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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. Read More »

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? Read More »

Numbers Game: Daytona 500

Numbers Game: Daytona 500 0 Laps led by Carl Edwards in his last 13 Cup races, compared to 5 wrecks ... Read More »

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": - who still had an outside shot at the championship - in a bush league move. Read More »

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. Read More »