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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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