Marilynn Smith, Hall of Famer and LPGA founder, dies at 89

Sports 04/09/19, 10:10

LPGA founder and pioneering golfer Marilynn Smith has died at 89.The LPGA Tour said she died Tuesday in Goodyear, Arizona, surrounded by family and friends. Smith last was seen in public March 24 at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, greeting players as they walked off the 18th green.Smith was ...

Column: Daytona 500 was action-packed opener NASCAR needed

Sports 02/18/19, 11:46

Jim France told 'em to race and NASCAR's next generation didn't disappoint.The Daytona 500 packed an unforeseen punch that, if nothing else, entertained Sunday's sun-drenched, sold-out crowd at the famed "World Center of Racing." There were a ton of wrecks, especially during the final 20 laps of regulation, which Kyle ...

Joe Gibbs dedicates Daytona 500 victory to late son

Football 02/18/19, 02:17

Joe Gibbs closed his eyes during a tribute lap for his late son, while crew members raised a banner to honor the co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing.J.D. Gibbs had been hand-picked by his father to run the organization, changed tires during the early seasons, had a brief stint as a ...

Watermelon farmer Chastain gets top 10 at Daytona 500

U.S. 02/17/19, 22:02

Ross Chastain always has watermelons around victory lane, a nod to his roots in the family fruit farming business.He may not spend much time on the Florida farm these days, but with good reason — the eighth-generation watermelon farmer was a 10th-place finisher in the Daytona 500. Chastain was part ...

Update: Denny Hamlin wins 2nd Daytona 500 after string of dramatic wrecks

Sports 02/17/19, 19:49

The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local): ___ 7:35 p.m. Denny Hamlin has won his second Daytona 500 in four years, taking the checkered flag for Joe Gibbs Racing a month after Joe Gibbs' oldest son died following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. J.D. Gibbs was 49. Hamlin predicted ...

Byron, Bowman start from front row in 61st Daytona 500

Sports 02/17/19, 10:07

William Byron will start from the pole in the 61st running of the Daytona 500, combining with teammate Alex Bowman to create the youngest front row in the history of "The Great American Race."Byron is 21, and Bowman is 25. Both are driving Chevrolets for Hendrick Motorsports.Six Ford drivers will ...

New-look Daytona 500 has a certain throwback feel

Sports 02/17/19, 02:44

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 it will be William ...

Fresh faces and new sponsors give Daytona 500 throwback feel

U.S. 02/16/19, 19:13

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 it will be William ...

Michael Annett wins Xfinity Series opener at Daytona

Sports 02/16/19, 17:00

Michael Annett raced to his first NASCAR national series victory in the Xfinity Series season opener Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.Annett held off JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier on the final lap. It's the fourth Daytona victory in five years for the team owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his ...

Notable NASCAR artist Sam Bass dies at 57

Sports 02/16/19, 16:15

Sam Bass, NASCAR's first officially licensed artist, has died. He was 57.He suffered from kidney problems. His wife, Denise, announced his death Saturday with a note on his official Twitter account.Bass helped design paint schemes and programs for some of NASCAR's top stars and marquee events. His NASCAR Cup Series ...

Toyota stars Truex, Busch benched for Daytona 500 practice

Sports 02/16/19, 15:59

The biggest Toyota stars skipped the final practice for the Daytona 500, with former NASCAR champs Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch among the drivers sitting out.There was little need to risk the cars and ruin a starting position for Sunday's race. Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson had triggered a pair ...

Perfect Storm: The 500 and fight that changed NASCAR forever

Sports 02/16/19, 11:28

The first break came with the massive blizzard that wreaked havoc on the East Coast, essentially locking television viewers in their homes. The Daytona 500, meanwhile, was to be broadcast live in its entirety for the first time, reaching markets that knew little, if anything, about stock car racing. The ...

NASCAR moving away from restrictor plates, not pack racing

Sports 02/15/19, 15:22

There has been a string of goodbyes at Daytona International Speedway in recent years, from Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart to Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick.There is another one on tap Sunday: The Daytona 500 will be the final NASCAR race for restrictor plates, the horsepower-sapping devices reduce speed ...

Fresh faces and new sponsors give Daytona 500 throwback feel

U.S. 02/15/19, 12:23

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 it will be William ...

Harvick wins qualifying race for Daytona 500

Sports 02/14/19, 20:45

Kevin Harvick wrecked in the first practice of the season at Daytona International Speedway.He was collected the next day in a 16-car crash triggered by Jimmie Johnson in the first race of Speedweeks.It took his third time out, in his new Ford Mustang, for Harvick to finally get it right.Harvick ...

No female drivers in Daytona 500, but pipeline has potential

Sports 02/14/19, 19:35

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 Daytona International Speedway ...

Super Bowl MVP Edelman to wave green flag at Daytona 500

Football 02/14/19, 15:01

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 quarterback Tom Brady and served as ...

Dillon, Wallace try and rekindle Daytona 500 magic

Sports 02/14/19, 14:44

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 said. "Well, ...

Drivers, connect your Wi-Fi! iRacing a hit in NASCAR

Sports 02/14/19, 03:00

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 ...

Jim France leading change at NASCAR from the shadows

Sports 02/13/19, 15:44

Jim France is running NASCAR the same way he lives his life — quietly, in the background, away from the spotlight he never craved.The youngest son of NASCAR's founder carved his own path in the family business and left the leadership roles to his father, Bill France Sr., and then ...

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