Tori Recaps the Daytona 500 on Florida Sports Talk Radio

This segment was part of a Florida Sports Talk Radio broadcast on February 24, 2014. Tori worked in the media center for the Daytona 500 and recapped the race on the Mark McLeod & Tim Casey Show, discussing Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s post-race emotions, why the racing was better at night, and her (strong) opinion on the No. 3 being back on the track.

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Summa Cum Laude Application

TO: Student Evaluation Committee, College of Journalism and Communications University of Florida

FM: Tori Petry, Telecommunication, 83419831

RE: Evidence of Professional Competence

As evidence of my activities and professional competence for Highest Honors, I hereby submit the following information:

I. Letter of Nomination signed by Mark Leeps, Department of Telecommunication, Office Telephone: 352-294-1504

II. Professional Experience

  1. ESPN, Summer 2012, Internship in production.

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Why Ocala Couldn’t Get Yankees Minor League Baseball

Dreams of a Yankees minor league stadium in Ocala were all but crushed earlier this year when the team delivered a letter requesting suspension of the project over funding disputes between the city and county. With the cut-off date to agree on funding looming, Tori Petry has more on what went wrong & if there’s any hope for bringing pro sports to Ocala.

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John Force Racing dominates Gatornationals; Kalitta Motorsports wins 2nd in a row

It was another Kalitta mosh pit at Sunday’s Gatornationals finals.

After Alexis DeJoria won in the Funny Car category in Phoenix, the Kalitta Motorsports Team brought home their second Wally in two races, this time with a Top Fuel win by Doug Kalitta.  The teams of Kalitta, DeJoria, & David Grubnic cheered and tackled each other at the start line when defending event winner Antron Brown smoked the tires and Kalitta took the win with a 3.83 second pass at 323.87 miles per hour.

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Notes from Friday Qualifying at the 2014 Gatornationals

Enders-Stevens sets Pro Stock national record speed

Erica Enders-Stevens set the national top speed record for Pro Stock on Friday with a 214.69 mile per hour run. She made the record-setting run in her first qualifying attempt lined up against Jeg Coughlin. With the run, Enders-Stevens also knocks off Mike Edwards as the track record holder at Auto Plus Raceway. Enders-Stevens previously held the track record in 2011.

Although Enders-Stevens’ speed was the fastest,

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Ben Kennedy: Student and Driver

NASCAR Driver Ben Kennedy made waves last weekend in Daytona when he made the pole position for the Camping World Truck Series as a rookie. But you may not know that in addition to a full-time driver, Kennedy is also a normal college student. WUFT’s Tori Petry has more on this young talent.

Kennedy is finishing his degree with an internship in Connecticut this semester and is set to graduate in May.

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Pit Reporting at AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars in Ocala

Tori pit reported at the annual AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car races at Ocala’s Bubba Raceway Park this weekend for the second year in a row.

Thursday night, she interviewed fast qualifier and feature winner Brady Bacon as well as the heat race winners and the second and third place finishers, Dave Darland and Tracy Hines. She also provided social media updates from her Twitter account, @sportstori.

Friday was unfortunately rained out,

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins second Daytona 500 after rain delay

The slanted black No. 3 might have started on the pole for NASCAR’s biggest race, but it was the son of the man who made that number famous who was the first across the finish line at the end.


“All is right in the world,” said teammate Jeff Gordon. “Dale Jr. won the Daytona 500.”

In 2004, Junior won his last one at Daytona. And 10 years later,

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