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Carl Edwards on pole position for the Daytona 500

The serious things have debuted in the NASCAR series as the Daytona International Speedway was presented last weekend his first tests of the season on an oval track. The main event was the meeting of qualifying for the Daytona 500, the opening of the Sprint Cup race. A meeting for a first determine the starting line only. In this game (3 laps spears), drivers Roush-Fenway Racing (Ford) have the best watches, edging Carl Edwards Greg Biffle.

The day before, the first 25 classes competed in the championship in 2011 for the "Bud Shootout", a prestigious event that is truly the first test of the season in race format for the Sprint Cup drivers. An ordeal which, however, it is hoped that it will not reflect the 2012 season, three neutralization for the arrival and a large number of damaged cars in pileups slow considerably from the ordeal.

Kyle Busch was the hero of the evening. Party at the forefront, it retrograda penultimate after being pushed by Jeff Gordon. The price of a quite extraordinary mastery to prevent his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to go straight to the wall, he managed not only to stay on track but also to catch up with the leaders to rise to the forefront a few hundred yards from the arrival and thus take a breath against the 2011 champion Tony Stewart (Chevrolet).

Australian Marcos Ambrose (Ford Richard Petty Motorsports) took the third place, ahead of Brad Keselowski (Dodge), Denny Hamlin (Toyota) and Greg Biffle (Ford). According to several observers, Ambrose could be the surprise of the 2012 season, while the laureate of the ordeal run Nationwide in Montreal last year was revealed increasingly as one of the best pilots who have mastered all track types used NASCAR (short ovals, super oval and road course).

The activities continue at Daytona this week. Wednesday, two qualifying races are on the program for determining the starting grid for all rows after the first line. Friday it was the turn of pilots Camping World Trucks Series to play their first race of the season. They will imitate their confreres of the Nationwide Series on Saturday. As the prestigious Daytona 500 (first round 2012 Sprint Cup), it will run Sunday after-noon.

Also this week, the Formula 1 teams show the way to Spain. After a week of testing at Jerez de la Frontera (in the south) at the beginning of the month, it is Barcelona that welcomes teams for three days of tests, the last before sending cars in Australia for the opening of the season in mid-March. Eleven of the twelve teams will race, the stable Mercedes AMG will benefit also to present his new car, the W03, which we hope she will finally have Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg to shine a little more than in the previous two seasons.

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