LiveBlog: Texas Motor Speedway

Jeff Gordon ends a 47-race winless streak, and wins his first race at Texas Motor Speedway. Gordon holds off a furiously-charging Jimmie Johnson to solidify his hold on the overall lead and flip the proverbial bird to anyone who thought that perhaps his days as one of the sport's top drivers were behind him.215 Laps Run and Two Cautions?Record for fewest cautions at Texas? Five. Do such long green-flag runs at Texas lead to balls-out racing on the track or does it string cars out and force peo ...

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People, Please: For the Love of Pete, It Was April Fool’s

Color me confused -- three days ago, FOXSports.com runs a poll, the results of which force me to conclude that NASCAR fans are dumb not the brightest bulbs in the socket. Now, the site steps up with another poll, the results of which force me to conclude that NASCAR fans are of much higher wattage than I thought. While the rest of the blogosphere wastes energy and continues to chide Car and Driver for its April Fools' Day hoax, FOXSports.com asked its users if the maga ...

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Are Drivers Athletes, Yes or No?

Like this guy, in almost 18 years of sports reporting, I've covered virtually every major professional sport. And, like this guy, I've even competed in my share over the years, a few at a reasonably competitive level and with some success. But, unlike this guy and at risk of pissing off a whole bunch of people, I just don't think NASCAR drivers are athletes, per se.Of course, it will likely come as no real surprise, then, that I don't consider NASCAR a sport in a conventional sense. But t ...

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Vegas and NASCAR: A Marginally More Logical Union

According to a report in the Las Vegas Review Journal, NASCAR has reached an agreement to move the annual Sprint Cup banquet from New York City to Vegas. In other words, it only took NASCAR, oh, 25 years to realize that holding the banquet in New York City was ... asinine.Go ahead, give me all the reasons why holding the banquet in NYC made sense -- exposure, media capital of the world, etc., etc. Et. Cet. Er. Ah. It's all crap. Shoe-horning NASCAR into New York i ...

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Michael Waltrip Leads a Statistical Category?!?

Statistics can be made to support damn near any point of view. And though it's no real shock that Jeff Gordon is leading this week's Loop Data statistics from NASCAR -- a season-worst 13th and five other finishes of sixth-or-better and the points lead will do that -- the fact is, numbers can lie.And how do I know this? Michael Waltrip (that's what's left of him and his car at Bristol, above) leads all drivers in a category. Something called "Closers." I'm sorry, what's that? Tha ...

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Apparently, It’s Okay to Talk Politics in NASCAR

For reasons I've never entirely understood and in contrast to most other professional sports, it's acceptable and accepted practice to wear your political heart on your sleeve in NASCAR. Hell, it's encouraged -- as long as your sleeve is a Republican sleeve, that is. Why is that?And while most drivers are at least circumspect whenever the conversation turns to the third rail (though the sentiment in the garage is decidely conservative), there's little such restraint in the blogosphere. An ...

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Car and Driver Stepped in It

So Car and Driver runs a story on its website on April 1st claiming that President Obama had ordered Chevrolet and Dodge out of NASCAR as a condition of receiving any Federal funds. This, obviously, was newsworthy, the battle lines were drawn, and the blogosphere went nuts.The hue and cry spread far and fast, with NASCAR traditionalists bemoaning almost equally another hit to their beloved sport and the supposed creeping Socialism espoused by the current administration. Comments were ...

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A Truly Great NASCAR Finish

When I first saw this clip, I deduced that it was from a recent California race. But then, I noticed that the stands were full, so I figured it must be Vegas. But, then, I went Geez, you idiot. It can't be California or Vegas -- there's way too much action! So, you tell me: what race is this exciting clip from? ...

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Who Says the Average NASCAR Fan Isn’t Bright?

FOXSports.com has a poll on its NASCAR homepage. The question: "Who was best at Martinsville?" The choices: Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, or Jeff Gordon. Seventy-four percent of the respondents answered ... Jeff Gordon?!?That's right: seventy-four percent of the more than 65,000 people who took the time to vote didn't pick the winner (Johnson), nor did they select the guy who finished second and led the most laps (Hamlin). Instead, they went with the guy who finished ... fourth. And ...

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Crash of the Week: ‘He Hit That Wall a Ton’

You want a crash? We give you the mother of all crashes. With Texas looming this Sunday, it's impossible to overlook this mind-bender brought to you by Michael McDowell during qualifying for last year's Samsung 500. Though he did walk away and give a post-crash interview, McDowell reportedly forgot to thank his sponsors.A millisecond before McDowell crushes the outside wall, he can be heard on the radio telling his crew that the car is 'way too tight.' So that explains it! ...

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