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Racing News: McMurray Holds Off Hard-Charging Earnhardt to Take Daytona 500

MAC DADDY: Jamie McMurray squeezed by Greg Biffle during a late-race restart and held off a charge from Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the last lap to become the 34th different driver to win the Daytona 500 Sunday.

GREEN TIMES THREE: NASCAR has changed its green-white-checkered rule, allowing for as many as three green-white-checkered restarts in each of NASCAR’s three national touring divisions.

MCKARNS DIES: Former ARTGO Challenge Series promoter and racing enthusiast John McKarns died February 9 after a long battle with bladder cancer.

HE’S BACK: After failing to find victory lane last year, NHRA Funny Car legend John Force returned to glory with a victory during the 50th Kragen O’Reilly Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona Sunday.

SKIPPING OUT: Conflicting reports are coming from the FIA about the possibility of some of the new Formula One teams—specifically Campos and US F1—being allowed to skip as many as three Formula One events this year.

TEST RUN: E.J. Viso completed a test session with KV Racing Technology at Sebring (Florida) International Raceway Monday, completing 103 trouble-free laps with a fast lap of 53.89 seconds.

GOING DELTA: DeltaWing revealed its proposed 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series chassis during the Chicago Auto Show last week, with many comparing the radical design to the “Batmobile” from the Batman films.

BACK ON TRACK:
Millstream Speedway in Findlay, Ohio, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Fairgrounds will return to active duty this year, with both tracks set to host a select number of races during the 2010 season.

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