Gearin Up for Daytona 500

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February 20, 2011:  Today should be considered a national holiday for NASCAR fans, because the annual Daytona 500 or “the Great American Race” will be happening this afternoon.  For those who are not lovers of NASCAR, this is an automobile race that is 500 miles in length.  The person that crosses the finish line first……WINS!

“The Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, carrying by far the largest purse.[1] Championship points awarded are equal to that of any other Sprint Cup race. It is also the series’ first race of the year; this phenomenon is virtually unique in sports, which tend to have championships or other major events at the end of the season rather than the start.”

(photo via bleacherreport.com, quote via wikipedia.com)

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