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.

Junior.

“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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Top 5 Things to Do During a NASCAR Rain Delay

The Daytona 500 was red-flagged just 38 laps in on Sunday thanks to heavy showers in the area that lasted all afternoon. In the six hours of rain delay, NASCAR drivers, fans, teams, and media had to find ways to fill the time. From repeat races to toy cars, here are the most entertaining ways they made the most of the bad weather.

 

1. Watch the replay of last year’s race on FOX thinking it is this year’s race

Faced with TV time to fill until the race resumed,

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FHSAA and Steroid Testing

Last month, the Florida High School Athletic Association approved a revision to their bylaws on steroid use. Tori Petry reports for WUFT to investigate what exactly this means for high school sports.

Only three states – Texas, New Jersey, & Illinois – currently test students for steroids. The FHSAA estimates it would cost $42 million to test every Florida high school athlete for performance-enhancing drugs.

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Denny Hamlin wins checkers-or-wreckers Sprint Unlimited

This race had so much carnage, the pace car couldn’t even survive it.

Yes, you read that right. Only 8 cars out of 18 finished the Sprint Unlimited Saturday night at Daytona, and after a massive wreck and the pace car catching fire, it was Denny Hamlin who came out on top.

“That was survival of the fittest,” Hamlin said. “The best car won, that’s for sure.”

Hamlin’s No.

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Enfinger takes ARCA race, wreck causes drama off-track

Grant Enfinger survived the chaos at Daytona to win his 3rd career ARCA race, but the big story was the drama that happened off the track.

As is usually the case with ARCA at Daytona, carnage happened early. On lap 13, the 99 of Buster Graham spun out to end the night for 8 of the 40 cars – and caused quite a bit of drama on pit road. A scuffle between Graham and Chase Elliott’s crews ensued when the 99 team claimed Chase Elliott got into the back of Graham to cause the spin out.

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