Enough With All This Start-and-Park Nonsense

Journo, the anonymous writer who is a main contributor to  NASCARInsiders.com, has added his/her own views to the start-and-park debate. While this writer offers some valid arguments to suggest that the whole issue is overblown, Journo is too quick to write-off the frustrations of teams like Tommy Baldwin Racing and Jeremy Mayfield Motorsports.After dismissing start-and-park as a fairly inconsequential aspect of the sport and one that ...

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Monday Morning After … an Off-Weekend Blog Dump

Among other things, the open weekend and an apparent -- and surprising -- absence of video has helped keep the Jimmy Watts and the Wayward Tire storyline alive for at least a few more days. And, in obvious defiance of logic and good sense, people in and around Richard Petty Motorsports remain confident about the future. Can you identify the future Cup driver in the photo above?* No conclusive video of Jimmy Watts? Really? (The Daly Planet)* I want some of whatever it is the guys at Richar ...

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This Post Has Nothing To Do With Jimmy Watts

But it has everything to do with NASCAR's television ratings, which, though not over the proverbial cliff, do continue to slide. The most recent bad news comes from Atlanta, where the number was down 14% from 2008 (but still six percent higher than 2007). Certainly, there is all manner of spin applied to this black magic to explain and justify -- NASCAR demonstrably outperforms the NBA and the PGA, for example -- and, yes, NASCAR remains a broadcast powerhouse. Th ...

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Michael Waltrip Appearing in a Comedy

And that's not a reference to his Sprint Cup team! Apparently, Mikey is spending his off-weekend in California filming a role in an upcoming episode of My Name is Earl.No word yet on whether the sitcom, which stars Jason Lee and is known for putting its characters into difficult, unfamiliar scenarios, intends to depict Waltrip as a winner. ...

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Int’l Speedway Corporation Tightens Its Belt

In 2008, International Speedway Corporation doled out smaller bonuses to its top two executives, Jim France and Lesa France Kennedy. And while almost no one will shed many tears for a guy earning north of $1 million and a woman pulling in more than $750,000, I do think ISC should be commended for sending an entirely appropriate message. At a time when corporate chieftans are taking rides on private luxury jets on the taxpayers' dime, it's becoming just a bit harder for companies to justif ...

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The Six Most Interesting Stories in NASCAR History — In One Convenient Spot!

More Jimmy Watts, still more economic unpleasantness, and an interesting theory to explain why it is Kurt Busch might be driving the wheels off his No. 2 Dodge. Just a brief sampling of some what some members of the illustrious Fourth Estate think about NASCAR today. More Jimmy Watts, still more economic unpleasantness, and an interesting theory to explain why it is Kurt Busch might be driving the wheels off his No. 2 Dodge. Just a brief sampling of some what some members ...

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Luckily, Travis Henry Has Nothing to Do With NASCAR

So, I stumbled upon this gem of a story this morning: former NFL running back Travis Henry, father of nine kids by nine different women, is broke. Now, after getting past my admiration for Henry's obvious powers of persuasion -- you gotta figure that by prospective mother number five, maybe people would be getting suspicious, right? -- I'm left to draw a few happy conclusions. So, I stumbled upon this gem of a story this morning: former NFL running back Travis Henry (above), father ...

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Elliott Sadler Weighs In On Jimmy Watts

This Jimmy Watts thing, it's just the gift that keeps on giving. You might think our fascination with his idiocy should have run its course by now. Four days on, however, his split-second stupidity remains a veritable fount of material; on this Thursday, we can thank Elliott Sadler for revitalizing this sucker (that's Sadler, above, in the No. 38, doing what God never intended in a Cup car). Had Elliott muttered a simple eh, let's move on already yesterday, I'd have nothing.But, no. ...

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Ladies and Gents, Time for the B-b-b-blog R-r-r-roll!

Will Dale and Tony Jr. split up? Does NASCAR have the necessary tools at its disposal to deal with the hidden killer, startus-and-parkimus? Could Clint Bowyer's former girlfriend call me and profess her undying love? These and a few other pressing issues in this episode of ... Afternoon Blog Dump. Will Dale and Tony Jr. split up? Does NASCAR have the necessary tools at its disposal to deal with the hidden killer, startus-and-parkimus? Could Clint Bowyer's former girlfriend  ...

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Kurt Busch’s Variation on The Victory Lap

For reasons I don't entirely understand, Kurt Busch has come in for a bit of grief for his victory lap after Sundays' Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta. Me, I thought Busch showed a dash of creativity, a flash of elan, a soupcon of the sublime not often demonstrated by America's steely-eyed heroes with the nerves of steel. You be the judge.About the only thing that ruined it for me was Mike Joy offering the suggestion that somehow, FOX turns this sucker into a Digger cartoon. I swear on ev ...

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