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Are You Ready For Danicamania

February 13, 2010 - Al Stephenson
The debut of Nascar's second tier of racing, the Nationwide Series, is just hours away. A lot of race fans will tune in this afternoon. A large number of non-race fans might also.

This race would get some viewers because it is at Daytona International Speedway. It will get a large number of viewers because of one driver in particular. Danica Patrick will be making her Nationwide debut when the green flag drops. America wants to see how she will do.

Why are we so interested in Danica. Well let's list the reasons.

1. She is female. 2. She is good looking. 3. She is coming over from racing Indy cars. 4. She is good looking. 5. She has been marketed masterfully. 6. Did I mention her good looks?

Let's face it, sex sells. I doubt the interest would be as great if she were a little more homely. One of my friends suggested that "she doesn't do anything for me." I suggested that he check his pulse. I guess it is true that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

We'll soon find out if she is the driver that many think she is. There are a large number of people out there that would like to see her fail. There is also a goodly number that would like to see her succeed. Count me in the latter group and not just because she is attractive. I love the underdog.

The view from my seat suggests that you should tune in and watch. This will be riveting theatre.

I wish Danica Patrick good luck. I also hope she will heed her boss, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who so elequently said it Thursday during a practice session. The boys are likely to try to "mess" with you.


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