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Photo courtesy of Grand-Am Road Racing / The 02 of Chip Ganassi Racing was chasing down the 01 sister car with less than two hours to go this afternoon in the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH -- The 2011 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Cask No. 16 is winding down this afternoon with 01 BMW Riley of Chip Ganassi Racing out front with the sister 02 car right behind with two hours to go.

For the first time since 2004, the race was delayed for 2 hours and 47 minutes this morning because of thick fog over the track.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- A 38-year-old man armed with a shotgun in his vehicle who refused to leave Florida Memorial Hospital property eventually surrendered earlier today after Police Chief Mike Chitwood arrived at the scene to support Sheriff's personnel who had jurisdiction.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- With the Daytona 500 literally weeks away, NASCAR's new points system is getting plenty of attention on ESPN today.

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Courtesy photo / The historic Lilian Place as shown here is one of Daytona Beach's treasures made famous in the book "Open Boat" by Stephen Crane, who also wrote "The Red Badge of Courage."

DAYTONA BEACH -- The Art League of Daytona Beach will hold a Wine and Cheese Reception and Fine Art Auction on Saturday Feb. 5, to benefit Lilian Place – the oldest house on Daytona’s beach side.

Admission is free for the 6 to 8 p.m. event held at the League’s Main Gallery, 433 South Palmetto Ave.

Art work by 27 specially selected artists will be featured in a silent auction with a portion of the proceeds donated to the non-profit Heritage Preservation Trust of Volusia County.

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Photos by Jerry Markland/Getty Images /  NASCAR President Mike Helton speaks to the media Friday about the upcoming NASCAR seaon at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach. During the Preseason Thunder Test on Friday at Daytona teammates Kasey Kahne (No. 4) and Brian Vickers (No. 83) and Jimmie Johnson (No. 48) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88) practice drafting.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- Momentum is gaining in NASCAR for established Sprint Cup drivers like Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart who double up on the Nationide circuit to choose one or the other to challenge for a championship, but not both.

It was a hot topic at the track Friday, even hotter han the morning jet driers beating back moisture from overnight storms. Testing was still the order of the day Friday, especially in the afternoon, the second of three days in preparation for next month's Daytona 500.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport increased 27 percent in December over December 2009.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- The Main Street Bridge in Daytona Beach was closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic at 3 p.m. today after it experienced an electrical malfunction that made the drawbridge inoperable.

A crew from Volusia County’s Road and Bridge Division opened the bridge manually to permit boat traffic while the bridge undergoes repairs, county spokeswoman Pat Kuehn said of the Tuesday mishap. The bridge will remain closed until further notice, she said

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Submitted by contributing writer Mark Williams

DAYTONA BEACH -- A 35-year-old man was killed Wednesday after he was struck by a car in the 200 block of Fentress Boulevard on the City’s west side.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- A man found chained to a tree at 10 this morning by his own doing off of Nova Road near Bellevue was transported to Halifax Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation and for medical care associated with being out in the cold weather, Daytona Beach police said.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- The Orange Avenue bridge will not be closed for maintenance Thursday as previously
announced. The maintenance will be rescheduled, county spokeswoman Pat Kuehn said.

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