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Danica Patrick will have a guaranteed spot in the Daytona 500 due to a deal  made by Tony Stewart and Tommy Baldwin racing..( 33rd. in points) this was Dave Blaney ride, now he will have to qualify for the event.

There have been  many posts written by angry fans who feel Danica should have to qualify for a spot at Daytona, fair enough, but what really bothers me is the fact that this happens all the time, so why all the noise, let me  guess, jealousy, envy etc. etc.

Please don't hate the woman because she  is beautiful, she can actually drive a car, oh and by the way how did a driver  who has a million starts and never won many racers get a guaranteed start?  ..hmmm.. 

Ask Elliott Sadler how he got in....just be fair folks ......Don't be a hater...lol           

February 1, 2012  08:37 AM ET

Fans have seen the swapping/purchasing of points between teams for years. What makes this unique is that the points are being shared between 2 different teams Stewart/Haas and Tommy Baldwin Racing. That is like Dale Jr sharing points with Kevin Harvick. If Tony had shifted the #14 points from last year to the #10 I don't think there would have been much of an issue, especially since this is a common practice.

That and I think fans are already sick of the media circus that is Danica Patrick. She is more known as a bikini model and GoDaddy spokesperson than as a driver. The regular NASCAR fan see her as nothing more than hype and little substance. Granted there have been several current drivers who are the same way (Joey Lagano comes to mind) but they don't have the constant main stream media coverage Danica gets.

I can semi-understand where they are coming from. I am not a Kyle Busch or a Jimmie Johnson fan, so I can't stand when the NASCAR media has crowned either of them champion at the Daytona 500, or we get to see their crews work on their damaged race cars to the detriment of seeing real racing on the track. How many times at during the Texas race in the fall last year did we see Kyle sitting on his pit box looking bored. Why did we need to see that multiple times? Because that was the "Story" of the day. Just like Danica will be the "Story" of the season.

Sorry but the only "Story" I need to enjoy racing is what is happening on the track and not what some producer things I should care about. More than likely I won't care.

February 1, 2012  08:50 AM ET

"The regular NASCAR fan...." I understand that quote, I understand the fan base but they better understand that if the Danica type of hype doesn't exist the sport will go back to the roads of North Carolina ...lol

February 1, 2012  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"The regular NASCAR fan...." I understand that quote, I understand the fan base but they better understand that if the Danica type of hype doesn't exist the sport will go back to the roads of North Carolina ...lol

True, and while a good chunk of fans would not object to the sport going "back to the roads of North Carolina" as you put it we all know current management does not want that to happen.

Right now Danica is all hype, that is what her entire career has been based on. She entered Indy Car as the most viable female driver in that series in some time. people expected her to win, win, win and be a pioneer for other young girls and women to get into a male dominated sport. Well that hype has fallen flat.

It's all about growth of the sport, and NASCAR's other attempts to diversify have not panned out. Their Dive to Diversity program has not produced a significant graduate yet, and the open-wheel experiment (poaching) has failed. The best pre-Danica chance NASCAR had to open up to a new multinational audience has also ground to a halt with the slump of Juan Pablo Montoya. (Sorry asifyouknow just calling it how I see it) So now the new thing is going to be to get women to like racing because of their "hero" Danica. (Oversimplification yes, but you have to look at the brain trust running NASCAR) So far she has done better than expected I think, but I highly doubt she is going to do any better than any of the other top drivers who have attempted to move into the sport recently.

February 1, 2012  08:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

True, and while a good chunk of fans would not object to the sport going "back to the roads of North Carolina" as you put it we all know current management does not want that to happen.Right now Danica is all hype, that is what her entire career has been based on. She entered Indy Car as the most viable female driver in that series in some time. people expected her to win, win, win and be a pioneer for other young girls and women to get into a male dominated sport. Well that hype has fallen flat.It's all about growth of the sport, and NASCAR's other attempts to diversify have not panned out. Their Dive to Diversity program has not produced a significant graduate yet, and the open-wheel experiment (poaching) has failed. The best pre-Danica chance NASCAR had to open up to a new multinational audience has also ground to a halt with the slump of Juan Pablo Montoya. (Sorry asifyouknow just calling it how I see it) So now the new thing is going to be to get women to like racing because of their "hero" Danica. (Oversimplification yes, but you have to look at the brain trust running NASCAR) So far she has done better than expected I think, but I highly doubt she is going to do any better than any of the other top drivers who have attempted to move into the sport recently.

My dear friend I wanted to say "The back roads....." lol...

NASCAR has a win win situation with Danica, if she does not make it in the next two years they enjoyed a temporary boost, but if she does well and wins races now NASCAR got a golden goose, NASCAR just can't lose in this one..can we agree on that ?
As far as JPM, I agree , I'm totally disappointed in him, I've written and article stating that JPM biggest problem was his loyalty to Chip G., he had some good teams talking to him but he stuck with Chip, it took a long time before they signed JPM (new contract) I think the reason he signed was because EGR made all the changes for 2012....look.. I still think EGR is as middle of the road team, I think JPM has done a good job with the JUNK he got..lol..Brian Pattie alone cost him at least 4 wins, two of them at INDY by not managing the race, I think there will be improvement,,,all new cars all new power (more HP and lighter cars) as always time will tell...lol..good to hear from you...

February 2, 2012  10:31 AM ET

Ah ok a Danica fan, or at least someone willing to give her a chance. I was thinking you might have been going the Tebow route with her. And I do agree it it a Win-Win for NASCAR, even if she runs like Dale Jr has the past 6 or so years.

