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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TOWNLEY GETS CHILDRESS NATIONWIDE RIDE

Richard Childress Racing announced Friday at Texas Motor Speedway that 19-year-old John Wes Townley will join the team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the 2010 season. Said Townley, "I look forward to the opportunity to drive for Richard Childress Racing next year. It's a thrill to be part of their organization. They have such a well-respected history and have produced solid results over the years. I'm confident we'll run well next season."The team will have its work cut out for it ...

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