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Dale Earnhardt, Jr Wins The Daytona 500

Dale Jr WIns The Daytona 500

I wanted to post this last night but I went to bed right after the race because of court this morning. Now, I have cellulitis – again – so I’m struggling to post at all. It was a fantastic race – after the rain delay – and an amazing finish.

Finally, after a record-setting rain delay of 6 hours and 22 minutes had turned Daytona International Speedway into the world’s most expansive parking lot, the true Big One occurred, as Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Great American Race for the first time in a decade. NASCAR Nation’s favorite son once again had his moment in the sun.

This was probably the most popular victory in NASCAR since Earnhardt’s father won his first and only Daytona 500 in 1998, on his 20th try. Junior has been in a notorious victory funk over the past seven seasons, winning only two times since 2006. And both those victories occurred in Michigan, far from Earnhardt’s natural Southern home base.

Like most every NASCAR fan, I love Dale, Jr. It’s nice to see him break his winless streak by winning NASCAR’s Super Bowl…

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If Ya Ain’t First…

Talladega Nights

You’re last.

Our Yahoo NASCAR Fantasy League is up and running. If you’re interested, go to this link, click “Sign Up Now,” and add the following information.

The league ID# is 7596.

The password is daytona.

So you know, the league lasts from February through November, so if you’re not big into commitment, you might want to take a pass. Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you on the track.

Jimmie Johnson Wins 6th NASCAR Title

Jimmie Johnson Six PackJimmie Johnson won his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup title tonight, leaving him one championship shy of NASCAR legends Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, Sr. The man is a machine.

It was all the characteristics that have come to define Jimmie Johnson, wrapped up in one glorious South Florida evening. It was smooth, it was clinical, and for long stretches it appeared effortless. When it finally ended, with fireworks bursting overhead and confetti floating in the breeze and a big silver trophy held high, it was extraordinary — just like the driver himself.

Johnson left no doubt in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, running up front for most of the event and finishing ninth to easily secure his sixth championship at NASCAR’s premier level. He entered Sunday with a 28-point edge over second-place Matt Kenseth and was never really challenged, his silence over the radio speaking volumes about the strength of his No. 48 car.

Johnson is arguably one of the greatest drivers of all time, and even though he wins and wins and wins, you can’t even hate the guy. As Jerry Seinfeld once quipped, “He’s too nice.”

Congratulations, Jimmie; you da man!

Oh, and not to be outdone, Jim from bRight & Early won out Fantasy NASCAR League. Congrats!

NASCAR League Final Standings

Well, We Survived

Kyle And Erik At Dover

“Good seats, eh buddy?”

Okay, those weren’t our seats, but Kyle needed to take photos with his cell camera from… every… possible… location. The race was, as always, a great time. The weather was perfect, the racing was excellent – although Kyle’s favorite driver, after leading most of the race, finished 8th – and not a fight to be seen. NASCAR fans, despite their reputations, are possibly the most behaved fans on Earth.

Now, many are also drunken stumble-bums with more tattoos than you can imagine, but they are almost always polite. The boys visited the souvenir haulers for their favorite drivers, and we ate way more than we should have, but all in all is was a perfect day.

Well, almost.

My friend Bill drove us to the track, and while we were driving home, there was an incident. Bill was doing about 70 on Route 1 in Delaware when we heard a deafening crunch…

A drunk slammed into the back of his SUV… at about 85mph… and kept going.

I assumed he was a random drunken a-hole, and since he was still tearing down the road, I told Bill to pull to the side of the road. I got out, looked at the rear of the car, and saw the damage. His fender was slightly dented. Thank you Toyota, for making your 4Runners virtually indestructible!

Luckily, none of us were hurt in the accident, but it freaked everyone out. Kyle and Erik were never involved in an auto accident before, and they weren’t sure how to react. Hopefully, this will be their first and last experience in that area.

And hopefully, the drunk ended up wrapped around a utility pole.

If You Need Me…

I’ll be spending my day at the track.

My friend Bill, the boys and I will be at Dover International Speedway for the 5-Hour Energy 200. It’s been a tradition for us since 2009, and it is always a fun, busy day. Say what you want about NASCAR, but I’ve been going to races for 15 years, and I have never seen a drunken brawl in the stands. (Looking at you, Eagles fans.) For the most part, the fans mirror the drivers; passionate, yet respectful.

