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AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance

Wednesday - 2/20/2013, 12:50pm  ET

The Associated Press

All Times EST

NASCAR

SPRINT CUP

DAYTONA 500

Site: Daytona Beach. Fla.

Schedule: Wednesday, practice (Speed, noon-4 p.m.); Thursday, Budweiser Duel (Speed, 1-6 p.m.); Friday, practice (Speed, 1:30-10:30 a.m., 6-7 p.m.); Saturday, practice (10 a.m.-noon); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (FOX, noon-5:30 p.m.).

Track: Daytona International Speedway (tri-oval, 2.5 miles).

Race distance: 500 miles, 200 laps.

Last year: Matt Kenseth raced to his second Daytona 500 victory, holding off Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle over a two-lap overtime finish in the rain-delayed race that ended early Tuesday. The race was delayed for two hours with 40 laps to go after Juan Pablo Montoya's car spun into a jet dryer, igniting a massive fuel fire.

Last week: Kevin Harvick won the Sprint Unlimited exhibition race, his third victory in five years in Speedweeks' kickoff event. Biffle was second.

Fast facts: Danica Patrick won the pole Sunday with a lap at 196.434 mph, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any race in NASCAR's top series. Jeff Gordon was second to lock up the other guaranteed spot. ... The season-opening race is the first points event for the Gen-6 car. ... Kenseth is in his first season with Joe Gibbs Racing. ... In 2011, Trevor Bayne became the youngest winner at 20. ... Tony Stewart won in July at the track. Kenseth and Brad Keselowski won restrictor-plate races last year at Talladega.

Next race: Subway Fresh Fit 500, March 3, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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NATIONWIDE

DRIVE4COPD 300

Site: Daytona Beach. Fla.

Schedule: Thursday, practice (ESPN2, 10 a.m.-noon); Friday, qualifying (ESPN2, 3:30-5:30 p.m.); Saturday, race, 1:15 p.m. (ESPN, noon-4 p.m.).

Track: Daytona International Speedway (tri-oval, 2.5 miles).

Race distance: 300 miles, 120 laps.

Last year: James Buescher won the season-opening race, weaving his way through an 11-car accident on the last lap.

Fast facts: Six-time race winner Tony Stewart is entered along with fellow Sprint Cup drivers Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, Kyle Busch, Kurt Bush and Matt Kenseth. ... Kurt Busch won the July race at the track.

Next race: Dollar General 200, March 2, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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CAMPING WORLD TRUCK

NEXTERA ENERGY RESOURCES 250

Site: Daytona Beach. Fla.

Schedule: Thursday, practice (Speed, noon-1 p.m., 6-7:30 p.m.); Friday, qualifying (Speed, 1:30-3:30 p.m.), race, 7:30 p.m. (Speed, 7-10 p.m.).

Track: Daytona International Speedway (tri-oval, 2.5 miles).

Race distance: 250 miles, 100 laps.

Last year: Rookie John King won the season-opening race, holding on after turning around leader Johnny Sauter on the second of three attempts at a green-white-checkered finish.

Fast facts: Darrell Wallace Jr., is the fourth black driver with a full-time NASCAR. He has a deal with Joe Gibbs Racing and is driving the No. 54 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. ... Defending series champion James Buescher won the Nationwide race at the track last February. ... Todd Bodine won at the track in 2008 and 2009.

Next race: Kroger 250, April 6, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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NHRA MELLOW YELLO DRAG RACING

NHRA ARIZONA NATIONALS

Site: Chandler, Ariz.

Schedule: Friday-Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, Sunday, 1-2:30 a.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 8-11 p.m.).

Track: Firebird International Raceway.

Last year: Antron Brown won the Top Fuel division, holding off Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tony Schumacher. Robert Hight won in Funny Car, and Jason Line in Pro Stock.

Last week: Courtney Force won the Funny Car event in the season-opening Winternationals. Shawn Langdon won in Top Fuel, and Vincent Nobile topped the Pro Stock field.

Fast facts: Brown won the Top Fuel season title last year to become the first black champion in any NHRA professional series. ... The 2010 event was marred by the death of a fan struck by a tire that flew off a crashing car.

Next event: NHRA Gatornationals, March 14-17, Auto Plus Raceway, Gainesville, Fla.

Online: http://www.nhra.com

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OTHER RACES

WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Late Model and Super DirtCar: UNOH DIRTcar Nationals, Thursday-Saturday, Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, Fla. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com

U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Sprint Car: Thursday-Saturday, Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala, Fla. Online: http://www.usacracing.com


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