Danica Patrick Articles

Setting the starting lineup for the Daytona 500 can be a trial of confusion for those that choose not to read the syllabus. And let’s be honest, that’s why you’re reading this, right? You want the CliffsNotes. Fair enough. So allow me to...
Matt Taliaferro
4 years ago
Daytona. For the casual fan, it’s the one time a year in which tuning in is a must, not an option. For the hardcore fans and industry veterans, it’s a spiritual revival. It suffices as the start of a new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season when teams...
Athlon Sports
4 years ago
Daytona Beach, Fla., is steeped in motorsports history. Known as “the birthplace of speed,” land speed records have been set on its white sand beaches. Drivers from a variety of disciplines have visited its victory lanes. One of the world’s great...
Matt Taliaferro
4 years ago
It’s been a unique start to Speedweeks in Daytona for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series. Though technically, I guess most starts are unique. This one, however, has taken a new (if not predictable) turn since Danica Patrick went public concerning her...
Matt Taliaferro
4 years ago
Until last week, crew chief Jimmy Fennig admits he had “very seldom’’ talked to Carl Edwards in their years together at Roush Fenway Racing. “I’m the type of crew chief that I focus in on the job at hand and the driver I have and don’t really...
Athlon Sports
5 years ago
Once the smoke cleared, the cars (or what was left of them) were loaded and the Sunday sun set over Phoenix International Raceway, a new championship landscape had emerged in NASCAR. But tempers as hot and raw as the surrounding Sonora Desert...
Matt Taliaferro
5 years ago
A Goodyear tire test Tuesday and Wednesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway could provide a clue as to how racy NASCAR’s 2013 Sprint Cup car can be. While the focus will be on tires at the test, NASCAR also will experiment with the car in hopes of...
Matt Taliaferro
5 years ago
There is typically one race in NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship that throws the Sprint Cup field the proverbial curveball. The perils of Talladega are well known, so drivers and teams approach it with a survivalist’s mentality. The 1.5-mile...
Matt Taliaferro
5 years ago
Don’t be fooled by the court jester routine Clint Bowyer seems to play in press conferences. For all the joking he does, he’s serious about winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. With five races left in the Chase, Bowyer is fourth in the...
Matt Taliaferro
5 years ago
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader Brad Keselowski admits he has conflicting emotions heading into this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. “There’s part of me that says no matter how bad Talladega goes I can only be 47 points back...
Matt Taliaferro
5 years ago
Days after Brad Keselowski employed some gamesmanship — and subsequent mind games — at Chicagoland Speedway, Tony Stewart detailed his use of mental deviousness, claiming that he knew even before last year’s NASCAR season finale at Homestead...
Matt Taliaferro
5 years ago
Coming off another exciting race at Bristol Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads south to Atlanta Motor Speedway for this weekend's AdvoCare 500. Only two races remain before the Chase for the Cup gets underway in Chicago, and if...
Matt Taliaferro
5 years ago
Few topics in NASCAR have been as polarizing as track owner Bruton Smith’s decision to “narrow up” the historic half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway. Once the scene of some of NASCAR’s most memorable on- and off-track antics, the rough ’n’ tumble...
Matt Taliaferro
5 years ago
One theme is consistent among competitors as NASCAR returns to Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time since track changes intended to create tighter racing. “I just hope that they didn’t screw it up,” points leader Greg Biffle says. “I...
Matt Taliaferro
5 years ago
NASCAR fined Kurt Busch $50,000 on Tuesday for his actions toward the end and after Saturday night’s Southern 500 at Darlington. Busch was one of three people fined and one of four people placed on probation. NASCAR put Busch on probation...
Matt Taliaferro
5 years ago
In honor of Mother’s Day, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to the “Lady In Black” for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. On the schedule for 62 years, Darlington is steeped in NASCAR history and is one of the toughest tracks on...
Matt Taliaferro
5 years ago
Talladega always leaves fans with something to talk about and last weekend was no different from Danica Patrick’s bump that sent Sam Hornish Jr. into the wall after the checkered flag in the Nationwide race to the Jeff Gordon’s woes and the type...
Matt Taliaferro
5 years ago
Quick, what do the names Kevin Conway and Andy Lally have in common? Are they: A) Two prominent Wall Street investment bankers B) Battling for the same role in One Life To Live C) Americans running in the Tour de France D) The 2010 and 2011...
Matt Taliaferro
5 years ago
This is what retirement is supposed to be like. “This is so much fun,’’ Mark Martin said after his third-place finish last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Well, the 53-year-old Martin never said he was retiring, just that he wouldn’t race a...
Matt Taliaferro
5 years ago
by Dustin Long Members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council had much to talk about in regards to Martinsville. From their thoughts on David Reutimann trying to make it to the end but causing a late-race caution to the racing in both the Sprint...
Matt Taliaferro
5 years ago
by Dustin Long Does qualifying matter? Are fans watching? Is there a better way? Those were among some of the questions members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council debated this week, along with rating last weekend’s Cup race at Las Vegas and if...
Matt Taliaferro
5 years ago
by Dustin Long Have you noticed the oddity already taking place in NASCAR this season? Don’t see it? Look at the Nationwide Series where all three races have been won by drivers not competing full time in Cup this year. James Buescher won...
Matt Taliaferro
5 years ago
by Tom Bowles After five years of skydiving downward in both ratings and relevance, 2011 appeared to be the season NASCAR pulled out the parachute. A white-knuckle championship battle, ending in a tie between Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart, led...
Matt Taliaferro
5 years ago
by Dustin Long For a moment, well, actually about two hours on Monday night, it appeared as if the Daytona 500 would conclude one of the greatest weekends in racing upsets. As crews doused a jet fuel fire and then washed Turn 3 with Tide,...
Matt Taliaferro
5 years ago
by Matt Taliaferro The forecast isn’t great for today’s Daytona 500, with rain expected in the Daytona Beach, Fla., area, but hopefully at 1:29 pm EST the green flag will fly over NASCAR’s Great American Race as scheduled — and the race will be...
Matt Taliaferro
5 years ago

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