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Danica Patrick Fame Comic Book Released this Week

You know you’ve truly arrived when you’ve had a comic book designed about you. From magazine covers to TV appearances and biographies, I thought we had seen every medium of publicity exhausted. Apparently I was wrong. The company Bluewater Comics has found success in marketing comic books about celebrity figures to tell their stories, and I was informed that they have a Danica Patrick comic book hitting stores on Wednesday. Here’s a preview of the cover:

Patrick joins the likes of Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, and Lady Gaga in having her story told by Bluewater Comics. The only other sports figure in the group is David Beckham, so no doubt it’s a major honor for Patrick. I never even thought of comic books as an avenue to reach fans, but I suppose the medium suits her well.

Jeff Gordon Goes After Jeff Burton (Video)

Martin Truex Jr. rubbed up against the wall and brought out the caution flag at Texas on Sunday. The delay in the action resulted in even bigger problems for two of the drivers. Jeff Burton was trying to pull up next to Jeff Gordon to apologize for being too aggressive just before the caution came out, but he wound up hitting Gordon and knocking the 24 out of the race. Gordon was understandably pissed and went after Burton as soon as they got out of their cars:

Gordon slipped to 6th in the Chase standings after the poor finish while Burton fell two spots to dead last. And wouldn’t you know, it’s now Denny Hamlin leading the Chase for a change, not Jimmie Johnson. If there’s something with which we can all get down, it’s definitely seeing two drivers go at it. And maybe seeing someone else win the Chase would be nice too.

Racer’s Dad: ‘I’ll Get My Own Damn Uniform on and Take Care of This’

There has been an ongoing feud in NASCAR between drivers Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski.  Sometimes I think the WWE and NASCAR should consider a partnership, and these are the reasons why.  After thinking Keselowski bumped him on the final lap of last night’s Nationwide Series race, Edwards decided he wasn’t going to have the win “taken from him” and spun Keselowski out just before the finish line.  Edwards ended up with the victory and Keselowski’s car ended up being plowed into and dragged across the finish line for a 14th place finish.

Back in March, Edwards pulled a similar move that sent Keselowski’s car flying through the air at Atlanta.  The feud between the two has been an ongoing theme in the Nationwide series and occasionally the Sprint Cup, prompting NASCAR to place Edwards on probation and force a meeting with the two drivers during which they appeared to have made nice.  They clearly haven’t and Brad Keselowski’s father, a former truck series racer, isn’t pleased about it.  Check out the video of Bob Keselowski flipping out about Carl Edwards spinning out Brad Keselowski:

Definitely not as funny as Joey Logano calling Kevin Harvick whipped, but very entertaining.  See what I mean about the WWE?  I’ll put my uniform on and take care of this?  They’re driving cars.  It isn’t a boxing ring.  In any event, it’s this type of behavior that makes watching NASCAR highlights somewhat worthwhile, so I’ll take it.

Video Credit: YouTube user SlicedSmoke14

Dale Jr. Wins in #3 Car for Daddy

Anything less than a trip to victory lane would have been coming up short for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who accomplished just that as he raced his father’s No. 3 Wrangler car to the win on Friday at the Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Dale Jr. decided to pay tribute to his father by driving the throwback vehicle in commemoration of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. being inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame. It’s safe to say that Dale Jr. has had a rough time over the last couple of years. The race was Dale Jr.’s first victory since the 2008 Sprint Cup Series in Michigan, and he knew it was a must-win:

I was so worried that I wasn’t going to win, because nothing but winning was good enough. If you didn’t win, what a waste of time. I worked hard to try to win it, not only for Daddy, I am proud of him going into the Hall of Fame, and he would be proud of this, I’m sure.”

