5 Reasons You Should Go to a NASCAR Race Before You Call It Boring

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Attending races at Daytona International Speedway with my family have accounted for some of my favorite memories in life. It was there that I discovered the magic of NASCAR and just how fascinating this sport could be. Although it holds the most expensive TV contract in sports and billions of dollars are funneled into it annually, people refuse to let go of the stereotype that NASCAR is just a bunch of left turns and rednecks.

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Classic Will Muschamp freakout on ref

Will Muschamp to ref after a holding call vs. Toledo he wasn’t particularly happy with: “Hands are inside! What do you want us playing, flag?!” CLASSIC!

Tori filmed this video during her work on the sidelines as the football beat reporter for WUFT Sports.

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Tori’s run-in with OL Jonotthan Harrison on the sidelines

After a Florida touchdown vs. Toledo in the Gators’ first game of the season, 310-lb. Center Jonotthan Harrison was particularly pumped up about the play. He proceeded to show the camera (and consequentially, Tori) just how excited he was.

Tori filmed this video during her work on the sidelines as the football beat reporter for WUFT Sports.

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BLOG: My “Speedweeks”

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Speedweeks. It’s a term usually used to describe the events staged at Daytona International Speedway to rev up for the Daytona 500. For two years now, I have covered these few weeks of racing in February for ESPN Radio Ocala/Gainesville.

This year, however, my Speedweeks got a little extra speed.

Between trips to Daytona, I spent the last weekend in February pit reporting for the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car season opener at Ocala’s Bubba Raceway Park.

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Daytona 500 Day on SPEED Set

Thanks to her friends at ESPN and SPEED Channel broadcaster Matt Clark, Tori had the chance to experience the Daytona 500 pre-race buzz with an inside look. She sat in on set for SPEED’s Raceday show and saw Matt & his fellow broadcasters Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace, John Roberts, & Larry McReynolds in action.

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What Does Danica’s Pole Mean for NASCAR?

Danica Patrick went into the history books on Sunday afternoon when she won the pole position for the Daytona 500. Her 196.434 mph lap made her the first woman ever to win a pole for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. With her record-setting performance has come hoards of media attention and talk of what her spot on the front row means for the sport. But beyond the speculation – what exactly does it mean?

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