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Tracking the Trucks: NextEra Energy Resources 250

*In a Nutshell:* Michael Waltrip took the checkered flag 0.061 seconds ahead of Elliott Sadler to win the NextEra Energy Resources 250 Friday night at Daytona International Speedway. Waltrip took advantage of the classic last lap pass in turn 4 to score his first career Truck Series victory. Clay Rogers, rookie Miguel Paludo and Kyle Busch rounded out the top 5.

*Who Should Have Won:* *Elliott Sadler* Michael Waltrip ran an average race all night but knew exactly what he had to do to make the trip to victory lane. When the field took the white flag, he and Sadler were nose to tail, but that only lasted until the came out of turn 4. In what was a nearly perfectly executed last lap pass at Daytona, Waltrip stuck his nose outside of Sadler and took the victory. But because of an illegal part on Waltrip’s truck, Sadler should have been the one in victory lane.

A Perfect Win “Spoiled?” Bizarre Evidence Leaves Waltrip Victory In Dispute

As Michael Waltrip came off Turn 4, all it took to nail down an emotional victory 10 years after the date of Dale Earnhardt’s death – and Waltrip’s own Daytona 500 triumph – was a last-ditch run to pass Elliott Sadler.

It was then that Waltrip’s spoiler went down, too; and everything from that moment on, despite a compelling drive to victory for him, remains under a cloud of uncertainty Saturday morning.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Forced To Back-Up Car, Will Start 500 At The Rear

Pole sitter Dale Earnhardt Jr. will keep that title in name alone after a wreck early in Wednesday’s opening practice session forced the No. 88 team to pull out the back-up car. Pushing teammate Jimmie Johnson off the fourth corner, the two-car tandem came up on a pack of slower cars that began moving up …

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Legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway Announcer Tom Carnegie Takes Life’s Checkered Flag At 91

Anyone who attended the Indianapolis 500 from 1946 through 2006 was able to listen to the dulcet tones of Tom Carnegie on the public address system. His tag line at the beginning of any qualifying run of “And he’s ON IT” or the announcement that would always bring the crowd to its feet “It’s a new track RECORD!!” are permanently etched in the minds of Indianapolis fans both young and old. Carnegie not only was the Speedway’s announcer for an incredible 61 years, he also announced Indiana high school basketball games and many other athletic events during his long and storied broadcasting career.

Turning Back the Clock: 1996 Rolex 24 at Daytona

Hello, race fans. This season, we’re upping the amount of coverage for the Rolex Sports Car Series. I will be in Daytona for the race and plan on spending the entire race at the track. Be sure to follow Frontstretch on Twitter at “@TheFrontstretch”:http://twitter.com/TheFrontstretch for up to the minute updates from Daytona Beach this weekend.

The 24 Hours of Daytona traditionally marks the beginning of Speedweeks. Up until recently, the event was held the weekend before the now-Budweiser Shootout. However, the race was moved up a week to avoid a conflict with the Super Bowl. Originally a three hour event dubbed the Daytona Continental, the race expanded to 24 hours for the first time in 1966, has been a major test for sports car teams from around the world. In years past, the entry list would be filled with the best from North America and Europe battling it out for class and overall honors.

Turning Back the Clock- 1994 The Pantry 400 featuring the Pantry Stores 300

Since we’re fully ensconced in the off-season at the present, we here at Frontstretch figured that we’d give you a look back at some nostalgic races. Today is the first in the “Winter Heat” series (brownie points for those who know where we were going with that).

Before the now-Nationwide Series had 27 support races to the Sprint Cup Series all over the country on its schedule, it tended to be more of a regional series, with many events on southeastern short tracks. However, by the early 1990’s, these races were beginning to disappear from the circuit. The last sub-100 mile race was held at then-Pulaski County Speedway (now Motor Mile Speedway) in 1992.

Hendrick Shakeup All About Chemistry; 48 Will Remain Intact

The massive shakeup at Hendrick Motorsports was not implemented to help just one team, Rick Hendrick said during a Wednesday morning teleconference. The move was designed to bring a team back from the brink of falling dangerously behind other teams. While the move involves three of Hendrick’s four teams, the ten-time champion car owner left …

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Major Crew Chief Shakeup at Hendrick Motorsports

On the heels of Jimmie Johnson’s historic fifth consecutive championship, Hendrick Motorsports has announced a major shakeup in their organization. Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will each have a new crew chief for the 2011 season while the No. 48 team remains unchanged. The following personnel changes are effective immediately: *No. 5 …

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