John Cena is a NASCAR Fan, Dammit

There's some irony to WWE star John Cena appearing on NASCAR Now Thursday. There's the obvious -- the occasionally-offered argument that NASCAR and professional wrestling are both staged entertainments. And the more subtle -- though Cena denies steroid use, he did gain fame and fortune in a drug-addled culture, a potential black eye from which NASCAR has aggressively distanced itself. And while I understand that Disney and ESPN are brilliant marketers and that having Cena a ...

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The NFL Catches a Cold and NASCAR Gets Sick?

Recent reports indicate that the NFL is considering adding a game or two to its regular-season schedule; though no changes would take place before the 2011 season, such a schedule modification would likely require the NFL to move its Super Bowl -- to the same weekend as NASCAR's Super Bowl, the Daytona 500.According to a story at SceneDaily.com, the idea that both events could be held on the same day is, understandably, something of a non-starter for Sprint, a large sponsor of t ...

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Crash Video of the Week: Bristol 1999

What with all the talk recently about both the quality of last Sunday's race at Bristol Motor Speedway and the inevitable comparisons being made between Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Sr., it seems appropriate to take a look back at one of the more memorable finishes in recent NASCAR history.There are those who will tell you that the reconfigured Bristol demands real racing, and that the beating, bumping, and banging that so many fans seem to enjoy wasn't, in fact, "rea ...

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Bowyer vs. Burton: And the Oscar Goes To …

Someone over at Richard Childress Racing is working the whole Let's get our guys on TV thing hard. Really, really hard. And while Clint Bowyer did an admirable job portraying himself in this week's episode of The Biggest Loser, he came across a little stiff -- word is, even his mother thinks that teammate Jeff Burton plays himself way better.But, points to Bowyer's PR peeps who put him out there in both a sponsor-emblazoned firesuit and Corvette. Maybe Burton would have been recognized if ...

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Kenny Wallace is a Race-Car Driver

Kenny Wallace understands how fortunate he is that he plays well on TV. He even appreciates the opportunity to share his accumulated NASCAR knowledge and love of the sport with the viewing audience. But, according to a story at SceneDaily.com, Herman also wants you to know that he's not just another pretty face. He is, apparently, "first and foremost" still a race car driver.In related news, the sky is now yellow. ...

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You Say ‘Kyle Busch,’ I say ‘Megan Fox’

So, I'm over at Jayski's this morning, cranking through today's Articles/Columns/Story/Blog Links Page. After calling my therapist to work through my disappointment at once again finding no links to ALT, I realized I was still quietly suicidal. And then it hit me ...If it weren't for the Dale Earnhardt Jr. needs to fire his cousin stories, or the Racing at Bristol sucks stories or the Kyle Busch doesn't suck stories, there wouldn't be much to talk about today. Or maybe ...

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Will the Busches Make History at Martinsville?

Remember, just a few short weeks ago, between California and Vegas? All those stories we read about how Matt Kenseth was seeking to become the first driver in NASCAR history to win the first three races to start a season? How'd that work out?Kenseth, of course, blew an engine on the pace lap or some such and was on his way back to Carolina by about Lap 17. So, now, we're told that the Busches, who equalled a record set more than 50 years ago by the Flock and Thomas brothers ...

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The Media Comes to Bury Dale Earnhardt Jr.

 I was once an esteemed member of the Media, so I hesitate to take shots at the institution ... well, okay, so maybe I wasn't really esteemed, but, I was definitely a member of the Media. Anyway, my point: Five races in, I'm dumbfounded by the Fourth Estate's willingness to heap scorn on Dale Earnhardt Jr. and bury the No. 88 team.If, as some writers do, you establish Kyle Busch, the driver Earnhardt replaced at Hendrick Motorsports, as the barometer, Jr. comes 15th in ...

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Monday Movers and Losers

Bristol isn't quite as random as playing the lottery, but it is a crapshoot. And, if ordinarily, you expect mayhem at Bristol -- pure, unadulterated chaos, with a helmet or a heat shield thrown in for good measure -- Sunday didn't quite live up to that hype (sigh). Still, it did help shake up the points race, rewarding some and penalizing others. MoversJeff Gordon: The Driver Formerly Known as The Kid didn't move up, he didn't move down, and he didn't end his 32-year winless str ...

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Kyle Busch: Just What NASCAR Needs

Sunday's Food City 500 was uncharacteristically characteristic. That is, if the race lacked the drama, intrigue, and anger most NASCAR fans associate with Bristol Motor Speedway, it was just another piece of data for the Kyle Busch kicks some serious ass file. And whether it was a result of Busch's unparalleled ability or the track's recent reconfiguration, that the race more closely resembled something you might find at California or Vegas -- virtually all of the race's nine caution ...

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