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Earnhardt Jr. Ends Long Win Drought

Dale Earnhardt Jr. ends a 143-race drought by winning the Michigan 400 on Sunday. His non-winning streak spanned four years.

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Dario Franchitti Wins 96th Indianapolis 500

Dario Franchitti wins the 96th Indianapolis 500. Japan’s Takuma Sato wrecks on the final lap trying a pass for the lead. This is Franchitti’s third Indy 500 win.

Six-race suspension of Knaus, Malec overturned – Mar 20, 2012 – NASCAR.COM

CONCORD, N.C. — NASCAR chief appellate officer John Middlebrook overturned on Tuesday an earlier ruling by the governing body that had threatened to cripple the No. 48 team of driver Jimmie Johnson for the 2012 season.

In doing so, Middlebrook rescinded the loss of 25 Sprint Cup championship driver and car owner points assessed, and also rescinded six-week suspensions levied against crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec. The only penalty that remained in place was a $100,000 fine for Knaus — while both he and Malec will remain on probation until May 9.

via Six-race suspension of Knaus, Malec overturned – Mar 20, 2012 – NASCAR.COM.

 

Matt Kenseth Wins 2012 Daytona 500

Matt Kenseth captured the Daytona 500 for the second time in his career.

Rain moves Daytona 500 to under the lights – Feb 27, 2012 – NASCAR.COM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Daytona 500 is going prime time — weather permitting.

One day after being postponed by weather for the first time in its long history, NASCAR’s biggest race was moved under the lights by more persistent rain that continued in the area Monday morning. The hope had been for the Daytona 500 to go green at 12:13 p.m. ET, but it soon became clear that the elements would not cooperate. Shortly after 10 a.m., series and track officials announced the event had been rescheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

via Rain moves Daytona 500 to under the lights – Feb 27, 2012 – NASCAR.COM.

 

Daytona 500 Delayed

The Daytona 500 has been delayed until Monday due to weather. The start time for the race will be noon ET.

Danica Patrick wins pole for Nationwide race at Daytona – ESPN

ESPN.com news services

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Danica Patrick won the pole Friday for the season-opening Nationwide Series race at Daytona.

Patrick became the first woman to secure the top qualifying spot in NASCAR’s second-tier series since Shawna Robinson at Atlanta on March 12, 1994.

The former IndyCar star turned a fast lap of 49.250 seconds around the high-banked speedway, averaging 182.741 mph.

“I’m just happy I could turn the wheel, push the pedal down and start on the pole. It’s great to be in this position,” Patrick said.

Trevor Bayne qualified second, followed by Elliott Sadler, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Austin Dillon.

via Danica Patrick wins pole for Nationwide race at Daytona – ESPN.