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5 Points to Ponder: Of Potholes, Speedweeks & Qualifying Nightmares

Understandably, Jamie McMurray was thrilled after scoring the biggest win of his career. But in his post-race press conference, the usually calm and composed McMurray literally broke down into tears when speaking to the media, commenting on how his father was his best friend and the man he grew up racing with.

Talking NASCAR TV: Solid Daytona 500 Start for FOX… But Old Issues Remain

Greetings, fans and welcome to this week’s critique, entry No. 49 in a limitless series where I look into the NASCAR broadcasts that we all watch. This past week brought the main events of Speedweeks for the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck series at Daytona International Speedway. In addition, the Sprint Cup Series …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Drive4COPD/”Danica” 300 at Daytona

For much of Saturday’s Nationwide Series opener, it was business, or dominance, as usual for the Cup regulars entered in the field. With only Danica Patrick able to draw the attention of TV cameras off the Buschwhackers at the front of the pack, this race looked very much like all Daytona openers in recent memory …

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Danica Patrick Finishes 35th in NASCAR Debut at Daytona

Danica Patrick’s NASCAR debuted lasted 51 laps sooner than she hoped. After struggling through much of the first part of the race, and even falling a lap down before receiving the lucky dog on lap 55, Patrick failed to show the glimpses of promise she displayed one week earlier in the ARCA event at Daytona, …

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Bowles-Eye View: The $225,000 Bribe… Just to Make a NASCAR Race

As water came pouring down on a freezing Friday at Daytona, Paul Menard was faced with a cold reality all his own. 49th in the qualifying draw, a rainout would mean an automatic DNQ for him under the NASCAR rulebook, shattering dreams of a title in the sport’s second-tier series before they even got off …

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ESPN Proud to Present the Danica 300 – At the Expense of Everyone Else

Earlier in Speedweeks, when asked by Frontstretch about his network’s planned approach for handling Danica-mania as the Nationwide Series prepared to make its season debut, ESPN’s Vice President of Motorsports, Rich Feinberg, remarked that he found “SPEED’s presentation [of last Saturday’s ARCA race at Daytona] was very balanced.” In short, that means race fans tuning …

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