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

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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)


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.

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Juan Pablo Montoya earns NASCAR pole at Watkins Glen

Juan Pablo Montoya usually expects to win the pole whenever the NASCAR Sprint Cup races go to road courses due to his experience in Formula One.

Montoya earned the top starting spot last week at Pocono, and made it two in a row Saturday at Watkins Glen International, the 2.45-mile road course that gave the driver from Colombia, the second of his two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.

Juan Pablo Montoya's #42 car getting a pre-race inspection ( photo)

With seven wins during his time in Formula One racing, Montoya expects to run well at road courses, and on Saturday he did, winning the pole for Sunday’s Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen in a track-record 69.438 seconds (127.020 mph). The Coors Light pole award was Montoya’s second of the season and first on a road course at the Cup level and the ninth of his career.

Montoya edged out Kyle Busch (126.928 mph) by .05 seconds. Busch also broke the track record of 126.421 mph he set last year, as did third-place qualifier Jimmie Johnson (126.925 mph), fourth-place Brad Keselowski (126.626 mph), and fifth-place Marcos Ambrose (126.524 mph).

The top 10 drivers in the standings qualify for the Chase, along with the two drivers from positions 11-20 with the most victories. Montoya is 27 points behind 20th-place Jeff Burton and would have to improve at least one position to be able to grab a wild-card spot.

NASCAR RACE #22 PREVIEW: Watkins Glen International, Today at 1:00 pm on ESPN

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves from Pennsylvania to Western New York today for the Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen race.
The race starts at 1:00 P.M. on ESPN at Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York.

(Illustration by Will Pittenger via wikipedia commons)

The race track is a tricky, 11-turn road course which covers 2.45 miles of natural terrain. The race will cover 220.5 miles which equates to a 90-lap race.
Racing began at The Glen in 1948 on a course that included asphalt, concrete and dirt roads through the village which has a population of 2,149 people. The races were moved to a temporary course in 1953 before a permanent circuit was built in 1956.
The 1965 race won by Marvin Panch, had just 19 cars, led for all but 13 laps and pocketed a purse of $1,425. Cup racing left and did not return until 1986.

Tony Stewart has done well at The Glen with 5 wins ( photo)

There have been more than $30 million invested by the owners for improvements in the track since 2001.
In the last 10 NASCAR Cup races at Watkins Glen, Tony Stewart has won 5 wins with Kyle Busch, Juan Pablo Montoya and Kevin Harvick with one each.
RECAPPING THE 2011 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen: Marcos Ambrose avoided crashes and became the first Australian to win a Cup race. He took the lead from Brad Keselowski on the first lap of a green-white checkered flag finish.
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Marcos Ambrose won at The Glen in 2011 (2012 photo by Brian Neudorff, F1fans via wikipedia commons)

Keselowski wins Quaker State 400 race at Kentucky Speedway


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SPARTA, KENTUCKY — Driving his backup car, Brad Keselowski raced to his third win of the year, grabbing the lead with 55 laps to go and held off all challengers Saturday night in the NASCAR Quaker State 400 race at Kentucky Speedway.

Brad Keselowski's winning car

This year’s race went smooth as silk after track and Kentucky government officials spent the 365 days widening ramps, roads and highways and added 20,000 parking spaces. The initial Cup race in 2011 was marred by severe traffic jams and congestion which resulted in thousands of angry fans that got turned away due to no parking spaces being available.

Brad Keselowski (R) with crew chief, Paul Wolfe

The 28-year-old Keselowski, who is from the Detroit suburb of Rochester Hills, Michigan, won his seventh win in his five years in the Sprint Cup Series. He has two other wins this season at Bristol and Talladega.

The always-energetic and humorous Keselowski, was driving his backup car after wrecking the right side of his top car into the wall in a collision with Juan Pablo Montoya during practice earlier in the week during practice sessions. That accident occured on his first lap on the track.

Kasey Kahne came through with a late surge to finish second; Denny Hamlin was third, Dale Earnhardt Jr. came in fourth and Jeff Gordon was fifth.

2011 race champion Kurt Busch had the dominant car early in the first half of the race before he was bumped into a wall and had to battle suspension problems and a shock absorber which dropped into a non-contention state.

Tony Stewart was never a factor as he fell to the back of the pack with fuel-injection problems.




Martin captures pole for NASCAR race at Phoenix today


Mark Martin (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for

Mark Martin had a solid run at the Daytona 500 finishing 10th in the fiery race.

In a short week, due to NASCAR having to race Monday night due to inclement weather in Daytona, Florida and the teams having to travel Monday night and Tuesday to get across the country to Arizona, Martin kept his hot start by grabbing the pole for today’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Avondale, Arizona and the Phoenix International Speedway.

Martin took the lead car with an average speed of 136.81 mph, beating out Regan Smith who had held the top spot for most of the day.

Tony Stewart also passed Smith and will start second with Smith third, Jimmie Johnson and Juan Pablo Montoya starting fourth and fifth respectively.


Info compiled from NASCAR, Radio & TV news

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