Tampa's Aric Almirola couldn't sleep the night he lost the Daytona 500. His mind kept rethinking the final moves that sent him into the wall instead of victory lane."Just mad and frustrated and woulda, coulda, shoulda," Almirola said.The next day was tough, too. So was the day after that, when a round of media interviews made him relive the last-lap bump from Austin Dillon.But by Wednesday of that week, the Hillsborough High alumnus put the most heartbreaking finish of his life behind him and started focusing on what has turned into the best season of his NASCAR Cup Series career.Almirola is in position to earn his second playoff appearance. Entering Saturday's Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway, he ranks 11th in points, ahead of seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson and rising star Chase Elliott.His average finish (12.5) is five spots better than his previous best. Almirola's seven top 10s are already tied for the most of his career and as many as his predecessor, … [Read more...] about How Tampa’s Aric Almirola moved past Daytona 500 heartbreak for career-best NASCAR run
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George Sipple Detroit Free Press Published 9:02 p.m. UTC Jun 8, 2018 BROOKLYN, Mich. — Brad Keselowski, who drives the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion for Team Penske, really wants to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. It hasn't happened yet, something that eats at Keselowski, who is from Rochester Hills. He'll try again at the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday. Here are five things Keselowski said during a lengthy, entertaining media session at MIS on Friday afternoon. More on MIS: On what a win at MIS would mean to him "I have said it before and I will keep repeating it, a win here would be like winning the Daytona 500 for me. A home track means a lot to any race car driver. It is your friends and family and there is a lot of notoriety that comes with it. It makes the losses sting more and the wins sweeter. The fact we have been so close and not achieved it is very top of mind every time I come here. We are … [Read more...] about NASCAR’s Brad Keselowski: Win at MIS would be like winning Daytona 500
Last Updated Nov 17, 2017 4:27 PM EST HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Danica Patrick has known for at least a month that she will end her career next season at the Indianapolis 500, a decision that will bring her full circle and return her one last time to the storied track that made her famous.Complete sports coverage on CBSSports.comDiscussing her decision with The Associated Press, Patrick was giddy with excitement and thrilled at the chance to take one more spin around Indianapolis Motor Speedway.When it came time to announce her plans to the world, with her mother, father, sister, brother-in-law, boyfriend and support team watching from the back of a crowded room at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday afternoon, Patrick broke down in tears.She paused several times to compose herself to announce that she will race only in the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 and then she will walk away from the sport where success was elusive even as she became one of the most recognizable female athletes … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Danica Patrick says she’ll end racing career after 2018 Indianapolis 500
(CBS News) DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- History will be made at Sunday's Daytona 500 when Danica Patrick becomes the first woman to start the race at the head of the pack. She clinched the pole position in a qualifying race Thursday. Patrick had the fastest qualifying time for NASCAR's biggest race: more than 196 miles per hour. The 30-year-old, who gained fame for racing against the boys and her racy TV commercials, says she wants more. "I always feel like I have more to prove," she says. "I feel like I have to keep earning -- earning the respect and earning my keep and showing people that I belong." Even as a nine-year-old Go-Kart racer in Illinois, Patrick says she was not raised to be the fastest girl, but the fastest driver. In 2005, Patrick finished fourth in her first Indianapolis 500, then switched to the more rough-and-tumble NASCAR circuit for a new challenge. Danica Patrick makes NASCAR history But she crashed in two of her first 10 races last year, and her average finish was … [Read more...] about Danica Patrick set to make history at Daytona
The final qualifying races for the Daytona 500 take place tonight and 72-year-old Morgan Shepherd could become the oldest driver ever to make it into NASCAR’s premier competition. Shepherd told CBS News' Jeff Glor, he's not racing against time; he's just turning it back. "Who would of ever thought I'd been here racing 47 years? I mean, I thought when I was younger 40-years-old was old. Now, I don't know what is old," he said. "I run like I'm 30." Shepherd is already the owner of 235 top 10 professional finishes and19 wins. Shepherd is trying to do something that's never been done before - qualify for America’s most famous stock race as a septuagenarian. He told Glor it's just "another day at the office" for him. "It's just like playing chess or checkers. You got to make the right move ... at 200 miles an hour," he said. Last year's Daytona winner, Jimmie Johnson talked to Glor about Shepherd. "There are generations of fans and even drivers, that hold Morgan in a bright … [Read more...] about Could a 72-year-old become the Daytona 500’s oldest driver?