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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Kurt Busch’s 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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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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