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Optimism high at Daytona for top teams

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Optimism abounds after the opening weekend at Daytona International Speedway, especially for NASCAR's top teams.

Teamwork at Joe Gibbs Racing appears as solid as ever despite adding rookie Daniel Suarez to the mix, evidenced by Denny Hamlin, Suarez, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch running 1-2-3-4 for much of the Clash at Daytona. Read More...

Logano steals win on final lap of Clash

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The real clash at Daytona came when Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski wrecked on the final lap.

That was just the opening Joey Logano needed to get Ford to victory lane again at a superspeedway. Read More...

Earnhardt returns, practices at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. took another step toward making last year a "distant memory."

NASCAR's most popular driver made his official return to racing Saturday by taking part in the first Daytona 500 practice of Speedweeks. Read More...

Hamlin hoping to repeat at Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Denny Hamlin rode the escalator to a stadium concourse and spotted his Daytona 500 championship show car on display and wrapped to resemble its appearance moments after the race.

Confetti stuck to the window. The No. 11 Toyota was scuffed up on the sides, a mark of 200 laps of rugged racing. Read More...

Ford looking for championships with SHR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Ford's courtship of Stewart-Haas Racing was nothing short of clandestine.

No matter how Ford crunched the numbers, it was at a significant deficit in car count. It hindered the manufacturer's ability to win a championship - Ford last won a Cup title in 2004 - and new leadership recognized an immediate need to add a top-tier team. Read More...

3 injured when car crashes in Florida

BARBERVILLE, Fla. (AP) Three people in a pit area were injured when they were struck by a race car that hit a barrier and catapulted over a 10-foot fence at a dirt speedway near Daytona Beach, Florida.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said Sunday's crash at Volusia Speedway Park left one victim in extremely critical condition. The other two were taken to a hospital in stable condition. One was released Sunday night. Read More...

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