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McMurray Dodges Pot Hole And Wins Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After a total of 2 ½ hours of red flag mostly because of a pot hole in the track, Jamie McMurray inched out Dale Jamie McMurrayEarnhardt Jr. to win the Super Bowl of NASCAR on Sunday in a amazing finish.

The long delays pushed the race into a 6 hour 10 minute marathon and put a major blemish on the event but to those several frustrated fans who left Daytona International Speedway early, you missed an amazing show.

Brought to tears during the post-race interviews McMurray said, “I can’t really put it into words the way it feels. I’m trying to be genuine and as sincere as I can and not sound cliche: as a kid growing up, this is what you dream of, of being able to win the Daytona 500.”

McMurray’s victory came after a sprint to the finish line with Earnhardt, a 12-time Daytona winner riding on his bumper right to the end. When it was over, McMurray beat Junior by just .119 seconds to earn the first Daytona 500 win of his career.

“Fans deserve probably more of a show, so that’s what they got,” said Earnhardt. “I didn’t know where I was, you know, ’til I really kind of got done almost wrecking down the back straightaway. Then I looked up — there’s just one car in front of me, ‘Jamie’s gonna win this damn race!’ I was happy for him. He deserves it. They’ve been through a lot. It’s a great team.”

During the delay some of the drivers relaxed in their cars making light of the situation. “Let’s put a cone over that Daytona 500 Potholehole. You think we can dodge that the rest of the day?” said one of the drivers.

After the first delay to repair the pot hole, the race resumed but more and more asphalt wore away and after a short time of cars flying over it at 190 MPH it was bigger than it was the first time.

This incident is embarrassing for NASCAR and DIS but the excitement of the finish may help erase much of that. Sunday’s 500 also saw a record number of different leaders throughout the race.

After the race, DIS president Robin Braig apologized for the hole and the delays that caused those fans to head to the exits long before the finish.

“We’re the World Center of Racing. This is the Daytona 500. This is not supposed to happen, and I take full responsibility,” Braig said. “We can come back from this. We know how to fix it. This is hallowed ground. We understand that. We accept the responsibility.”

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Danica Patrick Takes Test Drive at Daytona International Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH – ESPN reported that Danica Patrick will make her ARCA debut on Feb. 6 at Daytona International Speedway but has Danica Patrick not decided on whether she will begin what will be a 13-race Nationwide Series schedule for JRM at Daytona or wait until the next week at California.

Danica said there’s a 50-percent chance it will happen at Daytona, but first she wants to learn more about the car. She also has to get NASCAR’s approval, which likely won’t come until after the ARCA race.

Danica did take her first test run in Daytona today for the team co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and completed a total of five laps, reaching a maximum speed of 176.142 mph.

That speed is almost 50 mph off the IndyCar pace at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Danica Patrick Joining NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The AP reported that a reputable source said Danica Patrick will be joining the NASCAR circuit.

Danica PatrickThe sexy driver, seen here in the Sports Climax “Sexiest Female Athletes Gallery”, has graced the pages in sexy swimsuit and near naked photo spreads for Sports Illustrated and Maxim Magazine.

Patrick is expected to announce her NASCAR deal at a Tuesday news conference in Phoenix and will be driving for the NASCAR Nationwide Series team co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

GoDaddy.com is expected to sponsor her NASCAR run as well as her future IndyCar races.

Patrick recently signed a three-year deal to stay in the IndyCar series, but that schedule allows enough time for her to also compete in NASCAR.

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