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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson’s golf cart ride to a meet-and-greet was scrapped Sunday because of tightened security, so he had to walk. Johnson paused when he saw the 22-foot high flagstand, where twice the checkered flag waved to declare him the Daytona 500 champion, and decided to climb up. Dressed in khakis …

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was wearing his firesuit and had just finished signing autographs for fans stuck in long lines to enter Daytona International Speedway when he was stopped by Secret Service. Not even the Daytona 500 pole-sitter was immune from the security checkpoint, so Stenhouse extended his arms, clutched his …

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla (AP) — The last chance to appreciate Jimmie Johnson leading the field at the Daytona 500 may come during the pace laps. Shortly after President Donald Trump gives drivers the command to start their engines, Johnson will zip ahead of the other 39 cars and take a ceremonial trip around the track …

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Joey Logano paced an uneventful final practice before the Daytona 500. Logano led eight Ford drivers in speed during Saturday’s 50-minute session of final preparation for NASCAR’s version of the Super Bowl. He was followed by Kevin Harvick, teammate Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, rookie Cole Custer, Aric Almirola, David Ragan …

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — After Joe Gibbs Racing swept last year’s Daytona 500 with a trio of Toyota drivers, Joey Logano angrily marched to the car of fellow Ford driver Michael McDowell and pointed at the blue oval. Logano’s message was clear to McDowell: If he couldn’t win the race, he should have pushed …

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Clint Bowyer slips into the TV production studio, sweat glistening on his forehead, sits down on a stool and waits for a high-definition camera to move toward his face. It’s time for his closeup. “I’m more like a 10-foot guy,” Bowyer quips. No amount of makeup can hide this move. …

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Clint Bowyer slips into the TV production studio, sweat glistening on his forehead, sits down on a stool and waits for a high-definition camera to move toward his face. It’s time for his closeup. “I’m more like a 10-foot guy,” Bowyer quips. No amount of makeup can hide this move. …

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Stroll through the Daytona infield and fans can grab a seat next to President Donald Trump and get a sweet taste of impeachment. Debi Ringhaver is mixing cocktails for curious NASCAR fans who stop in their tracks at the sight of her lifesize mannequin of Trump, chilling on a lawn …

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR opened the Truck Series season with one fiery crash, a truck stuck on its roof and Grrant Enfinger in victory lane following overtime and a door-to-door race to the finish line. Enfinger beat Jordan Anderson in a frantic push to the finish that drew sparks as the trucks banged …

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Timmy Hill needed to race into the Daytona 500 to keep his underfunded team off life support. Reed Sorenson might have spent his weekend working as a spotter instead of a driver had he had not qualified for the race. Both drivers are in the 40-car field, the latest little …

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