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.
November 22, 2004
Kurt Busch won the year-end Nextel Cup championship Sunday. A look at the previous NASCAR champions by year: * 2003...Matt Kenseth * 2002...Tony Stewart * 2001...Jeff Gordon * 2000...Bobby Labonte * 1999...Dale Jarrett * 1998...Jeff Gordon * 1997...Jeff Gordon * 1996...Terry Labonte * 1995...Jeff Gordon * 1994...Dale Earnhardt * 1993...Dale Earnhardt * 1992...Alan Kulwicki * 1991...Dale Earnhardt * 1990...Dale Earnhardt * 1989...Rusty Wallace * 1988...Bill Elliott * 1987...Dale Earnhardt * 1986.