By HEATHER WILLIAMS
12:58 PM CDT, August 31, 2012
So as we head off to Atlanta, I have something I need to get off my chest: frankly my dear I don't give a Danica. The Media needs to stop talking about Danica Patrick. I know that as a member of said media, by writing this blog, I am contributing to the problem. But seriously she is got to be the most talked about 27th place driver in the history of racing.
I realize she is a woman and the novalty of that is pretty exciting, but come on the statute of limitations of that have long come and gone with the wind. It's not like she's the first woman to drive a race car, she's not even the first to drive a Sprint Cup Car.
I understand that she is an international brand, and men think she is attractive. But there are plenty of drivers that I think that are good looking guys. That's shouldn't be enough to get you a mention every week. She has one nationwide pole and two top 10s in her career. So I'm just saying, we got to tone it down a bit.
Okay, now that I have that off my chest, lets talk about the Atlanta Motor Speedway. This is one of my favorite track to see a race in person. To me there is nothing better than sitting in turn one and taking in the pure speed of these awesome machines. Although that speed does tend to lend to a lot of lapped cars. Because this is a track that really separates the have horse powers, from the have nots. And as a result, there is usually a lot of lap traffic.
This race was really breathed new life when it became the Labor Day weekend night race. Drivers and fans seemed to re-fall in love with the mile an a half speedway.
“Atlanta is fast, especially when the conditions are right," said Ryan Newman. "You have to hit your marks. It’s bumpy enough that those bumps can spit you right out. Getting into turn one and the middle of three and four, you’ve got catch everything just right."
Newman has been fast on pole day at Atlanta, but he has not been one of the guys to beat on race day. That list includes guys like Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, both Busch Brothers, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt, Junior.
“I really like racing at Atlanta," said Junior. "It’s a fun race track; it’s incredibly fast, and we’ve run well there. The track is wide so you can find a groove that works for you. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do down there.”
And I guess since I started this blog talking about Danica, I should finish talking about here, too since she is running the cup race this weekend. Just, don't expect this every week from me.
“I’ve heard lots of great things about Atlanta. It’s good racing," said Patrick. "For me it’s going to be a big weekend not only from the standpoint that there’s Cup and Nationwide, but it’s a big Coca-Cola weekend so I’ll be really busy. I think nothing is better than going to a new track and having lots of track time.”
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