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Welcome to Daytona Fan Fare, a fan-based, fan-driven blog about Speed Week and the people who love it. After you've gotten the latest results and news from official sites and washingtonpost.com, check here from Friday, 2/10 - Monday, 2/20, for what the fans are up to in Daytona.

Those fans would include me. My day job is Morning News Editor at washingtonpost.com. But for the past 10 years my passion has been stock car racing -- and this year I finally convinced my bosses (not to mention my wife, Liz) to let me do something about it.

This is the Year of the Blog at washingtonpost.com, after all, so it's not that much of a stretch. I mean, if you're a congressional aide and you're not playing for free at St. Andrew's, then you're not really trying, are you?

I'm banking on there being a whole lotta NASCAR fans who already come to the site to get other news and content. And if I'm wrong, I'll lose my D.C. privileges, my birthright and be banished for life.

I'm not all that worried. I know you're out there. Wherever I go inside or outside the Beltway, I run into residents of Daytona Nation. If I'm wearing my Tony Stewart gear (or traveling with my three- and four-year-olds who are wearing their Tony Stewart gear), it's an instant conversation starter. I've never met a shy NASCAR fan.

I see Daytona Fan Fare as of the people, by the people and for the people. E pluribus unum, baby.

I'll be writing several times a day and also plan to post digital photos and audio and video reports as often as I can.

I'm also wide open to your suggestions, so please e-mail them to me. (Please put DAYTONA BLOG in the subject line so I can filter the messages to a special folder for quick access.)

If you've got friends or family at Daytona and want to send me contact info, that would be great. I might have time to look them up. Maybe they'll have photos we can post on the blog. Or, whether you're at the track or at home, let me know what cool stuff you're hearing, and what you think I should track down.

Or, don't bother with me at all. If you've got something to say, feel free to Comment on any post.

Anyway, as far as the blog is concerned, the green flag has dropped. Let's go racing.

By Mike Snyder |  February 7, 2006; 1:10 PM ET  | Category:  About This Blog
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Posted by: Chris Miller | February 10, 2006 10:38 PM

Will Junior rebound after a terrible 2005?

Posted by: Chris Miller | February 10, 2006 10:39 PM

Are any teams testing really well?.. Also are there any newcomers to watch for?

Posted by: Dempsey | February 10, 2006 10:42 PM

What are the hotspots on the strip? I'm looking to get down there and want to go to the cool spots.

Posted by: Liam | February 10, 2006 10:45 PM

Looks like the Miller clan, some close friends of mine, have found the blog. Junior? We'll see. He was in the FanZone in the infield yesterday and I read in the local paper that he's planning on catching the Staind concert after the Shootout tonight. I'll try to catch up to him there.

I haven't been able to catch up on all the testing yet. Personally, I'm looking to see how the Gibbs Racing teams are doing. It'd be nice to see Bobby Labonte do a little something in King Richard's ride.

And Liam, I know you're your Daddy's son, but I'm not sure you can see over the top of the bar yet. Hold on a few years.

Cheers!

Posted by: Mike | February 11, 2006 09:59 AM

I've heard the real party is in the infield when the RV crowd lets loose. Will you be covering that in your blog?

Posted by: Stanley | February 11, 2006 11:03 AM

Do you really think the Gibbs racing team will do anything this time? It seems to me Gibbs has spent a lot of money with not much to show for it.

Posted by: John | February 11, 2006 11:04 AM

Stanley: Oh, I'll be covering the party all right. I am heading to the infield right now. You could say I'm in "blog heaven." Sorry, that was lame.

-Mike

Posted by: Mike | February 11, 2006 11:20 AM

John: We have a little saying around the Snyder household: "In Gibbs We Trust."

Cheers!

Posted by: Mike | February 11, 2006 11:21 AM

The real party is in the infield. Mike, it's worth checking out. In 20+ years as a NASCAR fan I've never seen a race from the stands.
Go Tony!!

Posted by: Patti C | February 13, 2006 09:26 AM

Hey, what's the scoop on Stewart's comments about bump-drafting? Are the rest of the racers behind him on it? Seems like he's the only driver with the guts to take Nascar brass to task on these issues.

Posted by: Denise C. | February 14, 2006 10:12 AM

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