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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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Courtesy photo / Scott Pruett and fellow Daytona Prototype champion Memo Rojas joined team newcomers Joey Hand and Graham Rahal in the No. 01 TELMEX/Target BMW/Riley, to take the checkered flag Sunday in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

DAYTONA BEACH -- It may be two trips around the clock, but it took as last-lap sprint for Scott Pruett to take theckered flag to win the Rolex 24 today at Daytona International Speedway.

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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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NEWS FLASH: 

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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