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Action-packed Daytona what NASCAR needed

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Jim France told `em to race and NASCAR's next generation didn't disappoint.

The Daytona 500 packed an unforeseen punch that, if nothing else, entertained Sunday's sun-drenched, sold-out crowd at the famed "World Center of Racing." There were a ton of wrecks, especially during the final 20 laps of regulation, which Kyle Busch described as the portion of the race in which "brains come unglued." Read More...

Hamlin wins 2nd Daytona 500 in 4 years

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Denny Hamlin came to the Daytona 500 determined to honor his late car owner with a victory.

He delivered with a storybook tribute for Joe Gibbs Racing. Read More...

Kyle Busch lamenting lack of help

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Kyle Busch felt like an amiable teammate, willing to do whatever it took to get Joe Gibbs Racing to victory lane at the Daytona 500. He's not so sure Denny Hamlin did the same.

Busch finished second in "The Great American Race," extending his winless streak to 14 in NASCAR's season opener, and sounded less than thrilled with the way Hamlin handled the final laps at Daytona International Speedway. Read More...

Johnson wrecked late trying to pit

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local):

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Annett gets first Xfinity win in opener

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Michael Annett stretched the Speedweeks streak of first-time winners to three with a victory Saturday in the Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Annett won for the first time at NASCAR's national level, a career that spans 345 races in three series. He gave JR Motorsports, owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., his sister and sister and Rick Hendrick, its fourth in five years at Daytona Read More...

Hill wins crash-marred Trucks opener

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Austin Hill blocked his way to his first career Truck Series victory in a crash-marred season-opener Friday night at Daytona International Speedway.

With only nine of the 32 trucks still running in the second overtime, Hill had to block Grant Enfinger for most of the final lap. He needed a last big, bold maneuver to hold off Enfinger as they rushed toward the checkered flag. Read More...

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