Now as heartwarming as this story is, my first instinct was to assume that this was all about the money like so much else in NASCAR often is. However, after taking a look at Ed Hinton’s blog over at ESPN.com, I feel free to be more optimistic, at least for the moment. This was a race that Dale Jr. wanted to run, and something that could have only been accomplished through the cooperation of, as Hinton lists, “Hendrick Motorsports (engines), Senior’s longtime car owner Richard Childress (rights to the number), Dale Jr. and Kelley’s JR Motorsports, and Teresa Earnhardt.” Dale Jr. showed real maturity in this race, and it’s safe to say he did justice to sending the No. 3 and his father into the Hall of Fame.

Sources:
Dale Jr. nets Daytona Nationwide win in father’s No. 3 [AP/SI]
Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images

Joey Logano: Kevin Harvick’s Wife ‘Wears the Firesuit in the Family’

Sunday’s finish at Pocono involving a crash between Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick was reminiscent of the way their Nationwide Series race ended in March. In Bristol that weekend, the two drivers were battling for fifth on the final lap when Harvick dumped Logano who ended up 14th. Almost the same thing happened on Sunday at the Pocono 500. Fighting for positioning, Harvick nudged Logano on the 198th lap, sending him spinning into the wall. Harvick wound up 4th while Logano finished 13th. If there was anything positive to come from the collision on the track, it was Logano’s priceless reaction. The 20-year-old unloaded on his counterpart after the race. Check out Joey Logano’s comments ragging on Kevin Harvick:

Without question that crash could have been avoided and it sure seems to me that Harvick is trying to send Logano a message on the track. Joe Gibbs, for whom Logano races, is saying he won’t interfere with the two drivers and he’ll just let them work it out. While Joe appears to be patient, something tells me this will take a while before it’s all settled. I’m glad Joey didn’t back down and allow Harvick to push him around.

Indy 500 Driver Busted for Speeding

Talk about your ultimate ironies. A guy who gets paid to drive at speeds consistently over 200mph on the racetrack was busted for speeding going down the highway. Driver Tomas Scheckter got a speeding ticket only two nights before the Indy 500 on Sunday:

Scheckter got a speeding ticket Friday night on Interstate 65 in Indianapolis, where the speed limit is 55 miles per hour. Police say it was difficult to clock Scheckter accurately because he was weaving in and out of traffic.

Scheckter could have been arrested on a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving but was instead given a ticket for driving at an unreasonable speed. The ticket carries a fine of $175 to $500.

Scheckter on his twitter page actually says he got preferential treatment: “they know who i am said normally i would be arrested but just gonna give me a ticket.” I guess it pays to be a racecar driver nobody outside of Indianapolis has heard of. In case you were wondering how he did, Scheckter finished 15th at the Indy 500.

Sources:
Indy 500 driver gets speeding ticket before race [AP/FOX Sports]
Tomas Scheckter on Twitter

Danica Patrick Booed for Blaming Car: ‘That Hurts My Feelings’

After going quite some time without controversy, Indy Car driver Danica Patrick has opened up a treasure chest of gold for her haters. Danica struggled through Indy 500 qualifying averaging just 224.217mph placing her 23rd heading into next weekend’s race. In an interview broadcast over the PA system following her qualifying run, Patrick blamed her car’s setup for the poor performance. The AP says Danica was fighting back tears after the run and you can tell in this Danica Patrick video that she was having a hard time:

Danica was complaining that her car was too loose and the rear tires weren’t gripping the track well:

“I wasn’t flat out the last two laps and I was scared to death flat on the first two,” Patrick said, her words booming out to the sizable Pole Day crowd around the 2.5-mile track. “I’ve never been bad here before. I’ve never been outside the top 10 on a finish or qualifying, so, it’s not my fault. The car is not good.”

In this case I do believe the fans were in the wrong because Patrick wasn’t calling out her team, she was stating facts about her car. Danica definitely needs to get some thicker skin so she doesn’t let fan reaction get to her too much. In several interviews I’ve heard from her she cares way too much about public perception. She needs to disregard what people say and just concentrate on what she does.

Sources:
Danica hears boos after poor qualifying at Indy [AP/FOX Sports]
Danica Patrick Booed, Struggles in Qualifiying at Indianapolis [FanHouse]