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Corey LaJoie leans over the hood of his car with a likeness of him painted on the front end before a practice session for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
February 15, 2019 - 3:02 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Among those trying to win the Daytona 500 this year are a Florida watermelon farmer, a short-track champion from New England, a television analyst and a 22-year-old whose career nearly was derailed by a brain tumor. The front row is the youngest in Daytona 500 history and...
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In these photos taken in February 2019, qualifying drivers and their cars in the starting field for Sunday's NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race are shown at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. They are, from top, Row 1, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Row 2, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano. (AP Photo)
February 15, 2019 - 12:43 pm
The 40 drivers competing in the 2019 Daytona 500, in order of starting position: ___ No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports DRIVER: William Byron BORN: Nov. 29, 1996 HOMETOWN: Charlotte, North Carolina CREW CHIEF: Chad Knaus SPONSOR: AXALTA TWITTER: @williambyron NOTEWORTHY: Daytona 500 pole-sitter...
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The Mac Attack
February 15, 2019 - 8:24 am
NBC's Jeff Burton joins the Mac Attack to discuss who he likes in the Daytona 500, plus how NASCAR's competition has gotten a lot better.
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Edsel Ford II, left, congratulates Joey Logano, center, who had won the second of two qualifying auto races for the NASCAR Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
February 14, 2019 - 10:26 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano won the Daytona 500 qualifying races in a pair of Ford sweeps that have the new Mustang positioned for a strong showing in "The Great American Race." Harvick won the first of the 150-mile qualifying races Thursday night that set the field for...
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Alex Bowman (88) leads Chase Elliott (9), Joey Logano (22) and the rest of the field to start the second of two qualifying auto races for the NASCAR Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
February 14, 2019 - 10:01 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Parker Kligerman will be back on TV for the Daytona 500. He'll enjoy driving in "The Great American Race" more than he ever could analyzing a Cup race as a pit reporter. The driver-turned-broadcaster is behind the wheel again, and the 28-year-old Kligerman claimed one of...
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Kyle Busch (18) spins on the backstretch during the first of two qualifying races for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
February 14, 2019 - 9:03 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson accepted blame for causing a second crash in five days at Daytona International Speedway, saying "everyone makes mistakes." Johnson turned Kyle Busch in the first of two qualifying races at Daytona on Thursday night, causing Busch...
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NASCAR driver Hailie Deegan takes part in an interview during Daytona 500 auto racing media day at Daytona International Speedway, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
February 14, 2019 - 7:35 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hailie Deegan spent more time at Daytona 500 media day than any other driver. The 17-year-old was a guest host for NASCAR.com, trading in her firesuit for a microphone and interviewing one Cup Series star after another. It was the closest Deegan will get to the action at...
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Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (right) celebrate with Mickey Mouse in the Super Bowl victory parade in the Magic Kingdom, at Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
February 14, 2019 - 3:01 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — New England Patriots receiver and Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman has been named the honorary starter for Sunday's Daytona 500. The honor caps a whirlwind two weeks for Edelman, who since winning his third Super Bowl on Feb. 3 has visited Disney World with Patriots...
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Austin Dillon, center, talks with reporters during the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto racing media day at Daytona International Speedway, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
February 14, 2019 - 2:43 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Austin Dillon would fly home from another miserable race last year — say, a 35th-place finish at Talladega or a 37th at Chicagoland — and try and comfort himself with thoughts of when he was feeling sky high. "Every time you have a bad race, you're justifying it," Dillon...
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This Nov. 18, 2018, photo provided by Bryan Blackford and Snowcone Productions shows Ray Alfalla with his awards on the track at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. Alfalla is in the elite class of drivers who have mastered virtual iRacing, an online simulation of the real deal each week in NASCAR. (Bryan Blackford/Snowcone Productions via AP)
February 14, 2019 - 2:59 am
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ray Alfalla got hooked on NASCAR in the late 1990s after his family left Cuba and settled in the Miami area. He's the type of die-hard fan the sagging sport craves — a kid who dreamed of racing who's now an adult that settles in each weekend to catch each bump-and run...
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