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


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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espnW: Sarah Fisher not slowing down with racing

They say when life hands you lemons, you should make lemonade.

Or, if you’re IndyCar driver Sarah Fisher, you start your own race team and become one of the leading businesswomen in sports.

The “lemon” that Fisher was dealt came in 2007 in the form of a sour engineer. She already had made a name for herself in the series when in 1999, she became the youngest woman, at 19, to start the Indy 500.

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Gray & Brown help Schumacher to 200 wins; Arana Jr. & Johnson take home Wallys

Don Schumacher Racing clinched its 200th win Sunday at Gatornationals with a pair of victories from Johnny Gray and Antron Brown in Funny Car & Top Fuel respectively at Gatornationals on Sunday

“That’s an incredible number. Never thought it would happen, never even considered it,” owner Don Schumacher said of the milestone, reflecting over how difficult it was racing in the 1970s when he won 5 of those victories himself. Schumacher credited his drivers like his son Tony,

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Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School Feature

Gatornationals is popular with local fans, but what you may not know is many of these drivers learned their trade right here in Gainesville – and so can you. Tori visits Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School for WUFT and finds out what it’s really like to be a drag racer.

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BLOG: My “Speedweeks”


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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