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Weekend Lowdown: Austin Dillon, AJ Allmendinger Debut Legendary Numbers at Daytona

They say the hardest thing to do in sports is to replace a legend. But in NASCAR, a sport in which fans most commonly associate their favorite drivers with their car numbers, two numbers have a legacy that will long last the legendary drivers that made them famous: the No. 3 and No. 43. Austin …

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Kasey Kahne Holds Off Tony Stewart to Win 2010 Gatorade Duel #2; Mike Bliss & Scott Speed Lock-in

Kasey Kahne showed Thursday afternoon why he’s been the trendy pick to win Sunday’s Daytona 500 since cars unloaded last week. Holding off a last-lap charge from the outside, Kahne crossed the stripe .014 seconds ahead of Tony Stewart to win the second Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying race, and in the process picked up his …

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Under Different Circumstances, Casey Mears at Long Odds to Make Daytona 500

This is uncharted territory for Casey Mears. The driver who has piloted entries for Chip Ganassi Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing throughout his seven-year career has never had to race his way into the Daytona 500 via the Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying races. Until today. Signed for six races with newly founded Keyed-Up …

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Reed Sorenson Needs Wins to Escape NASCAR Purgatory

Reed Sorenson is running the majority of the Nationwide Series schedule with arguably the best standalone team in the garage. It’s a situation any 24-year-old aspiring racer would dream of – an opportunity to make it to the big time. But Sorenson’s already spent four full years at stock car racing’s highest level. He’s already …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Kevin Conway on NASCAR Saying ‘No’ to Daytona 500

Kevin Conway is the favorite to win Rookie of the Year in what is a subpar rookie class, yet NASCAR did not approve him to run this year’s Daytona 500. Conway explained NASCAR’s decision and the future of Front Row Motorsports to Frontstretch writer Mike Lovecchio at NASCAR Media Day in Daytona Beach, Fla. Mike …

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Mark Martin Wins 2010 Daytona 500 Pole at Alan Gustafson’s Home Track

Growing up just five miles from Daytona International Speedway in nearby Ormond Beach, a 6-year-old Alan Gustafson would hear engines roaring around the famed 2.5-mile speedway in the distance from his own backyard. Years later he would go to the track and watch great crew chiefs from Gary DeHart to Ray Evernham and dream of …

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Danica Patrick Quiets Critics, Finishes 6th in Daytona ARCA Race

After months and months of relentless speculation and waiting D-Day finally arrived in Daytona Beach. What was playfully known as “Danica Day” throughout the garage, open-wheel standout Danica Patrick made her long-awaited stock car debut and silenced many of her critics. After spending the first half of the event receiving a crash course in restrictor-plate …

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Who’ll Win It? NASCAR 2010 Season Predictions

2010 is supposed to start a new era for NASCAR – but Jimmie Johnson may have something to say before we’re all said and done. No amount of “Let Boys Be Boys” rhetoric keeps Johnson from being the overwhelming favorite for a fifth title with both fans and the media. But as the season gets …

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Weekend Lowdown: Jamie McMurray a Favorite Despite Mishap

This was not the start to 2010 that Jamie McMurray was hoping for. For the driver who had already knocked off the offseason rust at Daytona in December during WKA Kart Week and again last weekend in the Rolex 24, it wasn’t necessarily because the first Big One of the season – in the first …

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2010 Season Preview: Can Better Rules Mean Better Racing?

Today’s Season Preview Topic: The new spoiler rules are the start of what could be several changes to make the Car of Tomorrow handle better on the racetrack. But with the controversial Chase system still in place, will better handling necessarily lead to better racing?

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