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Longtime NASCAR Fans Still Not Ready to Give Danica Patrick Their Support

Right after Danica Patrick posted a lap of 196.434 mph to sit on the pole for the Daytona 500, a team in the Frontstretch fantasy league popped up named, “DanicasBackstretchTurboButton.” I laughed — less because of how funny the name was, and more because I couldn’t believe somebody had even taken a shot at Patrick for winning the pole. That was only the beginning. Leading up to the 500, a story that a number of media outlets put out was whether or not Danica had an unfair advantage because of her weight.

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Going By the Numbers: Retaining Daytona 500 Magic Isn’t Easy

In 1982, the Daytona 500 was run at the very beginning of the NASCAR Cup season, rather than as its second event. The date stuck, and the Great American Race has been run as the first points race of the year ever since. For all drivers running a full season (which is to say most), the 500 is the first etching on an otherwise clean slate. And when the eventual winner rolls into Victory Lane, things only look up for him or her. The points lead, a jump on the competition, a potential early favorite for the title – what could go wrong?

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Numbers Game: Daytona 500

Numbers Game: Daytona 500 0 Laps led by Carl Edwards in his last 13 Cup races, compared to 5 wrecks he’d been involved in with both January testing and Daytona Speedweeks. 1 The number of start-and-parkers combined in NASCAR’s top three series this weekend, including zero in Sunday’s Daytona 500. …

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Recaps 37th Annual DART Winternationals

The Real Deal Don O’Neal in Victory Lane at East Bay Raceway Park. Photo Courtesy of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series completed another successful Dart Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida last week. There were 46 different drivers that …

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Bill Rose to Miss the Next World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Weekend

_Gravel takes over at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas and Tucson International Raceway_ The old saying goes, if it wasn’t for bad luck, you’d have no luck at all. Bill Rose probably wouldn’t mind having no luck after injuries have plagued his last three seasons. Rose, who broke his …

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6th “Copper on Dirt” Showcases Sprints and Midgets Friday and Saturday at Canyon Speedway Park

The AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars and USAC Western Midgets open their 2013 campaigns in this weekend’s 6th “Copper on Dirt” events at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. Defending USAC National Drivers Champion Bryan Clauson and five-time consecutive USAC/CRA Sprint Car king Mike Spencer, plus Western Midget Champion Shannon …

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5 Points To Ponder: Edwards’ Early End, Bowyer-Gordon And Old Habits Die Hard

=After all the hype of what was ultimately a pretty disappointing Great American Race, it’s back to the start of the “real” unrestricted regular season with a trip to the desert and the one-mile flat track of Phoenix International Raceway, which is exactly where I’ll start this week’s edition of Five Points to Ponder. *ONE: A Return To The Scene Of The Crime: Round Two* For Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon, in particular, the trip to the desert is a return to an ugly/entertaining flashback - depending on your point of view. "Rewind back with me to the unforgettable penultimate race of last season when Gordon took out Bowyer":http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxAEnmOLXdQ - who still had an outside shot at the championship - in a bush league move.

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Unofficial Results: 55th Annual Daytona 500

*KEY:* *- Led The Most Laps (R) = Rookie of the Year Candidate (I) = Ineligible to earn points _Editor’s Note: Remember, some drivers will score zero points as they’re only allowed to accumulate them in one of NASCAR’s top three series: Sprint Cup, Nationwide, or Camping World Trucks._ *Sprint …

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Johnson Takes Advantage Of Lane Choice To Win Second Daytona 500

The list of drivers who’ve won in their 400th career start, including Sunday reads like a Who’s Who of Who’s Mattered within this sport. Four of them are Hall of Famers: Richard Petty, Lee Petty, David Pearson, and Dale Earnhardt, Sr. paired with the sport’s most successful independent, Dave Marcis. …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2013 Daytona 500

*The Key Moment* – Jimmie Johnson made the most of his 400th career start, edging ahead of Brad Keselowski just as the final caution flag flew. That gave the No. 48 entry the preferred outside groove for the final restart, where it was all over after that. (Finally.) *In a Nutshell* – Dang, I’ve seen more passes made at the local geriatric center’s Valentine’s Day party. Was it a steep learning curve and getting acclimated to new equipment, or is this car going to earn the nickname, "Generation Sux?" *Dramatic Moment* – There were damn few of them as the drivers drove lap after lap in a single-lane, processional parade.

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