Tony Stewart has decided to return to racing this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The NASCAR Cup race will be Stewart’s first start since Aug. 3 at Pocono. More importantly, it’s Stewart’s first race since Aug. 9th when struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car feature at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. As of now, Stewart will not be charged with any crime connected to the accident.Follow paulmbanks
There’s no question that the biggest accomplishments for Danica Patrick in her career have been of a publicity variety. She’s great at appearing “on Bristol,” and by that I mean she’s on ESPN, the World Wide leader in sports media, based in Bristol. But what about Bristol the racetrack?
Patrick and her team are now prepare for the Irwin Tools Night Race Saturday evening at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.Follow paulmbanks
Danica Patrick, commonly referred to as “One Lap Downica” actually fell two laps down today, and got caught up in an early accident. However, she actually clawed her way out of it, to finish a respectable, and certainly respectable by her standards, 18th in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
“No sleep. Till Brooklyn. Brooklyn!”
“I represent Queens, she was raised out in Brooklyn.”Follow paulmbanks
As you no doubt have heard, auto racer Tony Stewart struck and killed opposing racer Kevin Ward Jr. with his car last night. Ward was out of his vehicle and walking on the track at the time.Follow paulmbanks
Tony Stewart hit and killed opposing driver Kevin Ward Jr. while under caution at Canadaigua Motorsports Park 8/9/14 I’m warning you now that this video below is EXTREMELY DISTURBING AND VERY GRAPHIC.
This is news, so it is my duty to share it, but it is up to you whether you want to watch it or not. I’m warning you now once you’ve seen it, you can’t unsee it. And of much lesser importance, it has NSFW language.Follow paulmbanks
Tony Stewart ran over an opposing driver with his car and killed him tonight. (Update. WARNING watching video of this incident is not for the faint of heart. It is graphic and disturbing)
No, that’s not a typo. Stewart struck opposing driver Kevin Ward Jr., who was walking, with his car, and witnesses say he flew about 20-25 feet. We don’t know if this was accidental or premeditated, but some media outlets have said this was apparently in response to an incident earlier in the night that involved contact between the two.Follow paulmbanks
Danica Patrick was asked what she did during her off week. This past weekend there was there was no Cup, only Nationwide.
“I presented at the ESPY’s on Wednesday night and then went Lake Tahoe to cheer for Ricky (Stenhouse) in the American Century Championship. It was fun to watch him play golf and it was a fun experience,” she answered.
“I’m ready to get back, though, and I think the guys got some much-needed time off and I think we’re ready for the final 17 weeks.”Follow paulmbanks
If you haven’t seen the Twitter account NASCAR Country or @NASCARCountry, you don’t know what you’re missing. Depending on your demographic, it’s either heaven, or ironically, unintentional comedic heaven. I still can’t really determine if the person behind it is tweeting seriously, or if it’s a parody account. However, at the end of this article, I will venture a guess as to what I think the gig is; what the agenda’s about.
One thing is not debatable: NASCAR Country is over the top. And that’s intentional.Follow paulmbanks
It’s not news that Danica Patrick has to improve this season if she is to stay in NASCAR. Everyone knew this heading into the Daytona 500 and the beginning of the season. As part of Stewart Haas Racing with Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch, she has some really accomplished teammates, and very powerful backers.
Unfortunately, Danica Patrick hasn’t improved. She had a decent run early-mid May (recording the highest finish of NASCAR career at Kansas), but since then, she’s gotten worse, and her overall points standing is a mere 28th.Follow paulmbanks
The best teams should get the most coverage; in a perfect sporting world. Almost all the teams on this list do get some coverage. Most of them sell tickets to their games, and have a decent sized fanbase. Only one team, the program in the #1 slot, is a program that nobody cares about. Even though that program is solid and consistent.
The market is saturated- that’s what all these teams have in common. For a whole host of different reasons. Basically, there is really no demand for any more coverage. Current supply is excess. The LA Kings, like the other seven teams on this list, would deserve the coverage they receive, maybe even more (they’re that good)…..if all media outlets were non-profit; serving the public interest only.
We’ll look at why these teams are all great, and the reasons why you just don’t click on stories about them. We’ll explain why
a.) more people should care about these teams and/or
b.) why those that do care, don’t read.Follow paulmbanks
The Danica Patrick has “turned the corner” story line is starting to run out of mileage (pun intended). Today she finished 23rd, after starting 28th. And although 23rd place is anything but exciting, it’s actually pretty good by her standards. It’s above average, as she’s now 28th in the NASCAR Cup series standings.
Bummer, since May was actually a pretty good month for her, as she took some major steps forward. Before ending not so well at Charlotte.Follow paulmbanks