by Ryan Isley One day. 1,100 miles of racing. Two different races at tracks 600 miles apart from each other. Kurt Busch’s weekend should be sponsored by Travelocity. Over Memorial Day weekend, Busch will become the fourth driver since 1994 and just the first since Robby Gordon in 2004 to try to run both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. Only one guy – Tony Stewart in 2001 – made it through the entire 1,100 miles. Gordon has tried the double five times and Stewart has done it twice, with John Andretti and Davy Jones … Continue reading The Time is Right for the Kurt Busch Double Attempt
by Ryan Isley Writer’s Note: This is Part 6 in a 13-Part series. Each Friday from November 23rd to February 15th, Ryan will make a prediction for the 2013 NASCAR season spanning over all three main touring series – Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. On February 8th and 15th, Ryan will predict the 12 drivers who will make the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase and the Sprint Cup champion. You can check out all of the predictions here. Before I even start, let me say this: of all the predictions so far for the 2013 NASCAR … Continue reading NASCAR 2013 Prediction No.6: Danica Patrick Will Change Her Mind and Race the Indianapolis 500
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 grab the reigns of the 29-year-old and pull her back into reality. Unfortunately, two of the sport’s biggest stars are the ones behind Patrick’s rise through the NASCAR ranks.
Patrick was already guaranteed a seat in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the entire 2012 season when Dale Earnhardt, Jr. signed Patrick to run her No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet for JR Motorsports but was not ready to commit her to run in the Sprint Cup Series yet.
Enter Tony Stewart, who is co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing and the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion. Stewart signed Patrick to run in 10 Sprint Cup races for his team in 2012, with eight of those announced at the beginning of last February.