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2012 Daytona 500 moved to Feb. 26

Updated: February 20, 2011, 7:59 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The 2012 Daytona 500 will be held a week later than normal, eliminating the early off date and shortening the Sprint Cup season.

The "Great American Race'' will be held next year on Feb. 26.

"We have a very short offseason,'' said Steve O'Donnell, a senior vice president with NASCAR. "This gives us a little more time shortening up the season.''

Beyond moving the date to shorten the season, O'Donnell said NASCAR wanted to get ahead of any potential moves ...

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