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'Nothing like what people think.' NASCAR stars lift the veil on Statesville's...

STATESVILLE, N.C. (CHARLOTTE SPORTS LIVE) -- In racing, when someone says, “the 500 Club,” you may think Daytona, Darlington, or even the Indy 500, but the 500 Club is in Statesville.   The crown...

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California storm forces NASCAR to move exhibition race; Hamlin wins

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Denny Hamlin, who wasn't even sure he'd be healed from offseason shoulder surgery in time to compete in the Clash at the Coliseum, won the Saturday night exhibition that NASCAR...

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A week of bizarre and shocking developments in global auto racing

NASCAR successfully waved the checkered flag on its opening event of the year just before the heavy rains began to drench Los Angeles. That NASCAR crammed the two-day Clash at the Coliseum into a...

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Chase Elliott out to bounce back from worst season of career

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chase Elliott wants to race cars. Fast cars that he can drive to a second NASCAR championship. The rest of the stuff? The crowds, the commercials, the showcasing his every...

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NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney heads into 2024 newly engaged, seeking to defend...

DAYTONA, Fla. (WGHP) — We are just days away from this year's Daytona 500, and one of the favorites again this year is Ryan Blaney. He's finished second in the Daytona 500 twice now, first in 2017 and...

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Countdown to Daytona: The inside guide to the 2024 Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, N.C. (WGHP) — We are just six days away from racing on NASCAR's biggest stage at Daytona International Speedway! Here's everything you need to know about the 2024 Daytona 500. Check out...

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WATCH | Countdown to Daytona 2024: NASCAR drivers gear up for sold-out...

DAYTONA, Fla. (WFLA) — The biggest race in NASCAR is just days away, and drivers are already in Florida gearing up. The Daytona 500 will officially open the NASCAR season on Sunday. The 500-mile race...

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Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher aims for 2024 Daytona...

DAYTONA, Fla. (WGHP) — Every seat at the Daytona International Speedway has been sold ahead of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, and that's just how Frank Kelleher, president of the speedway, planned it....

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Kevin Harvick moves up to broadcast booth for new career

DAYTONA, Fla. (WGHP) — Kevin Harvick is beginning a new career by moving up to the broadcast booth. He will be part of a different team this NASCAR season when he joins Clint Bowyer and Mike Joy in...

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These NASCAR champs are winless in Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — No one needs to remind Kyle Larson about his record at Daytona International Speedway. He’s frustratingly winless at the famed track, which is the only NASCAR venue at which...

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Countdown to Daytona: NASCAR drivers gear up for sold-out Daytona 500

DAYTONA, Fla. (WFLA) – The biggest race in NASCAR is just days away, and drivers are already in Florida gearing up. The Daytona 500 will officially open the NASCAR season on Sunday. The 500-mile race...

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NASCAR driver Chase Elliott faces Daytona with faith in his team after 'tough...

DAYTONA, Fla. (WGHP) — Chase Elliot and his team had a difficult year in 2023, but, this year, he says his team is ready to get back in the game. Kevin Connolly and Danny Harnden of Nexstar's WGHP,...

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NASCAR driver Joey Logano 'about ready for another' Daytona 500 victory

DAYTONA, Fla. (WGHP) — On the heels of a second-place run in the Daytona 500 in 2023, driver Joey Logano says he's ready for the win. Kevin Connolly and Danny Harnden of Nexstar's WGHP and WFLA's JB...

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Jimmie Johnson reflects on becoming NASCAR Hall of Famer, co-owner of Legacy...

DAYTONA, Fla. (WGHP) — It's a new era for newly-inducted NASCAR Hall of Famer and Legacy Motor Club co-owner Jimmie Johnson. Kevin Connolly and Danny Harnden of Nexstar's WGHP and WFLA's JB Biunno...

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Denny Hamlin says he has to be 'more selfish' on the track

DAYTONA, Fla. (WGHP) — If you watched NASCAR: Full Speed on Netflix, driver Denny Hamlin says you got a pretty accurate view of his life in the fast lane. FOX8's Kevin Connolly and Danny Harnden and...

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Joey Logano, Michael McDowell lead Ford sweep of Daytona 500 front row....

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ford swept the front row in qualifying for the Daytona 500 with former race winners Joey Logano and Michael McDowell shocking powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports. “This is all...

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What it's like to get behind the wheel in Daytona for the NASCAR Racing...

DAYTONA, Fla. (WGHP) — Down at the Daytona International Speedway, professional NASCAR drivers aren't the only ones getting test their mettle on the track. FOX8 Sports anchor Kevin Connolly and...

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Can Kyle Busch break his streak of most career starts without winning Daytona...

