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Daytona 500 - Daytona International Speedway

Johnson Kicks Off 2006 With Win in the Daytona 500
Car number 48 won the 48th annual Daytona 500. Before an estimated crowd of 175,000, Jimmie Johnson survived to win the “Great American Race” at the Daytona International Speedway. The racing was somewhat wild at times and somewhat “aggressive” at others, in fact three drivers were penalized for rough driving during the event. Through it all Johnson was able to survive a green-white-checkered battle, to post his 19th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series victory and his first at Daytona. The attempt at a green-white-checkered finish failed and the race ended under the caution flag, as there was an accident on the final lap of the event. The last-lap wreck caused a lengthy delay in the posting of the finish order. NASCAR had to review the tapes and use the scoring loops to figure out who finished where. Johnson stayed near the front of the field all day, with an average running position of 4.074. Johnson led the race four times for a total of 24 laps, including the final 16. Johnson had to win the season’s biggest race without crew chief Chad Knaus, who was ejected from all Speedweeks activities following a rules infraction after qualifying one week ago. Crew chief duties were turned over to lead engineer Darrian Grubb, who then led Johnson and the Lowe’s team to the victory in his first attempt as pit boss. Casey Mears drove his new ride to the runner-up position in the season-opener, edging out Ryan Newman for the spot. Elliott Sadler came home in the third position, followed by Tony Stewart in fifth. The race featured 32 lead changes among a record-breaking 18 drivers and 11 caution flags for a total of 39 laps.

Daytona 500 Notes
· Race Results
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· WIX Lap Leader Notes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· Final Practice
· Chevrolet Final Practice Quotes
· Rookie Final Practice Quotes
· Ford Saturday Quotes
· Dodge Saturday Quotes
· Practice 5
· Ford Sadler, Yates Friday Quotes
· Dodge K. & R. Petty Friday Quotes
· Chevrolet Richard Childress Quotes
· Chevrolet Troy Aikman Quotes
· Rookie Stremme Friday Quotes
· Rookie Friday Crew Chief Quotes
· Daytona 500 Starting Lineup
· Gatorade Duel 150: Race 2 Results
· Gatorade Duel 150: Race 1 Results
· Ford Duel 2 Post-Race Quotes
· Ford Duel 1 Post-Race Quotes
· Chevrolet Duel 2 Post-Race Quotes
· Chevrolet Duel 1 Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Duel 2 Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Duel 1 Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Duel 2 Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Duel 1 Post-Race Quotes
· Practice 4
· Practice 3
· Chevrolet Wednesday Quotes
· Rookie Wednesday Quotes
· Gatorade Duel: Race 1 Lineup
· Gatorade Duel: Race 2 Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Practice 2
· Rookie Practice 2 Quotes
· Practice 1
· Petty Practice 1 Quotes
· Rookie Practice 1 Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Evernham Motorsports Quotes
· Chip Ganassi Racing Quotes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes
· Bill Elliott Notes
· Mike Skinner Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· David Stremme Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· MRN Notes
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Bill Elliott Media Day Quotes
· Terry Labonte Media Day Quotes
· Kyle Petty Media Day Quotes
· Bobby Labonte Media Day Quotes
· Sterling Marlin Media Day Quotes
· Brian Vickers Media Day Quotes
· Kevin Harvick Media Day Quotes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Media Day Quotes
· Dale Jarrett Media Day Quotes
· Elliott Sadler Media Day Quotes
· Jeff Gordon Media Day Quotes
· Kurt Busch Media Day Quotes
· Ryan Newman Media Day Quotes
· Mark Martin Media Day Quotes
· Carl Edwards Media Day Quotes
· Greg Biffle Media Day Quotes
· Tony Stewart Media Day Quotes
· 2006 Speedweeks Schedule
· Rookie Inspection Day Quotes
· Raybestos Rookie Quotes

Sadler, Gordon Capture Duel 150 Victories at Daytona
Elliott Sadler and Jeff Gordon captured victories in the Gatorade Duel at Daytona 150-mile qualifying races at the Daytona International Speedway on Thursday afternoon. The Gatorade Duels set the starting lineup for the “Great American Race,” the Daytona 500. The Duels were similar in a few ways; both races had three leaders, each race had three caution flags, both ended in a green-white-checkered finish and most importantly, neither one had the “big one.” The biggest accident happened under caution in the second race when Sterling Marlin ran into
the back of Dale Jarrett in the trioval. The first qualifying contest had trouble getting underway, as rain delayed the start for about an hour and 12 minutes, then once the green flag flew, the rains came again at lap 34 and brought out a red flag. The rain, nor anyone else for that matter, could stop Elliott Sadler from winning his second Duel victory, with his first coming in the 2004 season. Sadler, who started from the outside of row one, led 36 of the 64 laps and outran Carl Edwards by 0.162 seconds to earn the win and the third starting spot in the Daytona 500. The win was the first trip to victory lane for the new Ford Fusion. Edwards settled for second place while, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie
Johnson and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five. The second event held true to form as Jeff Gordon won from the pole, capturing his third career win in a qualifying race at Daytona. Gordon paced the event twice, leading a total of 38 laps on his way to the win over teammate Kyle Busch in the runner-up position. Jamie McMurray finished third in his first race for Jack Roush, followed by Bobby Labonte in fourth and Mark Martin in fifth.

· Gatorade Duel 150: Race 2 Results
· Gatorade Duel 150: Race 1 Results
· Gatorade Duel: Race 1 Starting Lineup
· Gatorade Duel: Race 2 Starting Lineup

Jeff Burton Speeds to Daytona 500 Pole Position
Jeff Burton will lead the field to the green flag for NASCAR’s biggest race. Burton captured the pole position on Sunday afternoon for the season-opening Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway. Burton turned in a qualifying lap of 47.581 seconds, at an average speed of 189.151 mph, around the high banked, 2.5-mile superspeedway, giving him his first pole since the fall of the 2000 season. This is only the third pole of Burton’s career and his first in a Chevrolet. Jeff Gordon will join Burton on the front row for next Sunday’s prestigious race after qualifying in 47.650 seconds, at an average of 188.877 mph. Only Burton and Gordon’s starting positions are locked in, the remainder of the field will be set in Thursday’s Duel 150 races. The top 35 in last year’s owner point standings are locked in, which leaves eight positions up for grabs in the 43-car field.


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