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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 »

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 »

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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