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Paul Menard (21) and Kyle Busch, top left, lead the field of cars to start the NASCAR Clash auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
February 11, 2019 - 3:00 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston Texans star J.J. Watt will serve as the grand marshal for the Daytona 500, making him the first NFL player to give the command for drivers to starts their engines before NASCAR's most famous race. Daytona International Speedway made the announcement Monday, six...
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Car owner Rick Hendrick, left, congratulates driver Jimmie Johnson after he won the NASCAR Clash auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
February 11, 2019 - 2:28 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rick Hendrick was telling the truth when he insisted this year was going to be much improved from last season, the worst in team history. He moved personnel and split up seven-time NASCAR Cup champions Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus. He had a Navy SEAL deliver an...
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Martin Truex Jr. looks at cars on the track before his turn during qualifying for the Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
February 11, 2019 - 1:48 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. was just one of many Philadelphia Eagles fans bummed when Nick Foles' pass deflected off a receiver and was intercepted to end a playoff push toward a second straight Super Bowl. "They had a shot," Truex said. "Without that interception, I think they...
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Alex Bowman takes a break in his garage during NASCAR auto race practice at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
February 10, 2019 - 1:46 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — William Byron has won the pole for next week's Daytona 500, giving Hendrick Motorsports the top starting spot for the fifth consecutive year. Byron and teammate Alex Bowman locked in the front row for "The Great American Race" during qualifying laps Sunday at Daytona...
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Austin Dillon (3) heads to the track from his garage during NASCAR auto race practice at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
February 10, 2019 - 12:58 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR has ejected the car chiefs for Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon and Austin Dillon through the Daytona 500 for repeated inspection failures before qualifying for the race. The drivers also were docked 15 minutes from the final Cup practice before next Sunday's race. NASCAR...
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Aric Almirola looks over his car in his garage after NASCAR auto race practice at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
February 09, 2019 - 5:30 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The most anticipated race for Hendrick Motorsports this season is still on the table: team owner Rick Hendrick vs. 2018 Daytona 500 pole winner Alex Bowman. Bowman and Hendrick have let a scheduled drag race between them in their Corvettes linger for a year. Hendrick...
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NASCAR drivers, from left, Martin Truex Jr. (19), Erik Jones (20), Denny Hamlin (11) and Kyle Busch (18) runs practice laps during auto race practice at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
February 09, 2019 - 5:20 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chase Elliott took blame for the first crash of NASCAR's new season on a blustery day at Daytona International Speedway that was shortened by rain. Martin Truex Jr. topped the speed chart in his debut for Joe Gibbs Racing, and Bubba Wallace jumped to the top of Saturday's...
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Chase Elliott (9) drives through the garage area during NASCAR auto race practice at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
February 09, 2019 - 11:46 am
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman have been involved in the first wreck of Speedweeks. The four Cup Series drivers crashed Saturday during the opening practice for the exhibition Clash race at Daytona International Speedway. The race is slated to...
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FILE - In this July 15, 2011, file photo, driver Jimmie Johnson, left, talks with crew chief Chad Knaus during practice for the NASCAR Lenox Industrial Tools 300 auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. Knaus is only five years older than Johnson and the two grew up in the Cup Series together.(AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)
February 08, 2019 - 9:58 am
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chad Knaus got his first big break at Hendrick Motorsports when he was picked to build a team from scratch around a rookie driver who had yet to prove he belonged at NASCAR's top level. The driver was Jimmie Johnson. Once Johnson was paired with Knaus as crew chief, the...
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FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 file photo, NASCAR auto racing team owner Rick Hendrick speaks during a news conference at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Rick Hendrick’s drivers won only three races last year and the team owner said his organization is far too good to perform so poorly. He vowed 2019 will be better for Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman and William Byron. The team has adapted to an internal reorganization, the new Chevy Camaro and its overhauled driver roster. Hendrick said he’s too competitive to tolerate another subpar season. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)
February 06, 2019 - 11:40 am
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rick Hendrick worked too hard building NASCAR's top organization to tolerate mediocrity. If his teams had simply been average last season he might not rate it as one of the worst in team history. The Hendrick cars were pretty bad —seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson...
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