July 27, 1986 |
Cale Yarborough held off Harry Gant by less than half a car length to win round 3 of the Budweiser International Race of Champions Saturday at Alabama International Motor Speedway in Talladega, Ala. Yarborough, who came from the No. 7 starting position, took the lead for good on lap 9 of the 100.08-mile race and grabbed the lead in the 10th International Race of Champions series. Bill Elliott took third, and Darrell Waltrip finished fourth.
February 26, 2012 |
Mitt Romney, in a tight race against Rick Santorum for next week's Michigan primary, took a side trip from Michigan campaigning to Daytona Beach, Fla., to attend the 54 th running of the premier stock-car racing event of the season, the Daytona 500. It's a regular pilgrimage for both past presidents and presidential contenders trying to solidify their standing with NASCAR dads, the bloc of patriotic, blue-collar voters with a history of voting Republican....
February 15, 1985 |
Many drivers have dominated a 125-mile qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway and faltered three days later in the Daytona 500. In fact, only twice in the last 10 years has a 125 winner gone on to win the 500. But no one ever dominated a qualifier the way Bill Elliott did Thursday. Elliott finished the 50 laps more than two miles ahead of Darrell Waltrip after clipping off laps of 200-plus m.p.h. in a Ford Thunderbird prepared by his brother, Ernie.
February 8, 1985 |
For six years, the fastest cars at Daytona International Speedway for stock car racing's No. 1 event, the Daytona 500, have been Chevrolets prepared by Waddell Wilson. Cale Yarborough won the last two Daytona 500s in one. This year there will be a change. The cars Wilson is preparing for Yarborough are Ford Thunderbirds. Last September, team owner Harry Ranier announced a switch from General Motors to Ford because, it was reported, he thought Chevrolet did not appreciate the team's performances.
February 27, 2011 |
Trevor Bayne may be NASCAR's newest sensation after the 20-year-old's improbable Daytona 500 win, but NASCAR's original "Wonderboy" ? Jeff Gordon, who was Bayne's boyhood hero ? drove back into the spotlight Sunday after a long absence. Gordon ran down Kyle Busch and passed him with eight laps left to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, ending a 66-race winless streak. It's the second time this one-mile track just west of Phoenix has been memorable for Gordon, a four-time Series champion.
March 18, 1985 |
Neither the pain from Bill Elliott's recently broken leg nor anyone else in the field could keep him from winning Sunday's Coca-Cola 500 Grand National stock car race. "The leg bothered me from 150 laps on," Elliott said. "I couldn't hardly keep it up and it was real hard to mash the brake and the clutch. But I just hung on." Elliott's Ford Thunderbird inherited the lead 54 laps from the end of the 328-lap race at Atlanta International Raceway when the engine in Cale Yarborough's Ford blew.