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Photo-Finish at Daytona 500

Denny Hamlin barely beats Martin Truex Jr.

(Newser) - Denny Hamlin has won the Daytona 500, edging Martin Truex Jr. by inches at the finish line. It was the closest finish in the history of the event, the AP reports. Hamlin gave Toyota its first Daytona 500 victory and owner Joe Gibbs his first win in "The Great... More »

Joey Logano Wins White-Knuckle Daytona 500

Roger Penske driver brings career back to life

(Newser) - Joey Logano, the driver who seemed washed up at 22 years old, has won his first career Daytona 500. Logano took the lead in the white-knuckle race following a restart with 19 laps remaining today. Once out front, his Ford was stout and he seemed to have the race in... More »

Johnson Wins 2nd Daytona 500

Danica Patrick was first woman to lead the race

(Newser) - Danica Patrick made history up front at the Daytona 500 today, only to see Jimmie Johnson make a late push ahead of her and reclaim his spot at the top of his sport. It was the second Daytona victory for Johnson, a five-time NASCAR champion who first won "The... More »

Danica Patrick Wins Pole for NASCAR's Daytona 500

NASCAR racer marks biggest moment in her career

(Newser) - Danica Patrick won the Daytona 500 pole today, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any Sprint Cup race. It was the biggest achievement of her four-year NASCAR career. Patrick went out eighth in the qualifying session and covered the 2 1/2-mile superspeedway in 45.817 seconds,... More »

After Fire, Rain, Matt Kenseth Wins Daytona 500

It was a crazy night involving lots of Tide laundry detergent

(Newser) - Well, NASCAR certainly knows how to make a prime-time impression. Rain, fire, and Tide laundry detergent all factored into a Daytona 500 that will go down as the most bizarre in NASCAR history. And oh, yeah, Matt Kenseth picked up his second Daytona 500 title. The first Daytona 500 to... More »

Santorum to Daytona Driver: Race Like Me

Tony Raines is given the 'Santorum strategy'

(Newser) - Is Rick Santorum the role model for winning the Daytona 500? That's what he told NASCAR driver Tony Raines before tonight's race: Use the "Santorum strategy," the Republican presidential candidate said today on Fox News. "Hang back and let the other cars in front get... More »

Another Wealth Flub for Romney at NASCAR Race?

Democrats quick to use quote to accuse Romney of being out of touch

(Newser) - Mitt Romney's attempts to show he's just a regular guy continue to go awry. At an appearance at the Daytona 500 yesterday (which was rained out for the first time in history), Romney was asked by an AP reporter if he follows NASCAR. "Not as closely as... More »

Trevor Bayne, 20, Wins Daytona 500

He's the youngest champ in race history

(Newser) - Leading on the final lap of the Daytona 500, a pack of veterans baring down on his bumper, Trevor Bayne didn't panic. He figured it would be a cool story to tell someday, how he led a lap in NASCAR's biggest show. Somebody, maybe Tony Stewart, would pass him any... More »

Sarah Palin Plans Visit to Daytona 500

Ex-Alaska gov won't play official role but does have 'NASCAR's blessing'

(Newser) - Sarah Palin is planning a romantic Valentine's Day—at the Daytona 500. Although the former Alaska governor won't have an official role in the race, she does have "NASCAR's blessing," the president of the Daytona International Speedway tells the Daytona Beach News-Journal , quoting the sport's governing body as... More »

Kenseth Wins Rainy Daytona 500

(Newser) - Rain that had threatened today's season-opening race finally rolled in moments after Matt Kenseth slid past Elliott Sadler for the lead, the AP reports. Then the former NASCAR champion was forced to sit out a 20-minute delay before claiming victory in the Daytona 500 after 152 of 200 laps. It... More »

NASCAR Needs to Rev Up

Sport cuts costs to keep fans at the races

(Newser) - The US auto industry is teetering on the brink of destruction—and NASCAR isn't too far behind it. The Daytona 500, NASCAR’s Super Bowl, takes place Sunday, but business is stalling, leaving the costly sport looking for a lift, Sean Gregory and Steve Goldberg write in Time. “We... More »

Ryan Newman Wins Daytona 500

Miscue by leader Tony Stewart on final lap gives Penske team its first 500 win

(Newser) - It appeared that Joe Gibbs Racing was going to take today's Daytona 500; the question was whether it would be Tony Stewart or his teammate Kyle Busch. That changed after a last-lap decision by Stewart to go low on the track, blocking Busch and freeing Ryan Newman to zoom past... More »

Earnhardt Takes Qualifier, Poised for Daytona

Can make history by adding 500 win to Shootout and qualifying wins

(Newser) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. continued his newfound success with Hendrick Motorsports yesterday, winning the first qualifying race for Sunday's Daytona 500. Coupled with his win in last Saturday's Shootout, Earnhardt must now be considered the favorite at the 500, and is on the cusp of a sweep no driver has yet... More »

Johnson Grabs Daytona 500 Pole

Michael Waltrip, looking to rebound from tough '07, starts up front as well

(Newser) - Jimmie Johnson's quest for a third straight Sprint Cup points title will begin from the pole position at next week's Super Bowl of NASCAR, after he finished first in yesterday's qualifier for the Daytona 500. Michael Waltrip, whose Toyota team was caught cheating during the qualifying session last year, will... More »

Jr. Hangs With Team in Daytona

Earnhardt Jr. eager to get new NASCAR season rolling

(Newser) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. is itching to get racing. The newest member of Hendrick Motorsports made an unusal visit a week before his scheduled test date for next month’s Daytona 500, just to schmooze with new team members, reports the Virginian-Pilot. "It's painful watching other cars go around the... More »

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Quits Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Strife with stepmother drives NASCAR superstar out of the family business

(Newser) - NASCAR uberstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. is quitting his late father's eponymous company, changing the stock-car racing landscape significantly. The best-known and best-paid driver on the track, Earnhardt said yesterday he will join a new team next year, citing longstanding strife with his stepmother Teresa. More »

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