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Preseason Thunder January 15th PM Speeds

Pos No Name Make Best Time Best Speed 1 12B Ryan Newman Dge 47.87 188.01 2 01A Regan Smith Chv 47.97 187.63 3 15B Paul Menard Chv 47.98 187.59 4 29B Kevin Harvick Chv 47.99 187.53 5 40A Dario Franchitti Dge 48.04 187.35 6 20A Tony Stewart Tyt 48.04 187.33 …

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Down in Daytona: Toyotas Overshadow Junior/Hendrick, Dominate Single-Car Runs In Opening Day of Session 2

Ever since the announcement was made, NASCAR fans everywhere have waited to see *Dale Earnhardt, Jr.* take his brand new Hendrick Motorsports ride to the track. After a tease last week - when Junior showed up at Preseason Thunder testing in Daytona one week early to cheer on new teammates *Jimmie Johnson*, *Jeff Gordon*, and *Casey Mears* - anticipation was at a fever pitch. Well, NASCAR's Most Popular Driver didn't disappoint; but neither did a manufacturer who looks well on their way to avoiding a sophomore slump, surprising once again as the second session of Daytona testing got underway for the Sprint Cup Series.

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Down in Daytona: Park on Hand for Charity Go-Kart Event

NASCAR testing may be going on all this month at Daytona International Speedway, but as teams headed back to their hotels Monday night, the racing was just beginning across the river at the Daytona Lagoon water park. Former Sprint Cup driver Steve Park, Jamie France, and SPEED TV analyst Dan Pardus were among those taking part in the Cypress Coquina Bank 100 charity go-kart race presented by the Rotary Club of Ormond Beach. The turnout couldn't have been any better -- and the same goes for the competition. The event featured five-car teams and 20-lap segments totaling 100 laps at the Water Park's multi-level go-kart track. But while the action was hot and heavy, so was the financial commitment, as the night was held to support a number of causes.

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A Modern Barnstormer Gets One More Ride

Some great news came out of the first day of the second round of Cup testing in Daytona - and no, it wasn't about Hendrick Motorsports, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., or even Toyota. In the background of a busy garage as Session Two got underway, it was formally announced on Monday that Ken Schrader will be piloting the No. 49 Dodge for BAM Racing during all Speedweeks activities this year. Replacing John Andretti in the car, Schrader will also be behind the wheel for the upcoming tests at California and Las Vegas -- with the possibility of additional work with the team down the road. The move is like coming home for the Missouri native, who drove for the team during the 2003-05 seasons and collected six Top 10 finishes in 104 starts.

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Preseason Thunder January 14th PM Speeds

Pos No Name Make Best Time Best Speed 1 22B Dave Blaney Tyt 48.53 185.45 2 88B Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chv 48.54 185.43 3 83A Brian Vickers Tyt 48.57 185.31 4 44A Dale Jarrett Tyt 48.57 185.29 5 55 Michael Waltrip Tyt 48.59 185.23 6 20A Tony Stewart Tyt 48.62 …

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Preseason Thunder January 14th AM Speeds

Pos No Name Make Best Time Best Speed 1 44B Dale Jarrett Tyt 48.65 184.99 2 88B Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chv 48.74 184.65 3 40 Dario Franchitti Dge 48.83 184.31 4 44A Dale Jarrett Tyt 48.85 184.22 5 20A Tony Stewart Tyt 48.97 183.79 6 11B Denny Hamlin Tyt 49.04 …

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Craftsman Truck Practice Speeds *UPDATED*

Overview Friday Morning CTS Speeds Friday Afternoon CTS Speeds Saturday Morning CTS Speeds Saturday Afternoon CTS Speeds Sunday Morning CTS Speeds Sunday Afternoon practice cancelled due to rain. Sheet 7: Friday Morning CTS Speeds Pos No Name Make Best Time Best Speed 1 99A Erik Darnell Frd 50.73 177.42 2 …

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NASCAR Preseason Thunder Day 7: Daytona 500 Victory Brings New Perspective For Kevin Harvick

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kevin Harvick knew that the Daytona 500 was big. But he just didn’t know how big it really was until he won last year’s 49th annual “Great American Race.” “We’ve been fortunate to win a few of the big races and I always thought I wanted …

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Down in Daytona: Trucks Hand Track Over to Cup Cars for Second Session

Raindrops came down late Sunday afternoon, signaling the end of Craftsman Truck Series testing at Daytona International Speedway around 2:00 P.M. The rain-shortened session was the series' third and final day at the track before Speedweeks gets underway next month, as teams prepare for their 250-mile main event to be held on Friday, February 15th. A number of teams decided to head home after testing on Saturday, but those who stuck around encountered a late start because of a wet track in the morning and then showers early in the afternoon. Prior to the rain, it was accomplished road racer and Rookie of the Year candidate *Justin Marks* who posted the day's fastest speed, mastering the historic tri-oval with a lap of 185.723 miles per hour.

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Down in Daytona: Sprague, Hornaday Take Friendly Rivalry to KHI

*Jack Sprague* and *Ron Hornaday* have long been friendly rivals with both drivers taking turns winning the Craftsman Truck Series' title in four of the first five years. Driving for rival owners, Dale Earnhardt and Rick Hendrick, Sprague and Hornaday had a few run-ins between 1996 and 1999, but both are now competing for a record fourth title under the same banner at Kevin Harvick Inc. Just two months ago Hornaday matched his new teammate when he won his third championship at the series' final stop at Homestead. While some may question whether two successful drivers can co-exist on a 'super team,' the respect that these veteran drivers have shown for each other should make for a friendly competition at the KHI camp.

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