2011 Daytona 500 Race Results: 20 Year Old Rookie Trevor Bayne wins the Daytona 500

20 02 2011

20 Year Old Rookie Trevor Bayne has won the Daytona 500

Improbably, unbelievably, 20-year-old Trevor Bayne has won the Daytona 500.

A kid who just left his teen years on Saturday won the Great American Race a day later, ushering in NASCAR’s newest star. Amazingly, Bayne has no full-time ride and isn’t even running for points in the Sprint Cup Series this year.

Somehow, Bayne sent the Wood Brothers’ famous No. 21 car to Victory Lane, with a retro David Pearson paint scheme along for the ride.

Runnerup Carl Edwards’ late charge – a push from third-place David Gilliland – was barely not enough to overtake Bayne.

There was a race record for both lead changes and caution flags resulted in one of the strangest Daytona 500s in the 53-year history of the “Great American Race.”

The two-car drafts were prevalent throughout the race – as expected – and there were plenty of crashes because of it. Several star drivers were collected in early wrecks, leaving just a few solid contenders at the end.

Get the  full race results for the 2011 Daytona 500 SBNation.com.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Remembers His Father, Fans have moment of Silence

20 02 2011

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The white No. 3 decals are no bigger than a fist and sit just above and behind the driver’s side window of all the Richard Childress Racing team’s Chevrolets. Crew members wore black baseball caps with the same No. 3 logo and driver Tony Stewart strolled through the Daytona International Speedway garage Friday afternoon clutching one of the prized caps himself.

Friday marked exactly 10 years since the driver of the Richard Childress Racing No. 3, seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt, was killed in Turn 4 of this track after crashing on the last lap of the Daytona 500. The speedway will remember the NASCAR icon with a moment of silence and fans will hold up three fingers on the third lap of Sunday’s Daytona 500.

But for such an overwhelming event, it has been a subdued, subtle and suiting anniversary.

For the past week, Earnhardt’s competitors, teammates and friends have shared emotional stories about that fateful Sunday afternoon. But the one person you won’t see participate in any contrived memorial this weekend is Earnhardt’s son, Dale Jr. No hat, no decal. None necessary.

“I’d personally rather just watch it and stand on the sidelines,” Earnhardt said of the various tributes and memorials planned for the weekend.

“It’s more fun for me hearing how other people reflect, hearing other people’s stories. I know how I feel in my heart and I don’t feel a real need to discuss that a lot.

“I want to do what’s right and honor him, but I don’t need to do it in front of a bunch of people. I feel like he carries his own weight and he doesn’t need me being a part of the celebration or whatever you want to call it. I don’t want to take away from it in any way.”

Read the Rest at Dale Earnhardt Jr. Remembers His Father in His Own Way — Motorsports FanHouse.

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NASCAR Daytona Opener: Kurt Busch Wins Budweiser Shootout

13 02 2011

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Call it “Dancing with the Cars.” Saturday night’s Budweiser Shootout exhibition was a 200-mph tango of two-car drafts on the newly-paved, super-fast Daytona International Speedway.

In a photo finish, Kurt Busch won a predictably wild NASCAR opener on the new $20 million racing surface, pushed to the front by defending Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray a few feet before the finish line. Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag first, but was subsequently black-flagged for dropping below the yellow line on the track trying to pass Ryan Newman at the finish line.

NASCAR ruled the finish Busch, McMurray and Newman. Five-time defending Sprint Cup Series champ Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle rounded out the top five.

“What an unbelievable experience,” Busch said.

The race had set a record for lead changes (24) with 12 laps to go — there ended up being 28. The two-car drafts were easily reaching speeds of 206 mph — nearly 15 mph faster than last year’s pole-winning speed for the Daytona 500.

Read the Rest of  Holly Cain story at Motorsports FanHouse.

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Five questions for the Budweiser Shootout

12 02 2011

The waiting is over. Tonight at 8 ET on FOX, the NASCAR season kicks off with the running of the Budweiser Shootout, a non-points dash for cash that will certainly be high intensity.

So what can you expect to see? Consider this your cheat sheet for when the green flag drops this evening.

1. How fast will they go? Excitement was in the air during Friday night’s practice sessions at Daytona International Speedway as 10 drivers were able to break the 200-mph-lap barrier, led by a blistering-fast 203.087-mph lap by Joey Logano. So what will we see tonight? NASCAR officials said they would watch speeds in today’s Daytona 500 practices, so it seems unlikely they’ll change the restrictor plate size. So strap in tight and enjoy the combination of a new surface that lets drivers go three-wide (at least) and cars going over 200 mph. (Spencer: Drivers at full throttle to start year)

Read the Rest at  Five questions for the Budweiser Shootout – NASCAR News | FOX Sports on MSN.

 

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The new Miss Sprint Cup was on the latest season of “The Bachelor.”

5 02 2011

Holy burying the lead, Batman. The new Miss Sprint Cup was on this latest season of “The Bachelor.”

