NASCAR BADLY needs star power to revive its popularity. This season, the stock car racing league needs some life injected into it. Danica Patrick, if she can finally close the deal and win a race, would be that boost NASCAR needs. Of course, if Patrick can develop into a solid driver, not just mediocre, but actually solid, and legitimate, it would be PHENOMENAL for the sport.Follow paulmbanks
Welcome to the first ever Sports Bank “Jumped the shark” bracket. This is the Danica Patrick Regional.
Here’s where we call attention to all the things in life that have jumped the shark, they’re still around, and still popular, despite their usefulness or appeal disappearing a long time ago. We also have a couple items that maybe weren’t really ever good or worthwhile to begin with, but popular nonetheless.
Same principles apply to our regional names. Each bracket is named after something that jumped the shark. Yesterday we announced the Kate Upton Regional.
Tomorrow we’ll announce the Lindsey Vonn Regional and later today the Facebook Regional.Follow paulmbanks
Last week Danica Patrick finished 21st in the Daytona 500. The performance was very Danica Patrick. Her finish in the great American race was very…meh, pedestrian, uninspiring, expected, typical. Daytona is a track where she’s had some success so maybe more was expected?
This week Patrick will be in Atlanta where she recorded the highest finish of here NASCAR career (6th) on Labor Day weekend. Danica’s previous high was 7th at Kansas in May.Follow paulmbanks
Kurt Busch, a former NASCAR Cup level champion has been SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY due to the events of Friday. Today a judge said the former champion almost surely choked and beat a former girlfriend last fall and there was a “substantial likelihood” of more domestic violence from him in the future.Follow paulmbanks
Danica Patrick, and every other NASCAR driver as well, begin a new season this week. Yes, it really is that time again. The 2015 Sprint Cup season kicks off Feb. 13-22 with the traditional Budweiser Speedweeks at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. The 57th Daytona 500, the first points-paying race of the season, is scheduled for Feb. 22 and will be broadcast live on FOX.
Heading into the final race of the season in Miami last year Patrick said “I’m tired of the season.” Here’s the full quote in in it’s entirety)Follow paulmbanks
Her name is Christmas Abbott – and ‘no’ that’s not a typographical error.
Christmas Abbott was discovered by NASCAR executive Ted Bullard who saw her videos and invited her to Charlotte, N.C., for a tryout. He set up a wheel and axel assembly station and she drilled the bolts with lightening speed. She will join NASCAR’s year-long Truck Series and is excited about her debut, even if it comes with plenty of expectations.Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks
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.”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