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    Welcome to From the Marbles' 2014 season previews. Here's how we think the Chase will shake out in this first year of 16 drivers and eliminations. Will we be right? Unlikely, but it's fun to think about our soothsaying possibilities until the green flag waves for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23.

    Driver: Kurt Busch

    2013 Finish: 10th

    2013 Highlight: Should we say "making the Chase?" After moving to his second single-car team in two years, no one really knew what the expectations really were for Busch in 2013. Sure, the team's stated goal was to make the Chase, but most everyone says that entering a season. What else are you supposed to say on the media tour?

    Sure enough, the team did make the Chase. Busch moved into the top 10 for the first time at Daytona in July, and despite falling back to 14th the next week, he was in the top 10 when the checkered flag flew at Richmond.

    2013 Lowlight: Busch's low point isn't necessarily a single one, and it's a little different than everyone else's. The

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    A sinkhole developed in the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. on Wednesday morning and eight cars have fallen into it. The sinkhole is reported to be 40-feet wide and 20-30-feet deep.

    According to museum officials, two cars are destroyed. All eight were owned by the museum and not on loan from individual owners. The two corvettes destroyed, according to lex18.com, were a 1993 ZR-1 Sypder on load from GM and a 2009 ZR-1 "Blue Devil" also on loan from GM.

    A fire alarm went off about 5:40 a.m. when the hole opened up. Bowling Green is in the largest karst region of Kentucky, where many caves run underground.

    "None of the cars affected were on loan from individuals," A museum statement said. "We have contacted a structural engineer who is arriving today to assess the existing damage and stability of the surrounding

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    Welcome to From the Marbles' 2014 season previews. Here's how we think the Chase will shake out in this first year of 16 drivers and eliminations. Will we be right? Unlikely, but it's fun to think about our soothsaying possibilities until the green flag waves for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23.

    Driver: Clint Bowyer

    2013 Finish: 7th

    2013 Highlight: After finishing second in 2012, Bowyer was winless in 2013. So we're going to go with a stretch from Dover in June through Bristol at the end of August. In those 12 races, Bowyer had seven top 10 finishes and stayed in the top three in the points standings. But because he didn't have a win, once Richmond came and the points were reset, Bowyer started the Chase in 8th place.

    2013 Lowlight: Oh Richmond ... We don't need to rehash it here once again, do we? From a perception standpoint, it'll be fascinating to see how Bowyer is viewed by NASCAR nation. He's one of the funniest guys in the garage. Will that funny return? Will it win over fans who

    Read More »from 2014 Season Preview: No. 13 Clint Bowyer
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    With the Daytona 500 less than two weeks away on Sunday, Feb. 23, it's time to get ready for Fantasy Auto Racing from Yahoo Sports.

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    Welcome to From the Marbles' 2014 season previews. Here's how we think the Chase will shake out in this first year of 16 drivers and eliminations. Will we be right? Unlikely, but it's fun to think about our soothsaying possibilities until the green flag waves for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23.

    Driver: Joey Logano

    2013 Finish: 8th

    2013 Highlight: Easy. It's his dominating performance at Michigan in August. Logano had the pole, led 51 of the race's 200 laps and captured the win. Three weeks before Michigan, Logano was 18th in the points standings and in dire need of a win or two to make the Chase. He got the win at Michigan, but ended up not needing it. After Michigan, he was 13th in the standings, and was in the top 10 following Atlanta.

    2013 Lowlight: It happened as soon as the Chase began. Logano was on the pole for Chicago but suffered an engine issue and finished 37th. Much like Dale Earnhardt Jr., his Chase was over just as it began. Logano rebounded and didn't finish lower than 18th

    Read More »from 2014 Season Preview: No. 14 Joey Logano
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    Welcome to From the Marbles' 2014 season previews. Here's how we think the Chase will shake out in this first year of 16 drivers and eliminations. Will we be right? Unlikely, but it's fun to think about our soothsaying possibilities until the green flag waves for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23.

    Driver: Ryan Newman

    2013 Finish: 11th

    2013 Highlight: Newman won at Indianapolis in July, and then had an even bigger highlight after a potential lowlight. It wasn't nearly as climactic as getting to kiss the bricks, but Newman got into the Chase on the Monday after Richmond when NASCAR assessed penalties to Michael Waltrip Racing for race manipulation.

