Tony Stewart’s season goes up in Smoke, but not his race team for 2014

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I am sorry, Smoke, but you must sit — for the next three months.

And I don’t mean inside your stock car.

One of the biggest names in NASCAR is Tony Stewart, a three-time Sprint Cup champion and part-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing. Tony Stewart is also Danica Patrick’s boss, as One Lap Downica herself races the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet for SHR.

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Danica Patrick’s car will sport St. Patrick’s Day paint job on Sunday (PHOTO)

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In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, Danica Patrick’s No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevy will sport a special St. Patrick’s Day paint job in the Food City 500 on Sunday. Call it Danica Patrick as St. Patrick, or a Shamrock Shake on wheels. It’ll “Irish up” your NASCAR.

Danica will make her second Sprint Cup start at Bristol after finishing 29th last year. This year, St. Patrick has blessed us with a fantastic sports day, The Food City 500 will compete with college basketball Selection Sunday, conference tourney finals, (the Big Ten final should be a doozy) and a full slate of NBA and NHL action. So I have a feeling the sports bars will be especially crowded for a Sunday.

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Danica Patrick reverting back to bad finishes

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For Danica Patrick, you might start to hear the “Anna Kournikova of racing” jokes again soon. After making history and starting the reason off strong, her last two races have been, well not so hot. She was out of the last week’s Phoenix race extremely early and Danica also got hit in the read with a rock. Luckily she wasn’t hurt too badly. It’s an emotional roller coaster as Danica won the pole and made some history at the Daytona 500 the week before.

Back to Danica Patrick and that rock which was floggin her noggin.

So how did Danica do at Las Vegas Motor Speedway yesterday? Well she started 37th and her car never came to life.

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Danica Patrick hit in head by rock, new photo shoot video

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As Danica Patrick is looking to change her luck in Vega$ this weekend, you couldn’t have asked for a worse second week of NASCAR racing. She was out of the last week’s Phoenix race extremely early and Danica also got hit in the read with a rock. Luckily she wasn’t hurt too badly. It’s an emotional roller coaster as Danica won the pole and made some history at the Daytona 500 the week before.

Back to Danica Patrick and that rock which was floggin her noggin.

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Danica Patrick racing preview: Phoenix interview

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Danica Patrick racing along to history has given NASCAR a big publicity bump. The driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) gave us the highest finish ever by a woman at the Daytona 500 and the highest finish ever by a woman at Daytona 500. Danica Patrick racing is revving up for her first season of Sprint Cup.

The 30-year-old Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year candidate and a history-making pole run and led five laps (90 to 91 and 127 to 129), becoming the first female to lead NASCAR’s most prestigious race and the first woman to lead Sprint Cup Series laps under green. Janet Guthrie led five laps under caution in 1977 at Ontario (Calif.) Motor Speedway.

This weekend, Danica Patrick and her No. 10 GoDaddy.com team turn their attention from the high banks of Daytona 500 to Phoenix International Raceway.

This team has been here before. In fact, just a few short months ago last November, Patrick and her Tony Gibson-led team earned a 17th-place finish at the mile oval nestled in the Arizona desert. Prior to her record-breaking run at Daytona, Phoenix was the site of Patrick’s best Sprint Cup finish.

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Danica Patrick Ricky Stenhouse Jr relationship tested by both battling for rookie of the year

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NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie Danica Patrick will start from pole position in Sunday’s 55th running of the Daytona 500. Her boyfriend and fellow Sprint Cup rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr., starts in the 12th position. Patrick told MensHealth.com that dating a competitor is a bad idea, but she just couldn’t help herself.

“Well, I don’t think I thought it was a good idea, Patrick said. “There was nothing I could do about it. You can’t tell your heart who to like and not like. It just happened.”

The Danica Patrick Ricky Stenhouse Jr (we don’t have a Bennifer or TomKat like couple name for them yet) relationship could experience some tension on the track. Not just because of where one of the two finishes, but what if one of them were to win rookie of the year?

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Danica Patrick pole position at Daytona 500

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Danica Patrick pole position at the Daytona 500, sounds great to her fans doesn’t it. This is historic so I’ll say it again- Danica Patrick pole position. She became the first woman to secure the top spot for any Sprint Cup race, let alone the season-opening Daytona 500. So she’ll lead the field at the “The Great American Race” and NASCAR season opener. Yesterday, Patrick was nearly a second faster than the other driver in time trials.

The front row for the Feb. 24 Daytona 500 was set today. The rest of the field will be set next Thursday after a pair of qualifying races.

Patrick went out eighth in the qualifying session Sunday and covered the 2½-mile superspeedway in 45.817 seconds, averaging 196.434 mph.

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Danica Patrick Ricky Stenhouse Jr romance inspiring funny NASCAR soundbites

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When the divorce of Danica Patrick became official in January (it was announced in November), the Danica Patrick Ricky Stenhouse Jr. relationship that had likely been going on for some time went public. Wow a romantic relationship between two NASCAR drivers, how’s that going to play out?  Of course, Danica Patrick Ricky Stenhouse Jr (I don’t have a cute hybrid couple name for them yet) was a popular topic at NASCAR media day.

From Memphis Commercial Appeal:

“Initially, it was a little bit of a mental hurdle of like, ‘We compete against each other,’ ” Patrick said of the relationship, which she likened to “Romeo and Juliet.” “It’s like the Capulets and Montagues with (me in) Chevy and (him in) Ford; this just doesn’t work. But you can’t tell your heart who to like or not like. And so in the end, it ended up being something that I just didn’t think was a big deal at all.”

 

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Danica Patrick’s Super Bowl 47 ad: video

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There was some talk that the recently divorced Danica Patrick was also going to to cut ties with Go Daddy, but she decided to renew with them instead. She shot a new Super Bowl ad, and released a preview via Twitter today. The spot seems to have an aviation theme. She tweeted:

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Danica Patrick divorce made official (update)

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Danica Patrick announced her divorce from husband Paul Hospenthal on her Facebook page. She said the two have amicably decided to end their marriage. (if there truly is such a thing?)

Hospenthal is a physical therapist who met Patrick while treating her for a non-racing injury. The two were married in 2005, and he is 17 years older than the 30-year-old NASCAR driver.
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Danica Patrick rejects Dancing with the Stars

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If you’re waiting to see Danica Patrick “on Dancing With The Stars,” keep waiting. And don’t hold your breath because Patrick says she doesn’t have the time or personality for the reality series. The NASCAR racer has turned down producers several times.

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Danica Patrick’s new Sega Ad (video)

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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is out this Sunday, November 18th. Here’s a look at the TV commercial for the game, featuring Danica Patrick. Watch the NASCAR star in action after the jump.

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