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Racing News: Half of the Field Retires After Crashes at Daytona

DEMO DERBY: Crashing was the name of the game at Daytona International Speedway as the NASCAR Sprint Cup and ARCA RE/MAX Series took the stage Saturday at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. Fourteen of the 28 cars in the Budweiser Shootout Sprint Cup race were eliminated by crashes, with 21 of the 43 in the ARCA race retiring because of accidents while another dozen rode around the track nursing crash damage. Fabricators will be busy this week.

THE POLE: Martin Truex Jr. won the pole for the Daytona 500 driving a Chevrolet to a lap of 188.001 mph.

ARPY: Joe and Walt Doellefeld, promoters of Stateline Stadium and Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho, were named the 33rd Auto Racing Promoter of the Year by Racing Promotion Monthly.

A U.S. F1 TEAM?: Plans are in place for a U.S.-based Formula One team that would be headed by American Ken Anderson and Brit Peter Windsor. The team, which would debut in 2010, would be headquartered near the Wind Shear wind tunnel in Concord, North Carolina.

STILL A BULL: Four-time Champ Car World Series titlist Sebastien Bourdais has been confirmed as one of the drivers for the Toro Rosso Formula One team. It will be his second year with the team.

TOP DOG: After four victories in six races to start the season, three-time defending World of Outlaws sprint-car series champion Donny Schatz opened the weekly National Speed Sport News Power Rankings in first spot. The rankings appear weekly in America’s Motorsports Authority.

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