So, Jimmie did not see the infamous Erin Andrews/50 Cent kiss miss. How? We aren't sure either.... Watch as Fox Sports Laura Okmin shows Jimmie 50 Cent making the smooth move for the first time and JJ's reaction to it.
Also, JJ chats with Laura about the wild week after winning the Daytona 500 and the impromptu shooting of the Harlem Shake video during the team photo shoot on the front stretch. Have a look... Watch Â»
NASCAR Race Hub Radioactive is back for 2013 giving you the best driver chatter and an inside look from the Daytona 500.
In this edition, we eavesdrop on a pre-race "pep talk" delivered by Ray Lewis, driver chatter from Danica Patrick and Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart's wreck along with Trevor Bayne and Jeff Burton's crashes. Mix in some of Matt Kenseth's and Kyle Busch's engine blow up reactions and the last lap race call.
Great action and a must watch every week. Turn up the volume, watch and enjoy!
Danica Patrick has been an even bigger topic than normal this week after finishing first in last Saturday’s qualifying to win the pole for the Daytona 500. She sat down with FOX this week to talk about her surging impact on the sport. In this clip from the full-length interview — which will air during the FOX pre-race show (Sunday, 12 p.m. ET) — Danica talks about blowing up Twitter after her qualifying run.
Her success in qualifying has ignited discussion about her influence on females in the sport. Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards have both brought their daughters to meet Patrick, who has nearly twice as many Twitter followers (723,707 as of now) as Gordon (361,926) and Edwards (not actively on Twitter) combined.
Because everyone likes a celebrity trying to drive a stock car, here’s T.I. — hip-hop star and author of the novel “Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets” — taking a spin around Atlanta Motor Speedway via the Richard Petty Driving Experience. The highlight tape features several great moments, including this classic exchange:
“Track employee: ‘Have you ever done anything like this before?’
If you’re worried about his safety or the safety of others, T.I. explains that he’s been trained by professionals thanks to the 7.5-minute instructional video he was shown before the drive.
After doing a few laps around at 150 miles per hour, T.I. seems to be gaining confidence, saying he thinks the more he drives the track, the more comfortable he’ll be. His instructors waste no time shooting down his bravado.
Those NASCAR paint jobs are a little more involved than just brush and bucket. Hendrick Motorsports tweeted out this time-lapse video Friday morning, showing the process for getting Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s car all shiny and ready for the big race.
Danica Patrick would probably like to forget her 2012 Daytona experience. This year she captured the Daytona 500 Pole so she’s off to a great start but here’s a look back at her crash-filled trip to last year’s Speedweeks.
Watching a track get dried isn’t exactly what sells tickets. In 2013, NASCAR is doing something about that.
Meet “Air Titan” — the new track-drying system set to drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to get back to racin’ after one of those annoying thunderstorms. The video above gives you a computer-generated idea of what the armada will look like. Finally, rain has a natural predator.
At least one driver is already impressed. Clint Bowyer sent out a tweet calling the new system, “Southern engineering at its finest!!!”
Will we have the “privilege” of watching Air Titan dominate at Daytona? For now, the forecast is nothing but sun and friendly clouds. If the live version of this thing is anything like the video above, that’s almost a disappointment.
RICKY RUDD — Nicknamed “The Rooster,” Rudd had a horrifying airborne crash off Turn 4 in the 1984 Busch Clash, the race now known as the Sprint Unlimited. Seven days later, his face still gruesomely swollen, Rudd raced in the Daytona 500 with his eyes duct-taped open. Literally. And a week after that, he won the next NASCAR race at Richmond. That’s a big set of cojones right there.
DALE EARNHARDT— That Earnhardt was a bad-ass is a given. His crowning moment of toughness came in the closing laps of the 1997 Daytona 500, when he rolled his black No. 3 Chevrolet on the backstretch. Medical workers showed up in an ambulance to take Earnhardt to the infield medical center for evaluation. He was having no part of it. “I got in the ambulance and I looked back at the car and said, ‘Man, the wheels are still on that thing.’ I got out of the ambulance and asked the guy inside the car — they was hooking it up (to the wrecker) — I said, ‘See if it’ll crank.’ He cranked it up and I said, ‘Get out! Gimme the car back!’ and I drove it back.”
CALE YARBOROUGH — One of the toughest men to ever hold the steering wheel, Yarborough was a former boxer and football star in high school in South Carolina. During qualifying for the 1983 Daytona 500, Yarborough became the first man in history to ever post a qualifying lap of more than 200 miles per hour in a stock car at Daytona. But on his second of two qualifying laps, Yarborough’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo got airborne and flipped over in Turn 4. He ran the race in his back-up car — a Pontiac LeMans — and won his third Daytona 500 with a last-lap pass of Buddy Baker.
GEOFFREY BODINE — Maybe the scariest looking crash of all-time at Daytona occurred during the 2000 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Geoffrey Bodine made contact with another truck on the frontstretch, with his truck sailing high into the air and into the catchfence, igniting in a ball of flame and then doing a series of rolls on the track, only to be hit again. Bodine suffered moderate injuries, including a broken cheek and wrist, but he lived to tell about it. So violent was the impact that the engine was ripped completely out of the truck and ended up on the far side of pit road.
DUANE BARNES — Never heard of Duane Barnes? He was sitting in a pickup truck with a jet dryer on the back during a rain delay in last year’s Daytona 500. Under caution on Lap 160, something broke on Juan Pablo Montoya’s car and it slammed into the truck where Barnes was sitting. The jet dryer exploded, 200 gallons of jet fuel caught fire and the race was red-flagged for more than two hours. Barnes was taken to Halifax Medical Center, where he was examined and then quickly released.