I agree about the JPM situation as well, but until I see the brilliance that he had in Open Wheel he is still just s middle of the pack driver with a middle of the pack team. Not to take anything away from his past accomplishments, but we have seen several top Open Wheel drivers struggle in NASCAR with top equipment.

February 3, 2012  10:19 AM ET

Your quote...lol.. ".....even if she runs like Dale Jr has the past 6 or so years."
You are a brave men..lol...Jr nation will put you away for that statement...
By the way a 3 rd. string QB is getting more attention than two of the best QB in the NFL...

You know Juan only sign a one year contract so if he does not do well he is going to top NASCAR team or INDY (too old for F1..maybe not lol) ..Chip made lots of changes that are Montoya encouraged ,I suspect..and true about the struggles from open-wheel drivers, but the only one that I can think of that had a decent team was Sam Hornish and he just never got it......this is the end game for JPM he eather gets it or he will go somewhere..He did say in a tweet this week that he will be in Daytona next year ...could be with another team...

February 3, 2012  07:10 PM ET
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By the way a 3 rd. string QB is getting more attention than two of the best QB in the NFL...

And it can be argued Danica is a third string driver who is going to get more coverage than anyone except Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Jr.

I agree JPB will be in the 500 next year, but I doubt it will be with a better team. The top spots are taken by other drivers, or there's no enough sponsorship to run a full 4-car team. At this point if he were to leave Ganassi there is little place for him in NASCAR, but I could see him taking a chance with an underfunded team for the 500, and an underfunded team taking a chance on him for that race.

February 3, 2012  11:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

And it can be argued Danica is a third string driver who is going to get more coverage than anyone except Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Jr.I agree JPB will be in the 500 next year, but I doubt it will be with a better team. The top spots are taken by other drivers, or there's no enough sponsorship to run a full 4-car team. At this point if he were to leave Ganassi there is little place for him in NASCAR, but I could see him taking a chance with an underfunded team for the 500, and an underfunded team taking a chance on him for that race.

The difference is that Danica can actually drive a car, Tebow ( proven by his last 3 or 4 games) don't know how to throw a ball...lol..

Wonder what if Danica gets a top 10 ..will you give her the credit or will (maybe not you)some folks will just say she got lucky..I think there will be many folks trying to justify a top ten as luck....

I don't know what to think on Juan for 2012 all I can tell is that he has provided me with many years of entertainment ..I love the guy..he is a nut and a great driver....only needs Daytona500 and Le Mans to become the only driver in history to will all top races in the world, Monaco, Indy 500 and 24 hours Daytona....Lemans he can do when he is 70 years old.. lol .. so I'm confident he will get this record, if he gets the record in today's world it will be a hard one to break , drivers don't cross over as much as they did...

February 4, 2012  10:49 AM ET

A Top 10 is a Top 10 just like a Win is a Win. Luck has a lot to do with this sport as much as skill. You have to have luck at times to avoid a wreck, not blow up, or run out of fuel. You also need skill to do the exact same thing as well, but which is more important, that is for the individual fan to decide.

February 4, 2012  08:13 PM ET

One more question: How will you see it...will she become legit in your eyes if she gets a top ten...

February 4, 2012  09:53 PM ET
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One more question: How will you see it...will she become legit in your eyes if she gets a top ten...

At ths point she is no more or less legit then David Gilliland, Hermie Sadler, or any other driver who has/is running for a Start and Park team. If i were to climb into a NASCAR race car and try to drive a race, I would not be legit, but these people are all professional drivers, so they are already legit.

Do I expect her to win a Sprint Cup race this year? No. Do I expect her to get a Top 10 in Cup? Meh maybe.

I am willing to wait and see what she does in Nationwide and Cup this year. I don't think she will set the world on fire, or be the great savior Brian France and Company want us to think she is, but I am going to give her a chance and not judge right away.

February 5, 2012  02:42 PM ET

David Gilliland, Hermie Sadler....sorry but I have to answer this....those two are no Danica my friend this girl drove to 3 or 4 top tens in nationwide (only 12 races) I don't think those two have 4 top tens all together...lol

February 5, 2012  02:44 PM ET

By the way Mr. Rainswalker this is the most enjoyable discussion I've had on this board in a long time you are very fair...

February 5, 2012  05:01 PM ET
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David Gilliland, Hermie Sadler....sorry but I have to answer this....those two are no Danica my friend this girl drove to 3 or 4 top tens in nationwide (only 12 races) I don't think those two have 4 top tens all together...lol

Just throwing the names of two less than successful drivers out there that I see as legit drivers, because they are drivers. Do I see them as championship contending driver? Heck no! But they are race car drivers. ;)

Thank you for the complement about our discussion. I try to be fair to everyone, both posters on the boards and those we are talking about. As long as we are all kind and respect others' opinions that's what I try to go for. Even if I am right about JPM in Cup and you are so wrong! ;P

February 7, 2012  07:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Just throwing the names of two less than successful drivers out there that I see as legit drivers, because they are drivers. Do I see them as championship contending driver? Heck no! But they are race car drivers. ;)Thank you for the complement about our discussion. I try to be fair to everyone, both posters on the boards and those we are talking about. As long as we are all kind and respect others' opinions that's what I try to go for. Even if I am right about JPM in Cup and you are so wrong! ;P

Fair enough...lol

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July 2, 2012  03:14 PM ET

Danica brings the bucks to the races... congrats to Brad, a most powerful run but somewhat boring. Ironically, my wife blew my mind this weekend while I was watching the race as she pranced around the house in a spoof of the NASCAR logo tee shirt with the word "BORING" on the front! She picked it up at http://www.nascarwidows.com and it was quite funny and too close to the truth.

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