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As the World Turns (Left):
I walked into work two days after the Daytona 500, and the first two people I spoke with about the race essentially opened with, “What an awful last lap Danica had.”
Danica Patrick started the last lap third and finished eighth. At Daytona, you can start the final lap third and finish in traction. (Guess their TVs were busted for the Saturday race.) It was the most unfair standard ever applied to an athlete in the history of competitive sports.
Then last Friday came and the questions from NASCAR novices came fast and furious about how Patrick was doing at Phoenix. They wanted some magic again. The uninitiated equated one lap at Daytona with a Tiger Woods-esque infatuation with Patrick that just can’t be fulfilled.
By June, will she wish she had qualified fourth?
* When it was announced that the NRA would sponsor the April Sprint Cup race at Texas, the two main things Speedway Motorsports Chairman Bruton Smith told ESPN.com was that (1) the NRA was one of the top sponsors of Spe...
BEST OF MAXIM
Last week she was the belle of the ball in Daytona when she became the first woman to win the pole at Daytona and to lead a lap in the Great American Race. This week she gets a flat and crashes into the wall.
On the upside (which since there was no one hurt I can say that) we get to see the crash from the fan's point of view as well as from a camera in Danica's car--kinda...
Just one week after her whirlwind Daytona 500, Danica Patrick, and Danicamania for that matter, was brought back to reality in Phoenix. After her history making Pole position and 8th place finish, Patrick’s fan base, and her critics, were setting standards a little too high for this rookie driver. Before her four tires even hit the track at Daytona, most expected Patrick to be...
By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Sports Writer
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Danica Patrick had one of the hardest hits of her career when her car slammed into the wall at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, but walked away uninjured.
Running 26th with just over 100 laps left, Patrick blew a right front tire coming around turn 4 and slammed the right side of her car into the wall. She careened back...
As far as crashes go, this one has nothing on the Daytona 500-like pileups that are common to NASCAR. But it still had to be pretty freaky for Danica Patrick on Sunday when she blew out a tire and suddenly couldn’t see where she was going.
Patrick’s car lost a tire on lap 176 as she was coming out of turn four at the Subway 500 at the Phoenix International Raceway. She bounced...
Danica Patrick cut a tire on lap 184, resulting a hard crash in turn four that caused her to finish a disappointing 39th in the Subway Fresh Fit 500k NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.
Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), was in the top-25 when she exited turn four of the 1-mile oval and the right...
The first two weeks of racing were a roller coaster for Danica Patrick One week after starting on the pole and leading five laps en route to a record-setting eighth-place finish in the 55th Daytona 500, Danica Patrick and Tony Gibson became “the bug” after a massive accident at Phoenix sent them to a disappointing 39th-place finish.
Danica Patrick was in the top-25 on lap 184...
This NASCAR Sprint Cup season features two top rookie of the year candidates, Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
I think being a rookie today in NASCAR is probably a little different than what we're really accustomed to seeing because most of our competitors have a pretty good background in racing in other series, whether it's been in the Nationwide Series or other forms...
Pit Row Just Got Darkly Fun
10) Hoping to provide protection against some of the more temper tantrum-y drivers
9) For the highly influential PR in blogs like this one
8) Just have all kinds of money to spend now that every gun fan is stocking up post-Newtown
7) Somehow feel safe enough to make a public political stand in Texas
6) Wanted to make sure that NASCAR looked neutral...