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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Flounder Edges Kyle Busch in D.C.

It may not have packed the drama of the 2007 Pepsi 400 at Daytona, when Jamie McMurray nosed out Kyle Busch for the win, but it sure beats California. But, you just have to know that losing the Smell My Face Beltway Race around Washington, D.C., to some Tony Stewart lookalike known as Flounder (above) will eat at Busch for a long time.And really, ask yourself: How hard would it have been for Busch to give the insufferable Flounder the bumper and spin him out in the parking lot as the duo neare ...

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Flounder Edges Kyle Busch

Somehow, you just know that Kyle Busch's tight smile masks unutterable pain. The shame! The humiliation! The indignity! Or ... not. However, he's probably kicking himself for not spinning out Flounder as the pair raced to the line in the o. ...

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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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