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5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Checker Auto Parts 500 Edition

Has anybody else noticed that Richard Petty Motorsports’ decision to put AJ Allmendinger in a Ford for the remainder of the season has lit a fire under both the team and driver? A 10th-place finish last week at Texas and subsequent 13th this weekend is the best two-race average of the season for the No. 44 team.

Happy Hour: Danica Hype a Symbol of Where It’s at Today

With Danica Patrick likely to race in the Nationwide Series with JR Motorsports next season, NASCAR can partially exhale knowing that they can declare their diversity efforts to finally be bearing some fruit. Erin Crocker just wasn’t going to get it done there. But with that selection comes a simple question: Why her? At face …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Danica Needs NASCAR – But Is It a 2-Way Street?

With it looking all but carved in stone that Danica Patrick will be joining the NASCAR ranks, there are many things NASCAR is happy about. First and foremost, they are getting a female driver who is competitive on her own skills; and let’s face it, one who looks like Danica can’t hurt. She’s certainly one …

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What’s Vexing Vito: Enter the Era of DaniCAR – Patrick to Join JR Motorsports in 2010

Following months – well, years really – of speculation, it appears that Danica Patrick is at long last coming south to compete in NASCAR. “Danicamania” was the prologue to what will no doubt be deemed DaniCAR, as she is currently finalizing a two-year contract that will see her competing in the Nationwide Series in 2010 …

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Voice of Vito: Danica Patrick, NASCAR & IndyCar, Motorsports’ Torrid Love Triangle Heats Up

Ah, the torrid love triangle. It is the thing of tawdry soap operas, trashy romance novels, and maybe even the topic of water cooler conversation involving your co-workers. Now, coming to a racetrack near you, it is the recurring theme and headline of many a motorsports article. This one is no different, for even I …

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Thompson in Turn 5: Is NASCAR Ready for the Fire & Flesh That Danica Patrick Would Bring?

If the rumors are to be believed, and there is no reason to believe that they should not, Danica Patrick, the darling of the IndyCar Series, is ready to test the waters in NASCAR. The questions that remain at this point are simply when, where and with whom the only female in history to win …

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Did You Notice? The Power of Motivation, Danica Drama & How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot

Did You Notice? How the simple threat of future job security in NASCAR can motivate drivers sitting in mid-pack? Every year about this time, there can be so many that enter an ugly routine of just going through the motions. They’re not bad enough to have to fight to stay within the Top 35, but …

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