Rob Gronkowski driving pace car at NASCAR race


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Rob Gronkowski, also known as NFL Ryan Lochte, will get the Father’s Day weekend party started at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, June 20. Gronk, along with his brothers Gordie Jr., Chris, Dan, Glenn and their father, Gordy Sr., will serve as co-Grand Marshals for the NASCAR race.

So many GRONKS! Gronk Nation!

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WORST (or BEST) of Indianapolis 500 Infield people watching


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The Indianapolis 500 is the world’s highest attended single day event. Its total capacity is approximately 400,000 with about 125,000 located in the cheapest and most “festive” seats of the infield.

All newbies marvel at the sheer size of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway upon entering it the first time. The modern day answer to Circus Maximus is large enough to hypothetically house the Vatican, Churchill Downs, Yankee Stadium and the Rose Bowl all at the same time.

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Guide to Indy 500 Museum; Photo of 1st ever Indy 500 car


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I visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum in mid-March 2014, just hours before Michigan State thrashed Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament Final. I used what scarce vacation time I had to take in Indy 500 history and Indy 500 culture. It was literally 26 degrees outside, with a wind chill of 10 that afternoon, in Mid March (just in case you needed yet another reminder of what a BRUTAL WINTER we had in the Midwest during 2013-14).

Still I fought the elements to bring you this Indy 500 photo essay- enjoy!

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NASCAR seriously has the Spongebob Squarepants 400 this weekend


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The Spongebob Squarepants 400. Yes, the Spongebob Squarepants 400. That’s now the name of an actual race. Yes, May 9th, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway will in fact be known now as the Spongebob Squarepants 400.

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NASCAR, Nike condemn Indiana’s new anti-LGBT law


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Indiana’s bigoted and discriminatory “Religious Freedom Restoration” law is getting condemned all over the sporting world. Even NCAA President Mark Emmert, usually as clueless as they come when it comes to powerful sports figures espousing sociopolitical ideas in public, seems to get it on this one.

While Emmert was more moderate about how wrong this unjust law is, both NASCAR and Nike went all in deriding it.

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Is Danica Patrick finally turning the corner?


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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.

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Jumped the shark bracket: Danica Patrick Regional


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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.

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Danica Patrick on NASCAR’s new adjustment rule


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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.

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NASCAR suspends Kurt Busch, charged with beating his ex girlfriend


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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.

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Danica Patrick: Now or Never in NASCAR


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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)

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Christmas Abbott: NASCAR Pioneer


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.

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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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