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Despite critics and no wins, Danica Patrick gets ready for second NASCAR season

Danica Patrick (megasportsnews.com)

Danica Patrick stands out at the racetrack. As a woman, she always has since beginning racing go-karts at age 10 in 1992.

She hasn’t won very much since driving on the IndyCar and NASCAR circuit.

2014 is upon us and the 31-year-old Patrick, a native of Wisconsin, is beginning her second season driving on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit.

This week she is preparing for the famous Daytona 500

In 2013, she became the first woman to win the Daytona 500 pole and finished a very respectable eighth.

That finish was the highest of her rookie season for Stewart-Haas Racing. She averaged finishing 26th for the season and was 27th in points.

No one ever expects her to win a Sprint Cup race, especially the legendary Richard Petty.

Martin earns pole position for NASCAR race in Phoenix

Mark Martin (photo by Brian Neudorff via wikipedia commons)

Mark Martin will be on the pole for today’s NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway for the second straight year after becoming the second-oldest, pole-sitter in Sprint Cup history.

Joining Martin on the front row will be Kasey Kahne.

Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson is third next to Kyle Busch.

A native of Batesville, Arkansas, Martin turned 54 in January, leaving him just a few months short in beating Harry Gant as the oldest driver to earn a Sprint Cup pole. Gant drove in the NASCAR series when it was called the Winston Cup in the 1980′s and 1990′s.

Today’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 is a 312-mile race.

 

Info compiled from NASCAR Sprint Cup, Radio & TV news

Danica Patrick on the pole for the 55th running of the Daytona 500; first female to achieve feat

Danica Patrick (megasportsnews.com photo)

Race car driver Danica Patrick is used to making history on the track.

She was the first woman to lead laps at the Indianapolis 500 in 2009 finishing third and to win a motor sport event in the IndyCar in Japan in 2008.

Her most recent “first” is winning the Daytona 500 pole winner last week. By doing so, she became the first woman to grab the top spot for any race in NASCAR’s top circuit.

Patrick captured the pole with a lap at 196.434 mph around the historic Daytona International Speedway track. Only Jeff Gordon came the closest to taking her spot by being the only other driver to top 196 mph.

Patrick dives the #10 Chevrolet SS.

The previous highest qualifier in a Cup race for a female, was 1977 when Janet Guthrie started ninth at both Bristol and Talladega.

This is good news to Patrick’s long-line of followers, who have seen her struggle in three NASCAR seasons. Her best finish in 10 Sprint Cup races is 17th and she has only one to-five finish in the Nationwide Series where she finished 10th in the standings in 2012.

2013 NASCAR RACE 1 PREVIEW: Sprint Cup Daytona 500, today at 1 pm on Fox Sports

(courtesy of ISC)

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season officially opens today with one of the most popular races on the circuit, the Daytona 500 from Daytona Beach, Florida.

The race starts at 1 pm, today, February 24 on FOX Sports.

On the pole will Danica Patrick, who is the first female driver to ever achieve the top spot in NASCAR’S premiere series.

The design of the track at Daytona, which opened 54 years ago in 1959, was based on the high-banked oval at the Ford Proving Grounds near the motor city of Detroit.

The track is one of the largest on the Sprint Cup circuit of 2.5 miles in length and is a 500-mile, 200-lap race.

If there is rain in the Daytona area, NASCAR has found a way to dry the track quicker.

They’ll use a new drying system which can improve by 80%. It can dry the track in 30 minutes instead of years past when it would take 2 1/2 hours.

Daytona International Speedway diagram (By Will Pittenger via wikipedia commons)

2012 DAYTONA 500 RECAP

The race was delayed a day by rain and a jet-fueled propelled track dryer caught on fire when driver Juan Pablo Montoya’s car struck it on a caution lap.

Matt Kenseth won the restrictor-plate race.

The last 10 Sprint Cup races at Daytona International Speedway, the top drivers include, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart with two wins each and Kevin Harvick with 1.

To follow the race, log onto NASCAR.com and or DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.

Michael Waltrip to use Kentucky Wildcats scheme on his #55 Toyota for Sprint Cup race at KY

Michael Waltrip (center) with UK AD Mitch Barnhart (left) and Wildcats mascot at unveling of UK scheme car (photo courtesy of Russ Walker)

Michael Waltrip eventhough he is always on the road racing cars, he has not forgotten his love for his native Kentucky.

The native of Owensboro and two-time Daytona 500 winner unveiled a car honoring his favorite college sports team.

Waltrip was at Kentucky Speedway, site of tonight’s (Saturday, June 30, 2012) NASCAR Sprint Cup, Quaker State 400 race, to unveil a new paint scheme on the Michael Waltrip Racing #55 Toyota which pays tribute to the University of Kentucky national champion basketball team.

Waltrip has raced in 767 NASCAR Sprint Cup Races covering 28 years. He has 4 wins, 129 top 10 finishes and has captured 4 poles.

 

Info compiled from Michael Waltrip Racing, NASCAR Sprint Cup, Radio & TV news

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