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September 4, 2011
Looking for a destination in the lower 48? TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice 2011 ranks the Top 10 Great Places to Discover in the United States: 1. Williamsburg, Va. 2. Virginia Beach, Va. 3. Lake George region, N.Y. 4. Pigeon Forge, Tenn. 5. Branson, Mo. 6. Gatlinburg, Tenn. 7. Corpus Christi, Texas 8. Port Aransas, Texas 9. Daytona Beach, Fla. 10. Destin, Fla.
SPORTS
February 23, 2013 | Associated Press
There are two certainties heading into the Daytona 500: Kevin Harvick is the favorite, and no one is sure what the action will look like in the "Great American Race. " Harvick remained perfect through Speedweeks on Thursday by winning the first of two 150-mile duel qualifying races, and the victory has positioned him as the top pick to win NASCAR's version of the Super Bowl. Danica Patrick, who started on the pole for the first race, played it safe, coasting to a 17th-place finish out of 23 cars.
SPORTS
February 18, 2013 | Associated Press
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Danica Patrick has made history before - as a woman and a racer, in Indianapolis and Japan. The spotlight is nothing new. But never has it been this bright before. Patrick won the Daytona 500 pole Sunday, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any race in NASCAR's premier circuit. It's by far the biggest achievement of her stock-car career. "I was brought up to be the fastest driver, not the fastest girl," said Patrick, who became the only woman to win an IndyCar race when she did it in Japan in 2008, and was the first woman to lead laps in the Indianapolis 500. "I also feel like I've been lucky in my career to be with good teams and have good people around me," she said.
SPORTS
February 24, 2012 | Associated Press
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Roush Fenway Racing will have three cars at the front of the season-opening Daytona 500. Matt Kenseth won the second of the twin 150-mile qualifying races Thursday with a bold pass of teammate Greg Biffle. The victory gave Kenseth a spot on the second row for Sunday's race - right behind teammates Carl Edwards and Biffle. Tony Stewart, the defending NASCAR champion, won the first race and will line up next to Kenseth at Daytona International Speedway.
SPORTS
February 26, 2013 | Associated Press
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Fans feeling unsafe after the terrifying crash at Daytona International Speedway a day earlier were able to change seats for NASCAR's biggest race on Sunday. Workers successfully repaired a section of fence - 54 feet wide, 22 feet high - that was shredded Saturday when Kyle Larson's car went airborne on the final lap of a second-tier race and crashed through the barrier that separates cars from fans. Large pieces of debris, including a tire, sprayed into the upper and lower section of the stands.
SPORTS
February 20, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Carl Edwards fell bitterly short in last season's bid to win the NASCAR championship. He's starting 2012 out front. Edwards, who lost the championship last season on a tiebreaker to Tony Stewart, won the pole for the season-opening Daytona 500, beating teammate Greg Biffle for the top starting spot during a windy Sunday qualifying session at Daytona International Speedway. Edwards turned a lap at 194.738 mph - the fastest pole-winning speed since Jeff Gordon's lap of 195.067 mph in 1999.
SPORTS
February 27, 2012 | Associated Press
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR has raced on the beach at Daytona, under the lights, and even around a pesky pothole. But never on a Monday - until now. The Daytona 500 was postponed Sunday for the first time in its 54-year history after heavy rain saturated Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR officials spent more than four hours waiting for a window to dry the track, but it never came. When the last storm cell passed over the speedway around 5 p.m., they had little choice but to call it a day. The 500-mile race was rescheduled for noon Monday.
SPORTS
February 29, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Want to capture the nation's attention? Try a giant fireball. It certainly worked for NASCAR, which salvaged its marquee event despite the first-ever rainout in 54 runnings of The Great American Race. The first prime-time Daytona 500 in NASCAR history was a win for Fox, with 36.5 million viewers, up 22 percent from 30 million last year. And NASCAR, surprisingly, continued its momentum from last season, partly because of the freak crash in which Juan Pablo Montoya's car hit a truck loaded with jet fuel, injuring no one but scorching the track and forcing a 2-hour delay.
SPORTS
February 25, 2013 | Associated Press
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Raymond Gober parked his motorcycle outside Daytona International Speedway, climbed off and briefly considered bringing his helmet onto the track. "I was about to wear it in, but I knew everyone would be laughing at me," said Gober, a pastor from outside Atlanta. Maybe not. One a day after a horrific wreck on the final lap of the Nationwide Series opener hurled debris, including a 60-pound tire and wheel, into the stands injuring nearly 30 people, safety was on everyone's mind before and during the Daytona 500. With small spots of blood still soaked into the concrete seating area, the accident raised questions about the safety of fans at race tracks.
NEWS
April 24, 2012 | By John F. Morrison, Daily News Staff Writer
Bill Hixon was a legend in the rarefied world of Florida surfing, where intrepid young people relish tropical storms and other coastal upheavals that send normal people fleeing, to test their skill and courage against the wild waves. He opened one of the East Coast's first surf shops in Neptune Beach in 1964. He went on to open two more surf shops, and organized surfing teams that competed on both coasts. And he created his own boards. He was, in short, a surfing legend at a time when the Beach Boys were singing about catching a wave and capturing the imaginations of young would-be beach bums, who would then join the "cool" guys at Hixon's Surf Shop and soak up the ambience.
