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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Adjusts Themselves in Charlotte, ESPN Bids Farewell to Indy

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest race weekends of the entire year in motorsports.  You have Monaco, Charlotte and Indianapolis.  Add Lime Rock for Pirelli World Challenge on top of that and you basically have four days without sleep. Coca-Cola 600 Sunday night saw the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series take on Charlotte …

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The “Danica Double” Isn’t Memorable, But Patrick Left Her Mark in Auto Racing

2018 Indianapolis Indycar Zach Catanzareti Danica Patrick

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After crashing out of her final NASCAR race in the 2018 Daytona 500, Danica Patrick had one more chance to leave auto racing on a high note. Patrick, driving for Ed Carpenter Racing, qualified seventh for the 102nd Indianapolis 500, but after 67 laps, she wrecked on the exit of Turn 2. And thus ends …

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Will Power Finally Victorious in Indianapolis 500

Will Power Indy 500

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After coming up short in his 10 pervious attempts, Will Power finally won his first Indianapolis 500. Power had visited Victory Lane 29 times in his Verizon IndyCar Series career, but none had happened in the Indy 500 prior to Sunday afternoon (May 27). “I just can’t believe it,” Power said in Victory Lane. “I …

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Happiness Is: Packages, Miles & A Finale

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Sunday 11 February 2018 Danica Patrick, Premium Motorsports, Godaddy Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

Bon Voyage, Danica (Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The announcement for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, class of 2019, seemed to come out of nowhere.  That doesn’t mean that it probably hadn’t been on the docket for months, but rather that it does bring a kind of funny realization.  It’s the kind of feeling that comes as no real surprise yet at the …

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Happiness Is: Quiet, Pastels & Forgotten Names

#22: Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Shell Pennzoil And #21: Paul Menard, Wood Brothers Racing, Ford Fusion Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

Joey Logano leading a quiet race (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Spencer Gallagher won the first race of his NASCAR XFINITY Series career this past Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.  The ebullient driver, raw and giddiness exuded palpapatle joy during his post-race interview.   The reaction from other drivers and those calling the broadcast, which should be noted were other drivers, also seemed to embrace the win, …

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Did You Notice?: A Second Look At NASCAR Silly Season 10 Races In

2017 Indianapolis Cup Alex Bowman Dale Earnhardt Jr. Zach Catanzareti

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Did You Notice? … Sometimes, NASCAR Silly Season moves turn into mistakes? 10 races in, let’s take a look at some of the biggest driver decisions entering 2018 and see how they’re turning out. For now, we’ll give Darrell Wallace Jr. and William Byron a break; rookies typically need a little more seat time before …

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5 Points To Ponder: Fords In Focus, Danica Who?, And Kevin Harvick, Then And Now

2018 Daytona Xfinity Zach Catanzareti Aric Almirola

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

ONE: Fords To The Front, Take Two Camaro who? Camry what? Ford may have the oldest car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series but they’re certainly learning new tricks to beat their manufacturer competition straight into submission. Kevin Harvick’s dominating Atlanta performance came with fellow Ford driver Brad Keselowski in tow. Combined, the duo …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Legacies Continue

2016 Xfinity Homestead Miami Speedway Austin Dillon Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

That was some ending. Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney dominated the race, but on the final lap of the 2018 Daytona 500, in overtime, Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon spun Aric Almirola out of the lead to take the second victory of his career in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He was followed by …

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Danica Patrick’s NASCAR Career Ends After Daytona 500 Wreck

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For the first half of Sunday’s Daytona 500, Danica Patrick flashed some potential. She was running inside the top 20 and looked to be in position for a solid finish. But in an instant, her NASCAR career ended the same way last season came crashing down – winding up involved in someone else’s wreck. It was …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Daytona 500 Pre-Race Rundown

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Sunday 11 February 2018 Danica Patrick, Premium Motorsports, Godaddy Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

Bon Voyage, Danica (Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

In the latest episode of the 2018 Frontstretch Podcast, we do a full Daytona 500 preview with Dustin Albino, Tom Bowles, Joseph Wolkin, Michael Massie, Mike Neff and Zach Catanzareti. We give you a full rundown of Daytona Speedweeks to this point. Topics range from the new, slower pit stops to Danica Patrick‘s NASCAR finale. How will she …

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3 Things to Take Away from Daytona 500 Media Day

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More times than not, NASCAR Media Days are not all that newsworthy.  However, Wednesday’s Daytona 500 Media Day sparked some controversy. Each driver made their respective rounds from different medium to different medium. But the afternoon ended with a bang, with soon-to-be the most recent retired driver Danica Patrick. 1) Patrick, who will be competing in her …

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Danica Patrick Joining Ed Carpenter Racing for Final Indianapolis 500

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Sunday 11 February 2018 Danica Patrick, Premium Motorsports, Godaddy Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

Bon Voyage, Danica (Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

As the only woman to lead laps in both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, Danica Patrick has done a lot in her racing career. But on Wednesday, she admitted to doing something new, saying, “I’ve never done that in my career.” What was it? Patrick accidentally revealed that her last race would be …

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