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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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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.

Catch up with the latest NASCAR headlines updated around the clock on our Sports page.

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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