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Racing At The Beach : Curses Are Broken, 1994-2000

When the Winston Cup crews arrived at Daytona for the kick off event of the 1994 season, one of the track's favorite sons had been lost. Davey Allison, who had been part of those memorable finishes of 1988 and 1992, had lost his life in a helicopter accident the previous summer. Ernie Irvan had signed on to drive the Havoline Ford, Davey made famous, leaving the Morgan-McClure team that had helped him claim the 1991 Daytona 500.

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Gilliland The Underdog Has His Day…Again

Sports is all about developing the concept of the underdog. Every year, the George Masons, Lance Armstrongs, and the Florida Marlins of the world dazzle us with their ability to succeed in the face of adversity, even when the gentlest of critics find no choice but to flee the crime scene and leave them for dead. Sunday, all those critics were back to cleanse their souls and apologize, calmly shaking the hand of an excited young man named David Gilliland. "I've been pinching myself for the last eight months and I'm not going to stop anytime soon," said the 30-year-old, shortly after stunning the audience of millions by winning the pole for the 49th Annual Great American Race. A driver who has yet to crack the Top 10 in a Nextel Cup race calmly went out and laid waste to the competition, taking home the top spot by nearly two-tenths of a second over teammate Ricky Rudd.

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This Week on Race Talk Radio

Chicago, IL (February 19, 2007)- Last week we brought you Bobby Gerhart the winner of the ARCA 200 and the Gatorade 150 updates all Thursday! This week RaceTalkRadio will bring the debut of two new shows. ASA Late Model Series Radio makes its first appearance in our lineup on Tuesday …

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The Top 35 Battle Begins At Daytona: Three More In, Four To Go

Whether you like it or not, the Top 35 in car owner points from last season are now locked into the field for the 49th Annual Daytona 500. While those teams can rest easy, the rest find themselves a nervous wreck from the minute they arrive in Florida. With Toyota stepping into the NASCAR's elite series, Thursday's Gatorade Duel 150's may end up being more important than the Great American Race itself for them and a certain number of other teams, all of whom are just trying to start the season with their heads above water.

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Racing At The Beach : Earnhardt Tries His Best…And Comes Up Short, 1990-93

Dale Earnhardt must have felt his blood pressure rise whenever he recalled the Daytona 500 of 1990, and who can blame him? For another driver, though, it was the high point of his career altogether. Ken Schrader won the pole position for the third straight year, continuing his streak of every event since the restrictor plate was reintroduced at Daytona. Schrader's luck turned bad in the first qualifier, however, as a last lap crash wiped out the car and forced Schrader to a backup.

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Driven To The Past : Buddy Baker

Wylie Baker Jr, better know to racing fans as Buddy, was born January 25, 1941, in Florence, SC, the son of the late Buck Baker, himself a Hall of Fame NASCAR driver. Buddy began his NASCAR career in 1959 at the age of 17, finishing 14th driving a car for his father at Columbia, SC in NASCAR's convertible division. He would win his first race in 1967 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway's National 500, driving the #3 Dodge Charger for owner Ray Fox. For Buddy the accelerator pedal wasn't so much a linear control used to modulate engine power, as it was an on/off switch. His wide-open/throttle-to-the-stops style of driving earned him the nickname "Leadfoot". However it was Buddy's true character that also lead to his other nickname, "The Gentle Giant". Standing a towering 6 feet, 6 inches tall, there weren't many in the garage area (or the NBA) that were going to challenge or intimidate Baker in his prime.

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DEI’s Impossible Dream

Sometimes there are no easy answers to impossible situations. Sometimes there is no clear cut truth. Sometimes things don't go according to plan. Such appears to be the case within the walls of Dale Earnhardt, Incorporated. When Dale Earnhardt, Jr. told the racing world on Wednesday that he wants majority interest in DEI, it brought to a head a contract-and life-dispute that has likely been brewing far longer than most of us know.

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Racing At The Beach : Out With The Old And In With The New, 1986-1990

For Dale Earnhardt fans, the 1986 Daytona 500 is one of the "big ones that got away." Earnhardt had a strong week, but the bad luck at Daytona he shared with Darrell Waltrip and Buddy Baker reared its ugly head again. After the way he had dominated the 85 Daytona 500, Bill Elliott was a heavy favorite that year. He didn't disappoint anyone on pole day either, claiming the pole for the race at over 205 miles per hour for the second year in a row. "Hoo-Ray" hollered the Elliott fans. Bill clearly had a strong car in the first 125-mile qualifier, but laid back early in the going, confident in his car's ability. Elliott stole a page from Cale Yarborough's play book and patiently waited for the last lap to slingshot by Bobby Allison.

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Racing At The Beach : Out With The Old, In With The New, 1986-1990

For Dale Earnhardt fans, the 1986 Daytona 500 is one of the "big ones that got away." Earnhardt had a strong week, but the bad luck at Daytona he shared with Darrell Waltrip and Buddy Baker reared its ugly head again. After the way he had dominated the 85 Daytona 500, Bill Elliott was a heavy favorite that year. He didn't disappoint anyone on pole day either, claiming the pole for the race at over 205 miles per hour for the second year in a row. "Hoo-Ray" hollered the Elliott fans. Bill clearly had a strong car in the first 125-mile qualifier, but laid back early in the going, confident in his car's ability. Elliott stole a page from Cale Yarborough's play book and patiently waited for the last lap to slingshot by Bobby Allison.

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