NASCAR award is won by Augusta native

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Augusta native Perron Jones received the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program Award on Wednesday.

Jones was honored at the fifth annual NASCAR Diversity Awards Luncheon at Daytona International Speedway.

Jones, who attends Georgia Tech, interned via the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program with the IT department in Daytona Beach.

During his internship, Jones worked in the service call center and wrote a valuable app that saved the department several additional man hours.

Jones also runs track at Georgia Tech and recently set a school record in the 60-meter dash.

RADIATOR CHANGE: NASCAR increased the amount of pressure needed for the radiator to boil over Wednesday to reduce the threat of engine problems for today’s 150-mile Gatorade Duels and Sunday’s Daytona 500.

Several cars overheated during last Saturday’s Bud Shootout at Daytona International Speedway. Others had radiators that swelled to the brink of blowing up.

The pressure release valve will be increased from 25 psi to 28 psi.

BUMPING ALLOWED: While some teams wanted NASCAR to create no-bumping zones, the sanctioning body isn’t considering that kind of rule change.

There were three multi-car accidents that started with a minor bump Saturday.

Drivers have learned cars are very unstable, especially when they’re bumped in the left-rear.

THE SPEED CHART: Aric Almirola had the fastest speed in the final practice session Wednesday at 199.712 mph.

David Stremme was second, followed by Regan Smith, Robert Richardson Jr., Greg Biffle and Bobby Labonte.

Twenty-four teams skipped the final workout, including Daytona 500 pole winner Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

SOAKING IT IN: Travis Pastrana arrived for NASCAR’s annual media day last week and has been hanging around ever since. And he hasn’t even gotten into a race car.

Pastrana watched the exhibition Budweiser Shootout from the grandstands, and stuck around for Daytona 500 qualifying.

The 28-year-old extreme sports star is trying to soak in as much NASCAR as possible before making his much-anticipated debut in April.


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