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Pulse, race ... Corrine Brown is running out of cards to play — Political exploitation is a game played by both sides of the aisle. You can bank that a politico will show up somewhere, cashing in on tragedy. Picture the scene in the immediate aftermath of the Pulse nightclub mass shootings in Orlando.

Jeff Gordon ready if Dale Earnhardt Jr. can't race at Indianapolis — The Hendrick Motorsports plan should Dale Earnhardt Jr. miss the Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend includes a veteran standby: Jeff Gordon. The team has indicated that Gordon, a four-time champion in NASCAR's premier series, is on call should Earnhardt Jr. not be recovered from concussion-like symptoms. Earnhardt Jr.

Caitlyn Jenner's ESPY was never a profile in courage — So what has Caitlyn Jenner done to promote and raise awareness about LGBT issues in the past year? Posed for a Sports Illustrated cover with her Olympic gold medal draped around her neck. Completed the second season of her reality show" I Am Cait."

Keselowski, Logano formidable foes chasing wins, not friends — DAYTONA BEACH - Brad Keselowski is not out to make nice. Neither is his teammate, Joey Logano. The boss doesn't have a problem with that. "Look, this is not a popularity contest, and anybody that thinks it is, you know, we shouldn't be sitting here tonight," owner Roger Penske said late Saturday night.

Tony Stewart won't miss madness of racing at Daytona — DAYTONA BEACH - Tony Stewart loves racing at Daytona International Speedway. Tony Stewart hates racing at Daytona International Speedway. There are 19 victories in various outings here, though never in the Daytona 500. And then there's the sheet-metal carnage of other rides and the restrictor-plate cluster of cars flying in the air.

Richard Petty celebrates 79th birthday in winning style — DAYTONA BEACH - Happy slushy 79th birthday to the King. Richard Petty celebrated with cake and crew Saturday afternoon as rain dripped down through a seam in an overhang on the No. 43 hauler at Daytona International Speedway. There was reason to cut the cake for numerous reasons.

Tony Stewart finds perfect racing companion in his dog, Max — DAYTONA BEACH - Tony Stewart loves two things in life: Racing and animals. "I've never hid that fact," Stewart said Friday afternoon. "To be honest, I like animals more than I like people." The proof was on his car, as well as his feet, as we chatted inside his motorhome and its creature comforts Friday afternoon.

Tim Tebow memorabilia may be costly for Donald Trump — Donald Trump! Tim Tebow! All in the same story! Warning: Internet may implode at any moment. The Washington Post discovered this nugget of news during a review of Trump's charitable giving this week: Trump, the presumptive GOP Presidential nominee, won a bidding war at a charity fundraiser in Palm Beach four years ago, when he paid $12,000 for a Denver Broncos helmet autographed by Tebow, and a Tebow jersey.

Daytona Drama inevitable as drivers prep for Coke Zero thrill ride — DAYTONA BEACH - SeaWorld's ultimate thrill ride is called Mako, a roller-coaster that features a 200-foot drop and reaches a top speed of 73 mph. Walt Disney World features old-school Space Mountain, which simulates the blackness of space. But Daytona International Speedway beckons the best stock-car drivers on the planet for the ultimate thrill ride twice a year.

Bobby Labonte's car will feature #OrlandoUnited logo — DAYTONA BEACH - Bobby Labonte's 48th career start at Daytona's famed tri-oval will be a symbolic ride of respect and reverence. Labonte's No. 32 Ford Fusion will bear the OneOrlando Fund logo and a #OrlandoUnited decal on the hood, hoping to draw interest as well as dollars to help victims' families and survivors of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub.
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Jul 23, 2016

@nscrgrl20 sorry Debbie I get Hillary pushback but can't get on crazy train. Jack Bauer?

Jul 20, 2016

So apparently Ted Cruz was the featured speaker because Third Eye Blind wasn't available? #RNC

Jul 20, 2016

Let he who hasn't made a crazy speech maybe after a few shots of Crown Royal cast the first stone #LouHoltz

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