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The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season will open with the Daytona 500 Feb. 26 at Daytona Int'l Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Hillman Racing and Aaron’s Inc. announced today that two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip will drive the No. 40 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota in the 2012 Daytona 500 on Feb. 26
Trevor Bayne (21) leads the way to the checkered flag to win Sunday's Daytona 500. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images Photo)
The 54th annual Daytona 500 Feb. 26 will carry a record purse of more than $19 million as well as a new contingency award that will payout $200,000 to the driver leading at the completion of Lap 100
For the third straight year, the 54th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26, NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race, is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start time
After a tiring month as chief of operations for NASCAR Speedweeks, Bill France finally relaxed late Sunday following Marvin Panch’s Daytona 500 victory and said, “The race was safe, the weather was beautiful, the crowd was enormous, everything was perfect.” France wasted no time in predicting, “Attendance for the fourth Daytona 500 next year will be 15 percent larger.”
Trevor Bayne’s stunning Daytona 500 victory accomplished more than just the emergence of a new star. It allowed NASCAR to save face.
Trevor Bayne isn’t old enough to remember the 1960s TV classic “That Was The Week That Was,” but he’ll never forget the seven days that followed his Daytona 500 victory.
The drivers and teams all fled Daytona on Sunday night, flying in their private aircraft back to the real world.
Trevor Bayne has been on a whirlwind tour since stunning the NASCAR world Feb. 20 at Daytona Int’l Speedway when he held off 42 of the best drivers in the world to win the Daytona 500. After starting off in Daytona Beach, Fla., Bayne traveled to Bristol, Conn., Chicago, Ill., and San Francisco, Calif.
Trevor Bayne poses for photos in victory lane after winning Sunday's Daytona 500. (Phil Cavali Photo)
One day after celebrating his 20th birthday, Trevor Bayne became the youngest driver to win NASCAR's biggest event, the Daytona 500, in just his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start. Driving the Wood Brothers' famed No. 21 Ford, it was the fifth victory for the storied organization in the...

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