Hey, Forbes — What About THESE Numbers, eh?

The Toronto Globe & Mail has always been a well-respected and influential newspaper. ...

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Kyle Petty Gets Some More of What He Deserves

My selfishness notwithstanding, I am, in fact, heartened by the knowledge that a guy like Petty,  a classy, admirable man, is getting his payback in a timely fashion. The 48-year-old has borne more than his share of hardship and disappointment. And, to his undying credit, he has risen above it all, making proverbial chicken salad out of chicken crap. Perhaps the finest example of that is his Victory Junction Gang Camp, a facility he opened ...

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No Better Time For a Link Dump

A random sampling of stories making their way through NASCAR. Hotlanta, baby, one of the fastest tracks on the circuit. Fireball Roberts (above) won the first race at the track in 1960. But before the travelling circus makes its stop in Hampton, there are stories that need to be considered.* The legendary Wood Brothers, winners of 96 races, rate their last Atlanta win as among their sweetest, says the Charlotte Observer.* Jeff Gordon understandably confident that his winless st ...

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NASCAR’s Power Players

Despite the horrible economy and the attendant difficulties confronting the sports marketplace, NASCAR remains one of the most potent forces in the sports world. With 36 official race weekends and tens of millions of devoted fans, NASCAR generates billions of dollars in revenue for its stakeholders -- the sanctioning body itself, the dozens of full-time teams, and tracks, among others. Having signed an eight-year, $4.5 billion TV contract in 2005, NASCAR is consistently the ...

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Carl Dean Combs, a Hero For These Troubled Times

Carl Dean Combs, a 57-year-old North Carolinian who ran 24 NASCAR races back in the early 1980s, was arrested late last week for running 'shine. According to the Wilkes-Journal Patriot, Combs' operation was highly professional and clean, with all sorts of shiny stainless steel vats and condensers and doo-hickeys and stuff and a production capacity of about 300 gallons of corn mash per run -- which, if you think about it, is kind of too bad: Somehow it would have been more poetic if C ...

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RCR? No, It’s NOT Dead Yet!

If you believed everything you read, about this time last week, you were pretty much ready to toss Richard Childress Racing straight into the crapper.That is, despite finishes of second, fourth, and 15th (Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, and Casey Mears, respectively) at Daytona, RCR's poor showing at California proved that something was amiss.As near as I can figure it, the collective rationale (ably represented by this story) went like this: Sure, RCR had good finishes in the 500 ...

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Yes, Virginia, It’s Wednesday. Here Are Your Links

Wednesday. NASCAR. The Internets. Blogs. Newspaper sites. Stories. Links to those stories. A veritable dump, if you will, of what's interesting in the wide, wide world of stock car racing. According to me. According to The Washington Post, about one in five homeowners owe more on their mortgage than their house is presently worth. Now, not only does this report force me to question the Post's use of the word homeowner -- shouldn't it be homeower? -- I'm further and happily reminded that ...

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NASCAR’s Power Players

Despite the horrible economy and the attendant difficulties confronting the sports marketplace, NASCAR remains one of the most potent forces in the sports world. With 36 official race weekends and tens of millions of devoted fans, NASCAR generates billions of dollars in revenue for its stakeholders -- the sanctioning body itself, the dozens of full-time teams, and tracks, among others. Having signed an eight-year, $4.5 billion TV contract in 2005, NASCAR is consistently the s ...

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NASCAR.com and the Theory of Plausible Deniability

NASCAR.com is sometimes thought of as little more than a house organ for the sport; that is, the site is often derided for soft-selling some stories and producing others that too often adopt a boosterish tone that is oddly similar to the sunny party line that emerges from Daytona Beach.And while I've been inclined to give the site the benefit of the doubt and been generally impressed with an editorial philosophy that appears to tackle some tough issues head on, every once i ...

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It’s Tuesday Morning, Do You Know Where Your Link Dump Is?

Honestly, I'm still reeling from Monday night's stunning developments on The Bachelor: After The Rose Ceremony (Part 1!); really, how could Jason do that to poor Melissa? Is that the kind of message he wants to send to Tye? Really?* According to this AP story, Kurt Busch has no voodoo doll of brother Kyle hidden away. Honest!* FOXSports.com argues that the Week 3 Vegas race makes the Week 2 California race look terrible by comparison.* SceneDaily.com throws caution to the wind, arguing that it ...

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