Daytona 500 - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Daytona 500 The Latest: NASCAR CEO calls Earnhardt a proven leader CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s announcement that he will retire from racing at the end of the season (all times local): 4:55 p.m. NASCAR's chairman and CEO is praising Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s passion for the sport, saying it will "leave an impact on NASCAR that will be felt over its entire history." ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:17:00 GMT 2017-04-25T22:17:00Z NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire after season CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It's never easy to be the son of a legend, especially when he is a tough-as-nails hero and the most feared man in his profession. Follow in his footsteps? Forget it. Just being able to drive cars was enough for Dale Earnhardt Jr., and if it made his daddy proud, well, hopefully somebody would tell him. ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:15:00 GMT 2017-04-25T22:15:00Z Changed track, same result at Texas with Jimmie Johnson win FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jimmie Johnson still knows how to get to Victory Lane at Texas, even from the back of the field on a track that had changed significantly since his first six wins there. And also while cramping because of dehydration late in the race that he won Sunday after charging under Joey Logano with 16 laps left . "When I... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:33:00 GMT 2017-04-10T00:33:00Z Fresh generation of drivers emerging on NASCAR circuit AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The NASCAR kids keep coming on strong. Five of the highest-starting eight drivers in NASCAR's lineup for its Monster Energy Series race on Sunday are 26 or younger. Ryan Blaney, starting next to pole-sitter and teammate Joey Logano on the front row, is 23. Kyle Larson starts in the second row, and he's all of 24. ... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:30:00 GMT 2017-03-18T19:30:00Z Keselowski steals Atlanta win after Harvick caught speeding HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Kevin Harvick was faster than everyone at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Too fast, it turned out. Harvick ruined a dominating performance by speeding on his final pit stop, allowing Brad Keselowski to steal a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup victory Sunday. "I'm just snake-bit here," Harvick said. "But it's my o... Mon, 06 Mar 2017 03:19:00 GMT 2017-03-06T03:19:00Z No transition for Stewart-Haas Racing after switch to Ford HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — So much for a transition period at Stewart-Haas Racing. The NASCAR team hasn't slowed since switching from Chevrolet to Ford. Kurt Busch captured the season-opening Daytona 500, and Kevin Harvick followed up by earning the pole for Sunday's Monster Energy Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "Hopefully this is the sta... Sat, 04 Mar 2017 20:48:00 GMT 2017-03-04T20:48:00Z Party time! Outlaw, Smoke, Gronk turn Daytona 500 into bash DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Outlaw, Smoke and Gronk turned the Daytona 500 into party central. The good times were just getting started in victory lane Sunday night. Flanked by sexy models, the triumphant trio chugged drinks and gave NASCAR the buzz it craved in the season opener. Might as well go wild for their first celebration on ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:45:00 GMT 2017-02-27T18:45:00Z Kurt Busch steals monster victory by winning Daytona 500 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Decked in Monster gear and chugging a tall boy of the energy drink as he was flanked by scantily clad models and one of pro sports' top partiers, Kurt Busch celebrated the biggest win of his racing career. It was Monster Madness! Busch used a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled Daytona 500 on Sunday in the opening race of Mons... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 02:25:00 GMT 2017-02-27T02:25:00Z The Latest: Kurt Busch wins Daytona 500 for Stewart-Haas DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Kurt Busch has won the Daytona 500, surviving a crash-filled season opener to win the race for the first time in 16 tries. Busch passed Kyle Larson final lap before cruising to the victory. Larson ran out gas shortly after passing Ch... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:33:00 GMT 2017-02-26T23:33:00Z Gibbs, Penske defend NASCAR as having bright future DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Joe Gibbs joined the list of heavy hitters defending NASCAR during one of its shakiest periods in decades. The owner of powerhouse Joe Gibbs Racing said NASCAR has a bright future and noted top-level companies would not participate if the sport was a sinking ship. "You don't get the biggest and best companies ... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:54:00 GMT 2017-02-25T21:54:00Z Hamlin spoils Earnhardt return with last-lap pass for win DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin didn't need a Toyota teammate to grab another win at Daytona International Speedway. Hamlin charged past Dale Earnhardt Jr. with one lap remaining Thursday night to deny Earnhardt a victory a 150-mile qualifying race that Earnhardt dominated. Earnhardt led 53 of the 60 laps in the second qualifying Duel, but couldn't hold off a Hamlin ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 03:09:00 GMT 2017-02-24T03:09:00Z Truex forced to relive closest 2nd in Daytona 500 history DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. saw his Daytona 500 victory vanish in just a blink of an eye. Eyes open. Eyes shut. One-hundredth of a second, the time it takes lightning to strike the ground. Truex might want to keep his eyes closed for a bit longer around Daytona. At the speedway, reminders are everywher... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:29:00 GMT 2017-02-23T07:29:00Z The Latest: Mexico's Daniel Suarez wants to inspire others DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Daytona 500 media day (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Daniel Suarez hopes he can inspire kids now that he's the only Mexican driver in the Cup series. Suarez was a sensation in his native Mexico for becoming the first foreign-born series champion with an Xfini... