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Earnhardt Hoping For Return To Past Glory

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is hoping to reclaim his past glory on restrictor plate tracks during Sunday's Daytona 500. (HHP/Christa L. Thomas Photo)

It’s been 10 years ago since Dale Earnhardt, Jr. scored the signature victory of his career in the 2004 Daytona 500.

Kwasniewski Nabs Daytona NNS Pole

Dylan Kwasniewski will start from the pole during Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series opener at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo)

It was supposed to be NASCAR’s big debut of its “knockout” qualifying format on Friday but intermittent rain ended it after the initial session.

New Team, New Challenges For Harvick

Kevin Harvick's hoping for a fresh start at Stewart Haas Racing in 2014. (HHP/Tom Copeland Photo)

Kevin Harvick has always been a driver with a fierce attitude and determination. He isn’t afraid to show that on the race track that makes him a perfect fit for his new team owner, Tony Stewart.

Duel Sweep Makes JGR The Favorites

Matt Kenseth (left) and Denny Hamlin (right) swept the Budweiser Duels for Joe Gibbs Racing on Thursday. (NASCAR & HHP/Harold Hinson Photos)

After sweeping both races in Thursday night’s Budweiser Duel at Daytona 150-mile qualifying races Joe Gibbs Racing has placed themselves as the team to beat in Sunday’s 56th Daytona 500.

Budweiser Duel 2 Goes To Hamlin

Denny Hamlin (11) leads the field to the checkered flag as a crash happens behind him during the second Budweiser Duel Thursday at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (HHP/Tom Copeland Photo)

Denny Hamlin gave Joe Gibbs Racing a sweep of both Budweiser Duels, driving his Toyota to victory in the second 150-mile qualifying race Thursday night for Sunday’s 56th Daytona 500.

Kenseth Wins Duel No. 1, Harvick DQed

Matt Kenseth (20) nips Kevin Harvick for the win in the first race of the Budweiser Duel at the Daytona Int'l Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (HHP/Tom Copeland Photo)

Matt Kenseth defeated Kevin Harvick by .022 of a seconds – about one and a half feet – in a three-wide finish that also included Kasey Kahne in an impressive finish to Thursday night’s first Budweiser Duel 150 qualifying race for Sunday’s Daytona 500.

Massive Crash Tests Daytona Catchfence

The repair crew works on the fence at the Daytona Int'l Speedway after a crash during the early practice session on Wednesday. (Bruce Martin Photo)

The stronger redesigned catchfence at Daytona Int’l Speedway got its first serious test during a multiple-car crash during Wednesday’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session.

New Chase, Same Old Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson is hoping to launch the 2014 season and his quest for a seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title with another Daytona 500 victory. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo

When Jimmie Johnson won last year’s Daytona 500 it set the tone for his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship under the old Chase format.

Gordon Looking To Change Daytona Luck

Jeff Gordon is hoping to change his recent luck in the Daytona 500. (HHP/Rusty Jarrett Photo)

There isn’t much left that Jeff Gordon hasn’t accomplished in his glorious NASCAR career.

Dillon Puts No. 3 On Daytona 500 Pole

Austin Dillon put the No. 3 Chevrolet on the pole for next Sunday's Daytona 500. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo)

The famed No. 3 has returned to the top of the scoring pylon at Daytona Int’l Speedway as rookie driver Austin Dillon won the pole Sunday for next week’s 56th Daytona 500.

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