Archive for Thursday, February 15, 2001

This week at a glance

February 15, 2001

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NASCAR

WINSTON CUP

Daytona 500

Site: Daytona Beach, Fla.

Schedule: Today, twin 125-mile qualifying races (Fox Sports Net, 11 a.m.); Sunday, race (Fox, 10:30 a.m.)

Track: Daytona International Speedway (tri-oval, 2.5 miles, 31 degrees banking in turns, 18 degrees in tri-oval).

Race distance: 500 miles, 200 laps.

Last year: Dale Jarrett won for the third time in eight years.

Fast facts: Dodge is returning to Winston Cup after a 17-year absence. ... Bill Elliott, driving a Dodge, won the pole for the race. It was his fourth pole in the Daytona 500. ... Richard Petty won the race in a Dodge in 1973 and 1974. They are the only two wins Dodge has in the race. ... There have been 10 different pole winners in the last 10 years. ... Dale Earnhardt won his only Daytona 500 in 1998. The victory ended a 59-race winless streak. ... Earnhardt has a record 34 victories in all forms of racing at the speedway, including the 1990 and 1993 Pepsi 400s. ... The winner of the Daytona 500 has gone on to win the series title seven times, most recently Jeff Gordon in 1997. ... Tony Stewart won the non-points Budweiser Shootout last Sunday at Daytona.

Next race: Dura Lube 400, Feb. 25, Rockingham, N.C.

On the net: http://www.nascar.com

BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL

NAPA Auto Parts 300

Site: Daytona Beach, Fla.

Schedule: Today, second-round qualifying, 1:30 p.m.; Saturday, race, (Fox, noon).

Track: Daytona International Speedway (tri-oval, 2.5 miles, 31 degrees banking in turns, 18 degrees in tri-oval).

Race distance: 300 miles, 120 laps.

Last year: Matt Kenseth overcame four wrecks to win for the eighth time in his Busch career.

Fast facts: This is the 43rd running of the event. The first race was in 1959 and was only 200 miles. ... Dale Earnhardt won the race seven times, including five straight from 1990-94. ... There have been 16 different pole winners in the last 19 years. ... Joe Nemechek led all but 15 laps in 1998 in the most dominating Busch series performance in Daytona history.

Next race: Alltel 200, Feb. 24, Rockingham, N.C.

On the net: http://www.nascar.com

CRAFTSMAN TRUCKS

Florida Dodge Dealers 250

Site: Daytona Beach, Fla.

Schedule: Friday, race (ESPN, 10 a.m.)

Track: Daytona International Speedway (tri-oval, 2.5 miles, 31 degrees banking in turns, 18 degrees in tri-oval).

Race distance: 250 miles, 150 laps.

Last year: Mike Wallace won the inaugural race. During the race, Geoffrey Bodine's truck flew toward the crowded grandstand in a fiery crash that injured nine fans and two drivers. Bodine broke several bones.

Fast facts: Last year's race was the first for the series on a track greater than two miles in length. ... The race will be the 147th in series history. Jack Sprague is the only driver to start all of them. ... There were 31 lead changes last year, a record for the series.

Next race: Florida Dodge Dealers 400, March 4, Homestead, Fla.

On the net: http://www.nascar.com

NHRA

Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals

Site: Phoenix.

Schedule: Friday, first-round qualifying; Saturday, second-round qualifying; Sunday, final eliminations.

Track: Firebird International Raceway.

Last year: Funny car driver John Force earned his 82nd career victory. Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) won their divisions.

Last event: Darrell Russell became the third pro driver in NHRA history to win his first start, taking the Top Fuel title in the season-opening AutoZone Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.

Fast facts: The track has played host to the NHRA since 1985. ... Schumacher ran the sport's first 330-mph lap (330.23) at the track.

Next: Mac Tools Gatornationals, March 21, Gainesville, Fla.

On the net: http://www.nhra.com

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