Fans weren't the only ones confused by the strategies in Sunday's race, apparently Joey Logano had a hard time keeping track of things too.
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The always-active NASCAR Twittersphere was certainly abuzz this weekend as the series rolled into Phoenix International Raceway.
Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race wasn't the easiest race to follow along with. Multiple strategies up and down pit road had drivers and teams on roughly three differing pit strategies throughout the entire event.
While it was tough for the outside viewer, it was apparently also tough on the competition.
It was NASCAR versus the NFL on Tuesday morning at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
Danica Patrick and Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware battled in a healthy breakfast cook-off to raise awareness for the North Texas Food Bank and commemorate the Nationwide Insurance Foundation donation of 75,000 meals. Check it out.
MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCT. 27: The Martinsville logo is seen on the wall after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered By Krogerat Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 27, 2013 in Martinsville, Va.
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It was certainly a wild weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
From teammates getting into it on the track and in the media, to flying sledgehammers, the NASCAR Twittersphere certainly had a lot to talk about this weekend.
So, without further ado, it's the Tweets of the Week!
A lot of drivers hate Martinsville Speedway. It's tight, claustrophobic racing that frequently ends in bent-up race cars and frayed tempers. But don't count Danica Patrick among the haters.
For whatever reason, Martinsville suits Danica. After going down a lap early in Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, Danica rebounded to finish 17th. Combined with her 12th-place finish here in the spring, Martinsville joins Daytona as the only two tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit where Danica has finished in the top 20 in both races this season.
There's nothing that NASCAR heartthrobs Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Danica Patrick love more than strolling down Talladega Boulevard on a fall Friday night and taking in the sights, which are plentiful.
After Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race, however, Ricky definitely left the gargantuan central Alabama superspeedway in a better mood than his GF. That's because he completed a nerve-wracking afternoon of racing in grand style, scoring a career-best third-place finish, his first top five in 37 Sprint Cup starts.
Huzzah! After a brutal weekend at Kansas Speedway, NASCAR lovebirds and Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year contenders Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Danica Patrick found Charlotte Motor Speedway a whole lot more hospitable.
In Saturday's Bank of America 500, Ricky piloted the No. 17 My Best Buy Ford to a solid 13th-place finish, while Danica had a good run, too, bringing the bright pink No. 10 GoDaddy Breast Cancer Awareness Chevrolet home 20th.
Danica could have done even better but the extended periods of green-flag running found her falling off the lead lap midway through the race.
"It really was just a littel tight the first couple of runs and then man, I don't know what else we could have done to fix the balance," said Danica. "All we needed was track position and more yellows so we could get back on the lead lap. The team did a really good job of working through practices, and my pit crew did an awesome job of getting me out in record time."
Still, it was a good run for Patrick and her Stewart-Haas Racing team.
As races go, for NASCAR heartthrobs and rookie of the year candidates Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., they don't get much uglier than Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, a race with a record 15 caution-flag periods.
On a brutally cold and gray October afternoon in Kansas, Danica finished 43rd and Ricky 30th. There's no way to sugarcoat it, either: Collectively, this was the worst race of the season for the duo, eclipsing the first New Hampshire race, where Ricky finished 34th and Danica 37th.
KANSAS CITY, KS - OCT. 04: The car of Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 15 Raspberry5-hourEnergybeneLivingBynd Toyota, sits in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 13th Annual Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on Oc. 4, 2013 in Kansas City, Ks. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Earlier this week, Charlotte Motor Speedway painted the pit road wall and start/finish line pink to help kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Now, this weekend at Kansas Speedway, a number of Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series cars are sporting pink colors to do the same.
Austin Dillon's No. 3 Nationwide Series car
KANSAS CITY, KS - OCT. 04: Austin Dillon, driver of the No. 3 AdvoCare Spark Chevrolet, drives into the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series 13th Annual Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 4, 2013 in Kansas City, Ks. (Photo by Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Last week we showed you a 45 second clip of Colt Ford's "Drivin' Around Song", which features NASCAR lovebirds Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Now, you can watch the entire thing.
As you'll see, Patrick and Ford are stuck at the body shop, waiting for their truck to be fixed. Patrick ends up flirting with the mechanic (Stenhouse Jr) ... but really only so she can steal the keys to a 4-wheeler. How hard was it for Danica to get into character?
"That was not acting," said Patrick. "That was not hard. When I look at him I smile, so that was not hard."
As for the experience as a whole?
"It was a lot of fun to do," said Patrick. "It was a beautiful day in Mooresville (NC) that day and those are the fun things that you get to do outside of the car. So, I enoyed that. That was good fun. And obviously, I had a pretty hot mechanic working on the car."
Is Danica Patrick making the grade in her first full Sprint Cup season?
On Wednesday's NASCAR Race Hub, Jeff Hammond and USA TODAY's Nate Ryan handed out marks for Patrick's rookie season ... which has been trying at times for the GoDaddy girl. If you need proof, the clip also includes her in-car audio from Dover International Speedway. Spoiler alert: she's not a happy camper.
When your car isn't handling to your liking and there aren't many caution-flag periods, it can be a long, brutal afternoon at Dover International Speedway. Just ask NASCAR's Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year contenders/love birds Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Danica Patrick.
Ricky finished 17th in Sunday's AAA 400 at the Monster Mile, which allowed him to hang on to 19th place in the Sprint Cup points standings. Not a great race, certainly, but it was the seventh time in the last eight races that Ricky finished in the top 20, so he's making some progress.
NASCAR's favorite lovebirds are joining forces with country music star Colt Ford. Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are set to appear in the music video for Ford's song, "Driving Around Song." Very fitting.
The video hasn't been released yet, but Ford shared a preview clip on his Twitter account.
It's a pretty good bet that when statisticians review the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year competition, the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway won't be remembered as a Kodak Moment for either Ricky Stenhouse Jr. or his on-track rival and off-track main squeeze, Danica Patrick.
Ricky came into the Granite State having posted two consecutive career-best finishes, a 10th at Richmond and an eighth last week at Chicagoland. Alas, New Hampshire was nowhere near as hospitable for Ricky, who stumbled to a 24th-place finish in the No. 17 Zest Ford.
Jimmie Johnson appeared on FOX Sports Live Sunday night to talk about his sixth NASCAR championship. In the one-on-one interview with Dan O'Toole, he was also asked about McNabb's controversal comments about drivers not being athletes.