PHOTO: Dale Earnhardt Jr: “Jesus Birthday Boy Sweater”


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Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the internet today. Or at least he wins the “ugly Christmas sweater” portion of the internet for the 2014 Yuletide season. It’s going to be really tough for anyone to top Junior on this one. Ugly Christmas sweaters have been trendy for a few years now, the hook being “it’s so horrible that it’s great” or “fun bad.” (like watching Chicago Bears football)

As you see below, the most popular driver in NASCAR has set a new bar in this practice.

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Danica Patrick: 4th most searched athlete of ’14


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Danica Patrick has never won a race at the Cup level. She’s hardly even finished in the top ten.  Her average finish is about 24th. However, when it comes to attracting attention and publicity, she finishes ahead of every past and present NASCAR driver.

When it comes to being relevant and visible, she’s like Jimmie Johnson times a thousand.

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Danica Patrick closes out season with meh 18th place finish


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Danica Patrick did say heading into this Miami that she was ready for the season to end. “I’m tired of the season,” she said, (here’s the full quote in in it’s entirety) Danica Patrick battled to an 18th-place finish after starting 32nd in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season Finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Then again, it’s pretty good for her. 18th place is well above her average.

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Danica Patrick: “I’m tired of the season”


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It’s the season finale for Danica Patrick, as well as everyone else in running at the NASCAR Cup level. The very long season ends and a champion will be crowned at Miami’s Homestead Speedway. Said Danica Patrick of her sophomore season at the highest level:

“It will be good to get some rest. It’s a long season. It’s 40 weeks, with two off weekends. I’ve said for the last couple of weeks, I’m not tired from the season, I’m tired of the season. It will be nice to get away some and recharge for 2015.”

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NASCAR reporter Krista Voda leaves FOX for NBC


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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:

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Danica Patrick begins life with new crew chief Sunday


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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.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr admits he coasted off his name, legacy


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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.

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PHOTO: Danica Patrick has new pink car this week


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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.

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PHOTO: Danica Patrick racecar to have new look


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Danica Patrick will have a new look with her car this week. New colors, new sponsor.  In a rare change from her normal green racecar, Patrick’s machine this weekend will sport the blue and white colors of Aspen Dental at Kansas.

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Jamie Little leaves ESPN for Fox Sports


 

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.

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Danica Patrick going for 5th straight top 20 finish


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Danica is getting better at racing. I know, I know, we heard this narrative in May, and you saw how quickly that storyline dissipated. However, maybe this time it will stick. This week at Dover Danica Patrick has a chance to really make this phenomenon legitimate.

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Danica Patrick getting closer to true mediocrity


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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.

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