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Budweiser Shootout won by Kurt Busch on Hamlin penalty

Kurt Busch (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for

The 2011 NASCAR season got underway with the running of the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Kurt Busch was the winner but received help from a penalty by Denny Hamlin.

NASCAR officials ruled Denny Hamlin passed for the lead by going below the out-of-bounds yellow line and awarded the win to Busch.

Also finishing in the top three were Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman.

The drivers got a nice warmup for the races coming up on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, by driving on the newly repaved Daytona track, with speeds going past 200 mph.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who started on the pole, was one of nine leaders during the first 18 laps.

compiled from NASCAR news

Phoenix track undergoing renovations

Phoenix International Raceway (file photo)

Phoenix International Raceway will undergo the first major track paving project in 20 years after the first two 2011 Sprint Cup races later in February.

Construction will be concluding in September.

The raceway’s second NASCAR race is November 13.

Located in the Phoenix suburb of Avondale, the 1-mile oval will undergo slight configuration changes that track officials hope will increase car speeds and promote more side-by-side racing.

The changes will include a widening of the front stretch, installation of concrete pit stalls and implementation of variable banking so there will be immediate use of two racing grooves.

compiled from staff, Phoenix International Raceway & NASCAR news

Danica Patrick ready for second season of NASCAR racing

Danica Patrick (file photo)

Race car driver Danica Patrick is cutting one race from her NASCAR schedule in 2011.

Patrick has announced in recent days that will drive in 12 Nationwide Series events, including the first four of the season, and compete full time in the IndyCar Series.

Patrick drove in 13 races for JR Motorsports in 2010, her first try at stock car racing. He best finish was 19th in the season finale at Homestead, Florida.

Patrick will start her second season at Daytona next week.

compiled from staff & NASCAR Nationwide news

Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona starts Saturday; Bergmeister on pole

Jorg Bergmeister turned a final lap that was his fastest of the day, and earns him the pole for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The 24-hour races begin Saturday in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Jorg Bermeister (photo by Spyder Monkey via wikipedia commons)

Bergmeister covered the 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway in 1 minute, 40.099 seconds, which edged out Max Angelelli in the DP class. Angelelli (1:40.133) will start second, followed by Scott Pruett, Ryan Dalziel and Scott Dixon. Pruett and Dixon are the race favorites driving for Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates Racing.

compiled from staff & Motor Sports news reports

John Force’s daughter will miss NHRA season due to expecting first child

Ashley Force Hood (photo by Freewheeling Daredevil via wikipedia commons)

Ashley Force Hood, the older daughter of drag racing legend John Force, will be sitting out the 2011 due to the fact that she and husband, Dan Hood, are expecting their first child.

Force Hood, a two-time NHRA Nationals champion, is starting become as popular as her dad is on the drag racing circuit.

The 28-year-old will be focusing on motherhood and her new responsibilities as president of John Force Entertainment, which is a subsidiary of her father’s racing company.

Another Force is about to become a regular on the NHRA circuit. Younger sister Courtney, will be testing in funny cars and she’ll be taught by Ashley during the year’s hiatus.

compiled from staff, radio,TV & various motor racing news

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