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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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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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Voices from the Heartland: “Jesus Takes the Wheel” During Last Week’s ARCA Race!

We’ve all heard the old saying before… a picture is worth a thousand words. But be that as it may, the editors still insist I actually type about a thousand words every week whether they make much sense or not – and despite their editorial narrow-mindedness, the old adage still holds true. I will give …

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Fanning the Flames: Of Daytona, Danica, Dale & Duels

It’s a busy week, and we’re all pros at this. Therefore, I’m going to move us right into your emails… but not until I take out the ol’ Louisville Slugger and take a shot. Note to all SportsCenter anchormen/Dan Patrick-wannabes: If you can take the time to do your homework in March and pronounce Daisuke …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Danica-mania Hurts ARCA Telecast, FOX Shines

Hello, race fans, and welcome to entry No. 48 in a long-running series where I look into the television broadcasts beamed into our households. This week, I’m covering the first weekend of SpeedWeeks (hooray!). But, before we get into the critiques, some news. First off, Nascar.com will be offering free RaceBuddy coverage of the Gatorade …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2010 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona Edition

This year’s Bud Shootout might just be a 75-lap exhibition race, but it did illustrate a number of things to understand for what’s ahead this season in Sprint Cup. One thing is for sure: NASCAR is going to do all they can to let the drivers police themselves out on the track and I couldn’t …

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