DuPont Tightens Its Corporate Belt

The economy isn't good. We know that. And we know that that bad economy is presenting challenges for NASCAR. In fact, that story? Beaten. To. Death. So the news that DuPont, "long recognized as the leader in hospitality among NASCAR sponsors" according to this story in the Sports Business Journal, will entertain fewer than 2,000 guests at six races (down from 17,000 and 37, respectively, in 2008) is arguably not a great surprise. Though I know for my part I'm always&nb ...

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Kyle Busch Supporters Everywhere, Unite!

Some industrious NASCAR fans want to make sure Kyle Busch thinks long and hard about his future before he makes any rash decisions.  There comes a time in life when you just know you've got to keep your mouth shut and let someone else do the talking. This? This right here? This is one of those times ... ...

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Could Petty Enterprises Rise Again?

Another blogger has suggested that if, indeed, Kyle Petty has a 12-race deal in place with Wells Fargo, he should resurrect Petty Enterprises and resume his Sprint Cup career (read the story here). It's a nice thought and presents a heartwarming scene; it would also doubtless make a whole bunch of people happy, perhaps even Kyle.However, while Petty has made it very clear he'd like to race in Sprint Cup again, he's been equally clear in asserting that he woul ...

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NASCAR Then and Now, a Whole New Ballgame

NASCAR has changed a great deal in the last 20 years. Behind the Wall, which chronicles Terry Labonte's 1991 season, gives the reader a sense of just how much. I'm reading a book called Behind the Wall: A Season on the NASCAR Circuit. Written by Richard Huff, who still covers NASCAR for the New York Daily News, the book follows Terry Labonte and his Sunoco team as it meanders through the 1991 Winston Cup season.The book is interesting on any number of levels, and not simply be ...

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So, About Those TV Numbers …

Late Tuesday night, updated ratings information pertaining to the Auto Club 500 were released. It turns out, the final ratings were not nearly as bad as first reports indicated; in fact, though they were down, they declined by approximately three percent, not the 13 percent initially reported and I latched on to. Mea culpa.Statistics, of course, can  be made to say many different things and, used judiciously, they can buttress almost any viewpoint; for example, while my initial ...

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Yes, Virginia, Geoffrey Bodine Lived

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Hump Day and Link Dump: Each Is a Good Thing

As of now, Danica Patrick (that would be her, above) has absofreakinglutely nothing to do with NASCAR. A) That will change if I have anything to say about it. B) I don't care -- NASCAR needs her, no matter how many tattoos she has. A look at some links: * It may be Wednesday, but at least a few sites can't let go of California; this one says Matt Kenseth won a snoozer ... and this one has some suggestions for how to improve things at California.* Sure, California was bad, b ...

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New Formula 1 Team Interested in Kyle Busch?

Of all the hare-brained, asinine, downright idiotic things I've read in my life, I think this one takes the cake. According to a report at MotorAuthority.com, AJ Allmendinger, Kyle Busch, and Scott Speed (and Danica Patrick, but I digress) are among those being considered to drive for a new, US-based Formula 1 team.Let's ignore for a moment just how sketchy the whole item is -- of course, saying that a "motor sport writer for the Toronto Star claims Kyle Busch - also a ...

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Who Knew? NASCAR Is a Business!

While it will come as a shock to some, it's impossible to ignore the subtle-but-very-real connection between the sport of stock car racing and commerce. It's possible, I suppose, that some will doubt me, call me a heretic, but so be it -- Aristotle was ridiculed for saying the Earth was round, too. But, the next time you're watching a post-race celebration, pay attention -- you might notice Carl Edwards, for example, dropping in a quiet, understated word of thanks to his sp ...

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As TV Viewership Increases, NASCAR’s Share Declines

According to The Nielsen Company, people are watching more TV than ever. Unfortunately, that isn't working to NASCAR's advantage. At least not yet. According to The Nielsen Company's "Three-Screen Report," the average American is now watching 151 hours of TV every month, up almost four percent over the same period the year before.While that number paints an unfathomably bleak picture of the "average American" -- people, please: 151 hours?!? That's damn-near ...

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