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2018 Top NASCAR Storylines: Say Goodnight, Kasey (& Jamie & Matt)

For several drivers, 2018 marks the end of a NASCAR journey. Among those who have said they don’t plan to race full-time (or at all) in the sport in the future are Jamie McMurray (who may run the 2019 Daytona 500 before he hangs up his helmet), Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Cole Whitt, Elliott Sadler,

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With careers likely ending Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray are all smiles

Kenseth, who returned to Roush this season for 15 starts in the No. 6 Ford after losing his ride at Joe Gibbs Racing, hasn’t announced any plans for 2019 season.

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Kenseth, No. 6 Team Close Out 2018 with Strong Top-10

Making his final start with Roush, Kenseth qualified 17thon Friday, but quickly proved to be stronger then he qualified not far into Sunday’s 267-lap event. Kenseth hung around 16thfor the opening laps, reporting he was tight in the center but loose on exit. The 2003 Cup Champion ended stage one 16t

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Kyle Busch making 500th start

Kyle Busch is marking a milestone on Sunday as the driver who is now in his 14th season of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series makes his 500th career start. Busch will drive the No. 18 Snickers Creamy Toyota at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

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Clint Bowyer fastest in first Cup practice at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Clint Bowyer was fastest in Friday’s only Cup Series practice session at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Bowyer and his No. 14 Ford posted a top speed of 180.152 mph around the 1.54-mile track during the 80-minute session.

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Daytona 500 Winners List (1959-2018)

Winning the Daytona 500 is something every NASCAR driver dreams about. Some of have won it multiple times — Richard Petty snagged seven Daytona 500 wins — while others spend their entire driving career in search of an elusive checkered flag at Daytona International Speedway.

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Ryan Reed to drive for David Gilliland’s truck team in Las Vegas

Ryan Reed will return to NASCAR competition next week, driving the No. 17 Toyota Tundra for DGR-Crosley in the Strat 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on March 1 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the team announced Wednesday.

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Denny Hamlin Won the Battle in Daytona, Now Can He Win the War?

It’s been a good week to be Denny Hamlin. The Virginian has spent the past few days soaking the glitz and glamour of a Daytona 500 victory. Hamlin added to his legacy with a second appearance on the Harley J. Earl trophy last Sunday, bolstering his NASCAR Hall of Fame bid in the process. His winless

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Ford Performance NASCAR: Atlanta Advance

A new rules package will debut this weekend as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series makes its yearly return to Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick is the defending champion of the Folds of Honor 500 and has two career series victories at the 1.5-mile track while Ford is looking for its third conse

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The Daytona 500 is ‘The Great American Race’

The first Daytona 500 was held Feb. 22, 1959, at the 2.5 mile Daytona International Speedway in Florida. In that first race, Lee Petty and Johnny Beauchamp drove side by side over the finish line. Beauchamp was declared the unofficial winner. Petty protested. Three days later, NASCAR founder Bill Fr

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Daytona 500 sells out for fourth year in a row, broadcast on FOX 1:30 PM CT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - The Daytona 500 kicks off on Sunday afternoon at the International Speedway in Daytona Beach. Selling out for the fourth year in a row, 40 drivers will meet on the track to compete for the winning spot.

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Denny Hamlin survives crash-filled finish to win Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Denny Hamlin came to the Daytona 500 determined to honor his late car owner with a victory. He delivered with a storybook tribute for Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin won NASCAR’s biggest race for the second time in four years Sunday, leading JGR in a 1-2-3 sweep of the podium in overt

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New-look Daytona 500 has a certain throwback feel

The overall look of the nation’s top racing series has undergone a transformation the last few seasons and proof is plastered on the hood of Corey LaJoie’s car. His full facial-haired face adorns his Ford Mustang, which easily makes him the most recognizable driver among the eight Daytona 500 rookie

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Ryan Newman Hoping Engineering Degree Helps With New Aero Package

One of the biggest storylines of the NASCAR offseason was the new aerodynamic package NASCAR implemented for 22 of the 36 races of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. With the drastic switch, Ryan Newman is hoping to put his engineering degree from Purdue University to work.

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Daytona 500 kicks off, sells out for fourth year in a row

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - The Daytona 500 kicks off on Sunday afternoon at the International Speedway in Daytona Beach. Selling out for the fourth year in a row, 40 drivers will meet on the track to compete for the winning spot.

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. “Could Care Less” About His Plate Racing Reputation

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. isn’t here to apologize. The driver of the No. 17 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing is here to deliver. Deliver a win in the Great American Race for the first time in his career and the first time for RFR since Matt Kenseth in 2012. With his history on restrictor plate tracks, that se

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Many fresh faces, new sponsors for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. • 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.

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NASCAR set to kick off new season at Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Among the drivers trying to win this year's Daytona 500 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.

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Saturday’s auto racing roundup: The Daytona 500 is an old race with a new look

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — 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.

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4 Burning Questions: Which Team Will Reign Supreme in Daytona?

Over the past 10 years, it seems the vast majority of Daytona 500s have ended up in two distinct categories. On one end, there have been some memorable races. Either they were excellent to watch (2009, 2011, 2014) or just insane spectacles where things took a turn for the strange (2010, 2012, 2017).

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