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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.

Tony George back on IndyCar Board of Directors

Tony George (photo by Carey Akin via wikipedia commons)

IndyCar founder Tony George has been reinstated to the Hulman & Company board of directors.

It was just five months ago that he had resigned following a failed attempt to reacquire the open-wheel series.

The Hulman-George family has owned Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1945.

The 53-year-old George resigned this past October after submitting a proposal to purchase IndyCar, the series that he founded in 1996. At the time, he cited a conflict of interest as his reason for stepping down. IndyCar is owned by the Hulman-George family.

George was allowed to return to the board because he’s no longer trying to regain control of the racing series.

 

NASCAR Race Preview #3: Kobalt Tools 400 today from Las Vegas at 3:16 pm on FOX

Las Vegas Motor Speedway from above (photo by Tom Donoghue via wikipedia commons)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves to another warm climate for the March 10 race.

From Daytona to Phoenix and now Las Vegas, Nevada for the Kobalt Tools 400 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

FOX has the televised broadcast with a starting tme of 3:16 p.m.

The desert speedway is a 1.5-mile tri-oval. The 400.5 mile race breaks down to 267 laps.

This speedway has wide, progressive banking which allows for fast, side-by-side racing.

After Stardust International Raceway closed up in 1970, plans were made for a dragstrip, road course and dirt track and a $72 million superspeedway, which was completed in 1996.

Indycar driver Richie Hearn won the first race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Mark Martin won the first Cup race in 1998.

Tony Stewart was the 2012 winner at Las Vegas in March (megasportsnews.com photo)

The track qualifying record was set by Kasey Kahne in 2012 with a lap of 190.456 mph and the race record was set by Martin at 146.554 mph in 1998.

Top active drivers with wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is Jimmie Johnson with 4 wins, Carl Edwards, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth with 2 wins apiece.

RECAPPING 2012 KOBALT TOOLS 400

Tony Stewart beat out Jimmie Johnson to win the third race of the NASCAR season, however, Greg Biffle took the points lead by finishing third.

For more information or to follow the race you can log onto NASCAR.com or LVMS.com.

 

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.

Kyle Busch beats Tony Stewart in Prelude to the Dream charity race

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ROSSBURG, OHIO — NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch showed he can win on any surface as he won the eighth annual Prelude to the Dream charity race at Tony Stewart’s dirt-track, Eldora Speedway before a standing-room only crowd of over 20,000.

Kyle Busch meets with the media

Busch started second and ran near the front of the pack during the entire late-model race, which consisted of 40 laps for the first time over the usual 30.

The original field of 26 cars was reduced to 15 cars in the final 16 laps of the Prelude on the half-mile oval track.

Kasey Kahne was the leading the race until he hit Bobby Labonte in Turn 3 after Labonte had spun out. Busch, who always knows how to take advantage of restarts, was in second-palce at the time, and took advantage of Kahne’s misfortune to win his first Prelude charity race after finishing in the top-five, four other trips to the western Ohio track.

(courtesy of Eldora Speedway)

Danica Patrick, the only female in the race, did a nice job and finished 15th, completing 37 of 40 laps. She spun out a couple of times, but basically stayed clear of all the accidents on the track. Not bad for a driver, who had never run a car on dirt before. She did say that at the age of 12, she competed in a go-kart race on dirt.

Not everybody in the crowd at Eldora Speedway was happy to see Patrick in the race. She received the same reaction that bad-boy Kurt Busch received, an equal amount of boos. One fan, who talked to me with the understanding I would not use her name, said that Patrick is competing in a man’s sport and can’t be successful. Patrick’s performances since leaving IndyCar to move over to NASCAR doesn’t really merit all the hype she creates. After all, she has not won a race in four years.

Kyle Busch's #18 M&M's car out front in race

As a reporter of motor racing, I will say that Danica Patrick brings several qualities: beauty, always a great interview, determination, confidence, a lucrative name for sponsors and a big draw for TV audiences.

The race benefited Feed The Children with the net proceeds from HBO’s Pay-per-View telecast. Feed The Children agreed to send a truckload of food to the hometown or a city of choice of the top-10 finishers in the race. The event has raised 3.5 million for various charities across the nations since its inaugural season of 2005.

Kyle Busch accepts the winner's check of $10,000 which he will donate to charity

The Prelude race roster had drivers from NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Truck Series, IndyCar, NHRA and the World of Outlaw Sprint Series.

Busch said that “Tony Stewart has turned the Prelude to the Dream” race into a huge ordeal. It always fun to race this race and help people who are less fortunate.”

Tony Stewart said that the event has improved every year and is amazed that a town of Rossburg, Ohio, which is located in Darke County, and a population of 250 people, can get a crowd of 20,000-plus fans to attend the race.

The Prelude race is always run in June each year.

 

Photos by megasportsnews.com

 

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