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Kurt Busch’s Bid for A Daytona Sweep Comes Up Just Short

 

Kurt Busch was in excellent position to make Daytona 500 history Sunday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway.  A Daytona Sweep was within his grasp.  He had won the Budweiser Shootout and Gatorade Duel earlier in Speedweeks in the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T.  The crown jewel, a Daytona 500 win, was within his grasp.

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Kurt Busch’s Bid for A Daytona Sweep Comes Up Just Short

Kurt Busch Wins Gatorade Duel Qualifying Race


 


Kurt Busch’s 2011 season ledger remains unblemished.  Busch drove his No. 22 Pennzoil/Shell Dodge Charger to victory in Thursday’s first Gatorade Duel (60-lap, 150-mile) at Daytona International Speedway.


Just as in his win in the Budweiser Shootout under the lights Saturday night, Busch had help from a drafting partner.  This time it was Regan Smith.  The two paired up early and stayed together the entire race, swapping positions occasionally to keep their racing machines from overheating.


The strategy worked to…

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Kurt Busch Wins Gatorade Duel Qualifying Race

How The ’69 Daytona Changed NASCAR

From the inception of NASCAR in 1948, GM, Ford, and Chrysler waged an ongoing, full-fledged battle for stock car supremacy. But the war reached fever pitch in the 60s as engineers, designers and even aerospace experts were drafted by the manufacturers to pursue the ultimate racing machine.


“Stock” cars, of course, are just that: cars offered both to race drivers on the circuit speedway and to ordinary folks on city streets in identical packages. As racing fans demanded more and more speed, stock car manufacturers, conscious of both target audiences, responded with cautious creativity.


Until 1969, that…

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How The ’69 Daytona Changed NASCAR