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Johnson Takes Duel No. 2, 500 Field Set

Jimmie Johnson celebrates in victory lane after winning Thursday's second Budweiser Duel at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (NASCAR Photo)

Jimmie Johnson was able to hold off the field at the finish and Danica Patrick was able to fight and claw her way into the Daytona 500 starting lineup with a 10th-place finish in a wrecked race car.

Earnhardt Goes Last To First In Duel No. 1

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) takes the checkered flag to win Thursday's first Budweiser Duel at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (NASCAR Photo)

Defending Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. went from last to first to win Thursday night’s first Budweiser Duel at Daytona qualifying race.

Earnhardt Aims For Third Daytona 500 Win

Two-time Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr., the race's most recent winner, had a lot to discuss on Wednesday. (HHP/Alan Marler photo)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. avoided Twitter because he didn’t want to participate in the self-absorbed nature of the social media phenomenon, but vowed if he ever won the Daytona 500 again he would finally start to tweet. So after his win last year in a dramatic race that ended at night because of a lengthy rain delay, the Dale Earnhardt Jr. era of Twitter began.

Bowman Paces Wednesday Daytona Practice

Alex Bowman paced Wednesday's Daytona 500 practice. (NASCAR photo)

Unheralded Alex Bowman was the fastest driver in Wednesday’s final NASCAR Sprint Cup practice session for Thursday night’s Budweiser Daytona Duels that will determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s 57th Daytona 500.

Multi-Car Crash Mars Daytona Duel Practice

Michael Annett limps his damaged Chevrolet to the garage after a multi-car crash during practice Wednesday at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (NASCAR Photo)

It didn’t take long for a crash in Wednesday’s practice for Thursday night’s Budweiser Daytona Duels as Danica Patrick turned left on the backstretch right into the path of Denny Hamlin’s Toyota. That triggered a crash that also involved Hamlin, Michael Annett, Jeb Burton and Kyle Larson.

NASCAR Makes Daytona Qualifying Changes

Regan Smith (7) inches ahead of Brad Keselowski (22) at the finish line to win Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series opener at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (NASCAR Photo)

After last Sunday’s group qualifying session for the Daytona 500 Pole nearly turned into a fiasco, NASCAR announced changes to the format for the NASCAR XFINITY and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the rest of SpeedWeeks.

Rejuvenated Edwards Ready For The 500

Carl Edwards began his first season with Joe Gibbs Racing with a third-place finish in the Sprint Unlimited on Sunday. (NASCAR Photo)

After finishing third in the Sprint Unlimited and posting the third-fastest time in Sunday’s group qualifying for the Daytona 500 qualifications the “Carl Edwards Rejuvenation Tour” has officially begun.

Larson Ready To Be ‘The Next Big Thing’

Doctors have recommended that Kyle Larson skip Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Martinsville after he fainted Saturday afternoon. (HHP/Alan Marler Photo)

Kyle Larson enters the 57th Daytona 500 as “The Next Big Thing” in NASCAR Sprint Cup. The driver for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates is confident he can live up to those expectations.

Daytona 500 Qualifying ‘Moves The Needle’

Jeff Gordon had reason to smile after a wild qualifying session on Sunday. (Dave Moulthrop photo)

To Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards, Sunday’s group qualifying format for the Daytona 500 was all about “moving the needle.” It may have certainly accomplished that goal, but it also created a level a controversy among the other competitors who believed it was completely unnecessary.

Gordon’s Farewell Tour Begins With 500 Pole

Jeff Gordon claimed the 78th pole of his Sprint Cup career on Sunday. (Dave Moulthrop photo)

It started with a big crash in the first round of group qualifying and ended with a really big story as Jeff Gordon won the pole for his final Daytona 500 Sunday at Daytona Int’l Speedway.

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