So my boss sends me a news release about the Kim Coon. Breathe easy folks, Paige and Monica are back. And each of those links takes you to a gallery. And you’re welcome. And I like fruit baskets.

The release then gives a brief bio on the new Miss Sprint Cup. Her name is Kim Coon. She’s the blonde on the right. Here’s some release copy verbatim.

Coon was pulled from the world of corporate marketing to join the Miss Sprint Cup lineup. Born and raised in Orlando, Fla., Coon received her undergraduate degree from the University of Miami and a master’s degree from the University of Alabama. Always on the go, she’s balanced a career in marketing and PR with her role as an NFL cheerleader and a volunteer with the Susan G. Komen For the Cure campaign.

Upon looking for some pictures on Al Gore’s favorite invention, I stumble across this picture.

Looks awfully similar to the picture in this link, which comes from this season’s “Bachelor.” Kimberly from the show is in marketing, just like Kim from the release. Kimberly was born in Orlando, just like Kim. Kimberly was an NFL cheerleader. Kim was too.

Turns out Kimberly failed to get a rose, which according to my wife is a victory because this year’s bachelor is “Cute, but dumb and occasionally a word that rhymes with boosh.” She watches this show more closely than Ron Jaworski watches NFL game film; so, I trust her judgment. Plus, this article suggests
Kimberly didn’t seemed to bummed to leave.

Read the Rest and see more photos at:  NEW MISS SPRINT CUP A ‘BACHELOR’ CONTESTANT.

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NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing returns to Gainesville Raceway

4 02 2011

The thrilling excitement and heart-pounding action of NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing returns to historic Gainesville Raceway for the 42nd annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals, March 10-13.

The event is the second stop on the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and 60th anniversary year of NHRA. It is also the traditional opening race for the Pro Stock Motorcycle category. The event will also feature NASCAR Champion Kurt Busch as he makes his NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series debut in the Pro Stock category.

Thousands of fans were in attendance last year to witness seven-time Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher race his U.S. Army dragster to his first win of the season and fourth at the Gatornationals when he defeated runner-up and DSR teammate Antron Brown in the final round. Tim Wilkerson raced to his first win of the season and at Gainesville Raceway as he powered his Levi Ray & Shoup Ford Shelby Mustang past close friend and 2009 Gatornationals winner Bob Tasca III. Former Pro Stock world champion Jason Line drove his Summit Racing Pontiac GXP past defending world champion Mike Edwards to earn his second consecutive win at Gainesville Raceway, while 2008 Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Eddie Krawiec began opened the season for the class with a win over Shawn Gann.

Read the Rest at  NHRA News | Auto Racing News.

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NASCAR: Drivers Get The Wins; Fans Get The Points

4 02 2011

During his annual State of the Union address on Jan. 25, President Barack Obama did something nearly unprecedented in politics – he had Republicans and Democrats actually sit together in one big, co-mingled group. Generally, the two opposing parties are separated from one another like family members at Thanksgiving dinner, although it can sometimes be challenging to tell which table belongs to the grownups and which to the kids.

Just one day later, in his ‘State of the Sport’ address on Jan. 26, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France did much the same thing, informing the assembled press corps and a live TV audience that the 2011 season would serve to better blend the sport’s top two performance aspects.

Consistency has always been critical to success in NASCAR, which has the longest season in professional sports. It’s not exactly what you might call breaking news, but during his remarks, France pinpointed another characteristic particularly important to fans – “They care about winning. They don’t want drivers to just be content with a good points day or a good run,” he said.

Since the inception of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format in 2004,‘racing for points’ during the first 26 races of the season simply meant a driver worked his way into the Top 12, then did whatever was necessary to ensure he stayed there. If this meant ‘laying up’ and settling for a Top 5 or Top 10 finish instead of going whole-hog for the win, he did it, in order to have an opportunity to race for the title at the end of the year.

I don’t remember this being much of an issue in the early years of the Chase, but things did flare up a bit in 2009 when Juan Pablo Montoya publicly stated that he had been points racing all season, with the single purpose of making the Chase. A lot of fans didn’t really grasp the charm of that comment.

Another thing fans haven’t altogether grasped over the years is NASCAR’s somewhat complicated scoring system. During a Jan. 21 press conference at Daytona International Speedway, Kevin Harvick remarked that at the end of the 2010 season, he had gotten a text message from New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, congratulating him on a good season but noting,” I don’t understand how you have the best year and not win. I don’t understand your points system.”

Now, I’m the type who, when required to figure out a restaurant tip or double a recipe, still occasionally suffers from a sort of post-testing stress disorder, flashing back to the math portion of the SAT. And granted, baseball’s scoring system is pretty easy to understand – you get a W when you win and an L when you lose and that pretty much sums it up.

But I get Girardi’s point. We shouldn’t have to work quite as hard as Abbott and Costello to figure out who’s on first.

via Drivers Get The Wins; Fans Get The Points | SPRINT CUP SERIES | Auto Racing News.

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