Top 13 NASCAR Stories of 2013

For better or for worse, 2013 was an eventful season for NASCAR. While there are plenty more headlines beyond these on this list, this is what this observer is going with as the top 13 of 2013. Arriving at a final order was challenging to be sure, but at this moment, this is my story and I'm sticking to it: 13. RCR announces return of iconic race car number- Some fans say it is time, others still aren't ready. The number '3,' last used by the beloved Dale Earnhardt, will return to usage i ...

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Die-Cast Car Sales: In Perspective

  The die-cast car. It is a staple of many holiday gift lists for those who love, like or are forced to buy gifts for NASCAR fans. Recently, a list of top die-cast car sales for 2013 came out. The results show a lot of about the state of NASCAR as we end 2013. (more...) ...

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NASCAR Odds

  Odds are most of you are missing racing on the weekend. Odds are teams are taking the next few weeks to recharge their batteries and begin the Daytona blitz in January. Odds are it's time to do another odds column to get you thinking about 2014. (more...) ...

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JOHANNA LONG JUST WANTS TO BE ONE OF THE BOYS

 There’s no sense in being disingenuous; NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Johanna Long has this observer’s attention because she’s a young woman racing in the male-dominated world of NASCAR. It was the same thing for this fan watching Tyrone Bogues at 5-foot-3 compete in the land of the giants known as the NBA, when one-handed pitcher Jim Abbott made it to the big leagues; it’s interesting to follow the exploits of someone competing on the big stage of national s ...

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DANICA PATRICK IN THE DAYTONA 500: WIN, LOSE OR DRAW

  Danica Patrick is in the Daytona 500. Finally.Years of speculation about Patrick’s skill, or lack of it, will be on full display in North America’s largest race. Sorry Indianapolis 500.With Patrick’s announcement comes a surprising amount of winners and losers, plus some people who find themselves stuck in the middle. Here’s a breakdown, Bert Convy style. Win: FOXThe Daytona 500 is a huge ratings cow for the network. Add Patrick’s appearance/spectacle/nobo ...

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FIVE UNDER THE RADAR NASCAR STORIES

 No race. No problem. There’s a ton going on in NASCAR. So much that several stories flew under the radar. That needs to change, hence another listing column. ESPN Changes Announcers…AGAIN! Calling races at ESPN is like being the drummer in Spinal Tap. First Dr. Jerry Punch. Then Marty Reid. Paging Allen Bestwick. I actually like Bestwick. He seems quick on his feet. But what does it say about ESPN to have three play-by-play guys in three years? It tells me I want FOX t ...

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BIGGEST OFF-SEASON RUMORS OF 2010

 With the season just a few short weeks away, here's a look back at the biggest off-season rumors of 2010. Some of these rumors proved to be true; others were just whispers in the wind, but all of them made the silly season that much more entertaining this year.  1. Will Danica race stock cars? The inches of column space dedicated to Danica make Lindsay Lohan blush. This off-season, she confirmed the rumors by joining JR Motorsports for a limited Nationwide Series run. The media sensat ...

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DANICA’S FIRST RACE

In case you were wondering, "When is Danica's first race?", Danica Patrick made it official this morning, announcing that she will run her first Nationwide race on Feb. 20 at Auto Club Speedway. Patrick also will run the Feb. 6 ARCA opener at Daytona, but does ARCA really count? (Joke! It's a great series.) Patrick is skipping the Nationwide race in Daytona (which is filled with Cup regulars) for fear of complete and utter annihilation. Patrick to make NASCAR debut at California (AP ...

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MILKA, DANICA ATTENDING ARCA TEST

Milka Duno will join Danica Patrick at the ARCA test in Daytona next week, thus ensuring it will be the hair pulling-est, cat fighting-est ARCA test of all time. Duno has never been behind the wheel of a stock car. I am sure the timing is entirely coincidental. Thank you, Milka, for any excuse to break out this classic.Duno will drive stock car for first time (AP) ...

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WHEN IS DANICA’S FIRST RACE?

Danica Patrick reportedly will make her NASCAR Nationwide Series debut wearing only a GoDaddy.com bikini at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on Feb. 20 at the Stater Bros. 300. The Los Angeles Daily News says it got the information from "informed sources" - as opposed to the other kind. Fontana is a good choice for Patrick's first race. It is not the most challenging track on the circuit. It is close to Patrick's home in Phoenix. And it is located on the fringe of the country's s ...

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