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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F1′s Jenson Button Knows How to Celebrate A Win

The late, great, dearly-departed Alan Kulwicki gave us The Polish Victory Lap. We've seen enough burnouts and donuts to last another 83 years. All hail Kurt Busch for at least attempting something different with his "Unwind Lap." But, at the end of the day, leave it to someone from F1 to show NASCAR drivers how the big boys celebrate a win.According to Bild.com, before meeting the media after winning Sunday's Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, Jenson Button ...

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The Top 40 Cars in Feature Films*

My brethren of the blog over at ScreenJunkies have selected the Top 40 Cars from Feature Films. While there any number of inspired choices among the 40 -- I got misty seeing Luke Skywalker's Land Speeder at No. 33 -- their list deserves an asterisk; neither Stroker Ace's Ford Thunderbird ("Fastest Chicken in the South!") nor Cole Trickle's Mello Yello Chevy Lumina received any love whatsoever.But if the willful disregard of Stroker and Cole can somehow be explained -- I am waiti ...

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Eight Hot Women of NASCAR

You earn a boatload of cash and you do something manly like drive a race car for a living? You damn well better be nailing a seriously hot woman. Or, better yet, nailing seriously hot women. But, whether a guy is a serial dater (we're looking at you, Dale Earnhardt Jr.), the available evidence proves that what NASCAR drivers are getting is pretty damn good.Who: Ingrid VandeboschLinked to: She is the mother of Jeff Gordon's childThe mere fact of Ingrid’s presence of Gordon’s ar ...

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Cash Money is Cash Money …

Two years ago, AT&T and Sprint waged a court battle that essentially concerned the limits of sponsorship in NASCAR. To massively oversimplify, Sprint won, and AT&T, corporate parent to Cingular, the primary on Richard Childress Racing's No. 31 car driven by Jeff Burton, effectively took its money and went home. Can you say Pyrrhic Victory?I don't know ... with teams large and small, good and not-so-good, scrambling to find the money to keep the lights on and me ...

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Rick Hendrick Has Some S’plainin’ To Do

In 1997, Rick Hendrick was convicted for his role in a bribery and kickback scheme involving some of his auto dealerships and American Honda Motor Company. He was fined $250,000, sentenced to a year of home confinement, and three years' probation. If a story in Monday's Raleigh News & Observer is to be believed, it would seem that Mr. Hendrick, currently celebrating a Jimmie Johnson win and 25 years in NASCAR, might not quite have learned the lesson that, you know, bribery isn't ...

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Earnhardt Will Make the Chase

So the back half of the week hasn't seen much of a letup in the whole Earnhardt needs to fire Tony Jr. story line. It's enough of an issue that Rick Hendrick got together with all and sundry and cleared the air, yet again. The long and the short of it is, no changes are imminent.While I'd love to institute my own personal blackout on any additional stories on this subject, that would be fairly stupid -- primarily because I think Jr. makes the Chase and I will enjoy writing at least 1 ...

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