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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.

Kenseth Survives Unlimited Crashfest

Matt Kenseth celebrates after winning Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Unlimited at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (HHP/Rusty Jarrett Photo)

Matt Kenseth’s Toyota was the class of the field as the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion led the most laps to win a crash-filled Sprint Unlimited at Daytona Int’l Speedway on Saturday night.

Expect Chaos During Daytona 500 Qualifying

Jimmie Johnson on track during Daytona 500 practice Saturday at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (HHP/Rusty Jarrett Photo)

Determining the starting lineup for 57th Daytona 500 got a little more convoluted this year.

Practice Begins Ahead Of Daytona 500

The Stewart Haas Racing team of Kevin Harvick (4), Kurt Busch (41), Danica Patrick (10) and Tony Stewart during Daytona 500 practice Saturday afternoon. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo)

A foursome of Fords paced Saturday’s four hours of Daytona 500 practice with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. turning a fast lap of 202.643 mph followed by Sam Hornish Jr’s 202.193 mph in a Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports.

Kurt Busch Tops Sprint Unlimited Practice

Kurt Busch had the fastest time during a pair of practice sessions on Friday for Saturday's Sprint Unlimited at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo)

There was a little more excitement than usual in Friday’s NASCAR practice session at Daytona Int’l Speedway that officially kicked off 2015 Speedweeks.

Almirola Has Daytona 500 Dreams

Aric Almirola celebrates his victory in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Int'l Speedway last July. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo)

When Aric Almirola was a youngster growing up in Tampa, Fla., he always looked forward to the Daytona 500. Even before he turned 10 years old it was an annual trip for the Almirola family to drive up Interstate 4, spend a few days in Orlando and then head to Daytona for the big race.

NASCAR Media Day Kicks Off Speedweeks

Jeff Gordon was one of the most popular drivers to talk to during NASCAR Media Day on Thursday at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (NASCAR Photo)

NASCAR’s annual Daytona 500 Media Day is like the first day of school.

Marco Andretti’s Split Personality

Marco Andretti at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2014.

Mario Andretti embraced being a public figure and was at ease in conversations with world leaders and fans alike, displaying class and dignity throughout his career. Michael Andretti struggled with the public persona early in his career, but has become more at ease in the public spotlight.

Finally! Will Power Is An IndyCar Champion

Will Power remains No. 6 in the SPEED SPORT Power Rankings after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series title. (Al Steinberg photo)

How ironic that in a season when he was nailed for a series of drive-through speeding penalties that Will Power would clinch his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship when his teammate and only championship contender Helio Castroneves lost his chance with a drive-through penalty.

Aleshin Hurt In IndyCar Crash

Mikhail Aleshin was transported to a local hospital after a practice crash Friday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (IndyCar Photo)

A hard crash into the turn-three fence by Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Mikhail Aleshin has sent the driver from Russia to Loma Linda University Hospital where according to Dr. Terry Trammell, IndyCar Medical Consultant, Aleshin was diagnosed with fractured ribs, a broken right clavicle, a concussion and chest injuries


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