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Winston Cup

Event: Daytona 500.

Site: Daytona Beach, Fla.

Schedule: Today, twin 125-mile qualifying races (Fox Sports Net, noon); Sunday, race (Fox, 11:30 a.m.).

Track: Daytona International Speedway (tri-oval, 2.5 miles, 31 degrees banking in turns, 18 degrees in tri-oval).

Race distance: 500 miles, 200 laps.

Last year: Dale Jarrett won for the third time in eight years.

Fast facts: Dodge is returning to Winston Cup after a 17-year absence. . . . Bill Elliott, driving a Dodge, won the pole for the race. It was his fourth pole in the Daytona 500. . . . Richard Petty won the race in a Dodge in 1973 and 1974. They are the only two wins Dodge has in the race. . . . There have been 10 different pole winners in the last 10 years. . . . Dale Earnhardt won his only Daytona 500 in 1998. The victory ended a 59-race winless streak. . . . Earnhardt has a record 34 victories in all forms of racing at the speedway, including the 1990 and 1993 Pepsi 400s. . . . The winner of the Daytona 500 has gone on to win the series title seven times, most recently Jeff Gordon in 1997. . . . Tony Stewart won the non-points Budweiser Shootout last Sunday at Daytona.

Next race: Dura Lube 400, Feb. 25, Rockingham, N.C.

On the net: http://www.nascar.com

Busch Grand National

Event: NAPA Auto Parts 300.

Site: Daytona Beach, Fla.

Schedule: Today, second-round qualifying, 2:30 p.m.; Saturday, race, (Fox, 1 p.m).

Track: Daytona International Speedway (tri-oval, 2.5 miles, 31 degrees banking in turns, 18 degrees in tri-oval).

Race distance: 300 miles, 120 laps.

Last year: Matt Kenseth overcame four wrecks to win for the eighth time in his Busch career.

Fast facts: This is the 43rd running of the event. The first race was in 1959 and was only 200 miles. . . . Dale Earnhardt won the race seven times, including five straight from 1990-94. . . . There have been 16 different pole winners in the last 19 years. . . . Joe Nemechek led all but 15 laps in 1998 in the most dominating Busch series performance in Daytona history. . . . Chad Little started in 42nd position before winning the 1995 race. . . . Eight drivers have won both the NAPA Auto Parts 300 and the Daytona 500. Only three did it in the same year, most recently, Darrell Waltrip in 1989.

Next race: Alltel 200, Feb. 24, Rockingham, N.C.

On the net: http://www.nascar.com

Craftsman Trucks

Event: Florida Dodge Dealers 250.

Site: Daytona Beach, Fla.

Schedule: Friday, race (ESPN, 11 a.m.).

Track: Daytona International Speedway (tri-oval, 2.5 miles, 31 degrees banking in turns, 18 degrees in tri-oval).

Race distance: 250 miles, 150 laps.

Last year: Mike Wallace won the inaugural race. During the race, Geoffrey Bodine's truck flew toward the crowded grandstand in a fiery crash that injured nine fans and two drivers. Bodine broke several bones.

Fast facts: Last year's race was the first for the series on a track greater than two miles in length. . . . The race will be the 147th in series history. Jack Sprague is the only driver to start all of them.

Next race: Florida Dodge Dealers 400, March 4, Homestead, Fla.

On the net: http://www.nascar.com

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