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  1. Fennelly: Jeffrey Earnhardt, grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt, finds his name cuts both ways

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    DAYTONA BEACH — It happens when he plops down his credit card, especially in a race city like this one.

  2. Plenty of gas left in the tank for 41-year-old Jimmie Johnson

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    DAYTONA BEACH — Jimmie Johnson entered Wednesday's Daytona 500 media day as the reigning series champion, again, with a shot at history coming up.

    Jimmie Johnson at Daytona 500 media day. (Matt Baker, Times)
  3. Indy racer Sting Ray Robb's got a leg up in the name department

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    PALMETTO — The first thing to know about racer Sting Ray Robb is that, yes, Sting Ray is his real name.

    Sting Ray Robb, 15 of Idaho, will compete in the Pro Mazda series during next month?€™s Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. (Courtesy of Road to Indy)
  4. Legendary names Elliott, Earnhardt grab front row at Daytona 500

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    DAYTONA BEACH — It's impossible to tell the history of NASCAR without mentioning Elliott and Earnhardt.

    Dale Earnhardt Jr., left, and Chase Elliott toast after Daytona 500 qualifying. Elliott wins the pole; Earnhardt is next to him in Row 1.
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to track in Daytona practice

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    DAYTONA BEACH — Dale Earnhardt Jr. took another step toward making last year a "distant memory."

  6. NASCAR spicing things up this season

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    DAYTONA BEACH — NASCAR has a new sponsor and a new format and welcomes back its most popular driver, all providing optimism for a series eager to halt a steady decline in attendance, ratings and sponsorship.

  7. Fennelly: Whatever his age is, Will Power an IndyCar force

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Sometimes life goes by so fast.

    Will Power is among the many IndyCar drivers who love the waterfront St. Petersburg course.
  8. Race preparations underway for Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (w/video)

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    The St. Petersburg waterfront began its transformation into a race course today as preparations began for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 10-12.

    Workers install temporary race track barriers along Bayshore Drive SE next to the St. Petersburg waterfront, Wednesday in preparation for the upcoming 13 annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  9. Fennelly: Martin Truex Jr. driven by narrow miss in last year's Daytona 500

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    The Daytona 500 is a little more than two weeks away. Driver Martin Truex Jr. visited Amalie Arena for Tuesday's Lightning game as part of a media tour to promote the Feb. 26 race. Truex exchanged helmets with Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison and gave away some race tickets to fans.

    Denny Hamlin (11) beats out Martin Truex Jr. (78) at the finish line to win the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Daytona Beach. [AP photo]
  10. George Diaz: Danica Patrick short $15 million for NASCAR Cup ride

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    Danica Patrick has a favor to ask:

    Anybody got $15.2 million to spare?

    It's kinda important, and time-sensitive. With Speed Weeks right around the corner in Daytona the following weekend, Patrick has been left in the lurch by her primary sponsor, Nature's Bakery.

    FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2015, file photo, Danica Patrick poses by her new race car during a news conference to announce a new sponsorship for her NASCAR auto racing team at Stewart-Haas Racing's headquarters in Kannapolis, N.C. Stewart-Haas Racing has filed a breach of contract suit against Nature???‚??„?s Bakery because the company has refused to pay millions of dollars it owes the team to sponsor Patrick this season. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File) NY805