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Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Fontana second year in a row

Kyle Busch in 2010 (photo by Raniel Diaz via wikipedia commons)

Kyle Busch, Mr. Consistent as he is known by fans and media of NASCAR, won on Sunday for the second year in a row at Fontana, California’s Auto Club Speedway.

Always a threat to win any race, Busch had a wild two-lap sprint to the finish to hold off his older brother, Kurt, Kyle Larson and Tony Stewart.

He is the fifth different winner in five races in the Sprint Cup circuit this year.

Before the frantic finish, Jimmie Johnson was leading the race by a comfortable margin until he blew a tire with seven laps remaining. Then, Jeff Gordon took control until Clint Bowyer spun out causing a caution with two laps to go leading to an overtime finish.

Kyle Busch won his 29th career Sprint Cup race by using his veteran driving skills to block the 21-year-old rookie Larson to win an up-and-down race which saw 35 lead changes and several tire problems at the Auto Club 400.

 

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.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. remains most popular NASCAR driver

Dale Earnhardt Jr. tied Bill Elliott’s record of 10 straight times for winning NASCAR’s most popular driver.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images, courtesy NASCARmedia.com)

The son of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. has won the award every year since 2003.

Earnhardt won the award at the Myers Brothers Luncheon at Wynn’s The Encore.

The award is presented annually by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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