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‘Motor Sports’ Articles

Wreck in practice sends Earnhardt to last place

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (courtesy of NASCARmedia.com)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. a few days ago earned the pole position to start the Daytona 500 race.

But a wreck in practice has sent him to the back of the pack since he wrecked him primary car.

There is no question that Earnhardt can still win Sunday’s race, but he’ll have to work harder and count on some luck to do it.

The son of The Intimidator, the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr., Junior tore-up his  pole-winning car in a practice run, colliding with Jimmie Johnson and sliding into a wall.

Info courtesy of NASCAR news

Earnhardt on the pole for 2011 Daytona 500

Dale Earnhardt (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images courtesy of NASCARmedia.com)

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has had trouble winning races for the past two years, has reclaimed a spot he was accustomed to win he was a winning driver, the pole position.

He captured the pole position for Sunday’s Daytona 500 with a lap of 186.089 mph during qualifying.

The pole is a big boost to Earnhardt’s confidence, because he is coming off a couple of disappointing seasons.

This Daytona 500 will be bittersweet for Junior. It’ll be the 10-year anniversary of his father’s death at the track in 2001. NASCAR has plans to honor his dad throughout the week.

Earnhardt’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jeff Gordon, qualified second. 2011 will be the second straight Daytona 500 front row sweep for Hendrick, who put Mark Martin on the pole and Earnhardt #2 last year.

The rest of the field will be set after two qualifying races on Thursday.

Already assured of spots in the field are Bill Elliott, Travis Kvapil, Joe Nemechek and Terry Labonte.

compiled from NASCAR news

Budweiser Shootout won by Kurt Busch on Hamlin penalty

Kurt Busch (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for NASCARmedia.com)

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

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