NASCAR notes: Dave Blaney, Brian Keselowski announce 2014 plans

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A couple more minor bits of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series news have emerged in the last 24 hours or so, in the form of two more confirmed entrants for at least the Daytona 500 and possibly beyond.

  • Via NASCAR.com, Dave Blaney, who lost his seat at Tommy Baldwin Racing after three years to the sponsored Michael Annett, will drive the No. 77 Ford for Randy Humphrey, with crew chief Peter Sospenzo. Humphrey worked with Mark Smith on the No. 19 Toyota that frequently started-and-parked in 2013. Blaney, now 51, started 35 of 36 races last year with a best finish of 16th at Talladega in May. His best non-restrictor-plate race finish was at Fontana in March, 21st.
  • Brian Keselowski, Brad’s older brother, announced via Twitter he’ll return to the No. 92 car in 2014. The older Keselowski struggled mightily to get up to pace in the new Generation-6 car at the 2013 Daytona Speedweeks. Whether he runs any races beyond the Daytona 500 remains to be seen. Brian Keselowski has three career Cup starts, two last year and the 2011 Daytona 500.

Chances are high we’ll be writing much more about Blaney’s son Ryan, a Team Penske prodigy, and Brad Keselowski compared to Brian this year. Still, Daytona can throw a curveball and if either driver makes the field and survives the inevitable “Big One,” they could be in for good days.

With tree in tow, Robert Wickens is already in the Christmas spirit

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It may be a week before Thanksgiving, but IndyCar driver Robert Wickens is already obviously in a festive Christmas mood.

Wickens took to Twitter and Instagram Wednesday to post a video showing he just gave himself an early yuletide present: a Christmas tree:

“Got myself a tree! I figured it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit! It’s a very real tree and my arms are itchy to prove it!”

He even ended his tweet with a Christmas tree emoji.

And for good measure, Wickens — wearing a winter ski cap with his name on it — and some of the staff at his rehab facility broke into an impromptu version of “Oh, Christmas Tree!”

Check out what Wickens posted and enjoy a little early Christmas cheer sure to put a smile on your face: