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Jimmie Johnson Wins Daytona 500, Danica Patrick Finishes Eighth: Are You a NASCAR Fan?

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On Sunday at Daytona International Speedway, Jimmie Johnson won the Daytona 500 for the second time in his career. Danica Patrick came in eighth, making some racing history of her own.

Held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida, the Daytona 500—also known as the “The Great American Race” or the “Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing”—is the most prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar. The 500-mile, 200-lap race is also the first Sprint Cup Series race of the season.

This year, Patrick became the first woman to win a pole and the first woman to lead a lap in the Sprint Cup Series (she led twice for a total of five laps). Coming in eighth, Patrick also claimed the best-ever finish by a woman at the Daytona 500—outdoing Janet Guthrie’s 11th place finish in 1980.

Earlier in the weekend, on Saturday, at least 28 fans were injured during the Nationwide Series race when Kyle Larson’s racecar went airborne during a 12-car pileup.

Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/25/sports/jimmie-jo...

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  • Gulfstream 2013/02/25 01:31:51
    Yes
    Gulfstream
    +9
    I would like to see any of the A-holes on here bitching about left turn, blah blah blah .... to get in one of those cars and try to make it around ONE time @ 150MPH without wrecking.

    Fact is. it takes more concentration, skill and balls, than any of you punks have.

    Try that for 3 hours in 120+ degrees inside the car with no A/C, cramped quarters with perhaps, even the Sun in your eyes.

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  • shellyBlink182ToMark17 2013/03/09 15:21:12
    Yes
    shellyBlink182ToMark17
    +1
    i big fan but i hate jimmie and danica isnt that good people, she doesnt have idea want she doing. Matt kenseth is my favorite driver
  • Colonel Forbin~NTSF~SD~SUV 2013/03/05 08:11:32
    No
    Colonel Forbin~NTSF~SD~SUV
    I get that it takes skill and athleticism to compete in NASCAR, but I can't find a single shlt to give about it. I looked around, and none were to be found.

    I'm sure NASCAR fans can understand. I bet most of them don't care about soccer. And I'm sure that's not simply because of Socialism of whatever. Marxist Europe, blah, blah, blah.
  • Herbtheman 2013/03/03 04:34:07
    Yes
    Herbtheman
    but I havent gone in a while.
  • WGN 2013/03/03 03:34:02
    No
    WGN
    +1
    No! But it makes me wonder how a bunch of conservatives can stand watching all those cars keep turning to the left?
  • rknothead 2013/03/02 16:38:10
    Yes
    rknothead
    I always cheer for Mark Martin, oldest driver who can still gettrdone! But Danica is looking a lot better than Mark now!
  • Pinky 2013/03/01 22:35:53
    Yes
    Pinky
    +1
    Matt Kenseth fan here. Its different watching him in a new car and different number. Cool to see him lead most laps and dominate till the dam toyota blew up though. He could of won.
  • shellyB... Pinky 2013/03/09 15:19:33
    shellyBlink182ToMark17
    +1
    yes he should of and im not use to 20 neither. everything in my room is 17. im fan of matt to
  • Pinky shellyB... 2013/03/09 19:52:02
    Pinky
    +1
    I have a lot of 17 stuff too,but thats all right it's not the number its the man. And Matt is one of the best. Met him in Pocono his rookie season.
  • shellyB... Pinky 2013/03/10 01:01:20
    shellyBlink182ToMark17
    omg lucky. never gone to a race because i live mass =(. he is the best
  • Pinky shellyB... 2013/03/10 01:42:55
    Pinky
    +1
    I live in Iowa about a 130 miles from Cambridge Wisconsin. Matts home town and huge race facility.
  • shellyB... Pinky 2013/03/10 01:49:19
    shellyBlink182ToMark17
    +1
    i hope he wins tomorrow
  • Pinky shellyB... 2013/03/10 13:11:19
    Pinky
    +1
    It's one of his favorite tracks, he's won here a couple times Pocono is not that far from Mass. You should try to go some time. Its way different than watching on TV. You can literally feel the power when they give the green flag it shakes the grandstand and very loud on ears. It would make you smile.
  • shellyB... Pinky 2013/03/10 17:38:52
    shellyBlink182ToMark17
    +1
    i total will :)
  • Pinky shellyB... 2013/03/10 18:28:37
  • shellyB... Pinky 2013/03/10 18:30:03
    shellyBlink182ToMark17
    +1
    its almost time

