Found August 22, 2013 on
The Sports Bank:
Danica Patrick is headed to Bristol this weekend, but not that Bristol. She’s racing a car in Tennessee, not getting the “Car Wash” treatment from ESPN in Connecticut.
Say the words “Bristol Night Race,” and drivers, crew members and fans immediately think of one of the great spectacles on the Sprint Cup circuit. The .533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway with 160,000 seats wrapped around the track is the modern day equivalent of the Roman Circus Maximus. Some have compared the race track to the Roman Colosseum, but that makes little to no sense. Circus Maximus is what they’re intending to say.
Danica Patrick experienced her first Bristol night race last year as she made just her fourth career Sprint Cup start. It was another terrible outing for Patrick as she was in the top-20 and on the lead lap with 66 laps remaining when her car was hit by another car and contacted the SAFER Barrier on the inside retaining wall of the frontstretch. She finished 29th, and gave another “One Lap Downica...
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After her first trip to Michigan resulted in an impressive 13th place finish for Danica Patrick, her return to the two-mile track was hoping to garnish similar results. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.
Patrick finished 23rd in her 33rd career Sprint Cup Series start last Sunday in the Pure Michigan 400. She went down a lap early in the race...
Danica Patrick is still learning to put a fast lap down in her GoDaddy.com Chevrolet -- she was 21st in qualifying for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway -- but the Stewart-Haas Racing driver is on pole position in the shoe department.
That's because Bruton Smith, the 86-year-old CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc., the company that owns Bristol, has given Patrick...
I am sorry, Smoke, but you must sit — for the next three months.
And I don’t mean inside your stock car.
One of the biggest names in NASCAR is Tony Stewart, a three-time Sprint Cup champion and part-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing. Tony Stewart is also Danica Patrick’s boss, as One Lap Downica herself races the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet for SHR.
But Tony Stewart broke his...