Fans can help Marcos Ambrose pay Richmond fine forward to Victory Junction

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A lot of NASCAR fans showed sympathy and a willingness to help Marcos Ambrose pay the $25,000 fine he got from NASCAR after he punched Casey Mears at Richmond International Raceway.

Inspired by the support, Ambrose and his Richard Petty Motorsports team have proposed another idea.

Since Ambrose did not win in 2013 and hasn’t won this season, he hasn’t yet locked himself into the field for the 2014 Sprint All-Star Race on May 17 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

He has three ways to change that: Win the 5-Hour Energy 400 this Saturday night at Kansas Speedway (where he finished ninth last fall), come home first or second in the Sprint Showdown prelim that precedes the All-Star Race, or have the fans vote him into the main event.

And should he get there, Ambrose has vowed to donate $25,000 to the Victory Junction Camp for children with serious illnesses. The Camp was created by Kyle Petty and his wife, Pattie, in honor of their late son, Adam.

“I had a tremendous outpouring of support after Richmond from so many fans,” Ambrose said in a statement. “But, that situation was between myself and another driver. I had to pay the consequences from that and my fans had nothing to do with what happened.

“But, they have been so supportive of me in NASCAR, that maybe there was something we could do so they could make a difference. If they want to support me, they can vote for me and we’ll take the total of the fine and pay it forward to Victory Junction.”

Fans can vote for Ambrose (or another driver not yet in the All-Star field) via the NASCAR Mobile app, whose votes will count for double. Additionally, fans can vote online and at the track. Voting will close on May 16, the day before the All-Star Race.

Racing world reacts to Danica Patrick’s Daytona, Indy double news

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Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.

This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.

Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.

Well…. 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 here I come. 🙌🏼

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IMS President J. Douglas Boles

“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.

“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

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