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2014 February 22

  1. The 2014 Daytona 500 Starting Grid, in full

    Feb 22, 2014, 11:22 PM EDT

    Budweiser Duel 2

    So, today will mark the 2014 running of the Daytona 500. Here’s the starting grid, and a brief outlook for each of the 43 drivers competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season opener: 1. Austin Dillon, No. 3 Chevrolet. Rookie and big media story, but a simple top-10 will more than suffice as a…

  2. Austin Dillon in the No. 3: A successor to, not a replacement for Dale Earnhardt

    Feb 22, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT

    Richard Childress

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The late Dale Earnhardt wrote the book on driving the No. 3. Austin Dillon begins writing the sequel in Sunday’s 56th Daytona 500. For 13 years, NASCAR fans vigorously debated the merits of the No. 3. Loyal Earnhardt fans felt his memory and legacy would best be remembered by never racing…

  3. Much different finish than last year: Regan Smith holds off Brad Keselowski to win Nationwide Series race at Daytona

    Feb 22, 2014, 4:05 PM EDT

    Regan Smith holds on to beat Brad Keselowski in Saturday's DRIVE4COPD 300 Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A year ago, Regan Smith and Brad Keselowski were running 1-2, heading to the checkered flag in the season-opening Nationwide Series race. With the finish line only a few hundred feet away, Keselowski accidentally turned Smith’s car into the outside retaining wall, triggering a massive wreck that injured more than two…

  4. Sons make sure Eddie Wood, patriarch of Wood Brothers team, extends streak of attending every Daytona 500

    Feb 22, 2014, 3:06 PM EDT

    The legendary Wood family in victory lane after Trevor Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500. From left to right, Len Wood, crew chief Donnie Wingo, Bayne, Eddie Wood, Glen Wood and Leonard Wood. (Photo courtesy of Wood Brothers/Ford Racing)

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – One of the most impressive streaks of consistency in NASCAR history will remain intact in Sunday’s 56th Daytona 500. Glen Wood, patriarch of the legendary Wood Brothers race team along with younger brother Leonard, will be in attendance for the race. There had been concern that Wood’s 55-year streak of his…

  5. Kurt Busch fastest in final Daytona 500 practice session

    Feb 22, 2014, 2:27 PM EDT

    Daytona 500 - Practice

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Over a third of the field for Sunday’s Daytona 500 decided to forego Saturday’s final practice for the Great American Race. Only 27 cars took to Daytona International Speedway for the 1 ½ hour session. Kurt Busch was the fastest driver, turning in a top speed of 197.624 mph, one of…

  6. F1 notes and quotes: Bahrain Day 4

    Feb 22, 2014, 2:11 PM EDT

    F1 Testing in Bahrain - Day Four

    The final day of the first of two four-day tests for Formula One at the Bahrain International Circuit is in the books. Here’s a quick round-up of more notes and quotes from the teams: Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, pace-setter on Saturday and overall, said the team doesn’t know yet where it stacks up in performance. But…

  7. Cumulative Bahrain test stats breakdown and recap

    Feb 22, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

    Mideast Bahrain Formula One

    There was a bit more to draw from the four-day Bahrain test than the four-day Jerez test earlier this winter. For one, you had all 11 teams in Bahrain, and this test would ideally provide an opportunity for teams to sort out the initial niggles and move onto further race simulations and pit stop practice.…

  8. Rosberg completes Mercedes-powered cars’ sweep of Bahrain test

    Feb 22, 2014, 10:28 AM EDT

    F1 Testing in Bahrain - Day Three

    Running was more limited on the fourth and final day of Formula One’s first test in Bahrain, and second of the winter. Still, in the laps that were completed, Nico Rosberg rounded out a week-long sweep of the fastest times by Mercedes-powered cars, after Nico Hulkenberg, Kevin Magnussen and Rosberg’s teammate Lewis Hamilton had led…

  9. Williams signs Felipe Nasr as official reserve and test driver

    Feb 22, 2014, 12:27 AM EDT

    F1 Testing in Bahrain - Day Three

    Williams has doubled its quota of Brazilians named Felipe, with overnight news emerging ahead of the final day of testing in Bahrain. The legendary team confirmed the signing of Felipe Nasr as its official reserve and test driver behind race drivers Felipe Massa (his countryman) and Valtteri Bottas. Nasr will be in the FW36-Mercedes for…