Danica Patrick

Earnhardt Jr. consistent, but will wins follow?

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Auto Club Speedway
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<p> Five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.</p>

1. Strong start, but when does Dale Earnhardt Jr. win?
Depending on how you judge these things, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is off to the most impressive start to a NASCAR Sprint Cup season in his career. The claim comes with Earnhardt, now second in the point standings, putting together his best average finish (5.0) after four races since he started full-time in 2000.

Logano and Hamlin: Old teammates, new NASCAR rivalry?

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Food City 500 at Bristol.
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<p> Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Food City 500 at Bristol.</p>

There’s nothing about a rough start to the NASCAR season a short track can’t fix. During a thrilling weekend in Bristol, the sport had a near-photo finish in Saturday’s Nationwide race (remember this name: Kyle Larson) and several thrilling moments during Sunday’s big show. After plenty of criticism — from a driver’s $25,000 fine to fans railing about Daytona’s single-file 500 — it’s hard to find anyone complaining about the action in Thunder Valley. But honestly, when’s the last time fans left a short track feeling they threw their hard-earned money down the toilet?

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Kobalt Tools 500 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Predicting the best fantasy drivers in Las Vegas so you don't have to.
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<p> Dustin Long ranks each driver on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit for this weekend's Kobalt Tools 500 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.</p>

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season rolls on to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Kobalt Tools 500. To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long will be offering up his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, he’ll break down the picks according to its NASCAR driver classes—A-List, B-List, C-List.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Phoenix International Raceway

Predicting the best fantasy drivers in Phoenix so you don't have to.
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<p> Dustin Long ranks each driver on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit for this weekend's Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.</p>

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season rolls on to Phoenix International Raceway for the Subway Fresh Fit 500. To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports will be offering up our best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing  game is arguably the most popular, we'll break down our picks according to its NASCAR driver classes—A-List, B-List, C-List.

Danica impresses at Daytona, NASCAR's Gen-6 does not

Through the Gears: Five things we learned in the Daytona 500
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<p> Through the Gears: Five things we learned in the Daytona 500</p>

The Great American Race, for the first 180 laps, looked more like the Great American Parade. Cars ran single-file for much of the Daytona 500, content to ride in packs for fear that pulling out for a pass would leave them slower than the street cars the new Gen-6 models are supposed to resemble.

Jimmie Johnson wins the Daytona 500

Johnson edges Earnhardt for second 500 crown
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<p> Johnson edges Earnhardt for second 500 crown.</p>

NASCAR’s new Gen-6 car gave way to a new style of drafting in the Great American Race, while newcomer Danica Patrick once again made history. The ultimate result, though, was all too familiar. Jimmie Johnson scored career Cup win No. 61 by holding off a charging Dale Earnhardt Jr. on a frantic final lap to win the 55th Daytona 500.

Harvick a favorite, Danica on point for Daytona 500

NASCAR: Five Things to Watch at Daytona
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<p> Five things to watch for in the Daytona 500.</p>

Sunday's Daytona 500, the 55th in the long, storied history of The Great American Race, officially has the field set. There are endless stories emanating from NASCAR's biggest event, but here are the five that will most impact Sunday's race.

Harvick, Busch win Duels; hint at what's to come in Daytona

What we've learned thus far in Speedweeks
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<p> What the Sprint Unlimited and Budweiser Duels have taught us.</p>

The theme of NASCAR Speedweeks in Daytona thus far?

Timidity.

New cars that do not line up square and are volatile in the draft; a supposed lack of quality body parts back at the team shops in North Carolina; valued information gleaned on specific cars that crew chiefs don’t want sacrificed.

For these reasons — and possibly because there’s no need to show one’s hand just yet — the action has been relatively staid at Daytona International Speedway.

Storylines, history surround NASCAR's Daytona 500

Running the facts, figures and numbers on the Daytona 500
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The Daytona 500 is an event that transcends its own sport, much the same as the Super Bowl, the World Series or the Masters. Over the last 54 years, a lot of history has been made just off the beach (and just on it) on Daytona International Speedway's 2.5-miles of asphalt. The following is a look at the numbers, facts and figures of NASCAR's biggest race.

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