council last year where anyone could answer questions about the sport and see the results, along with comments fellow council members made.

So on to Year 2 of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council.

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<p> The Backseat Drivers Fan Council gives its opinion on Daytona Speedweeks.</p>
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The Long and Short of It: Dissecting Daytona

Dustin Long recaps Daytona's Speedweeks

by Dustin Long

For a moment, well, actually about two hours on Monday night, it appeared as if the Daytona 500 would conclude one of the greatest weekends in racing upsets.

As crews doused a jet fuel fire and then washed Turn 3 with Tide, Dave Blaney was in the lead. Rain appeared on its way. The race was past the halfway mark. If it was called, Blaney, who had to race his way into the 500, would be the winner.

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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long dissects the week that was at Daytona International Speedway.</p>
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Why Rain in Daytona Could Mean Sunshine for NASCAR

A Daytona 500 run on Monday in prime time will be a good thing.

by Matt Taliaferro

For the first time in its 54-year history, the Daytona 500 has been postponed. A soggy scheduled Sunday start time of 1:00 pm EST drug into Sunday afternoon and, when the rain just kept coming, to Monday at noon.

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<p> Monday evening's running of a rain-delayed Daytona 500 could be a ratings boon for NASCAR. And a road map for the future.</p>
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Race Day Thoughts: The Daytona 500

News, Notes and Predictions for the Daytona 500

by Matt Taliaferro

The forecast isn’t great for today’s Daytona 500, with rain expected in the Daytona Beach, Fla., area, but hopefully at 1:29 pm EST the green flag will fly over NASCAR’s Great American Race as scheduled — and the race will be run the scheduled distance.

In the meantime, some thoughts, notes and predictions on race day morn.

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<p> Matt Taliaferro contemplates what's to come in Sunday's Daytona 500.</p>
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