2014 Daytona 500
What: 200 laps or 500 miles
Where: Daytona International Speedway, a 2.5-mile high-banked, tri-oval in Daytona Beach, Fla.
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When: 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23
Radio: Motor Racing Network
2013 winner: Jimmie Johnson
Worth mentioning: All three NASCAR national series – Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Trucks – will take part in an expanded version of “Preseason Thunder” testing at Daytona in January. The Cup series will test Jan. 9-10, Nationwide on Jan. 11-12 and Trucks on Jan. 13-14.
Who’s Hot/Who’s Not
Jimmie Johnson: Now a six-time Cup series champion. Do I hear seven?
Denny Hamlin: Ended a miserable season on a high note.
Matt Kenseth: A career-changing move turned into a career-best season.
Kyle Busch: No championship, but a career-high finish of fourth in points.
Matt Crafton: Added a championship to an already successful Truck series career.
Austin Dillon: He now has two NASCAR championships. Do I hear three?
NASCAR: Inexcusable not to throw a red flag and waste 12 laps cleaning debris late in the Nationwide Series season finale.
Donovan McNabb: If Jimmie Johnson is “absolutely not” an athlete then McNabb was “absolutely not” an NFL quarterback.
National anthem singers: Just sing the song.