Dave Blaney Walks Away From Daytona as a Winner

by Ryan Isley When the checkered flag was finally dropped on the 54th running of the Daytona 500 almost 36 hours after it was originally supposed to go green, it was Matt Kenseth standing in victory lane with the Harley J. Earl trophy as the champion. While Kenseth was officially the winner, there was a

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Six Predictions for 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

by Ryan Isley The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will get underway this Sunday at Daytona International Speedway when the running of the 54th Daytona 500 goes green just after 1:00pm ET. With that in mind, I decided to make a few predictions for the upcoming season. 1 – Kurt Busch Most Likely 2011 Chase Driver

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A.J. Allmendinger Could be Surprise of 2012

by Ryan Isley There is a popular saying that goes something like this – when God closes a door, he opens a window. For NASCAR driver A.J. Allmendinger, it may have been reversed – God closed a window but opened a door. After the 2011 NASCAR season, Allmendinger’s primary sponsor at Richard Petty Racing –

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Someone Needs to Put the Brakes on Danica Patrick

by Ryan Isley The Danica Patrick runaway popularity train needs to derail before it is too late – if it isn’t already. Patrick’s NASCAR career has been put in the fast lane with little proof that she can handle hanging with the good old boys on the track. At some point, someone will need to

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Don't Look Now, But Here Comes Jimmie Johnson

by Ryan Isley Pick up this week’s Sports Illustrated and you won’t find Aaron Rodgers, Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder on the cover. For the second time in his career, NASCAR superstar and five-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson graces the cover of the magazine. This would have come as a shock if it was

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Earnhardt, Jr. Rides Popularity to Contract Extension

by Ryan Isley A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece for More Than a Fan about Danica Patrick and her undeserved 2012 seat in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. After I wrote that, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was given a controversial five-year contract extension from Hendrick Motorsports to continue as the driver of the No.

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Danica Gets NASCAR Ride For Wrong Reasons

By Ryan Isley Apparently to get a ride in NASCAR these days, looks and marketability are just as important as actual driving ability. Just ask Danica Patrick. For a driver who has one career victory, Patrick sure gets a lot of headlines when it comes to racing. News out of NASCAR is that Patrick will

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NASCAR Driver Tries To Make 11-Year-Old Girl's Dreams Come True

By Ryan Isley I have said time and time again that NASCAR is one of the premier sports out there in terms of athletes and teams connecting with their fans. Whether it is drivers visiting kids in a hospital, tweeting with a fan on Twitter or even five-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson

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