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Shakedown Session: Does Ragan’s Folly Really Have Him On The Hot Seat?

by Brody Jones If there’s anyone who really needed Trevor Bayne to win the Daytona 500 as much as a drowning man needs another bucket of water, it’s David Ragan. With rumors that were already swirling around Roush Fenway Racing that Ragan was on the hot seat, despite Jack Roush’s denials, the last thing Ragan …

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The Critic’s Annex 39- Wendell Scott: A Race Story

By Phil Allaway Hello, race fans, and welcome back to another edition of the Critic’s Annex, where we endeavor to cover additional motorsports-related content on television. Today, we’re covering ESPN’s latest film, Wendell Scott: A Race Story, which premiered Sunday night after the Daytona 500. When ESPN announced their film about Scott, I was under …

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Fantasy Insider: Struggle At Daytona? Bounce Back with Johnson

Hopefully, your first week of fantasy didn’t go up in smoke like it did for the Earnhardt-Childress Racing engines. *Trevor Bayne’s* win on Sunday proved just how unpredictable picking drivers at a restrictor-plate track can be. Fortunately, it should get a little easier from this point forward, starting with this weekend’s race in Phoenix.

Numbers game: Daytona

By Brett Poirier *0* The number of driver points Trevor Bayne received for winning the Daytona 500. *0.186* The combined margin of victory, in seconds, for the Camping World Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Daytona this past weekend. *2* Number of starts for Trevor Bayne in the Sprint Cup Series. *3rd* The highest …

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Bubble Breakdown: Feast or Famine for Last Year’s Bubble Drivers at Daytona

While this year’s owner points won’t be used until after the first five races of the season, teams on the bubble last season gave it their best effort in the Daytona 500, the first race of the 2011 season. Several of the bubble drivers led laps in the 500, securing important bonus points for the year.

Not every driver got a taste of the front, suffering some bad luck while getting caught up in the lap 29 “big one” or suffering mechanical woes on a day that saw multiple engine failures.

*_LOCKED INTO THE FIRST FIVE RACES_*

*No. 78- Regan Smith (Furniture Row Racing)*
*Sunday’s Finish: 7th*

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Drive4COPD 300

The year of the Nationwide Series regular, the year that a Nationwide regular will win the championship for the first time since 2005, got started at Daytona on Saturday afternoon. It ended with Tony Stewart in Victory Lane for the fourth consecutive year, and Cup regulars taking half of the top-10 finishing positions. The more things change…

Contradictory to the expectations of most Nationwide Series regulars in the garage earlier this weekend, the two-car tandem drafting that has defined Cup racing at Daytona during Speedweeks again told the tale. JGR teammates Joey Logano and Kyle Busch were staples at the front, as were regulars Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip for much of the event. The only NNS regular able to maintain the two-car pair up front for the majority was Trevor Bayne, moonlighting this weekend in the Wood Brothers No. 21 Cup car.

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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Keepin’ it Short – A new season is upon us

Welcome to the 2011 short track racing season and the new version of Keepin’ it Short. For those of you who were around last year this column focused on a different track across the country every week. While we attempted to do a different state every week, we ran out of states whose race tracks …

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