DAYTONA, Fla. (WGHP) — For Kyle Busch, 19th time at the Daytona 500 could be the charm. WGHP's Kevin Connolly and Danny Harnden and WFLA's JB Biunno spent Wednesday afternoon catching up with drivers...

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Bubba Wallace shares some of the best racing advice he ever got

DAYTONA, Fla. (WGHP) — Bubba Wallace has come a long way since he got his NASCAR Cup Series start in 2017. WGHP's Kevin Connolly and Danny Harnden, and WFLA's JB Biunno, spent Wednesday afternoon...

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'I was gonna be a watermelon farmer': Ross Chastain's journey to the Daytona 500

DAYTONA, Fla. (WGHP) — Ross Chastain was going to be a watermelon farmer, but now he's among the betting favorites to win on NASCAR's grandest stage. WGHP's Kevin Connolly and Danny Harnden and WFLA's...

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Jimmie Johnson struggled in his first year as NASCAR team owner. Can he make...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth forged a deeper friendship bantering on all those punishing bicycle rides than they did as rivals on four wheels over their Hall of Fame...

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Former NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr. has 'no clue' whether he will retire...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It could be months before Martin Truex Jr. figures out his racing future. Truex dragged out his decision until summer each of the last two NASCAR seasons and insisted...

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'You don't realize how big it is': Defending Daytona 500 champion Ricky...

DAYTONA, Fla. (WGHP) — What it means to win the Daytona 500 is still fresh in mind for 2023 champ Ricky Stenhouse Jr. FOX8's Kevin Connolly and Danny Harnden and WFLA's JB Biunno spent Wednesday...

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Jimmie Johnson uses desperate late push to qualify for his 21st Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The panic set in for Jimmie Johnson on the final lap of his qualifying race for the Daytona 500. The seven-time NASCAR champion and newest Hall of Fame inductee recognized...

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Will weather affect Sunday's Daytona 500?

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Weather is expected to play a role in Sunday's race, with rain expected to hit Daytona on Saturday. The forecast is so poor that NASCAR on Friday decided to run the ARCA...

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Daytona 500 delayed until Monday due to weather: NASCAR

(NEXSTAR) — The Daytona 500 has been delayed due to inclement weather, NASCAR announced Sunday morning. "The Great American Race" will now take place on Monday at 4 p.m. ET. Forecasts show Daytona, as...

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Will The Rock, Pitbull or DJ Khaled stay for Monday's Daytona 500?

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The 3-0-5 took over the Daytona 5-0-0. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Pitbull and DJ Khaled represented South Florida at the Daytona 500, as the trio of Sunshine State...

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Meet the promising rookie class of the Daytona 500

DAYTONA, Fla. (WGHP) --Three rookies are racing for Cup Series Rookie of the Year. At the racetrack, Carson Hocevar is famous for wearing interesting-looking hats. He has a new one each week. Zane...

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WATCH: Ryan Blaney talks being a champion ahead of Daytona 500

DAYTONA, Fla. (WGHP) -- In sports, potential doesn't always equal production. You could say Ryan Blaney finally realized his full potential last season by winning the first championship of his career....

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Last year's big wreck hasn't deterred Ryan Preece

DAYTONA, Fla. (WGHP) --Part of the draw of the Daytona International Speedway is the fact that drivers are always a split second away from disaster. Over the years, Daytona has produced some of the...

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WATCH: Take a look inside the new NASCAR Productions facility

CONCORD, N.C. (WGHP) -- The fans' viewing experience all starts at the brand-new NASCAR Productions facility. From archives to video editing to writing, the facility close to the NASCAR R&D Center...

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NASCAR drivers and pickleball fever

DAYTONA, Fla. (WGHP) -- Many NASCAR drivers have come down with a case of pickleball fever, including Austin Dillon. If there's a tournament, a charity event or even just someone wanting to practice,...

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Go inside a popular NASCAR podcast that's leading the way with Dale...

DAYTONA, Fla. (WGHP) -- There are over 100 NASCAR-related podcasts available, and Dirty Mo Media, which is owned by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., is leading the way in the racing podcast space. “Dirty Mo Media...

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William Byron wins NASCAR's Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The goal was obvious to William Byron: put the No. 24 Chevrolet in victory lane in the 2024 Daytona 500 to launch Hendrick Motorsports' 40th anniversary season. Mission...

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WATCH: NASCAR drivers talk go-to snacks in the driver's seat

DAYTONA, F.L. (WGHP) -- It's "peanut butter jelly time!" Have you ever wondered what the top tier NASCAR drivers competing in the Daytona 500 grab when it's time for a snack? Well, FOX8 got a chance...

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