    matt kenseth 20
  • Pinky shellyB... 2013/03/10 18:36:30
    Pinky
    +1
    I got my fingers crossed
  • shellyB... Pinky 2013/03/10 18:38:01
    shellyBlink182ToMark17
    me to :)
  • Pinky shellyB... 2013/03/10 22:07:18
    Pinky
    +1
    Matt Rocks that new no. 20 I'm proud of him
  • shellyB... Pinky 2013/03/10 22:51:06
    shellyBlink182ToMark17
    Me to. i got so nervous i thought kasey khane was going to get him.
  • Pinky shellyB... 2013/03/10 23:18:38
    Pinky
    +1
    It was are double fingers crossed that did it. We got something going here maybe.
  • shellyB... Pinky 2013/03/10 23:20:49
    shellyBlink182ToMark17
    +1
    i was when start i thought he had a change but kasey car, i was like he isnt going to win now. at the end, when he was yelling you could tell how bad he want to win
  • Pinky shellyB... 2013/03/10 23:24:45
    Pinky
    +1
    Matts a fighter, a great guy
  • shellyB... Pinky 2013/03/11 18:38:29
    shellyBlink182ToMark17
    +1
    yeah he is :)
  • Frank 2013/03/01 21:00:22
    No
    Frank
    I grew up in 60's with fast cars, and I had them all, and I have had many drag races, but surprisingly I am not a big fan of Nascar, it's become to commercial for me, and boring..
  • misterz 2013/03/01 19:51:52
    No
    misterz
    Boring.
  • Bobby Dale 2013/03/01 19:01:10
    Yes
    Bobby Dale
    +1
    I LOVE WATCHING THEM MAKE 800 LEFT TURNS!
  • stevegtexas@aol.com 2013/03/01 16:35:24
  • C-Breez 2013/02/28 15:20:50
    Yes
    C-Breez
    https://twimg0-a.akamaihd.net...
  • JamesChevyII 2013/02/28 14:54:07
    Yes
    JamesChevyII
    You jest of course... I give up everything on Sun and sometimes on Sat evening to watch the NASCAR races... What is better then watching racing of any kind really and a cold bier (beer), but NASCAR is my favorite...
  • Moodybloo70 2013/02/27 15:09:26
    No
    Moodybloo70
    Not yet.......but I'm getting closer.
  • PatLabat 2013/02/27 13:56:32
    No
    PatLabat
    Not going to watch a car do 200 laps lol.
  • CKarliner 2013/02/27 00:57:12
    Yes
    CKarliner
    Can I get a big,"HELL YEAH?"
    Go Richard Petty and AJ Foyt!
  • Samantha Green 2013/02/26 15:22:23
    Yes
    Samantha Green
    Yeah
  • Free Spirit 2013/02/26 09:23:21
    No
    Free Spirit
    Not a fan.
  • Sidonia 2013/02/26 00:41:38
    No
    Sidonia
    +1
    Give the Rednecks something to watch and cheer for while they drink their cheap beer..... Nascar is about as much of a sport as Monster truck rallies......
  • Indiana8484 2013/02/25 21:23:01
    No
    Indiana8484
    It's about as exciting as baseball.
  • ..::localeye::.. 2013/02/25 21:11:36
    No
    ..::localeye::..
    I have been to a few races. (Pocono, Charlotte & Dover) and I have enjoyed it every time but I can not watch it on TV.
  • OtakuRainbows 2013/02/25 21:11:05
    Yes
    OtakuRainbows
    Yea it can be pretty interesting to watch, but I know nothing on it really all I do is cheer "Go!!!!!! Go!!!!!! Go!!!!!"
  • littlebuffalo55TBA 2013/02/25 19:52:18
    No
    littlebuffalo55TBA
    I am a big racing fan. My favorite has always been Indy, sprint's and such. NASCAR I used to enjoy much more when it was actually about stock cars. I appreciate what the drivers and crews do very much. I just can't get my head into the over marketing. The cars are rear wheel drive so putting a Toyota Camry or Ford Fusion looking nose on it when those are fwd family sedans is weak at best.

    I also could never figure out why the grandest race of the season is the very 1st race?

    Anyways, I did watch and it was impressive to see Danica win the pole and get a top ten finish. When you figure the overall exp. she has in re-stricter plate big ovals she overall did very well!
  • Sterling 2013/02/25 18:56:56
    No
    Sterling
    Not really my thing.

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