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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s car catches fire (Video)

The Duck Commander 500 was held on Monday at Texas Motor Speedway thanks to some nasty weekend weather in the Lone Star State. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had his day cut short on just the 13th lap of the race when he lost a tire, hit the wall and his car caught fire.

A dramatic angle of the fire was shown on Fox that showed the sides of Earnhardt Jr.’s car engulfed in flames. Fortunately, he was able to escape without injury. His car was extinguished and towed off the track. Here’s what was left of it:

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Dale Jr. was in 17th at the time of the accident. It goes without saying that he did not finish the race.

Video via For the Win
Photo: Twitter/Sunoco Racing

Lewis Hamilton on Michael Schumacher ski crash: Everything happens for a reason

Lewis HamiltonFormula One driver Lewis Hamilton is trying to offer some words of encouragement amid a heartbreaking situation with Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher remains in a coma following a December ski crash in the French Alps that left him with severe head injuries.

In an interview with The Telegraph in Melbourne this week ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, Hamilton offered some positive spiritual thoughts.

“He’s a legend in the sport, you know, who has achieved so much, a very motivated individual,” Hamilton said of Schumacher

“So I feel like all things happen for a reason, I think that this is an experience that will really show his character and depth and even more so than any other experiences he’s had.”

Hamilton’s comments have raised eyebrows for understandable reasons. If you just look at the headline, you might interpret it as Hamilton was saying Schumacher deserved the life-threatening crash. But a closer look at his full comments reveals he was trying to offer some positive spiritual words during a rough time.

One of Schumacher’s representatives said on Wednesday that the former champion driver has shown some small signs of encouragement.

“We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up. There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know that this is the time to be very patient,” his rep said in a statement to the AP.

Doctors put Schumacher into a coma to rest his brain and decrease swelling. They also operated to remove blood clots, but some were too deeply embedded.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined Twitter after winning Daytona 500

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You know how some people conveniently join Facebook the week of their birthday so they can experience all the Facebook birthday wall post love? Dale Earnhardt Jr. pulled a similar move after winning the Daytona 500 on Sunday night when he joined Twitter.

After a decade of respectable finishes and close calls at Daytona, Earnhardt Jr. was able to take home the second checkered flag of his career at the season’s opening race. He then hopped on Twitter to feel the love and had already eclipsed the 350,000-follower mark by Monday morning.

“Tonight seemed like as good a night as any to join Twitter,” Dale Jr. wrote. “How is everyone doin?”

Not as well as you, Dale…not as well as you.

Madison Rising performs horrible National Anthem at Daytona (Video)

Madison-Rising-National-AnthemA singing group called Madison Rising, who refer to themselves as “America’s most patriotic rock band,” performed the National Anthem before the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona on Saturday. We are not exaggerating when we say it may have been the worst rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner we have ever seen at a sporting event.

The performance started out relatively normal, with the first minute or so sounding like your average National Anthem clunker. At about the 1:25 mark of the video above, you will likely have no idea what the hell you’re listening to.

That had to have been a joke right? For a second there I literally thought I was watching a “Saturday Night Live” skit and there was going to be a punchline. Their Wikipedia page was updated accordingly shortly after the disaster.

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You’re off the hook, James Taylor. Your World Series flub looks fantastic when you compare it to Madison Rising.

Tony Stewart wants Danica Patrick to cram it up Richard Petty’s butt

danica-patrickTony Stewart has a plan for how Danica Patrick can prove Richard Petty wrong. Last week, the man known to many as the “King of NASCAR” said the only way Patrick will ever win a race is if she’s the only one on the track. Stewart, who is Patrick’s employer and teammate with Stewart-Haas racing, thinks Danica should challenge the old man.

“I think that (a race) would settle it once and for all — maybe get him to shut up a little bit, too,” Stewart said Wednesday, via USA Today Sports. “… I will supply the cars. If he wants to race her, I’ll make sure they have exactly the same setup in the car and give him the chance. He can drive one of my 14 cars, I don’t care.”

When someone joked that Patrick should take the checkered flag to Petty for an autograph after beating him, Stewart said he had a better plan.

“If I were her, I’d take if over there and cram it up his (butt),” he said. “But that’s just me.”

Stewart also said that the 76-year-old Petty underestimates how much NASCAR has changed since he raced and that it is much harder to win now than it was 40 years ago. Patrick has one top-10 finish in her career. She did not take the bait when asked about Petty’s criticism last week.

“People have said things in the past, they’re going to say things in the future,” Patrick said. “I still say the same thing: Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. People will judge what he said, whether they judge it well or not, and I’m just not going to (judge).

“The people that matter the most to me are my team, my sponsors and those little 3-year-old kids that run up to you and want a great big hug and say they want to grow up to be like you. That’s the stuff I really focus on.”

Make it happen. Who wouldn’t watch that race? I bet even people who hate NASCAR would tune in.

Danica Patrick nip slip accidentally posted on SI Swimsuit website (NSFW)

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Sports Illustrated gave everyone quite the show last week when the website’s Swim Daily division accidentally — or so they claim — posted a revealing photo of Danica Patrick. The photo was a selfie that Danica had taken back in 2008 when she was shooting for the SI Swimsuit Issue. It was posted for “Throwback Thursday,” and it showed everyone her nipple.

An uncensored version of the photo, which is obviously NSFW, can be seen after the jump.

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Richard Petty: Danica Patrick will only win if she races by herself

danica-patrickSome would argue that it is only a matter of time before 31-year-old Danica Patrick becomes the first ever woman to win a NASCAR race. Patrick became the first woman to win the pole at Daytona last year and went on to finish eighth, which was the only top-10 finish of her career. Legendary stock car driver Richard Petty can’t envision it getting much better than that.

During an interview with Norris McDonald at the Canadian Motorsports Expo on Sunday, Petty was asked if he thinks Patrick will ever find herself celebrating on Victory Lane.

“(Only) if everybody else stayed home,” he said, via the Canadian website Wheels. “If she’d have been a male, nobody would ever know if she’d showed up at a race track. This is a female deal that’s driving her. There’s nothing wrong with that, because that’s good PR for me. More fans come out, people are more interested in it. She has helped to draw attention to the sport, which helps everybody in the sport.”

The 76-year-old Petty is a part owner of Richard Petty Motorsports, so any attention the sport receives can be seen as a positive for him. Petty’s son Kyle had even harsher criticism of Patrick last year when he called her a “marketing machine” but said she will never be a race car driver.

For whatever reason, the Pettys don’t seem to like or respect Danica. I’m sure those feelings are mutual.