Krista Voda has left NASCAR on Fox to join NBC Sports. The 40 year-old pit reporter was born and raised in Clinton, Iowa and attended the University of Northern Iowa. She just tweeted:Follow paulmbanks
Danica Patrick begins a new era at the Cup at Texas this weekend. After two years with crew chief Tony Gibson, she now welcomes Daniel Knost as the head of the No. 10. Knost is the interim crew chief and brings along his road crew from the No. 41 SHR entry of Kurt Busch. Gibson and his road crew move to Busch and the Haas Automation team.Follow paulmbanks
So much of life depends on who you know, and so much of that is determined by who your parents are. NASCAR is like applying to an Ivy League school or rushing a fraternity: being a legacy trumps everything else; always.
NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr, admitted how much being a part of a dynasty has influences his success.Follow paulmbanks
Just like last week, Danica Patrick will have a new look with a new car again this week. In a rare change from her normal green racecar, Patrick’s race machine sport sported the blue and white colors of Aspen Dental (her secondary, not primary, sponsor) at Kansas. You can view photos of that car here. And this week Danica Patrick will have a pink car for breast cancer awareness month.Follow paulmbanks
Jamie Little will join the NASCAR on FOX family beginning in January 2015. The Network released an announcement at 2:02 PM CST today.
Little serves as a pit reporter for NASCAR on FOX’s 15th season of NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES coverage and its first year televising the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES. Her assignments also include select additional races and special events throughout the year.Follow paulmbanks
Danica Patrick was in the top-15 for much of Sunday’s event and ran as high as fifth on lap 248. But a combination of numerous cautions, being on old tires and saving fuel cost her a chance at a top-10. For the second consecutive week, Danica Patrick started 18th and she finished 19th.
She’s more consistently finishing in the top 20 now. As our preview of this week’s race points out, she could actually achiever her fifth straight top 20 this week at Dover. Given how her NASCAR career began, that’s a major improvement. Danica is now starting to finish in the top half on more and more. That’s true mediocrity; and mediocrity is much better than being really bad.Follow paulmbanks
The local law enforcement investigation surrounding Tony Stewart and the accidental death of Kevin Ward Jr. is complete. Stewart struck and killed Ward at a race in upstate New York on August 9th. The Office of the Ontario County (N.Y.) District Attorney has decided to send the case of the tragedy occurring at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park to a New York grand jury.
This grand jury will decide if Stewart will face any criminal charges.Follow paulmbanks
Danica Patrick started 18th and finished 19th tonight in the Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway; her “homecoming race.” That’s a very pedestrian showing, but still an above average place placement for her. It’s a good run for Danica. That’s not newsworthy though, the fact that she bumped into her boyfriend, the man that she allegedly, supposedly divorced her husband in order to be with, that’s what is newsworthy.Follow paulmbanks
It’s undeniable who the best current driver in NASCAR is- Jimmie Johnson. It’s undeniable who the most polarizing and most visible current driver in NASCAR is- Danica Patrick. When Danica shifted from IndyCar to NASCAR a few years ago it was great for both her and stock car racing. Obviously, she’s been pretty bad, with an average finish around 26th or 27th place.
Her best ever finish was 6th place a couple weeks ago. On Sunday, she will race in her “homecoming” at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. Patrick grew up in Roscoe, Illinois, which is 116 miles northwest of the racetrack. She will have some friends and family in attendance, but she’ll also realize, if she hasn’t already, that the sport is rapidly losing interest in the area.Follow paulmbanks
Danica Patrick said this week, via her publicity team, something that many auto racing fans and journalists have been saying for some time. Giving her thoughts on this weekend’s race at Richmond, Patrick said, via her PR team’s race preview/advance:
“The first thing I think of when going to Richmond is we have sucked there each and every time (laughs). So we are going there with a different approach, a different approach from what we will need out of the car to be good on Saturday night, and let’s hope it will work.”
Yes, she has truly sucked at that race track. In three Sprint Cup appearances at Richmond, Danica Patrick ’s best start was 30th and her best result was 29th, both in the April 2013 race.Follow paulmbanks