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June 19, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
TWO FOX SPORTS reporters have connections with the Philadelphia area. Andrew Doud is a Holy Ghost Prep graduate who interned with the Eagles Television Network. Alan Cavanna worked his first race at Dover International Speedway. "I was a temporary PA [production assistant]," Cavanna said. "My job was to keep the food bowl filled [for the Fox announcers]. " Some people start in the mailroom and work their up. Cavanna kept the food flowing for Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds.
SPORTS
February 26, 2013 | Associated Press
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Fans feeling unsafe after the terrifying crash at Daytona International Speedway a day earlier were able to change seats for NASCAR's biggest race on Sunday. Workers successfully repaired a section of fence - 54 feet wide, 22 feet high - that was shredded Saturday when Kyle Larson's car went airborne on the final lap of a second-tier race and crashed through the barrier that separates cars from fans. Large pieces of debris, including a tire, sprayed into the upper and lower section of the stands.
SPORTS
February 25, 2013 | Associated Press
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Raymond Gober parked his motorcycle outside Daytona International Speedway, climbed off and briefly considered bringing his helmet onto the track. "I was about to wear it in, but I knew everyone would be laughing at me," said Gober, a pastor from outside Atlanta. Maybe not. One a day after a horrific wreck on the final lap of the Nationwide Series opener hurled debris, including a 60-pound tire and wheel, into the stands injuring nearly 30 people, safety was on everyone's mind before and during the Daytona 500. With small spots of blood still soaked into the concrete seating area, the accident raised questions about the safety of fans at race tracks.
SPORTS
February 23, 2013 | Associated Press
There are two certainties heading into the Daytona 500: Kevin Harvick is the favorite, and no one is sure what the action will look like in the "Great American Race. " Harvick remained perfect through Speedweeks on Thursday by winning the first of two 150-mile duel qualifying races, and the victory has positioned him as the top pick to win NASCAR's version of the Super Bowl. Danica Patrick, who started on the pole for the first race, played it safe, coasting to a 17th-place finish out of 23 cars.
SPORTS
February 23, 2013 | By Jenna Fryer, Associated Press
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The big boys brought their little girls to see NASCAR's shining star. Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson all took their daughters to meet Danica Patrick this week at Daytona International Speedway. It was the ultimate backstage pass. Patrick dropped to one knee, wrapped her right arm around Ella Gordon's waist and posed for pictures as the 5-year-old flashed an endless grin in Victory Lane. Every day since, Patrick's crew has handed out dozens and dozens of lugnuts to little girls clamoring for souvenirs.
SPORTS
February 18, 2013 | Associated Press
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Danica Patrick has made history before - as a woman and a racer, in Indianapolis and Japan. The spotlight is nothing new. But never has it been this bright before. Patrick won the Daytona 500 pole Sunday, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any race in NASCAR's premier circuit. It's by far the biggest achievement of her stock-car career. "I was brought up to be the fastest driver, not the fastest girl," said Patrick, who became the only woman to win an IndyCar race when she did it in Japan in 2008, and was the first woman to lead laps in the Indianapolis 500. "I also feel like I've been lucky in my career to be with good teams and have good people around me," she said.
NEWS
April 24, 2012 | By John F. Morrison, Daily News Staff Writer
Bill Hixon was a legend in the rarefied world of Florida surfing, where intrepid young people relish tropical storms and other coastal upheavals that send normal people fleeing, to test their skill and courage against the wild waves. He opened one of the East Coast's first surf shops in Neptune Beach in 1964. He went on to open two more surf shops, and organized surfing teams that competed on both coasts. And he created his own boards. He was, in short, a surfing legend at a time when the Beach Boys were singing about catching a wave and capturing the imaginations of young would-be beach bums, who would then join the "cool" guys at Hixon's Surf Shop and soak up the ambience.
SPORTS
February 29, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Want to capture the nation's attention? Try a giant fireball. It certainly worked for NASCAR, which salvaged its marquee event despite the first-ever rainout in 54 runnings of The Great American Race. The first prime-time Daytona 500 in NASCAR history was a win for Fox, with 36.5 million viewers, up 22 percent from 30 million last year. And NASCAR, surprisingly, continued its momentum from last season, partly because of the freak crash in which Juan Pablo Montoya's car hit a truck loaded with jet fuel, injuring no one but scorching the track and forcing a 2-hour delay.
SPORTS
February 27, 2012 | Associated Press
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR has raced on the beach at Daytona, under the lights, and even around a pesky pothole. But never on a Monday - until now. The Daytona 500 was postponed Sunday for the first time in its 54-year history after heavy rain saturated Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR officials spent more than four hours waiting for a window to dry the track, but it never came. When the last storm cell passed over the speedway around 5 p.m., they had little choice but to call it a day. The 500-mile race was rescheduled for noon Monday.
SPORTS
February 27, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR has raced on the beach at Daytona, under the lights and even around a pesky pothole. But never on a Monday - until now. The Daytona 500 was postponed yesterday for the first time in its 54-year history after heavy rain saturated Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR officials spent more than 4 hours waiting for a window to dry the famed track, but it never came. When the latest storm cell passed over the speedway around 5 p.m., they had little choice but to call it a day. The 500-mile race was rescheduled for noon today.
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