Daytona

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.

Jimmie Johnson wins the Daytona 500

Johnson edges Earnhardt for second 500 crown
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<p> Johnson edges Earnhardt for second 500 crown.</p>

NASCAR’s new Gen-6 car gave way to a new style of drafting in the Great American Race, while newcomer Danica Patrick once again made history. The ultimate result, though, was all too familiar. Jimmie Johnson scored career Cup win No. 61 by holding off a charging Dale Earnhardt Jr. on a frantic final lap to win the 55th Daytona 500.

Harvick a favorite, Danica on point for Daytona 500

NASCAR: Five Things to Watch at Daytona
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<p> Five things to watch for in the Daytona 500.</p>

Sunday's Daytona 500, the 55th in the long, storied history of The Great American Race, officially has the field set. There are endless stories emanating from NASCAR's biggest event, but here are the five that will most impact Sunday's race.

Harvick, Busch win Duels; hint at what's to come in Daytona

What we've learned thus far in Speedweeks
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<p> What the Sprint Unlimited and Budweiser Duels have taught us.</p>

The theme of NASCAR Speedweeks in Daytona thus far?

Timidity.

New cars that do not line up square and are volatile in the draft; a supposed lack of quality body parts back at the team shops in North Carolina; valued information gleaned on specific cars that crew chiefs don’t want sacrificed.

For these reasons — and possibly because there’s no need to show one’s hand just yet — the action has been relatively staid at Daytona International Speedway.

Jimmie Johnson: 2013 NASCAR Driver Profile

Release Date: 
Wed, 2013-02-20 01:00
Driver Profile Year: 
2013
Owner: 
Rick Hendrick
Team Name: 
Hendrick Motorsports
Manufacturer: 
Chevrolet
Sponsor: 
Lowe's
Driver Rank: 
1
Car Number: 
48
Crew Chief: 
Chad Knaus

2013 Spin
“The Jimmie Johnson Era.” Many fans might hate it, but that’s likely how the past decade of Sprint Cup competition will be remembered, as Johnson has made the series his personal playground since he sat on the front row of the Daytona 500 as a rookie 11 years ago. Despite two straight seasons in which he and his team have underperformed (by their standards), many in the sport believe the road to the Cup title still goes through his No. 48 car’s garage stall.

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Previews, predictions and stats for Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team

Kyle Busch: 2013 NASCAR Driver Profile

Release Date: 
Wed, 2013-02-20 01:00
Driver Profile Year: 
2013
Owner: 
Joe Gibbs
Team Name: 
Joe Gibbs Racing
Manufacturer: 
Toyota
Sponsor: 
Mars/M&M's
Driver Rank: 
2
Car Number: 
18
Crew Chief: 
Dave Rogers

2013 Spin
Misbehavior and poor decision-making again ran rampant in 2012 from NASCAR’s Busch family. NASCAR’s charitable foundation added to its coffers thanks to levied fines, probation was handed out, and even a one-race suspension was in play. The sport’s largest television partner followed it all with a one-sided, made-for-TV special complete with a coronation of potentially the worst and most contrived nickname NASCAR has ever seen.

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Previews, predictions and stats for Kyle Busch and the No. 18 team

Brad Keselowski: 2013 NASCAR Driver Profile

Release Date: 
Wed, 2013-02-20 01:00
Driver Profile Year: 
2013
Owner: 
Roger Penske
Team Name: 
Penske Racing
Manufacturer: 
Ford
Sponsor: 
Miller Lite
Driver Rank: 
3
Car Number: 
2
Crew Chief: 
Paul Wolfe

2013 Spin
If Brad Keselowski proved anything en route to the 2012 Sprint Cup title, it was that history doesn’t always repeat itself. Exceeding expectations based on past performance at track after track in the Chase last fall, this talented driver realized his full potential. Heading into his fourth full season of Cup competition, Keselowski has proven he doesn’t fold under pressure; he simply focuses on what he needs to do to fix things.

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Brad Keselowski
Previews, predictions and stats for Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 team

Clint Bowyer: 2013 NASCAR Driver Profile

Release Date: 
Wed, 2013-02-20 01:00
Driver Profile Year: 
2013
Owner: 
Michael Waltrip/Rob Kauffman
Team Name: 
Michael Waltrip Racing
Manufacturer: 
Toyota
Sponsor: 
5-Hour Energy/PEAK
Driver Rank: 
4
Car Number: 
15
Crew Chief: 
Brian Pattie

2013 Spin
There is little doubt that Clint Bowyer surpassed all expectations last year with Michael Waltrip Racing. No one thought that the Kansas driver, who left respected car owner Richard Childress and the loyalty of an eight-year partnership, was moving up a notch.

At best, it looked like a lateral move. At worst, Bowyer was stepping down the rungs of NASCAR’s competition ladder to a team in only its sixth full season of Cup competition, carrying very few results in the name of whatever beverage, outdoor gear or travel he likes to take part in.

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Clint Bowyer
Previews, predictions and stats for Clint Bowyer and the No. 15 team

Kasey Kahne: 2013 NASCAR Driver Profile

Release Date: 
Wed, 2013-02-20 01:00
Driver Profile Year: 
2013
Owner: 
Rick Hendrick
Team Name: 
Hendrick Motorsports
Manufacturer: 
Chevrolet
Sponsor: 
Farmer's Insurance/Quaker State/Great Clips
Driver Rank: 
5
Car Number: 
5
Crew Chief: 
Kenny Francis

2013 Spin
Does anyone have the feeling that 32-year-old Kasey Kahne is just getting started? After a disastrous start to 2012, his Hendrick Motorsports debut included a rally from 31st in driver points after six races to a surprising fourth by season’s end. Although he led only 29 laps in the postseason, his Jimmie Johnson-like consistency served notice that he was on the upswing with a No. 5 car that, the year prior, struggled to even crack the top 20.

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Kasey Kahne
Previews, predictions and stats for Kasey Kahne and the No. 5 team

Denny Hamlin: 2013 NASCAR Driver Profile

Release Date: 
Tue, 2013-02-19 01:00
Driver Profile Year: 
2013
Owner: 
Joe Gibbs
Team Name: 
Joe Gibbs Racing
Manufacturer: 
Toyota
Sponsor: 
FedEx
Driver Rank: 
6
Car Number: 
11
Crew Chief: 
Darian Grubb

2013 Spin
ESPN produced a commercial for its Chase for the Sprint Cup coverage last season with several humorous snippets of things Denny Hamlin doesn’t find worse than losing. They included Hamlin having to pull on a wool sweater over a full-body sunburn, and a scene where he found out his favorite Mexican restaurant had suddenly turned into a year-round Christmas store.

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Previews, predictions and stats for Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 team

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