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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Grand Jury to decide if Tony Stewart will face charges in Ward Death


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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.

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Danica Patrick bumps car into her boyfriend at Chicagoland


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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.

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Can Danica Patrick revive Chicago’s interest in NASCAR?


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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.

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Danica Patrick admits she has “sucked” at Richmond


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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.

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Danica Patrick records best finish ever! Huzzah!


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Danica Patrick was her usual “one lap downica,” not once, but twice. However, she came back to score her career best 6th place finish last night at Atlanta. Sixth Place! That reminds me of The Simpsons episode where Al Gore is informed “somebody actually bought a copy of your book sir.”

“Well, this calls for a celebration” *Plays the Kool and the Gang song* “celebrate good times c’mon”  “I will” Gore says. Of course Danica did win a rain shortened IndyCar race in Japan, so I guess that counts. But this is her best ever showing domestically.

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Tony Stewart talking for the first time since killing driver on track


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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.

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Danica Patrick: can she get on “Bristol” for her Bristol performance


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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.

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Danica Patrick responds well to crash, being 2 laps down


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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.”

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Tony Stewart releases statement on Kevin Ward Jr. Death


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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.

Here is a more detailed account of the incident, and here is the video of the tragic incident (warning, it is quite graphic).

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