Posted on: February 25, 2012 3:46 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2012 4:24 pm

Video: Big crash in Nationwide race

Posted by Brian De Los Santos

Saturday's Nationwide Series race had been a relatively calm affair -- save for Danica Patrick's wreck -- until the "Big One" struck on Lap 105, involving 14 cars.

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Posted on: February 23, 2012 3:47 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 7:27 pm

VIDEO: Danica Patrick crashes on last lap of Duel

Posted by Pete Pistone

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Danica Patrick's first appearance in the Gatorade Duel at Daytona ended violently with a hard crash into the backstretch inside wall.

Patrick climbed from her car uninjured in the vicious crash and gave her view of what took place after she made on track contact with Aric Almirola.

“It happened really quickly," Patrick explained.  "I guess you can always imagine when you get down to the end of the race everyone is on each other’s doors really close.  It’s just kind of what happens at the end of the race.  Unfortunately, I was part of it.  I felt like I was having at least a solid race.  I worked my way up there at the beginning a little bit; hung around in the front group for a while.  I felt like it kind of slowed down I was dragging the brake a little bit just to keep with the pack and not run up to them too quickly.  I don’t know if that had any affect.  We were just looking to finish to be honest; unfortunately that was not the case.”

Patrick ran inside the top ten for some of Thursday's first 60-lap qualifying race but wasn't really a challenger for the lead or win. Still she feels the day was part of her learning process and she'll try to take something away from the experience including the crash.

“I’m betting that everybody that was watching on TV probably had the best look," Patrick said. "From my perspective it was obviously the last lap and the bottom lane started moving well so that is where I was.  We were just getting our run down the back and all of a sudden I got hit.  I’m betting that somebody also got hit outside of me, is what I’m betting.

"I’m going to have to look.  It was just a chain reaction every person that gets hit, next and next and next.  It gets bigger and bigger.  It felt like a pretty big hit so I don’t know what it looked like.  I’m really just bummed out that we didn’t finish the last two corners.  Instead we have a Go Daddy car in the wall and lots of damage and I’m sure a back-up.  But, what I said was maybe the back-up car will be faster.”

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Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:11 am
Edited on: January 13, 2012 12:59 pm

Video: Tony Stewart on testing at Daytona

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Posted on: December 1, 2011 5:54 pm

Video: Maryeve Dufault, model turned racer

Posted by Brian De Los Santos

Don't know much about Maryeve Dufault? Neither did I.

When I saw the press release that she was going to be on CBS' The Insider, I was wondering why they were doing a feature about a female Canadian driver who has one major NASCAR series start to her name -- aside from the fact that she's very attractive.

Turns out she's a former Price is Right and Maxim model. Now it made a little more sense why an entertainment show like The Insider would come calling.

Dufault, 29, made one Nationwide Series start in 2011 -- Montreal, of course, where she finished 30th. She made 14 starts in the ARCA Series where she had an average finish of 19.5, compiling one top 10 (10th at Chicagoland).

Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:15 pm

Video: Inside NASCAR debates Edwards vs. Stewart

Unbelievably close, Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart are running neck-and-neck in the standings for the Sprint Cup. The hosts of Inside NASCAR discuss Edwards and Stewart in a web-exclusive.

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Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:09 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 2:09 pm

Video: Kevin Harvick on Inside NASCAR

Entering the final race of the Sprint Cup in the number three slot, Kevin Harvick stops by the set of Inside NASCAR to discuss one of the most important races of his career.

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Posted on: November 11, 2011 1:36 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2011 8:20 pm

Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs plan to move on together

By Pete Pistone

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Another chapter in the Kyle Busch saga was written Friday morning at Phoenix International Raceway when the controversial driver and team owner Joe Gibbs met the media.

Busch explained what a toll the week has taken on him personally and how he’s dealt with the aftermath of his celebrated incident with Ron Hornaday in last week’s Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

“It’s certainly been a trying week,” Busch said. “This has been a situation that I could have dreamed could have happened and I don’t wish it upon anybody. For me, I’ve certainly had a lot of time to sit and reflect and think and decide and look at what the future entails. For me, my future, I want to be with Joe Gibbs Racing, I want to be in NASCAR, I want to be driving the M&M’s Toyota.’’

Although Mars/M&M’s decided to pull its sponsorship from the No. 18 entry this weekend and in the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Busch will compete in both races carrying Interstate Batteries support.

He expressed his concern for how his actions impacted JGR and potentially an important and lucrative sponsor like Mars/M&Ms.

“This has been quite a trying week for myself and my wife and everybody at M&M’s, Joe Gibbs Racing, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Interstate Batteries, all the above,” Busch said. “For me, I’m utmost apologetic to everybody that’s been having to go through this situation. There’s no one to blame but myself, so I’m here today to basically say that I apologize to everybody involved in this whole ordeal.”

Busch expressed gratitude for Gibbs staying with him through the situation and his personal commitment.

“Joe has been a huge supporter of mine through all of this and I can’t say enough about him, all the folks at JGR, all the guys on my M&M’s team,” Busch said. “We’re here to say we want learn from this, we want to move on. Certainly, there’s some remorse from my side and to be apologetic to the M&M’s brand and all of those folks that put their heart and soul into this NASCAR program for years. We want to continue that relationship down the road. There’s an opportunity for me to become a better person, to grow, to learn from this and I’m looking forward to those days.

“I’m sure I’ve lost some respect with my team, with my sponsors, with my peers and I understand those consequences. I understand that my actions last weekend were uncalled for, were disrespectful and that I’m here to make sure that I can continue on in a positive manner and make it to where everybody believes in me from this week forward.’’

Gibbs also reiterated his support of Busch but did say there would be more punishment to come in the aftermath of the incident.

“Kyle’s penalties are going to be substantial,” said Gibbs. “The biggest thing for everybody on the 18 was we went from seventh in points in the Chase to 11th. That’s a huge deal. I know Kyle and all of us were excited about getting back into the top five and that will probably take this away from us. That was a big deal for us. We understood that. We also have other actions that are going to be in place. There will be other financial penalties and stuff that we’re working through and will continue to do that as we go forward through this process.”

The stress of the situation was not lost on Gibbs who explained the difficult situation and decisions that were made this week.

“I think for me personally, I just want to make the point when you’re put in the situation like this, you can really make one or two decisions,” said Gibbs. “I think the one (firing) would have been devastating, I think really discouraging for everybody associated with it, Kyle, everybody around him and for the sport. What I’ve chosen to do, I want to support Kyle and I feel like this could have a positive impact on Kyle and I’m committed to him as a person.’’

As for going forward, Gibbs said there were several options still being discussed including the possibility of Busch attending anger management sessions.

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Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:42 am

Video: Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Inside NASCAR

Following a strong performance in Texas, Dale Earnhardt Jr. visits the set of Inside NASCAR to answer fan questions.

After intentionally wrecking Ron Hornaday Jr. during a caution in the Truck Series race Texas, Kyle Busch was suspended by NASCAR. The hosts of Inside NASCAR discuss one of the sport's biggest news stories with guest Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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