Articles By Rich Mcvey
Although Matt Kenseth took home the checkered flag at the Daytona 500 last night, most spectators will be talking about the bizarre crash involving driver Juan Pablo Montoya. The crash took place while under caution when Montoya crashed into a jet dryer filled with about 200 gallons of jet fuel. The collision sparked a massive fire that scorched the track and delayed the race for more than an hour.
UPDATE, MONDAY, 10:20 am: NASCAR President Mike Helton has just announced that the race has again been rescheduled. The green flag is set to drop at 7 pm ET.
The Daytona 500 was scheduled to run Sunday, but scattered Florida showers kept drivers off the track and the guys in the Fox commentary booth scrambling to fill several hours of live TV.
NASCAR has since rescheduled the start time for noon (Eastern) Monday. However, a look at the Daytona forecast makes the likelihood of a noon start time seem unlikely.
Although rain has disrupted the Great American Race in the past, this marks the first time in the 54-year history of the race that is has been postponed to another day.
For historical reference, here's a quick look at previous rain disruptions at the Daytona 500.
1963—First 10 laps run under yellow due to rain.
1965—Rain-shortened -- 133 laps (332.5 miles).
1966—Rain-shortened -- 198 laps (495 miles).
1979—First 16 laps run under yellow due to rain.
1992—Laps 84-89 run under yellow due to rain on backstretch.
1995—Red flag on lap 71 due to rain. Red flag lasted 1:44.
2003—Two red flags for rain. 1st: lap 63; 1:08. Rain-shortened -- 109 laps (272.5 miles).
2009—Rain-shortened -- 152 laps (380 miles).
We're not sure who the Michigan fan is at Google, but we noticed something rather interesting while looking up "Ohio Stadium" on Google Maps. If you search for the Buckeyes home stadium and scroll over it, a notation (albeit for "Columbus Crew Stadium") pops up that offers a not so flattering description.
As the 2012 NASCAR season revs up, we've put together a quick look at this year's Sprint Cup schedule. To get links to tracks, driver bios, and race times, be sure to check out our comprehensive NASCAR 2012 Schedule and our NASCAR Hub, which celebrates 10 years of NASCAR annuals at Athlon Sports.
2012 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SCHEDULE*non-points race
Gary Carter, the Hall of Fame catcher best know for his years with the New York Mets, died on Thursday at the age of 57.
Carter, who was nicknamed The Kid, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor last May, two weeks after finishing his second season as coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
"I am deeply saddened to tell you all that my precious dad went to be with Jesus today at 4:10 p.m. This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write in my entire life but I wanted you all to know," Carter's daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote on the family website.
"He is in heaven and has reunited with his mom and dad. I believe with all my heart that dad had a STANDING OVATION as he walked through the gates of heaven to be with Jesus," Bloemers wrote.
Nobody said it was easy putting on a dog costume and entertaining thousands of fans. Just ask the Cavs mascot Moondog, who, while trying to work the crowd into a frenzy of drum-beating excitement, took a nasty fall. Of course, his pain is our entertainment. Kids, don't try this at home. Well, unless you have a dog costume.
The always-fabulous Kate Upton is gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated's 2012 Swimsuit Issue. And we love that. But what we love even more is that SI also has a video of Kate Upton during one of her photo shoots. So the question is, why are you still reading this?
Be sure to check out Kate's entire SI Swimsuit gallery.
With time ticking down, basketball sensation (and former bench warmer) Jeremy Lin made a clutch 3-pointer last night to help his team, the New York Knicks, top the Toronto Raptors 90-87. The game-winning shot continues the "Lin-sanity" that's been sweeping the NBA the last week as the 6-3, 200-pound point guard has been on fire, taking his team on a six-game winning streak.