Kyle Busch

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.

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.

Top 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers for 2013

Predicting the best drivers to hit the track this season.
<p> Predicting the best drivers to hit the track this NASCAR season  </p>

As the 2013 NASCAR season revs up this weekend at Daytona, Athlon Sports offers up our preseason Top 25 Sprint Cup Series driver rankings. Click on each driver's name for a detailed preview of what fans can expect in 2013. 

Storylines, history surround NASCAR's Daytona 500

Running the facts, figures and numbers on the Daytona 500
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The Daytona 500 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.

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

30 Best Brothers, Sisters and Twins in Sports

The Harbaugh Brothers are both in Super Bowl XLVII, but are not the only active siblings in sports.
<p> The Harbaugh Brothers are both in Super Bowl XLVII, but are not the only active siblings in sports.</p>

The Harbaugh Brothers are hogging — or Har-gging or whatever — all the attention at Super Bowl XLVII. But little Johnny and Jimbo aren’t the only tikes in the backyard turned titans in the world of sports. Here’s a rundown of the top 30 sets of active athlete siblings, with the combined accomplishments of the top 10 brothers, sisters and twins.

NASCAR News & Notes of the Week

Dustin Long takes a spin around the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long highlights the NASCAR news and notes of the week. Carl Edwards and Regan Smith get new crew chiefs, Kyle Busch searches for sponsorship and Elliot Sadler has a new home at Joe Gibbs Racing.</p>
2012

Until last week, crew chief Jimmy Fennig admits he had “very seldom’’ talked to Carl Edwards in their years together at Roush Fenway Racing.

“I’m the type of crew chief that I focus in on the job at hand and the driver I have and don’t really pay too much attention to other drivers,” said Fennig, who most recently was Matt Kenseth’s crew chief.

Keselowski wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Title

Keselowski outduels Johnson, wins first Cup for Roger Penske
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<p> Brad Keselowski beat Jimmie Johnson to win the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup title at Homestead-Miami Speedway.&nbsp;</p>
2012

Brad Keselowski entered Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a 20-point lead in NASCAR’s Chase standings.

Problem was, his competition came in the form of a five-time champion.

Jimmie Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports team enjoyed a reign that lasted from 2006-10, and they won the championship in every way imaginable in that time: Going away, coming from behind, with consistency and utilizing a glut of wins.

Brad Keselowski and Paul Wolfe: The Duo that Almost Never Was

NASCAR News and Notes of the Week
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long reveals that Paul Wolfe was very close to not being Brad Keselowski's Sprint Cup crew chief. But now that the two are together at Penske Racing, they satnd on the verge of a NASCAR championship.</p>
2012

The first time Brad Keselowski asked Paul Wolfe to be his crew chief, Wolfe didn’t flinch.

“He looked me in the eye and said, ‘No, I don’t want to do it,’” Keselowski said. “I think he was kind of mad at me because I had wrecked (his car).”

It was Aug. 2009 when Keselowski posed the question to Wolfe, a former driver turned crew chief working for CJM Racing.

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