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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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DAYTONA BEACH -- Patrick Henry won the special election for the zone 5 city commission seat tonight that his older brother was forced to vacate because of pending charges that absentee ballots were illegally obtained before last August's primary.

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YouTube video of the crash-marred final lap of the 2010 Bud Shootout at Daytona won by Kevin Harvick.

DAYTONA BEACH -- The field for the 2011 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona will feature former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions, the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field, a host of former outstanding rookies and a collection of previous winners at the "World Center of Racing." Adding to the drama of the 33rd annual season-opening event, this field of drivers will compete for the first time on Daytona's new asphalt.

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Photo by Henry Frederick / Here is a view of the Orange Avenue Bridge in Daytona Beach as taken from inside a car.
Editor's note: The following story was submitted by contributing writer Dale Smith:

DAYTONA BEACH – With the clock ticking on the life span of the Orange Avenue draw bridge in Daytona Beach, the Volusia County Council earlier today unanimously approved plans to replace it with a  high-rise fixed bridge, replacing the aging structure that’s been servicing traffic since 1954.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- Sports cars from the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge will test on the new racing surface of Daytona International Speedway beginning Friday and running through the weekend in advance of the Rolex 24 At Daytona the weekend of Jan. 27-30.

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