AUTO RACING: Auto Racing Glance

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 19, 2014 at 10:29 am •  Published: February 19, 2014
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NASCAR

SPRINT CUP

DAYTONA 500

Site: Daytona Beach. Fla.

Schedule: Wednesday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 4-5:30 p.m., 6:30-8 p.m.); Thursday, Budweiser Duels, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, 6-10:30 p.m.); Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 2:30-4 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 10-11:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (Fox, noon-5 p.m.).

Track: Daytona International Speedway (tri-oval, 2.5 miles).

Race distance: 500 miles, 200 laps.

Last year: Jimmie Johnson raced to his second Daytona 500 victory en route to his sixth season title. Danica Patrick faded from third to eighth on the final lap, still the highest finish by a woman in the history of the race. She became the first female driver to lead laps in the event after becoming the first woman to start from the pole in NASCAR's top series.

Last week: Denny Hamlin won the Sprint Unlimited exhibition race, making a late charge through the decimated field. Only eight cars were running at the end.

Fast facts: Austin Dillon won the pole Sunday, driving the No. 3 Chevrolet for grandfather Richard Childress. The No. 3 hadn't been used at NASCAR's top level since Dale Earnhardt's fatal accident in the 2001 race. Dillon had a lap at 196.019 mph. Martin Truex Jr. was second at 195.852. The rest of the positions will be set Thursday in the Budweiser Duels. ... Johnson also won the July race at the track for the first season sweep since Bobby Allison in 1982. ... Tony Stewart was caught up in an early wreck in the Sprint Unlimited in his first race since breaking his right leg in an August sprint car crash. ... Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch are in their first season at Stewart-Haas Racing.

Next race: The Profit on CNBC 500, March 2, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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NATIONWIDE

DRIVE4COPD 300

Site: Daytona Beach. Fla.

Schedule: Thursday, practice (Fox Sports 1, noon-1:30 p.m., 3-4:30 p.m.); Friday, qualifying (ESPN2, 1-2:30 p.m.); Saturday, race, 1:15 p.m. (ESPN, noon-4 p.m.).

Track: Daytona International Speedway (tri-oval, 2.5 miles).

Race distance: 300 miles, 120 laps.

Last year: Tony Stewart won the race marred by a last-lap accident that injured more than 30 fans. Kyle Larson hit the cars in front of him and went airborne into the fence, hurling a tire and large pieces of debris into the stands.

Fast facts: Sprint Cup drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Danica Patrick are in the field. ... Kenseth won the July race at the track. ... Ty Dillon is taking brother Austin's spot in grandfather Richard Childress' No. 3 Chevrolet. Ty Dillon was second in the Truck standings last year. Austin Dillon has moved up to the Cup series after winning the Nationwide title last year. ... James Buescher, the 2012 winner, also is moving up from the Truck series to run the full schedule in the No. 99 RAB Racing Toyota.

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