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NASCAR in safety scramble to protect drivers from catastrophe — DAYTONA BEACH - Kyle Busch was at a nearby hospital, still withering in pain, when Daytona International Speedway president Joie Chitwood offered up a powerful mea culpa in February: "We're going to fix this. And it starts right now." Daytona had fouled up.

Coke Zero 400: Dale Earnhardt Jr. awarded pole after inclement weather cancels qualifying Saturday — DAYTONA BEACH - Thumbs up, crew chief Greg Ives. He's the guy primarily responsible for getting his driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., on the pole for Sunday's Coke Zero 400.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. on pole for Coke Zero 400 Sunday night — Thumbs up, Greg Ives. He's the guy primarily responsible for getting his driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., on the pole for Sunday's Coke Zero 400. "I asked Greg before we went out for that first practice what we were trying to accomplish and that was the first thing he mentioned was to go out there on the first run and try to put a lap down because the weather wasn't looking really good for [Saturday,]" Earnhardt Jr.

NASCAR announces it will not return to Donald Trump's Doral resort for Camping World Series postseason event — DAYTONA BEACH - NASCAR will not return to a Donald Trump property in Miami for the season-ending Camping World trucks and Xfinity Series postseason awards ceremony in South Florida. "We have made the decision we will not be going to the Trump National Doral," David Higdon, NASCAR's communications director, said Friday.

Richard Petty calls NASCAR Confederate flag controversy a "passing fancy" — The King doesn't see what all the fuss is about regarding NASCAR's Confederate flag controversy. "I think it's a passing fancy, it will go for a week or two, everybody talks about it, then something else comes up and it will go off the board and nobody will pay any attention to it," NASCAR icon Richard Petty said during a media availability at Daytona International Speedway, celebrating his 78 th birthday on Friday.

Daytona will celebrate American, not Confederate flag during Coke Zero weekend — Daytona International Speedway is going to celebrate one flag this weekend. Hint: It's not the Confederate flag. "We want to be open and inclusive," track president Joie Chitwood told me Tuesday. "We want to celebrate the American flag this weekend. That's the flag that we should be celebrating.

NASCAR is on right side of history taking down Confederate flag — The Confederate flag is not welcome at NASCAR tracks. Stop and ponder. A sport entrenched in Southern roots, and a bastion of conservative values, is joining the rest of the nation in turning its back to a symbol of racial divide. "I think it's offensive to an entire race," Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Mario Hezonja gives Orlando Magic edgy ego...and skills as a swing player — The Orlando Magic didn't go with the choir-boy appeal in the 2015 NBA Draft. They went for brash. Big-time brash. Mario Hezonja is no wallflower. He was asked earlier this year if he went to go see soccer legend Lionel Messi play for FC Barcelona. He responded by saying: "Let Messi come to see me."

Kristaps Porzingis could be Magic make-up call for Fran Vázquez — The European big man is intriguing, and enticing. Latvia's Kristaps Porzingis, a 7-foot, 19-year-old, is a bit of a project. But he has the size and the skills and experience, playing overseas for three seasons. The Orlando Magic could take him with their first-round draft, pick, assuming some other team doesn't scoop him up (See Knicks, New York).

Danica Patrick a NASCAR Hall of Famer? No, no and no — Is Danica Patrick a NASCAR Hall of Famer? We'll pause while as you spit out your coffee. Steven Cole Smith of recently write a piece titled: " Why Danica Patrick will make the NASCAR Hall of Fame," suggesting that she indeed belongs.
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Jul 04, 2015

#NASCAR qualifying for Coke Zero canceled because of bad weather. Practice times set grid. Dale Jr. on pole; Austin Dillon outside pole

Jul 04, 2015

Breaking news: I have dropped all ties with Donald Trump and he will no longer sponsor our coed flag football banquet

Jul 04, 2015

#NASCAR dumps Donald Trump from trucks and Xfinity awards ceremonies

Jul 03, 2015

RT @TeamScubaRacing: Had a blast spending an off-weekend from @NASCAR_Trucks diving with some media friends!

Jul 03, 2015

#NASCAR announces it will not return to Trump's Doral resort for Camping World Series postseason event...

Jul 03, 2015

And so it begins:Brad Keselowski taps Kyle Busch in 1st practice of the Coke Zero 400. Total carnage involves 11 cars. #NASCAR

Jul 02, 2015

Confederate controversy, construction add to Daytona drama this weekend #nascar

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