Bears-Packers wager made by top NASCAR drivers

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Typically when NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch discuss the “field” it has to do with 41 other drivers and isn’t named “Lambeau,” but on Thursday, Sept. 13 that all changes. Prior to heading to Chicagoland Speedway to kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Kenseth and Busch will make a friendly wager as the Chicago Bears take on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Kenseth, a native of Cambridge, Wis., is a life-long Green Bay fan who attends four to five Packers games a year. Busch, who hails from Las Vegas, Nev., but has family in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs, is a die-hard Bears fan who will head up to Wisconsin to witness one of the National Football League’s most storied rivalries.

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Daytona 500 Champion Matt Kenseth comes to Chicago (video)

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This season’s Daytona 500 champion and Cambridge, Wisc. native, Matt Kenseth, stopped by the W Hotel Lakeshore for a fan event and Q&A hosted by Chicagoland Speedway.

Kenseth, currently second in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings, will return to Chicagoland Speedway this September for the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup (think Stanley Cup playoffs, but NASCAR, this is the second year in a row Chicagoland has kicked it off)– the GEICO 400, September 15-16. Kenseth was last year’s pole winner at Chicagoland Speedway.

The fan event was limited to just 25 spaces and took place in the “Altitude” Lounge on the 33th floor of the hotel. It was rescheduled from February, when the crazy weather delays in Daytona postponed Kenseth’s arrival in Chicago.

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Twitter takes over NASCAR; Brad Keselowski tweets from car during Daytona 500

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Anything that could go wrong did go wrong with the Daytona 500. Postponed to the next day because of rain, and then postponed again to the evening due to more storms, the great American race also had a nearly two hour delay due to a collision that caused a massive fireball.

Juan Pablo Montoya’s car hit a large jet dryer vehicle and the explosion brought the race to a stop. Montoya and the driver of the truck were OK. And repairing/cleaning the track from the fire took a mighty long time.

NASCAR officials had the rest of the drivers stop their cars, and Brad Keselowski took advantage of the break to post photos and answer questions from fans on his Twitter account, @keselowski.

Obviously, he had his mobile phone with him in his race car.

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NASCAR “Eats Fresh” with the Subway 600 Saturday Night

By: Melissa S. Wollering

Jared had better equip each driver with two footlongs for the 600km race at Phoenix International Raceway this Saturday—because we’re NIGHT RACIN’ boys.  It’s also the signal to 14 straight weeks of racing, no weekends off!

The picturesque mile-long, extra fat oval (more circle, less oval) is plopped right down into the mountains.  Phoenix hosts two races this season—the first this weekend and the second in mid-November when drivers in the Chase will race in anticipation of the final shootout at Homestead the following week.

There aren’t too many Saturday night races—those are usually designated for Nationwide Series races (which is on Friday this week).  And this year’s race here is different – there are 63 more laps (375 total) and it starts a bit earlier. So expect pit stops to be important and the track to get faster as night settles in and the temperatures drop. [Read more…]

TSB WILL Suck You Into NASCAR

By:  Melissa S. Wollering

Boogety, Boogety, Boogety.  Let’s go racing, boys. No one watches NASCAR. No one follows the Sprint Cup.  Why do I clear the first weekend of February for the Budweiser Shootout?  Well you’ll have to read my articles the entire season to find out. And trust me; your effort will be worth it.

Next weekend, the Daytona 500 commences. That’s the Super Bowl of football.  The World Cup of soccer.  The World Series of baseball. And instead of being scheduled at the end of the season, it inaugerates and christens the racing season. Meanwhile, one week prior to the 500, Daytona Beach, FL is the site of time trials for the Big One as well as the host city of the Bud Shootout. 

New this season: Wisconsin native Matt Kenseth acquires the sweetest looking bourgeois stock car exterior—sponsored by Crown Royal. He’s purple and gold, Vikings fans.

For rules: everything racers complained about is a now a free-for-all.  That means bump-drafting at Daytona and Talledega (two most important races of the season), increased contact on the track, spoilers instead of rear wings and restrictor plates larger than Darrell Waltrip’s annoyance rating. [Read more…]