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Site: Daytona Beach. Fla.
Schedule: Wednesday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 4-5:30 p.m., 6:30-8 p.m.); Thursday, Budweiser Duels, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, 6-10:30 p.m.); Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 2:30-4 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 10-11:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (Fox, noon-5 p.m.).
Track: Daytona International Speedway (tri-oval, 2.5 miles).
Race distance: 500 miles, 200 laps.
Last year: Jimmie Johnson raced to his second Daytona 500 victory en route to his sixth season title. Danica Patrick faded from third to eighth on the final lap, still the highest finish by a woman in the history of the race. She became the first female driver to lead laps in the event after becoming the first woman to start from the pole in NASCAR’s top series.
Last week: Denny Hamlin won the Sprint Unlimited exhibition race, making a late charge through the decimated field. Only eight cars were running at the end.
Fast facts: Austin Dillon won the pole Sunday, driving the No. 3 Chevrolet for grandfather Richard Childress. The No. 3 hadn’t been used at NASCAR’s top level since Dale Earnhardt’s fatal accident in the 2001 race. Dillon had a lap at 196.019 mph. Martin Truex Jr. was second at 195.852. The rest of the positions will be set Thursday in the Budweiser Duels. … Johnson also won the July race at the track for the first season sweep since Bobby Allison in 1982. … Tony Stewart was caught up in an early wreck in the Sprint Unlimited in his first race since breaking his right leg in an August sprint car crash. … Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch are in their first season at Stewart-Haas Racing.
Next race: The Profit on CNBC 500, March 2, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz.