How To Repave A Race Track

Crews destroyed, hauled away, and repaved the 1.4-million square feet of racing surface at Daytona International Speedway in just 19 weeks. It took 100 million pounds of asphalt and a ton of engineering know-how. Here's how they did it. » 11/22/10 3:00pm 11/22/10 3:00pm

NASCAR In The 1960s Was So Much Cooler Than Today

Stock car racing was cooler when the cars were actually stock and safety crews wore Stetsons instead of fire-proof suits. [via HotVVheels] » 4/09/10 11:00am 4/09/10 11:00am

Tony Stewart Lashes Out At Reporter Who Asks If NASCAR's "Too Safe"

Tony Stewart on NASCAR being too safe-thus-boring: "The media center is getting boring in here and it's too safe because y'all got four legs on your chairs. So we can start sawing legs off, you like that idea?" » 2/15/10 1:00pm 2/15/10 1:00pm

2011 Ford Mustang GT Daytona 500 Pace Car: Redder, Not Just Better

As we reported earlier, the 2011 Ford Mustang GT is the official 2010 Daytona 500 Pace Car and it will be auctioned off by Barrett-Jackson for charity. First live picture of the pace-setting 'Stang below. » 1/19/10 1:45pm 1/19/10 1:45pm

New Daytona 500 Pace Car Outed As 2011 Mustang GT

The 2011 Mustang GT doesn't just bring back the 5.0-liter V8, it's also the first Ford to pace the Daytona 500 in 40 years. Hmm... Camaro at Indy and Mustang at Daytona? Let the Muscle Pace Car Wars begin! » 1/15/10 10:15am 1/15/10 10:15am

2010 Chevy Camaro: Official Pace Car Of Daytona 500, Unofficially

A marketing poster snapped by the forumites at Camaro5 appears to confirm rumors the 2010 Chevy Camaro will be the official pace car of the Daytona 500. » 1/29/09 8:40am 1/29/09 8:40am

2008 Daytona 500: Winner Ryan Newman

After a three lap sprint to the finish after some BS caution shenanigans Ryan Newman is the winner of the 2008 Daytona 500. We certainly bagged the first 9/10ths of the race, but the final couple of minutes was less than unexciting. Congratulations to team Alltel and all the work that went into securing the victory.… » 2/17/08 6:58pm 2/17/08 6:58pm

2008 Daytona 500: Many of Final Laps Surprisingly Run Under Caution

Yeah, between laps 187 (on the mu f**n cop) and lap 192, things were tightly controlled by that Corvette Z06 Pace car. Making things incredibly exciting. Wait... hooooooooly crap look at the sparks form underneath Casey Mears' car, looks like the fourth of July in the poor kids neighborhood. Of course those sparklers… » 2/17/08 6:57pm 2/17/08 6:57pm

2008 Daytona 500: Spinouts... FINALLY

Though it didn't involve fireballs or barrel rolls, there was a spin out on lap 176. Jimmie Johnson got loose in turn 2 and got a bit friendly with Sam Hornish Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. during the spinny aftermath. Nobody was seriously damaged or forced out of the race, but it's way more exciting than staring at the… » 2/17/08 6:33pm 2/17/08 6:33pm

2008 Daytona 500: Finally, Something Happens

We were elbow deep in delicious burger when David Ragan slammed into the wall creating major damage to the front of his generic sponsormobile, so please excuse our lack of relevant crappy photo of the television. Instead, we assumed you'd enjoy this vaguely disturbing hirsute tribute to the Intimidator. With Ragan's… » 2/17/08 6:22pm 2/17/08 6:22pm

2008 Daytona 500: Three Quarters Done

Maintaining its ISO14001 enviable zero lost time accidents record, the 2008 Daytona 500 forges on. Even though many pitstops have occurred which we should be interested in, the cute waitress who just started her shift is way more engaging than this race. At this point, every telecaster worth his stones is delving into… » 2/17/08 6:01pm 2/17/08 6:01pm

2008 Daytona 500: Lap 109, Sweet God in Heaven. It's More Than Half Over

Lap 80 saw some pace car action from "debris on the track", which is entirely less exciting than "massive fireball" or "barrel roll of death from hell", but it did give many of the competitors a chance to fuel up or re-tire. We're looking outside right now at Michigan's rain over snow at 46 degrees, while enviously… » 2/17/08 5:21pm 2/17/08 5:21pm

2008 Daytona 500: Lap 74, Kyle Busch Leads

If hockey and bowling had a kid, it would be more interesting than this race so far. Does anybody watch NASCAR for the race? No. Every fanboy out there watches it for the crashes. Don't give me that crap about team work and the precision of the pit stop. I want to see carnage. I'm not an ogre though, nobody wants to… » 2/17/08 4:42pm 2/17/08 4:42pm

2008 Daytona 500: That Didn't Take Long, Denny Hamlin Steals Lead

It's lap 35, and while we didn't capture the moment it happened on Fox's Gopher Cam, Denny Hamlin (who?) has wrested the lead from his other template car drivin' buddies. We're on the edge of our seats and despite the overwhelming onslaught of "Built Ford Tough" ads, we're sticking with this bitchin' race... all the… » 2/17/08 4:15pm 2/17/08 4:15pm

2008 Daytona 500: Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

Despite the barely palatable buildup from all manner of whogivesacrap singers, the race has begun. With AJ Foyt at the wheel of the Corvette Zo6 pace car and Richard Petty dropping the green on this years historic 50th running of the Daytona 500, the race is on. Pole sitter, Jimmie Johnson is driving a car that looks… » 2/17/08 3:42pm 2/17/08 3:42pm

2008 Daytona 500: Liveblogging From Rock on Third!

Have you ever seen coverage of a sporting event where the reporter as literally no idea what the context is? Well, like Dennis Miller on NFL's Monday Night Football, I'll be liveblogging this years running of NASCAR's Daytona 500, which will be starting right about 3:30 EST, with the green flag being dropped by the… » 2/17/08 2:30pm 2/17/08 2:30pm

Reigning Champ Jimmie Johnson Takes Pole For Daytona 500, We Make…

At today's qualifying session for the 50th running of the "Great American Race," Jimmie Johnson clinched the pole for next Sunday's race with a lap speed of 185.082mph today on the 2.5-mile banked tri-oval. It's a good way for Johnson to start out a season where he's looking to match the record set by the great Cale… » 2/10/08 6:40pm 2/10/08 6:40pm

If Only NASCAR Was Still This Cool: '79 Daytona 500 Finale

More of this and less thanking of sponsors and we might well give a flying doody about top-rank stock car racing again. » 3/07/07 11:45pm 3/07/07 11:45pm

Daytona 500 After-Party: Clint Bowyer Makes Driving Upside Down Look…

In case you missed the "fun" and "excitement" of the first 185 laps of yesterday's "Super Bowl of racing" — and our tremendous coverage — you missed out on a really superb nap. But if you missed the last 15 laps — you missed a helluva good show. It wasn't just for the close finish, it was because it was such a wild… » 2/19/07 2:01pm 2/19/07 2:01pm

Daytona 500: Kevin Harvick Beats Mark "Old Man" Martin By A Tenth Of A…

Wait, what — Mark Martin just won the Daytona 500? What is this — February of 1982? That's because '82 was the first year Martin raced in Florida's 200-lap "Super Bowl of Racing." Before today, the man's won 47 races and finished in the top ten 141 times. But the one win he'd never had — was Daytona 500. After…

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