NASCAR Moves Its Modified Series Banquets To N.C.

Overshadowed by the news that NASCAR is on the verge of moving its year-end banquet from New York City to Las Vegas, the governing body also announced that it would be hosting a single, year-end banquet for its satellite serieses in North Carolina (instead of holding individual banquets for each). That's not the only piece of information that escaped people's attention. Apparently, NASCAR will withhold prize money from teams that don't attend said celebration. As surprising as that bit of ...

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Bloomberg Hates NASCAR, Its Fans, And Puppies

According to a story at BleacherReport.com, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a card-carrying Republican at least theoretically predisposed to liking the sport, ripped NASCAR, insulted its fans, and generally heaped scorn on America's fastest sport, saying he's glad the year-end banquet will be held in cheesy Las Vegas.Say what now? The story was a joke? You mean, like, a hoax? Not intended to be taken seriously? Oh, like the Car and Driver story? Like that one? It's different, you s ...

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Phoenix Might Separate Pretender From Contender

Saturday night's race at Phoenix International Raceway will be an excellent indicator of the relative championship hopes of Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson. Johnson is the known quantity in this dynamic. He has finished third, first, and second in his last three races to climb from 13th to second in the standings, fairly solid proof that he and the No. 48 team are engineering their usual early-season push to the top. More worrisome to the immediate aspirations of other championship contend ...

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Sponsor This Team or the Dog Gets It!

Though not quite in the same league as National Lampoon's infamous 1973 "If you don't buy this magazine, we'll kill this dog" cover plea, there's something equally ... desperate about a NASCAR Sprint Cup series team attempting to auction off a one-race sponsorship on eBay.According to the announcement on the site, the winning bidder would "partner with an established team currently in the top 35 of NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, which guarantees a spot in the event.& ...

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Welcome back, Jimmy Watts!

Four weeks ago, in the immediate aftermath of Atlanta and an unfortunate, momentary lapse of reason, Jimmy Watts was used and abused, highlighted, pilloried, and then, unceremoniously left by the side of the road, a carcass, a shell, a sad casualty of a modern, unfeeling media. Not really -- but you know how we in the media love us some hyperbole! And, in truth, Watts did enjoy a few depressing moments of largely unwanted fame for chasing that tire at Atlanta. Well, his four-week suspensi ...

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AP vs. ESPN: Let the Games Begin

In the red corner, we have David Newton of ESPN, with a belated Valentine's Day love note to the much-beleaguered, always-maligned, Teresa Earnhardt. And over in the blue corner, we have the AP's Jenna Fryer, a scrappy brawler who lands some devastating counterpunches to Newton's thesis and Teresa's midsection.So which is it? Is Teresa, as Newton would have us believe, the unfortunate recipient of too much unjustified abuse for singlehandedly destroying the once-great ...

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Joe Nemechek Take a Licking …

... and keeps on ticking. With fewer than 10 laps remaining in Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Nashville Superspeedway, Joe Nemechek took an unscheduled ride down the frontstretch.The best part? Landing upright and still largely intact, he continues around the track, worse for the wear but still tearing around. Who needs the stinkin' Car of Tomorrow and its improved safety anyway??Check it out: ...

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Joe Nemechek Takes a Licking at Nashville…

... and kees on ticking. ...

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Tony Stewart Rewards Morgan Shepherd’s Faith

SpeedwayMedia.com has posted a story about Morgan Shepherd's Faith Motorsports Nationwide team. And while Shepherd's performance -- he's just 21st in points -- could cause one to question just how powerful Shepherd's faith really is, there's another component to the story that's even more interesting. Apparently, Tony Stewart is paying Shepherd's weekly tire bill, which reportedly saves the team about $7,500 per race, or more than a quarter of a million dollars per year.  T ...

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Thank Heavens for the Nationwide Series

Joey "Sliced Bread" Logano struggled in his Sprint Cup Series debut in 2008, finishing 32nd, 39th, and 40th in three starts. He has struggled equally in 2009, with an average finish of 30.7 and finishes of 30th-or-worse in five of seven races. Let the puns begin.Fortunately for Bread, the stars aligned to give him the Nationwide Series. Or, rather, the economy cratered and NASCAR postponed its decision to make the Car of Tomorrow the car of choice for the Nationwide Series.Can Logano ...

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