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:12:00 GMT 2017-02-22T21:12:00Z Elliott nips Earnhardt to win 2nd straight Daytona 500 pole DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It's impossible to tell the history of NASCAR without mentioning Elliott and Earnhardt. As the series shifts into a new era, those distinguished names are out front again and will give the start of the Daytona 500 a throwback feel. Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. — teammates and sons of Hall of Fame drive... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:12:00 GMT 2017-02-20T00:12:00Z Rain postpones start of exhibition Clash at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The first official NASCAR event of Speedweeks was postponed by rain at Daytona International Speedway. The rain began during driver introductions Saturday night for the exhibition race. The Clash is the first event leading into the Feb. 26 season-opening Daytona 500. NASCAR will stage the event Sunday at 11:30... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 02:45:00 GMT 2017-02-19T02:45:00Z Hamlin could become 4th repeat Daytona 500 champion DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin rode the escalator to a stadium concourse and spotted his Daytona 500 championship show car on display and wrapped to resemble its appearance moments after the race. Confetti stuck to the window. The No. 11 Toyota was scuffed up on the sides, a mark of 200 laps of rugged racing. Not far from away at the Toyota foyer... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:42:00 GMT 2017-02-18T22:42:00Z Earnhardt makes NASCAR return in Daytona 500 practice DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. took another step toward making last year a "distant memory." NASCAR's most popular driver made his official return to racing Saturday by taking part in the first Daytona 500 practice of Speedweeks. Earnhardt turned nine laps at Daytona International Speedway during a four-hour session and r... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:42:00 GMT 2017-02-18T21:42:00Z NASCAR beefs up concussion testing before season begins DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. was confident NASCAR took the right step Friday when it beefed up its concussion protocol by adding a consistent screening rule at all venues. "Good to see progress being made and implemented. Health and safety is top priority," Earnhardt tweeted . Earnhardt, long NASCAR's most popular drive... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:04:00 GMT 2017-02-18T00:04:00Z Danica Patrick gets sponsorship help days before Daytona 500 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — One of Danica Patrick's sponsors has stepped up to fill a sudden funding void created when Stewart-Haas Racing sued her primary backer for $31 million in a breach-of-contract lawsuit. Aspen Dental said Tuesday it will be the lead sponsor for Patrick and debut on her car during the Feb. 26 season-opening Daytona 500. Teams arrive thi... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:28:00 GMT 2017-02-14T17:28:00Z Taylor-made move lands brothers, Jeff Gordon win in Rolex 24 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — He's one of the top racers in America, and almost always overlooked, even on the day the boldest move of his career gave him the biggest win of his life. Ricky Taylor used a gutsy pass with less than 7 minutes remaining in the Rolex 24 at Daytona to fearlessly grab the win for Wayne Taylor Racing. After, he stood in the background in victory lane. ... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 01:03:00 GMT 2017-01-30T01:03:00Z Earnhardt thrilled to be cleared for NASCAR return CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There is nothing more tedious to a NASCAR driver than preseason promotional work, which can often be full-day photo shoots and interview sessions. It can be the most dreaded part of the job. Consider Dale Earnhardt Jr. the rare exception. His turn Wednesday at the Charlotte Convention Center was like the first day of summer vacation... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 23:06:00 GMT 2017-01-25T23:06:00Z Drivers love new NASCAR format, fans get a look in a month CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — At a crossroads with its core audience and eager to attract younger fans, NASCAR took a huge swing at shaking up its model with a progressive new format. The drivers seem thrilled with the changes. Ultimately, though, the only thing that matters is whether fans embrace the new model. Beginning with the season-open... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 22:05:00 GMT 2017-01-24T22:05:00Z NASCAR overhauls race and playoff format CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR is taking a progressive approach to modernizing its series with a radical new format. It's complicated and confusing to explain. But the panel that spent the last seven months on this overhaul promised it's going to be the best thing to happen in NASCAR in a very long time. "Wait until yo... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 01:17:00 GMT 2017-01-24T01:17:00Z Lady Antebellum to perform pre-race concert at Daytona 500 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Lady Antebellum will perform a pre-race concert at next month's Daytona 500. The trio of Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood will take the stage at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 26, entertaining thousands on hand for "The Great American Race." Lady Antebellum has played Daytona before, firs... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:22:00 GMT 2017-01-23T19:22:00Z Rick Hendrick rises from tobacco farmer to Hall of Famer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Rick Hendrick, owner of the most successful organization in NASCAR, grew up on a Virginia tobacco farm knowing that wasn't the life he wanted. He took chance after chance chasing a NASCAR career, came close to folding his team more than once, but always found a way to persevere. It earned him a spot in the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday night. ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 04:56:00 GMT 2017-01-21T04:56:00Z