Automobile racing

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 1979, file photo, Donnie Allison, in car 1, and Cale Yarborough, in car 11, crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500 which put Richard Petty in Victory Lane in Daytona Beach, Fla. Donnie Allison and his brother Bobby ended up in a fight with Cale Yarborough because of the wreck. The 1979 race was instrumental in broadening NASCAR's southern roots. Forty years later, it still resonates as one of the most important days in NASCAR history. (AP Photo/Ric Feld, File)
February 16, 2019 - 11:28 am
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — 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...
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Drivers take the green flag on the start of 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 15, 2019 - 12:23 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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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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Kyle Busch, left, gives an autograph before qualifying for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
February 13, 2019 - 1:01 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR media day for the Daytona 500 (all times local): 12:50 p.m. Kyle Busch says he's deep into negotiations on a contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing. Busch has driven the No. 18 Toyota for Gibbs since 2008 and is in a contract year with the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2015, file photo, Jeff Gordon celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. Gordon headlines the 10th class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame for his storied career on and off the track. He'll be inducted on Friday night, Feb. 1,2019, along with NASCAR team owners Roger Penske and Jack Roush. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
February 01, 2019 - 10:11 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon's immense influence on NASCAR was highlighted during a star-packed Hall of Fame induction ceremony befitting a driver who changed the trajectory of an entire sport. Gordon was the top vote-getter in the 10th class of the Hall of Fame, which included the late...
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FILE - In this June 8, 2018, file photo, Country music singer Jake Owen performs at the 2018 CMA Music Festival at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. Owen will perform a pre-race concert ahead of the Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 17. (Photo by Laura Roberts/Invision/AP, File)
January 30, 2019 - 3:47 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Country music singer Jake Owen will perform a pre-race concert at the Daytona 500. Owen will take the stage ahead of the 61st running of the "Great American Race" at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 17. A native Floridian, Owen featured Daytona Beach in his 2013 hit...
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FILE - In this May 17, 2018, file photo, Conor Daly prepares to drive during a practice session for the IndyCar Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Andretti Autosport will field a five-car all-American lineup for the Indianapolis 500. Daly snagged the fifth seat with The Air Force as his sponsor. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
January 30, 2019 - 9:56 am
Andretti Autosport will field a five-car all-American lineup for the Indianapolis 500. Conor Daly snagged the fifth seat, with the Air Force as his sponsor. Team owner Michael Andretti consistently puts together competitive Indy 500 lineups and this year his roster is exclusively American drivers...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots over Indiana Pacers guard Aaron Holiday (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
January 28, 2019 - 10:26 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Stephen Curry's first-half shooting clinic was virtually flawless. His championship teammates pitched in, too. Curry scored 23 of his 26 points in the first half Monday and Golden State ran away with a 132-100 rout at Indiana for its league-leading 11th consecutive victory. The...
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Cars from the IMSA 24-hour race sit idle on pit road after the race was red-flagged because of rain at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
January 27, 2019 - 3:53 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Fernando Alonso deftly maneuvered through some of the most dangerous driving conditions of his career to grab another victory in a bucket-list event. Alonso drove a Cadillac DPi to the front of the field in each of his three stints in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, including...
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Tires sit idle in a pits stall overlooking pit road where the cars were parked after the IMSA 24-hour race was red-flagged because of rain at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
January 27, 2019 - 2:47 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Rolex 24 at Daytona (all times local): 2:35 p.m. Taylor Racing Wayne, with anchor driver Fernando Alonso, has won the rain-wrecked Rolex 24 at Daytona. The race was called 10 minutes short of completion because heavy rain had created driving conditions...
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