Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. the Right Guy for the Job at Roush Fenway Racing

by Ryan Isley

In every sport, there will be movement among players going from team to team, be it by trade or free agency. While there aren’t actually any trades in NASCAR – unless you count crew members and crew chiefs – free agency has become a big part of the sport, especially among the top drivers.

2013 won’t be any different.

This past week, NASCAR was hit with a bombshell when Matt Kenseth announced that following the 2012 season he will be leaving Roush Fenway Racing and has a deal in place for 2013, despite not yet announcing with whom just yet.

There could have been many drivers lining up to replace Kenseth had Roush Fenway Racing waiting to play the field when this season ends, but they made a quick choice – and in my opinion, the right choice. They tabbed Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. as the replacement for the 2003 Sprint Cup Series Champion, giving the defending Nationwide Series Champaion a full-time ride in NASCAR’s top series starting in 2013.

While I wrote back in February about Danica Patrick not deserving the 10 races she was given in the Sprint Cup Series in 2012, I also mentioned in that piece that there were drivers like Stenhouse, Jr. who were more deserving of a ride in NASCAR’s premier series and it is good to see that his work and patience has paid off.

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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. 88 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Some thought that I was ignoring Earnhardt, Jr.’s extension.

Wrong. Even the most diehard of Earnhardt, Jr. supporters would have to look at this deal in disbelief.

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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 race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series full-time in 2012 for JR Motorsports and will more than likely make her NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in the 2012 Daytona 500 driving for Stewart-Haas Racing.

Forgive me if I missed the part of her career when she became an elite racecar driver, but what exactly has she done to be awarded this handout? When was the last time that someone who has won so little got this much hype, press and opportunities? Besides LeBron James, that is?

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