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Welcome to “Sports Section” on Brusimm. Here I primarily cover NASCAR news and events but on occasion, I’ve been known to write about BOWLING, RUNNING, SKATING and other SPORTS.

2013 'Daytona 500' QualifyingWhy does it take so many days to set the field for the Daytona 500?  How does qualifying work for the Daytona 500?  These are questions I get often and I thought I’d address that today.

Yes, for a single race, a lot of effort and resources goes into qualifying for the “Great American Race.” But this is THE Super Bowl of NASCAR and is one of the pinnacle events of the auto racing industry itself.  It’s an event and a destination all in one as Daytona International Speedway hosts this NASCAR event for multiple days that lead up to the event.

For the race prep, (This does not count private practices by teams at what ever secret facility they choose), there are Speedweeks practice where everyone gets back into the groove after the off-season.  This also give fans a taste of what’s to come.  In this case, they introduced the new Gen-6 cars to the sport this year.

Then there’s front row qualifying where the entire field, one car at a time, takes a run at the pole-position for the 500.  This session also sets fields for the twin qualifying races the following Thursday which then sets the starting field for the race.

But How Does Qualifying For the 2013 Daytona 500 Work?

The qualifying process for the Daytona 500 integrates all of qualifying, from the single car timing runs, to the Duel qualifiers that are run the Thursday prior to the 500.  Plus there’s a bit of a new wrinkle with owners points.  Starting this year, the “top-35 in owners points” rule is gone*.  So this is how the process will work:

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Olympics - London 2012I was listening to SiriusXM NASCAR channel 90 and they made mention of how much Olympic athletes make when they medal.  I thought it was pretty interesting, but then my jaw dropped when I heard that our country taxes our athletes for this incredible feat that they accomplish!  What???

Yes, when someone makes money, they pay their fair share in taxes.  We all do.  Even if those with less seem to pay a higher percentage out of their stipends.  But that’s for a totally different day.

After hearing what they said, I went off to look this up and sure enough, there it was.

When the United States athlete achieves the most rare event of winning a gold medal at the Olympics, they also win $25k with that medal.  And likewise, the silver garners $15k and bronze $10k.  I never realized they get paid for their achievements.  I thought that was pretty cool.

But then we find out that the athletes are taxed on their winnings and the medal in their trophies.

Per a calculation of the Americans for Tax Reform, they estimate that athletes can be taxed up to 35% plus a $236 tax of the gold medal, while the bronze is taxed at $2.

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Funny Video for “The Day After” Your Marathon

July 30, 2012

This funny YouTube video is for all the runners out there that do get up, get out and get some running in, 26.2 miles at a time or what not! =

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The San Francisco Marathon – Tracking Runners, Crazy Parking Prices & Funny Video

July 29, 2012

The 2012 San Francisco marathon has come and gone today, Sunday, 7-29-12.  And what a fun day it was.  My wife was obligated to tackle the marathon despite suffering an excruciating issue with her IT band.  But below is a recounting of our day, including an awesome smartphone app for tracking runners and a quickie […]

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Who Was The Woman Behind The Jersey Coach During The Stanley Cup Finals?

June 12, 2012

I’m a bit slow but I had just taken notice of the “background” attendee that was being spotted behind the coach for the New Jersey team on Monday night’s final game of the Stanley Cup Finals.  Apparently she had been there for the other games that took place Los Angeles as well. (BTW: CONGRATS Los […]

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2011 San Francisco Marathon Results & A Funny Running Video

July 31, 2011

2011 San Francisco Marathon Results & A Funny Running Video

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Looking Back at the 2011 NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway

June 27, 2011

Looking Back at the 2011 NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway

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Sonoma On A Saturday – Practice & Happy Hour, Pics From the Field [NASCAR]

June 25, 2011

Sonoma On A Saturday – Practice & Happy Hour, Pics From the Field [NASCAR]

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Monica Palumbo ‘Miss Sprint Cup’ Fan Photo fr NASCAR Bits & Pieces Reader

March 22, 2011

Monica Palumbo ‘Miss Sprint Cup’ Fan Photo fr NASCAR Bits & Pieces Reader

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A Day At NASCAR Sprint Cup Practice at Infineon Raceway – A Pictorial Excursion

June 20, 2010

I headed out to Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA to hang out for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice sessions and check out the track.  After watching races at this track for years, I had the impression it was more expansive from the camera angles on TV, but to be honest, they pack a lot […]

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A Bit About Jeff Gluck, NASCAR Fan Power & Twitter

January 7, 2010

This morning I was listening to the guys (Nate Ryan & Pete Pistone) on SIRIUS XM 128, and they’ve been doing an awesome job in talking to the media / reporters and such who were let go due to the NASCAR Scene & SceneDaily closing / absorption. This morning Jeff Gluck was on the radio […]

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Watch The Nastiest Soccer Playing [Soccer]

November 15, 2009

Prepare yourself to see some nasty game play in a soccer match between New Mexico and BYU.  Elizabeth Lambert is a member of the New Mexico (red) team.  But that will become apparent in a minute as this is an Elizabeth Lambert highlights clip! ~

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The Sprint Cup Girls From NASCAR

April 9, 2009

What Is It With Those Sprint Girls? [Updated Info:  This is my older article on the NASCAR‘s Sprint Cup Girls.  I’ve written a newer article on the 2010 Sprint Cup Girl squad.]  – Over on Courant.com, Shawn Courchesne starts an article about how the old days trophy girls would greet the winner.  (And we all […]

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