espnW: NASCAR not just for the boys

Fuel mileage. Restrictor plates. Bump drafting.

It sounds like a foreign language to those outside of the world of stock car racing, but to 75 million NASCAR fans, it’s their native tongue.

Surprisingly, men aren’t the only ones who speak this language. In fact, 40 percent of the NASCAR fan base is female. And they have no problem keeping up with the boys when it comes to talking about racing.

“I know every driver,

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Earnhardt ends a 4-year drought at Michigan

When the checkered flag waved at Michigan Motor Speedway on Sunday, the 4-year wait was over. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had finally earned his much-anticipated 19th trip to Victory Lane, and the fans were nothing short of ecstatic.

Tony Stewart drove his #14 car into second place 5 seconds behind the #88. “It’s not like it’s a national holiday, guys,” Stewart said of the racing world’s reaction to the win.

But if you’re part of Junior Nation,

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Interview with NASCAR’s Trevor Bayne

Going into the weekend at Texas, Trevor Bayne was holding his own at 4th in the Nationwide Series point standings. But even with the high ranking and three Top 10 finishes in Nationwide so far this year, the #60 Roush Fenway Racing team was unable to secure funding for Texas. What’s next for Bayne and his team?

Bayne spent the race in the stands instead of behind the wheel, falling back to 7th place.

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Roush Fenway takes two, Rockingham returns

After the first off-week of the season over Easter, NASCAR was back on track this weekend. Texas Motor Speedway hosted its first Nationwide and Sprint Cup races of the season, while the Camping World Trucks were at Rockingham Speedway for the first time in eight years.

In Nationwide on Friday, it was Roush Fenway’s Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. who took the checkered flag. The victory was his second of the season after winning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.

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Matt Kenseth wins bizarre Daytona 500

It was a night of firsts. The first time rain postponed the 500. The first time the race started under the lights on primetime TV. The first time it would run on Monday. And Tuesday. The first time a driver would post on Twitter from his car during the race. The first time a jet dryer would explode on the track. There was fire, and there was plenty of rain. But when the checkered flag flew just under 36 hours after its scheduled start time,

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Rain postpones Daytona 500 for first time ever

A cloudy and drizzly day dampened the spirits of NASCAR fans who showed up for the 54th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday. The action-packed races all throughout Speedweeks had provided an exciting buildup to the 500, and the race was schedule to start at 1:30 PM. But after driver introductions, the ceremonial invocation and national anthem, there was nothing. Just more rain.

With more rain came more waiting. Some fans waited in the grandstands in ponchos.

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Buescher dodges crash-fest to grab first Nationwide win

Coming into the white flag lap, it was a Busch brothers tandem pulling away from the pack. But Joey Logano paired with Trevor Bayne came closing in along the back straightaway, making their move into turn 3, and fans in the grandstands jumped out of their seats. The four were running side-by-side out of turn 4, and from behind came Tony Stewart trying to make a move. Joey Logano went for the block… and chaos ensued.

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Unknown Rookie Wins the Truck Race at Daytona

Who is John King?

That was the question everyone was asking at the end of Friday’s Next Era Energy 250 as the Tennessee native drove the #7 to Victory Lane for Red Horse Racing. It was understandable no one knew him – it was only King’s third career win, the other two coming in dirt late model and late model stock. But the rookie driver clinched the victory on a green-white-checkered finish in just his 7th truck start.

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Stewart, Kenseth win Gatorade Duels

Celebration for Robby Gordon and the #7 team. Heart-breaking disappointment for driver-owner Michael Waltrip. And a frustrating final lap for Sprint Cup rookie Danica Patrick. This was the mood at the conclusion of the Gatorade Duels at Daytona on Thursday. The game plan for every team coming in was to make it if you had to, but by all means: don’t break it.

Ten of the 49 drivers running in the twin 150’s were vying for the final four spots in the Daytona 500.

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Roush Fenway sweeps the front row of the Daytona 500

In Daytona 500 Qualifying on Sunday, 2011 Sprint Cup Runner-up Carl Edwards won the pole position in the #99 Fastenal Ford. His Roush Fenway teammate #16 Greg Biffle came in just behind him to clinch the outside pole position. Edwards posted the top lap speed of 194.738, and it is his first pole win for the 500.

Defending Daytona champion Trevor Bayne was able to secure his spot in NASCAR’s premier race by qualifying first of the drivers who were not already locked-in from last year’s top 35 owner’s points.

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