The Most Spectacular Pile-up in Auto Racing History!

There is nothing not to love about this video of what's billed as the "largest crash in NASCAR history" -- the breathless narration, the cheesy music, the even-cheesier sound effects, the grainy black-and-white photography, the cars that are truly stock, the empty grandstands, the drivers dressed in T-shirts and slacks, and, of course, the way cool crash. There is nothing not to love about this video of what's billed as the "largest crash in NASCAR history" -- the breathle ...

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Should NASCAR Be Concerned About “Start-and-Park?”

"Start and park" is a NASCAR phenomenon whereby fly-by-night outfits qualify for races only to park the car a few laps in (mechanical issues, a likely culprit). The primary goal of said effort, the decent-sized check awarded to even backmarkers. Though by no means unique to 2009 and its tough economic times, it's become enough of a hot-button issue that Robin Pemberton, NASCAR VP of Competition (above), issued a statement last Friday outlining NASCAR's opinion on ...

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Jimmy Watts Needed to Be Taught a Hard Lesson

Years ago, my son decided it wouldn't be unreasonable to shove a dinner fork into a power outlet. Fortunately, my wife and I, we have no class, so our cutlery is cheap -- the kind with white plastic handles riveted to Grade Z steel you buy at Woolworth's? Anyway, the plastic served to insulate my little genius from the worst of the shock, but Einstein did fry the outlet and just generally scare the crap out of himself. And me.  Years ago, my s ...

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ALT’s First Annual Tuesday Afternoon Blog Dump

 If there is a God in a Heaven -- and apparently fewer of us subscribe to that theory these days -- that Man flat out owes Mark Martin. Big time. Martin has finished second in the championship four times, once by an infamous 26 points (in 1990), third four times, and fourth on three occasions. You could be forgiven if you figured Martin and Hendrick Motorsports would make beautiful music together in 2009.* Mark Martin and Hendrick Motorsports were going to produce a st ...

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This Just In: Jeff Gordon? He’s So Back!

If the charlatans of the sporting press are to be believed, Jeff Gordon is back; he's resurgent; he's discovered a newfound confidence; he's got a fire in his belly that's been missing the last few years ... and on and on and on. Hmm. I wonder if any of this apparently newfound mojo is a result of having finished 13th, second, sixth, and second in the first month and leading the standings? Nah, can't be.What we have here is a chicken-and-egg thing, of course: Is he revived because of ...

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NASCAR Might Drop The Hammer on Jimmy Watts

According to media reports, NASCAR is considering further punishment for hapless Jimmy Watts, the unfortunate sap who made the absolutely dumb-as-a-rock decision to chase a stray tire into the infield grass at Atlanta on Sunday -- hey, those cars out there, they sure are moving fast! I wonder what would happen if one of those suckers suddenly, inexplicably lost control and came barreling toward me. Ah, never mind ... now, where'd that dang tire go?!?Obviously, Watts vapor locked ...

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Saudi Arabia: NASCAR’s Great, Untapped Market

Like any gluttonous business with a death-grip on its natural marketplace, NASCAR nurses dreams of international expansion. In recent years, the sport has dipped a toe in both Mexico and Canada. Before that, it looked to Australia and the Far East, where it ran an exhibition race between 1996 and 1998. But for all the Jacques Villeneuves or Patrick Carpentiers or even the Juan (apparently no longer Pablo) Montoyas of the larger world, it would seem that NASCAR still has some work to do be ...

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Monday Morning Movers and Losers

It's still early in the season and the swings in the standings tend to be large and dramatic. Still, there are any number of drivers and teams who wake up Monday feeling pretty good about where they stand and any number of teams and drivers who are a bit pissed. A quick look at who's happy and who's hot after Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500. WHO'S HAPPYKurt Busch: The 2004 champion had shown signs of life in the first three races of 2009. He was fully reincarnated Sunday, crushing the field an ...

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I Don’t Like Mondays. You Don’t Like Mondays. Kyle Busch? Hates ‘Em.

It's Monday. Like Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats and every other self-respecting human being on the face of the Earth, I don't like Mondays. You know what? I take that back -- the kids go to school and the wife goes to work, providing me a minimum of seven hours of relative peace and quiet. So maybe I just kinda dislike Mondays. But, you know who's really hatin' on this Monday in particular? Kyle Busch. It's Monday. Like Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats and every other self-respec ...

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Race #4, Atlanta Motor Speedway

Now That's a Command To Start Your Engines!All hail Kelly Brown! That was solid. Hell, it may be 65 degrees outside, my yard needs raking, and my kid has his first Little League practice right now, but the the hell with that! I am so sitting here, getting fat in the Barca lounger, eager to spend five hours glued to the TV. Beer me, Marge!Hey, Larry MacPlease, if I never hear another reference to (insert name of official sponsor here) fuel by Larry McReynolds ever again? It would be fine by me. ...

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