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NASCAR Mailbox: What Happens If Danica Patrick Wins the Daytona 500?

The NASCAR season is finally here. Yeah, it took long enough; it’s been nearly three months since the conclusion to the 2017 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But now, 2018 has arrived. In what was an unusually busy offseason for teams, featuring many last-minute changes, the time has finally come for stock car racing to hit …

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The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Finding Relief – Sort of – Approaching Daytona 500

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Think Small While most of the sport’s television time goes directly toward big teams with great speed and large personalities — and rightfully so, to an extent — Sunday’s 60th running of the Daytona 500 will have a heavy populous of tiny organizations. Many of these small NASCAR teams, despite being huge underdogs can actually …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Fire Up The Engines for 2018

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The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series kicks off Sunday with the 60th annual Daytona 500. For the most part, the Cup Series remains the same with just a small handful of rule changes. McLAUGHLIN: A CLOSER LOOK AT NASCAR’s MINOR TWEAKS FOR 2018 But as for the teams? It’s a different story altogether. Some …

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Danica Patrick, Premium Motorsports Partner for Daytona 500

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Danica Patrick and GoDaddy have found their match for the 2018 Daytona 500: Premium Motorsports. Patrick will drive for the Jay Robinson-owned team in what is currently planned as her final NASCAR start at the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the team announced Monday, Jan. 22. Her …

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Danica Patrick Reunites with GoDaddy for Daytona, Indianapolis

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Danica Patrick announced that she will once again team with GoDaddy for her final two career races.  In a program that will be referred to as the “Danica Double,” Patrick will compete in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 in the familiar green colors of GoDaddy, the world’s largest internet domain registrar and web host. …

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Aspen Dental Latest Company to Exit NASCAR

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Aspen Dental will not return to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018. They had previously been a primary sponsor of Danica Patrick and the No. 10 Ford Fusion but will leave the sport along with Patrick’s exodus next season. The decision was first reported Wednesday by Adam Stern of the …

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NASCAR Top 10 Storylines 2017: A Changing Of the Guard as NASCAR Greats Retire

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There is a massive generational shift occurring in NASCAR. Eventually, it had to happen. Few sports offer the opportunity to compete at a top level for over a decade. But NASCAR is different, as those reading this topic have likely figured out. Everything from the structure of how NASCAR is operated to how events happen …

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Chip Ganassi: Danica Patrick Deal “Probably Not Going to Happen”

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It appears Danica Patrick won’t race for Chip Ganassi Racing in the Daytona 500 or Indianapolis 500 next year. Talks have stalled between Ganassi and Patrick, according to Kickin’ The Tires. During the NASCAR championship weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, team owner Chip Ganassi said having Patrick compete with the team for Daytona and Indy would …

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2017 INDYCAR Silly Season Update

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The upcoming Verizon IndyCar Series season doesn’t begin for another three and a half months, but many drivers and teams have already secured their plans for 2018. Chip Ganassi Racing, which will field two full-time entries, is bringing Ed Jones on board to pilot the No. 10 Honda. He’ll be partnered with four-time champion Scott …

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Danica Patrick’s Impact on NASCAR Much Greater than Results

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Danica Patrick announced on Friday, Nov. 17 she was stepping away from full-time racing competition following the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The No. 10 car finished 37th after blowing a tire, ending her tenure at Stewart-Haas Racing in flames. It may have come to a surprise that Patrick is stepping away after rumors were running …

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