The Clock Strikes Twelve For Danica Patrick

Few didn't see it coming, and now it's official: Danica Patrick won't be back with Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018. It's no one thing, it's a lot of things. Sponsorship is the publicly stated issue. After all, there's more than a couple of really good drivers struggling to find someone for support. Former champion and perennial contender Matt Kenseth is looking for a ride, and you know sponsorship dollars are a part of it. What will shake out of Smithfield Foods leaving Richard Petty for Stew ...

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T For D-A-N-I-C-A

It's time she stopped being a NASCAR punch line. With her sixth place finish at Atlanta, Danica Patrick has tied Janet Guthrie's career-best finish in a Cup Series race. That gives the "Go Daddy Girl" three top tens on the season. For perspective, that gives Patrick as many as Austin Dillon and Martin Truex Jr., and more than Casey Mears, Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier. Not shabby. Not shabby at all. Lest you think yours truly has been swept up in the hype, this is not a forecast of a ...

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Is The Issue With Female Drivers? Or Is It Danica?

The King has spoken, and he has opened the discussion of Danica Patrick and the greater issue of women in racing once again. By now, even casual race fans know that the legendary Richard Petty says the only Danica Patrick will win a race is if all the other drivers stay home. Sure enough, Petty got quite a reaction, an even bigger reaction than when his son Kyle said Patrick wasn't a "real racer." Once again, the old man overshadows his kid. Judging from the reaction of the fans, there a ...

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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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THREE POWERFUL WOMEN IN NASCAR

That's Racin' interviewed DeLana Harvick, Krissie Newman and Martin Truex Jr.'s girlfriend Sherry Pollex about the important role each plays in their man's life. The interviews featured some interesting revelations. DeLana Harvick, pictured above, wife of Kevin Harvick, and co-owner of Kevin Harvick Inc., wants it to be known that, in spite of her reputation, she is not a "hard-ass." Said DeLana, "I think people think I've got this reputation that I'm harsh and abrasive, which ...

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