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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PATRICK TO DRIVE NO. 7 CAR FOR JR MOTORSPORTS IN NATIONWIDE SERIES

Danica Patrick is coming to NASCAR. On Tuesday Patrick said that she will race the No. 7 car for JR Motorsports part-time next season in the Nationwide Series. At a press conference that was streamed live to the Internet, Patrick made the announcement alongside JR Motorsports co-owner Kelley Earnhardt and Bob Parsons, CEO of GoDaddy.com, which will be her primary sponsor. Tony Eury Jr. will be Patrick's crew chief. And now we'll never have to write about Danica Patrick ever again. Other detai ...

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DANICA PATRICK’S ‘BIG ANNOUNCEMENT’

I apologize for the two Danica posts in a row. Today is the first day of our top 15 stories of 2009 series and you-know-who clocked in at No. 15. In any case, Patrick's "big announcement" this morning was somewhat of a dud, unless you're one of the eight IndyCar fans left in the country, and even then, it was probably still a dud. Patrick announced that she has agreed to race IndyCars for Andretti Autosport for the next three seasons and unveiled her new GoDaddy car on "Good Morni ...

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HENDRICK SAYS NO DEAL WITH DANICA

Danica Patrick is coming to NASCAR, right? Done deal. Sure thing. No brainer ... right? Not so fast, says team owner Rick Hendrick. On Sunday Hendrick said he has no deal in place to bring the IndyCar star Patrick to NASCAR, and added that there is no certainty she'll be driving stock cars next season. A deal between Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s JR Motorsports and Patrick to run a limited Nationwide schedule has long been rumored. From Hendrick's comments, it sounds like Patrick's reps from ...

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DANICA PATRICK HAS SOMETHING IN COMMON WITH JENNIFER ANISTON

It seems that Danica Patrick has plenty of friends these days. Plenty of offers to race on plenty of circuits with plenty of sponsors. While the details roll out, it seems like a perfect chance to put things in perspective. While I was sitting in Las Vegas this weekend watching word of Patrick’s new endeavor scroll on ESPN, I noticed the flat screen to my left was showing an old episode of "Friends." Got me thinking about how Patrick's situation is a lot like the show. Cases i ...

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