    2013 Lowlight: When Clint Bowyer spun and started the Richmond goofiness in earnest, Newman was leading the race. He wasn't off of pit road under the caution flag, and after the race he had some harsh words for his crew. Even though he ended up making the Chase and was rewarded with an early morning media trip to Phoenix, those comments were a bit

    Read More »from 2014 Season Preview: No. 15 Ryan Newman
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    Welcome to From the Marbles' 2014 season previews. Here's how we think the Chase will shake out in this first year of 16 drivers and eliminations. Will we be right? Unlikely, but it's fun to think about our soothsaying possibilities until the green flag waves for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23.

    Driver: Marcos Ambrose

    2013 Finish: 22nd

    2013 Highlight: Egads. Ambrose's best finish was at Michigan in August, but his best performance was at Watkins Glen the week before. However, he finished 31st in that race after crashing out in the esses.

    2013 Lowlight: Therefore, it qualifies as Ambrose's lowlight too. After Watkins Glen, Ambrose fell to 23rd in the Sprint Cup Series standings. A win wouldn't have gotten him into the Chase, but it would have officially extended a streak of dominance at the New York track to three straight years.

    Why is Ambrose here? We think he's going to get back to victory lane, either at Sonoma or the Glen in 2014. We're bound to have a driver make the Chase this season

    Read More »from 2014 Season Preview: No. 16 Marcos Ambrose
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    Here we go again.

    Seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty said Sunday that Danica Patrick would win in the Sprint Cup Series “(Only) if everybody else stayed home."

    He made the comments to Wheels.ca, a Canadian automotive site. Petty was in Toronto for the Canadian Motorsports Expo. However, he also talked about how Patrick's presence in NASCAR was good for the sport because of the attention that she brings. Petty is the owner of Richard Petty Motorsports

    “If she’d have been a male, nobody would ever know if she’d showed up at a race track,” Petty said. “This is a female deal that’s driving her. There’s nothing wrong with that, because that’s good PR for me. More fans come out, people are more interested in it. She has helped to draw attention to the sport, which helps everybody in the sport.”

    That part is undeniable. The Danica Patrick phenomenon is fueled largely by the fact that she's a photogenic woman in a male-dominated sport. And it's also undeniable that Patrick has won one

    Read More »from Richard Petty doesn’t like Danica’s chances of winning, says she’ll only win against no one else
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    Now that he's taken on a new role with Hendrick Motorsports, Ray Evernham felt it was necessary to step down from his role at ESPN.

    “Now not doing the ESPN thing will allow me to be involved in some of the management and some of the things that they’re doing at (Hendrick) Motorsports,’’ Evernham told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (via MRN.com). “The best way to avoid a conflict of interest is to choose one or the other. I’m excited about being able to go and being involved in the management team on the motorsports side.’’

    Evernham, Jeff Gordon's former crew chief and a former team owner, will be a consultant for Hendrick and work with the competition department. And please, hold the thoughts of his return to crew chiefing with Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2015 to replace Steve Letarte. It's not going to happen.

    Anyway, his decision to leave ESPN is noble, and one that would be considered a normal endeavor in other sports. You don't see team employees as regular members of studio shows and game

    Read More »from Ray Evernham’s decision should be the start of a conflict-free NASCAR broadcast trend
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    If you were still trying to understand how NASCAR's penalty system worked, stop. You've got a new system to learn. And this one comes with a flowchart.

    The sanctioning body announced a new system for penalties and appeals on Tuesday. It features tiers of penalties and a new Final Appeals Officer. Teams will now be given warnings for minor infractions and then penalties will increase on a six-tier basis in the new "Deterrence System."

    From NASCAR:

    • Warnings are issued instead of penalties for certain types of minor, first-time infractions.
    • P1 penalties may result from multiple warnings to the same team.
    • P2 penalties may include but are not limited to violations such as hollow components, expiration of certain safety certification or improper installation of a safety feature, or minor bracket and fasteners violations.
    • P3 penalty options may include but are not limited to violations such as unauthorized parts, measurement failures, parts that fail their intended use, or coil spring
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