Let’s go racin’!

Jimmie Johnson Is OK

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks-Practice

I knew there was a reason Jimmie Johnson is one of my favorite drivers.

Jimmie Johnson toured parts of tornado-ravaged Oklahoma Thursday, and it was a gut-wrenching experience for the five-time Sprint Cup champion.

Johnson, whose wife Chandra is from Oklahoma and grew up about two hours from the hardest hit areas of the state, made the visit in conjunction with sponsor Lowe’s and the charity Feed the Children.

Having pledged his winnings from last week at Charlotte to help tornado victims, Johnson said he is still determining how he can help more. His foundation annually gives money for projects at schools in Oklahoma.

Johnson’s purse from last week’s race is just under $150,000. No small beans.

Jimmie Johnson Wins The 2013 Daytona 500

Jimmie Johnson Wins Daytona 500Don’t get me wrong; I like Jimmie Johnson, but Dale Earnhardt, Jr just missed out on the win, and Jeff Gordon finished 20th.

This was Johnson’s second Daytona 500 win.

Last year, the five-time champ wrecked on Lap 2 of the Daytona 500. This year, making his 400th career start, Johnson outpaced the entire field and won convincingly, holding off challenges from Brad Keselowski and Greg Biffle. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second. Mark Martin came home third.

The 55th Daytona 500 made history days before the green flag flew. Danica Patrick delivered on a measure of the hype surrounding her by becoming the first woman to ever qualify for the pole in a Sprint Cup race. While she couldn’t initially capitalize on her leading position — Jeff Gordon passed her almost immediately — Patrick remained close to the front for most of the day. When she took the lead on Lap 90, she became the first woman ever to lead a lap under green at the Daytona 500. She entered the final lap in third place, and would go on to finish eighth.

An eighth place finish for Danica is nothing to sneeze at. That said, let’s see what she can do on the mile and a half tri-ovals. If she can succeed there, I’ll be more impressed.

This week’s Fantasy Stats are below the fold.

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Danica Patrick Takes The Pole

Danica Patrick Takes Pole Position For Daytona 500And she loves it. She really loves the pole . . . position.

Okay, snark aside, this is a pretty big deal. Not simply because she’s the first woman in Sprint Cup history to do so, but because she was faster and better than a slew of other drivers.

Nascar racing driver Danica Patrick has become the first woman to take pole position at the Daytona 500 race in Florida. Patrick, 30, also became the first woman to become the pole-sitter in any Nascar top division event – the latest in a long line of achievements for one of the most prominent women in motorsports.

Patrick posted a qualifying lap of 196.4mph in her number 10 Chevrolet, completing the 2.5mile-long route at the Florida superspeedway in 45.817 seconds yesterday.

She will line up alongside four-time Nascar champion Jeff Gordon on the front row of the grid this Sunday, for the first race in the 2013 Sprint Cup Series.

Look, as a NASCAR fan, I know she probably has no chance of winning – hopefully Gordon will do that – but like her or hate her, Patrick’s feat is good for the sport.

Drivers, Start Your Engines

Daytona 500

Since it’s Super Bowl Sunday, traffic here will be light all day. So, I figured it was time to post this year’s Fantasy NASCAR League info for those interested.

You can find the link by clicking here. When you sign up – it’s free – you’ll look for Join A Custom League. You’ll need a Group ID# and a Password.

For us, the info is as follows:

Group ID# – 8419

Password – gordon

If you’re interested, you need to join by February 24th. If not . . . not.

Danica Patrick’s Tri-Oval Is Now Open

Danica Patrick dropped her spoiler and announced she has filed for divorce.

I suspect the decision had to do with one of the following. Either hubby found some spring rubber in Danica’s trailer, or she got sick of her husband’s camshaft. Bottom line: she is now free to be bump-drafted.

Danica Patrick and her husband are divorcing after seven years of marriage. Patrick announced the split with Paul Hospenthal on her Facebook page Tuesday.

“I am sad to inform my fans that after seven years, Paul and I have decided amicably end our marriage,” she said. “This isn’t easy for either of us, but mutually it has come to this. He has been an important person and friend in my life and that’s how we will remain moving forward.”

Dollars to donuts says she’s banging a fellow NASCAR driver. You heard it here first.