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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.

NASCAR RACE #25 PREVIEW: AdvoCare 500, Atlanta Motor Speedway Tonight at 6:30 pm on ESPN

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup series moves into Dixieland for the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the suburb of Hampton, Georgia.

Atlanta is one of the larger tracks on the NASCAR circuit with 124,000 capacity and a track length of 1.54 miles.

The 500.5-mile race consists of 325 laps.

Atlanta Motor Speedway (file photo)

In the last 10 races at Atlanta, the top winners includes Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch with two each. Jeff Gordon has won one race. In 15 races at the speedway, Gordon has finished in the top five, tops among active drivers.

Former president and racing fan Jimmy Carter, a Georgia native, worked at the track as a ticket vendor in the 1960′s. Driver Fireball Roberts won the first NASCAR event in Atlanta in 1960, the Dixie 200.

REVIEWING THE 2011 AdvoCare 500 Race: Rain extended the Labor Day weekend race into Tuesday. Hendricks Motorsports finished 1-2 with Gordon leading a race-high 146 laps which included the final 38 to hold off teammate Johnson for the win. With his 85th win, Gordon broke the tie with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for third on the career Cup win list. Gordon only trails Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105) in wins.

The race starts at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN.

For more information on the race or to follow it live, log onto NASCAR.com or AtlantaMotorSpeedway.com.

NASCAR inducts 2012 Hall class

 

NASCAR Hall of Fame (photo by Flame37fighter via wikipedia commons)

The NASCAR Hall of Fame welcomed its most diverse class on Friday night.

Dale Inman became the first crew chief inducted into the hall. He was introduced by Richard Petty, a seven-time NASCAR champion and a member of the first hall class.

Inman was Petty’s crew chief for all eight titles and won an eighth with Terry Labonte.

The third Hall of Fame class also included team owner Glen Wood, three-time NASCAR champions Darrell Waltrip and Cale Yarborough and modified driver Richie Evans, who was killed in a 1985 accident at Martinsville Speedway.

Megasportsnews.com will feature a different member this week on the website.

 

Info compiled from NASCAR news, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Radio & TV news

Gordon wins 84th NASCAR race at Pocono; ties for third on all-time list

 

Jeff Gordon's Drive to End Hunger #24 Chevrolet (photo by Getty Images for NASCARmedia.com)

Jeff Gordon, one of NASCAR’s most recognizable drivers has done well at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

He first won there in in 1996. He also won in 1997, 1998 and then the rain-shortened race in 2007.

Well, he won again on Sunday¬† which moved him into a tie for third all-time on NASCAR’s Sprint Cup career wins list, being triumphant for the 84th time. His 84 wins tie with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip in Cup history.

The top two on that list lead by a big margin and probably will never be threatened. Richard Petty has 200 wins and David Pearson is second with 105.

Not only has Gordon won five times at Pocono, but he has led at the raceway a record 957 laps after leading for 39 on Sunday.

The Busch brothers, Kurt and Kyle finished second and third respectively.

 

Info courtesy of NASCAR Sprint Cup

Bodine ends Kyle Busch’s win streak in NASCAR Truck series

When Kyle Busch started last weekend’s NASCAR Trucks race at Kentucky Speedway, he was looking to tie a record. He was trying to match Bobby Allison, Fred Lorenzen, David Pearson and Richard Petty as the only drivers on the circuit to win five consecutive NASCAR events.

Well. Todd Bodine had other ideas and came away with a victory at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky.

Bodine recovered from an earlier spinout, one that occured when Kyle Busch edged a little too close to Bodine’s rear quarterpanel.

Todd Bodine NASCAR Trucks (courtesy of NASCARmedia.com)

Bodine’s win, ended Busch’s three-series winning streak at four with a magnificent fuel-saving run.

The series points leasder managed to get 58 laps out of one tank of fuel to beat out Johnny Sauter (2nd) and Aric Almirola (3rd) while putting a halt to Busch’s hold onto to Victory Lane, which lasted two weeks.

Jason White came in third and Ricky Carmichael was 5th.

Bodine and Busch had a get together in Chicagoland two weeks ago and the two were at it again at the 1.5 mile oval in northern Kentucky.

The two drivers were battling for the lead after the halfway point of the race when Bodine was trying to take the lead from Busch on lap 82. He lost control of his truck coming out of Turn 4 and slid across the infield grass. There were nothing wrecked on his truck, so he took a pit stop on lap 92.

Bodine was able to unbelievably go 58 laps on one tank and won the race to extend his lead over Aric Almirola to 261 points with seven races to go.

Bodine and Busch had words after the race as Bodine says that he is tired of Kyle Busch’s lack of respect for other drivers and that NASCAR does nothing about it.

compiled from staff & NASCAR news

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