FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 04: The car of Michael McDowell, driver of the No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, sits in the garage area after crashing during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 4, 2008 in Fort Worth, Tx.
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Michael McDowell, who drives the No. 98 NASCAR Sprint Cup Ford Fusion owned by FOX Sports commentator Phil Parsons, is a legend in Texas, but probably not for the reasons he would like to be. McDowell's infamy is not because of an amazing victory or being part of a thrilling finish, but because of a sick crash he was fortunate to emerge from.
Back when he drove for another FOX Sports on-air personality, Michael Waltrip, McDowell had the most terrifying Sprint Cup crash ever at Texas Motor Speedway.
In addition to hosts Darrell Waltrip and Michael Waltrip, guests included Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., country music legend Charlie Daniels and college football's only two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin. Check out some Tweets from the golf outing and Wednesday night's dinner.
On a night when the Nationwide Series stars had the track to themselves, it was young Ryan Blaney that put on a clinic at Kentucky Speedway.
Leading a race-high 96 laps, the 19-year-old Camping World Truck Series regular survived a host of late race cautions to earn his first career Nationwide Series victory. The win was also the No. 22 car's 10th win of the season for Penske Racing.
A popular victory amongst both race fans and fellow competitors, the congratulatory tweets flowed immediately following the race.
KANSAS CITY, KS - APRIL 20: Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, signs autographs for fans in the garage prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 20, 2013 in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by Geoff Burke/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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The NASCAR fan base is one of the most loyal and passionate group of fans in all of sports, and that is evident on social media. Following nearly every NASCAR race, Facebook and Twitter explode with comments and opinions from fans of nearly every driver and team.
While NASCAR was handing out its stiffest penalty to date against Michael Waltrip Racing, the NASCAR Twittersphere was on fire with reaction from fans and drivers alike.
As part of the penalties, the organization was fined $300,000, all three MWR cars have been penalized 50 owner and driver points, MWR Executive Vice President/General Manager Ty Norris was suspended indefinitely, and each of the team's three crew chiefs has been placed on probation for the remainder of the year.
This means Martin Truex Jr. is no longer in the Chase, moving Stewart-Haas Racing's Ryan Newman into the 12-driver field fighting for the championship.
Team owner Michael Waltrip took to Twitter to defend his team:
This wasn't a master plan or about a spin. It's about a split-second decision made by Ty to try to help a teammate. I stand by my people.
RICHMOND, VA - SEPT. 07: Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, is involved in an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 7, 2013 in Richmond, Va. (Photo by Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway ended with multiple controversies, as Clint Bowyer appeared to cause an intentional spin to bring out a caution on Lap 394. Race-winner Carl Edwards seemed to jump the restart on Lap 398 and Brian Vickers slowed way down on the final lap, apparently to let Joey Logano pass him.
The net effect of all these shenanigans was profound: Martin Truex Jr., the teammate of Bowyer and Vickers at Michael Waltrip Racing, was the final driver to transfer into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, winning a wild-card spot on a tiebreaker with Ryan Newman. Logano made it into 10th place by a single-point over Jeff Gordon.
Without the Bowyer spin, none of this would have happened and Truex would have been the odd man out and Gordon and Newman would have been in.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Michael Waltrip went out for night on the town last night to check out the thrills Vegas has to offer, and found themselves towering over 1k feet over Sin City. We were unable to confirm whether or not Danica Patrick was jealous.
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.