Found July 05, 2013 on Race Review Online: Yardbarker Blogger Network
Coke Zero 400: Beating Heat, Humidity, ‘Smoke’ Daytona International Speedway in July isn’t Daytona in February. The 2.5 miles of asphalt has less grip; heat and humidity test both car and driver and the race distance is 100 miles shorter. The Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca Cola (7:30 p.m. ET TNT, MRN RADIO, SIRIUSXM RADIO) is run under the lights instead of in the afternoon’s early hours. “Usually it’s about 95 degrees with 90% humidity in July so a slick track condition is biggest change we deal with when racing at Daytona International Speedway in July compared to February,” said Kevin Harvick, the race’s 2010 winner. Active drivers who have won both races – but not in the same season – are Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jamie McMurray and Michael Waltrip. The last competitor to sweep both Daytona events was NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison in 1982. Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart continues to pursue a Daytona 500 victory. But Smoke, defending winne...

Dale Earnhardt Jr. supports return of No. 3 in Cup racing

DAYTONA BEACH — Dale Earnhardt Jr. was asked what he thought about the iconic No.3 returning to Cup racing in NASCAR. The No. 3 that was driven by the late Dale Earnhardt has not raced in the Cup series since his death in 2001, a return of the car has been met with mixed reviews from fans. Earnhardt Jr. said that he thought the return of the No. 3 would be “great.” “It was...

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Coke Zero 400 Race Preview

POINTS AFTER KENTUCKY: After finishing 12th last weekend at Kentucky Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. currently ranks sixth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship standings. He trails leader and teammate Jimmie Johnson by 98 points going into this weekend’s race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. KENTUCKY POLE POSITION: Earnhardt captured his first pole position of the season...

Dale Earnhardt Jr. on return of No. 3: "I'm OK with it"

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Doubtless, there are race fans who believe the return of the No. 3 to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series would amount to heresy. Though Dale Earnhardt Jr. recognizes that naysayers will decry the revival of the 3, he has a different point of view about the car number closely associated with his late father, Dale Earnhardt, a seven-time series champion. Earnhardt...

NO ONE Should EVER Drive #3 Car Again In Sprint Cup Series

I'm calling ******** on Dale Earnhardt Jr being OK with the #3 returning to the Sprint Cup Series. My personal belief is that he is simply saying what is politically correct. It would be very unsupportive of longtime family friend Richard Childress to say anything else. But deep down, I believe he wants that number retired like many #3 fans do. I have said for MANY years that...

Can Dale Earnhardt Jr. return to Victory Lane in Daytona?

1. Can Dale Earnhardt Jr. win again at Daytona? Dale Earnhardt Jr. has long played the role of favorite in most of the NASCAR races he's run at...

This Week in NASCAR

NASCAR continues to play God.  This week, 16 Sprint Cup cars and 15 Nationwide cars had their roof flaps confiscated.  If you read the headlines and accompanying stories, these teams failed to use a roof flap kit that is provided to them by "a manufacturer".  If you listen to the drivers, they have changed nothing since the last time they were on a superspeedway, with...

Junior OK with No. 3's eventual return

It’s very likely that when Austin Dillon graduates full time to the Sprint Cup Series he will campaign in the No 3 Chevy. And Dale Earnhardt Jr. seems perfectly cool with that.
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