The carnage that was Sunday’s 59th running of the Daytona 500 was devastating when it came to twisted metal, bone-dry fuel tanks and broken hearts. Take the 3-1 betting favorite, Dale Earnhardt Jr., for instance.
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Kurt Busch led a solitary lap of the Daytona 500. It was the right one. The last one. And, finally — vroom! — his desertlike drought at the Daytona 500 was quenched.
Everything seemed blueprint-perfect Sunday afternoon for stock car racer Kyle Busch, brother of Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch.
Surprisingly, there were more groans than cheers when Kurt Busch’s rivals ran out gas and the Las Vegas native pulled away to win his first Daytona 500 victory.
Handicapper Micah Roberts likes William Hill’s prop on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s finish position to go over 6½ (minus-135) in the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
Talented racing brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch each has won a Cup Series championship, but they are a combined 0-for-26 in the Great American Race.
Brendan Gaughan will slide into the snug cockpit of his brawny midnight-black Chevrolet stock car Sunday and occupy a seat his team owner, Mark Beard, has coveted since childhood.
Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon will drive the honorary pace car for Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Las Vegas native and Green Valley High graduate Jamie Little brings her family along for a fast ride at Sunday’s Great American Race.
With five local drivers competing at Daytona this week and another crop of young talent coming up behind them, Southern Nevada could be well represented for years to come.
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