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February 18, 2013 | Associated Press
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Danica Patrick has made history before - as a woman and a racer, in Indianapolis and Japan. The spotlight is nothing new. But never has it been this bright before. Patrick won the Daytona 500 pole Sunday, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any race in NASCAR's premier circuit. It's by far the biggest achievement of her stock-car career. "I was brought up to be the fastest driver, not the fastest girl," said Patrick, who became the only woman to win an IndyCar race when she did it in Japan in 2008, and was the first woman to lead laps in the Indianapolis 500. "I also feel like I've been lucky in my career to be with good teams and have good people around me," she said.
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November 23, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Although Danica Patrick got plenty of publicity for her season in the IRL, she certainly doesn't want much for her wedding. The 23-year-old driver, who finished fourth in the Indy 500, and physical therapist Paul Hospen-thal, 40, were married Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz. Team spokesman Brent Maurer said Patrick has asked Rahal Letterman Racing to release virtually no information on the ceremony. Maurer could only confirm yesterday that Patrick was married and that car owner Bobby Rahal was there.
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February 22, 2013 | By Bill Fleischman, fleiscb@phillynews.com
AFTER DANICA Patrick won the pole for Sunday's Daytona 500, we could imagine Brian France and Mike Helton pounding their desks and shouting, "Yes! Yes!" In recent years, attendance at NASCAR tracks has slipped and television ratings have declined. Also, the purportedly safer, more efficient Car of Tomorrow produced dull racing. Now, France, NASCAR's chief executive officer, and Helton, the sanctioning body's president, have reasons to be excited about the new season. Having Patrick, the first woman to earn a pole position in a Sprint Cup race, as the fastest Daytona 500 qualifier surely will attract casual fans who are curious to see how she does in the race.
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July 28, 2011
JEFF GORDON turns 40 Aug. 4, joining Tony Stewart in the 4-0 club. Both probably have at least 5 more years of quality racing in them. Nine of the other top 12 Sprint Cup drivers are in their 30s, prime time for racers. At 26, Kyle Busch is the kid in the bunch. While the Cup series has more than its share of stars and the quality of competition in most races is strong, many observers, including yours truly, believe the series needs fresh new talent. Regular readers have seen this before: hel-lo, Danica.
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February 23, 2013 | By Jenna Fryer, Associated Press
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The big boys brought their little girls to see NASCAR's shining star. Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson all took their daughters to meet Danica Patrick this week at Daytona International Speedway. It was the ultimate backstage pass. Patrick dropped to one knee, wrapped her right arm around Ella Gordon's waist and posed for pictures as the 5-year-old flashed an endless grin in Victory Lane. Every day since, Patrick's crew has handed out dozens and dozens of lugnuts to little girls clamoring for souvenirs.
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February 25, 2013 | By Jenna Fryer, Associated Press
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A big first for Danica Patrick, but an even bigger second for Jimmie Johnson. Patrick made history up front at the Daytona 500 on Sunday, only to see Johnson make a late push ahead of her and reclaim his spot at the top of his sport. It was the second Daytona 500 victory for Johnson, a five-time NASCAR champion who first won "The Great American Race" in 2006. "There is no other way to start the season than to win the Daytona 500. I'm a very lucky man to have won it twice," Johnson said after winning his 400th career start.
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May 26, 2011 | Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tony Stewart says he'd be interested in signing Danica Patrick if she moves to NASCAR's top series. Stewart owns Stewart-Haas Racing and is looking for opportunties to grow the team from two to four cars. He's advised Patrick during her trial period in NASCAR. Moving full time from IndyCar is a possibility when her contract ends later this year. Stewart said yesterday that he's not had talks with Patrick, but that he would not field a Nationwide Series team for Patrick.
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August 1, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Katherine Legge is becoming a real force in the Toyota Atlantic Series and is starting to get irritated by comparisons to Indy Racing League sensation Danica Patrick. Legge, the only woman driving in Champ Car's top developmental series, pulled off a difficult pass for the lead with 16 laps remaining yesterday in the streets of San Jose and went on to her second straight victory and third of the season. Patrick never had finished better than second in two seasons in Atlantics.
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March 11, 2012 | Associated Press
LAS VEGAS - Defending Nationwide champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led the final 54 laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday for his first victory of the season. Stenhouse had a strong car all day and dominated the end of the 200-mile race, pulling away from Mark Martin on a pair restarts on the 1.5-mile tri-oval in the desert. Martin, who had won four of his previous six Nationwide starts at Las Vegas, finished second in his first Nationwide race for Joe Gibbs Racing. Polesitter Elliott Sadler rallied to finish third after a lengthy midrace pit stop to fix a vibration.
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February 24, 2012 | Associated Press
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Roush Fenway Racing will have three cars at the front of the season-opening Daytona 500. Matt Kenseth won the second of the twin 150-mile qualifying races Thursday with a bold pass of teammate Greg Biffle. The victory gave Kenseth a spot on the second row for Sunday's race - right behind teammates Carl Edwards and Biffle. Tony Stewart, the defending NASCAR champion, won the first race and will line up next to Kenseth at Daytona International Speedway.
