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.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

MORE: Stage 14 overall Rally wrapup

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MORE: Stage 9 cancelled due to weather, impassible course conditions

MORE: Stage 8 wrapup

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MORE: Stage 1 wrapup