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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A flat tire in the closing laps might have deterred almost any other driver except Tony Stewart,  who made a late charge with the aid of outside pole-sitter Landon Cassill to steal the win from the tandem of Clint Bowyer and Dale Earnhardt Jr. by .007 seconds in today's DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- Police are on the look-out for a white four-door vehicle in a that struck three pedestrians -- killing one of them -- while they were standing in the median in the 900 block of Ridgewood Avenue this afternoon.

The deadly hit-and-run occurred at 4:49 p.m. The vehicle was described as possibly a Buick or Nissan and should have a broken window as a result of striking the person killed.

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Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR / Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. spin in the grass after an incident during Daytona 500 practice Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach.

 

DAYTONA BEACH -- Dale Earnhardt Jr, wrecked his car in practice today at Daytona International Speedway, and in doing so, knocked himself off the pole for Sunday's Daytona 500.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- The Volusia County Beach Patrol is mourning the loss of one of its longtime employees who died while running at noon on the beach today.

"Captain Jay McDonough, 52, was running when he suddenly collapsed in the area of East International Speedway Boulevard and South Peninsula Drive," Volusia County spokeswoman Joanne Megley said gf the mid-day Wednesday news, adding, "He was transported by ambulance to Halifax Medical Center where he was pronounced dead."

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Photos credited to Getty Images / Kurt Busch wins the Bud Shootout Saturday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach for the first time on the newly repaved track.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Newly repaved track. Same old crashes in Saturday's 33rd running of the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway..

Kurt Busch was certainly thrilled in racing to the finish line over 2010 Daytona 500 champ Jamie McMurray in yet another thriller that featured "the big pne" that is a staple of restrictor-plate racing at Daytona in crash-marred pile up that that took out six cars, including pole-sitter and fan-favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Courtesy photo / "Junior" has the pole ahead of 23 other drivers tonight for the Bud Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Perhaps the getting the pole for tonight's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway in a blind draw is an omen of good things to come for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport increased 7 percent in January compared with the same period last year.

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Courtesy photo / The late Les Richter, a NASCAR executive, was among six football players and an NFL films pioneer named Saturday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  DAYTONA BEACH -- Football fans gearing up for today's Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers likely have heard of newly inducted Pro Football hall of famers Deion "Prime Time" Sanders, Marshall Fault and Shannon Sharpe. Diehard football fans likely have heard of Chicago Bears defensive end Richard Dent.

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia / The Daytona Beach News-Journal and Daytona International Speedway have an exclusive marketing agreement. Read our story below and here is a link to what the News-Journal reported online overnight: http://www.news-journalonline.com/business/local-business/2011/02/03/news-journal-becomes-official-newspaper-of-dis.html

DAYTONA BEACH -- The Daytona Beach News-Journal is reported in its Thursday edition that it has signed an exclusive "marketing agreement" making it the "official newspaper of Daytona International Speedway."

The announcement comes on the heels of Speedweeks and the Feb. 20 running of the Daytona 500.

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Video production by Sera Frederick / Daytona Beach police release surveillance video .of an armed robbery early Monday at the  Piublix Supermarket on Beville Road that led to the arrests of Antony Conyers Jr. and Shavonski Shipmon, shown below from in jail mugs, left to right, respectively, on armed robbery charges with a firearm.Click the attachment to read the police report in which one of the accused gunmen tells investigators that he told his cohort "not to chicken out" before the armed robbery went down.

DAYTONA BEACH --It didn't take police long to catch up with two men arrested today on armed robbery charges with a firearm of the Publix supermasrket 1500 Beville Road just before 7:30 a.m..

Police had ample evidence in charging Antony Conyers, Jr., 23, and Shavonski Shipmon, 27.

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