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NASCAR RACE #18 PREVIEW: Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway tonight on TNT

Daytona International Speedway front stretch (photo by ImperialAssassin via wikipedia commons)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to the Sunshine State of Florida for the second time this season.

Race #18 will take place in Daytona Beach, Florida and Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400 on TNT at 6:30 p.m.

One of the largest race tracks on the NASCAR circuit, Daytona International seats 147,000 fans, features a 2.5-mile track.

The 400-mile race will encompass 160 laps.

Daytona features restrictor-plate racing.

The late Dale Earnhardt Sr. is the all-time winningest driver at Daytona with 34 victories in NASCAR & non-NASCAR events.

RECAPPING 2011 COKE ZERO 400 RACE: David Ragan took control of the race from Ryan Newman with eight laps to go to earn his first Cup series win.

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Daytona International Speedway (file photo)

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

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

Aree Song wins LPGA qualifier; earns 2011 tour card

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Aree Song is the winner of the LPGA Final Qualifying tournament this past weekend in Daytona Beach, Florida. She shot a 1-over-par 73 in the wind, rain and cold of Northern Florida to earn a two-stroke victory over Jessica Korda of Bradenton, Florida.

Aree Song (photo courtesy of LPGA Tour)

The 24-year-old Song, from South Korea, finished at 6-under-par-354 in the five-round event at LPGA International to earn one of 20 openings for full 2011 tour exemptions.

The 17-year-old Korda, daughter of former tennis star Petr Korda, closed the tournament with a 77. She played the tournament as an amateur, but afterwards announced to the media that she will be turning pro when he 18th birthday arrives on February 27.

compiled from staff & LPGA news

Mollie Fankhauser earns LPGA spot

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Mollie Fankhauser of Columbus finished in a seven-way tie for the last fully exempt spot on the LPGA Tour for 2011 in the tour’s final qualifying tournament in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Fankhauser parred the last five holes for a 1-over 73 and tied for 14th at 2-over.

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compiled from LPGA Tour news

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