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June 9, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND - Almost everyone agrees that a Sprint Cup series drivers council is a good idea to help improve safety and rules. Brian France, NASCAR's chairman and CEO, endorsed the council idea on Fox Sports 1's prerace show yesterday. Referring to the council meeting last weekend at Dover International Speedway, France said, "That's a good thing for us to hear in a more formal setting some of the things that are on their mind. It was a good meeting. It was a good discussion. " A problem, in France's view, is that the drivers are all over the tracks with their recommendations.
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May 1, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Columnist
THE RIGHT crew chief at the right time. That's the Tony Gibson-Kurt Busch pairing. Although he's only 50, Gibson is one of the few remaining old-school crew chiefs in NASCAR. He has been crew chief for Danica Patrick, Ryan Newman, Mark Martin, Michael Waltrip and Bill Elliott. Gibson's NASCAR career goes all the way back to 1992 when he was car chief and mechanic for the late Alan Kulwicki, the '92 Cup series champion. With three races remaining last season, Gibson moved from Patrick's team to Busch's.
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October 10, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
DANICA PATRICK has found that mixing business with pleasure isn't always easy. Racing's most famous female driver recently wrote about her relationship with boyfriend, and fellow driver, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., for the Players Tribune, the new sports website created by retired Yankee Derek Jeter. "If it's crazy to want to go to sleep next to the person who ran your car off the road going 200 miles per hour earlier that day, then I'm certifiable," Patrick wrote. The couple, which has been publicly dating since early last year, has had a few run-ins on the track.
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June 10, 2014 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND, Pa. - Brad Keselowski led the most laps by far in yesterday's Pocono 400. Then, with five laps remaining in the 160-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup race, Keselowski suddenly backed off the pace between Turns 1 and 2, allowing Dale Earnhardt Jr. to lead. Keselowski was hoping to clear the paper off the grill of his red No. 2 Ford by drafting Earnhardt, then surge back in front. It didn't happen. Earnhardt kept his No. 88 Chevrolet ahead of Keselowski and gained his first Pocono Raceway victory in 29 starts.
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May 30, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
IT IS NOT breaking news that NASCAR is trying to appeal to younger racing fans. Fans who grew up watching Richard Petty, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough and other stars from their era are aging and attending fewer races than before. Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway, the venues for the next two Sprint Cup races, are among the tracks that are focusing on providing "entertainment experiences" for fans. Young fans aren't content to just watch races. They want big screens and audio enhancements.
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May 16, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, For the Daily News
ARE WE getting closer to a Danica Patrick victory lane celebreation? Patrick recorded her best finish in 57 Sprint Cup starts Saturday night with a seventh place at Kansas Speedway. During the previous Cup race at Talladega, Patrick led twice early for six laps. "Honestly, the most rewarding part of my night was probably when I drove around the outside of the No. 48 [Jimmie Johnson] on a restart," Patrick said after the race. "That was probably my most rewarding thing. I say that with all the respect in the world.
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February 25, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
JADEVEON CLOWNEY, the talented defensive end from South Carolina, is projected to be the top pick in the NFL draft. That would be a mistake, according to Dee Ford, who played the same position at Auburn last season. "I'm better," Ford told SiriusXM radio yesterday. "Let's put it like this. People like to talk about size all the time. Size is pretty much overrated in my eyes. " That may be so, but Clowney is 6-5, 266-pounds and listed No. 1 overall by Scouts Inc. Ford is 6-2, 240 and projected at No. 37. "You can look at guys like Robert Mathis, Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller.
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February 14, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
ED REED SHOULD know better. The NFL free-agent safety claims $50,000 was stolen from his car in Houston on Wednesday. Yesterday, the Houston police department confirmed they are looking for whoever smashed the window of Reed's car, and swiped the cash from the passenger seat. There are reports the the money was in a bag or envelope. Either way, we can think of safer places to put it. Apparently, Reed withdrew the money from one bank and drove to another. He told police he left the cash on the seat while going into the second bank.
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February 12, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
HEY RICHARD PETTY, what do you think of Danica Patrick? "If she'd have been a male, nobody would ever know if she'd showed up at a racetrack," Petty said recently at an appearance at the Canadian Motorsports Expo in Toronto. "This is a female deal that's driving her. There's nothing wrong with that, because that's good PR for me. More fans come out, people are more interested in it. She has helped to draw attention to the sport, which helps everybody in the sport. " Asked if Patrick will ever win on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Petty said, "[Only]
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February 4, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
IT'S PROBABLY just as well most people's yards aren't zoned for Clydesdales. Because golden retriever puppies - already too popular for their own good - are likely to be in even more demand after Budweiser unveiled its latest cross-species love story before millions at last night's Super Bowl. Let's pause while everyone goes, "Awwwww. "; And to remember that the ad, "Best Buds," was posted to YouTube by Budweiser last Wednesday and had already had more than 33 million views a few hours before kickoff.
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