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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Lays Off 5,000

Could the slumping world economy force even Goodyear to reconsider its commitment to NASCAR? Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has been closely associated with NASCAR for more than 50 years. In February 2007, NASCAR and the Akron, Ohio-based company announced that Goodyear would continue as the sport's exclusive tire supplier at least through 2012 -- insert your own Tony Stewart joke here.It's arguably unreasonable to think Goodyear should curtail its association with NASCAR in light of the ...

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The Pettys Might Want to Consider An Intervention

Having done my fair share of therapy in a vain attempt to work through anger and family-of-origin issues -- it didn't work -- I'm hesitant to weigh in on another family's squabbles or engage in armchair psychology. Look, I said I was hesitant ... I didn't say I wouldn't do it. Did you happen to see the answer Richard Petty gave to a question during a Dodge teleconference? The King's response to son Kyle's recent comments blasting what had ...

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Kentucky Wants to Help Bruton Smith’s Bottom Line

Oh, for the love of Pete, could somebody please explain to me how and why it is government continues to bend over and willingly spread 'em in an effort to help already rich guys get even richer? At taxpayers' expense?The latest example is brought to you courtesy of Kentucky, which is considering generous tax breaks for Bruton Smith and his company, Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI). Smith, a billionaire as recently as 2007, wants Kentucky to offset the $70 million he figures to spend i ...

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Daytona 500 TV Ratings

 According to reports, the lower-than-last-year TV ratings for Sunday's Daytona 500 were the result of the rain. Apparently, the elements deprived FOX and NASCAR of the usual number of viewers who tune in for the late stages of a race.Now, this is interesting to me on a few levels; the most obvious, of course, is the willingness of both FOX and NASCAR to ascribe the decline to the weather and not, you know, the overall trend that has bedevilled the sport the last few years ... hello? ...

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Dale Earnhardt Sr.

It's hardly the kind of day anyone wants to commemorate, but it's got to be done: eight years ago, on February 18, 2001, Dale Earnhardt Sr. died after being involved in a last-lap crash at the Daytona 500.It doesn't overstate things to say that NASCAR hasn't been the same since. While Earnhardt Sr. was reportedly beginning what would be his last season, he remained the single most galvanizing force in NASCAR, loved and hated in equal measure, each emotion hugely beneficial to the sport. He was ...

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The Randomness of Restrictor-Plate Racing

I kid, I kid! I mean, Waltrip did finish seventh, it says so right there on the results page, but, we all know Mikey can draft. Hell, if not for plate racing, Mikey's washing dishes down to the Waffle House, right? Anyway, Daytona is some kind of random. Kevin Harvick finishes second. Clint Bowyer finishes fourth. Between them, the two Richard Childress Racing drivers might have turned three good laps in practice all week. Hell, Harvick turned the eighth-best lap in the fi ...

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NASCAR.com Calls Out Junior

"NASCAR.com" wonders if the pressure isn't getting to Dale Earnhardt. Jr.   There are those who will tell you that NASCAR.com is nothing but a house organ for the sport and its governing body. True or not, the site does seem to play most of its journalism fairly straight, neither avoiding nor ignoring tough stories or controversial issues. And when it comes right down to it, you don't get a whole lot more controversial or run any greater risk of pissing o ...

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The 2009 Season Opens Not With a Bang …

Sunday's Daytona 500 had its moments and provided at least a few set-pieces for further discussion -- Hello, Junior. This is Brian. Brian Vickers? Remember: payback's a bitch. Unfortunately, the race wasn't quite the rousing start fans had hoped. Or NASCAR needed.Since 2005, NASCAR's TV ratings have fallen by 21 percent. And, as anyone not dead yet knows, NASCAR is in a world of hurt. And while the seemingly-full stands Sunday were a welcome departure from the acres of empty seats we ...

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