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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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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