NASCAR's Daytona 500 results



Victory Lap Nascar Race Car gift basket of beer bottle nuts, checkered-flag butter mints, dip-a-stick pretzels with honey mustard dipping sauce, car-themed music CD...





Winner of the Daytona 500, the first event of the NASCAR season

KEVIN HARVICK
No. 29 Chevy

won by 0.02 seconds over Mark Martin

Richard Childress, owner of Harvick's car


DAYTONA 500
the Great American Race
the Super Bowl of stock-car racing

185,000 in attendance at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida

2.5-mile tri-oval

200 laps, 500 miles



Cal Ripken Jr. drove this year's pace car

Nicolas Cage, the Grand Marshall
"Gentlemen, start your engines."




TOPICS & ISSUES

* Toyota the first foreign manufacturer to compete in the Cup series since Jaguar in the 1950s (lots of anti-Japanese sentiment brewing)

* Formula One driver Juan Pablo Montoya of Colombia brings a Latino flavor to the Nextel Cup this year

* five crew chiefs and a team vice president were suspended

* five drivers and teams were assessed fines and subtracted race points


RACE-CAR DRIVERS TO KNOW


JIMMIE JOHNSON
#48
- won the Daytona 500 and captured his first Next Cup championship last year
- crew chief Chad Knaus


TONY STEWART
#20
two-time Cup champion


KASEY KAHNE
#9
age 26
crew chief Kenny Francis was suspended


MATT KENSETH
#17
- crew chief Robbie Reiser was suspended


DALE EARNHARDT JR.
#8
"Junior"
- crew chief is cousin Tony Eury Jr.


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stock-car racing
- a sport that began with moonshiners
- Southeastern roots

National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing
- television deal with Fox and ABC/ESPN
- TV ratings second only to professional football
- second-tier Busch Series racing in Mexico City and Montreal
- president Mike Helton