Scorching blue skies, snaking roads, crudely animated spectators: Hotshot Racing really knows its arcade racing staples. This exercise in pure, unapologetic nostalgia is a loving tribute to early 1990s driving games such as Ridge Racer, Virtua Racing and Daytona USA, with a flat-shaded polygonal art style, primary colour cityscapes and overexcited voiceovers that perfectly recall that heady era of coin-up design. A single-player Grand Prix mode puts you through progressively tougher circuits and competitions that comprise joyous remixes of much-loved Namco and Sega raceways, the background scenery filled with fairground rides, skyscrapers and ocean views. For gamers of a certain age, much of the fun is in spotting specific retro references – a ferris wheel here, a whale diving over the racetrack there – while attempting to keep up with the savagely competitive pack. Races are close and chaotic; there are only seven other cars on the circuit but they stick with you throughout each lap, constantly nudging your bumper or outright smashing you into the barriers.
NASCAR drivers, from left, Brad Keselowski (2), Daniel Suarez (41), Tyler Reddick, William Byron and Jimmie Johnson wait on pit road for their turn on the track during auto racing practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Florida, Saturday. Among those trying to win the Daytona 500 this year are a Florida watermelon farmer, a short-track champion from New England, a television analyst and a 22-year-old whose career nearly was derailed by a brain tumor. The front row is the youngest in Daytona 500 history and it will be William Byron, a Liberty University student who had his wisdom teeth removed in the offseason, leading the field to green in Sunday's showcase race to kick off the NASCAR season. The overall look of the nation's top racing series has undergone a transformation the last few seasons and proof is plastered on the hood of Corey LaJoie's car. His full facial-haired face adorns his Ford Mustang, which easily makes him the most recognizable driver among the eight Daytona 500 rookies in the field.
NASCAR rookie celebrates his'dream come true' victory over Bubba Wallace. NASCAR's Daytona 500 came down to the wire on Sunday, and it was Austin Cindric who edged out Bubba Wallace and Ryan Blaney on the front straightaway to secure the victory. Cindric appeared on "Fox & Friends" on the Fox News Channel on Monday morning. He talked to co-anchors Steve Doocy, Rachel Camps-Duffy and Lawrence Jones about his win. "Certainly a pretty intense moment they're racing for the win of the Daytona 500, it's the one that everybody wants to win," Cindric said of the narrow victory.
Kurt Busch, left, celebrates in Victory Lane with New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. Kurt Busch, left, celebrates in Victory Lane with New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. Kurt Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.