Crashes Can Be Cool

"Real" NASCAR fans swear that they love the sport in spite of the crashes, not because of them.Whatever. There may be a measure of truth to that lie, but, well, crashes are cool. And really, since Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s death in 2001, NASCAR has made so many advances in safety -- to the point that no one racing at NASCAR's top level has died -- that even fearsome-looking crashes are more nuisance than cause for serious alarm.No, the possibility of dying can never be eliminated co ...

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Kevin Harvick Wins Bud Shootout

Kevin Harvick's win in Saturday's Bud Shootout was good news for NASCAR -- and not simply because the fact that 28 cars took the green flag means fans can now focus on something other than the crappy economy and its impact on the sport. Harvick's win was not only impressive -- he started 27th, on the back row, next to Jeff Gordon, hit the outside wall early in the race and lost the draft twice -- but it offers the barest glimmer of hope that perhaps someone, anyone, please -- other than ...

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Tom Cruise Appears on NASCAR Now

NASCAR Now issued a press release to say that Tom Cruise would appear on Friday's show. Excuse me, but, well, does NASCAR or one of its flagship TV shows really want to hitch its wagon to this guy right about now?   Sure, we find ourselves at a messed up point in history where seemingly any connection to Hollywood and Movie Stars and Britney Spears’ nanny’s dog walker is somehow construed as a good thing.It's true, we live in a celebrity culture.  ...

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The Daly Planet Ends Its Run

Well, color me confused -- with the 2009 season less than two weeks away, The Daly Planet, a widely respected and avidly read blog that dissects the finer points of NASCAR TV broadcasts, is ending its two-year run.  While I can appreciate how a person might get burnt on this whole blogging thing, I find myself perplexed at the following:  Priorities are rapidly changing in the world right now. This includes professional sports from top-to-bottom. NASCAR is deeply affec ...

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A Cooler Head Prevails

Storylines in NASCAR have a way of repeating themselves. Roughly 872 times per year, every year, I’m asked to read the latest earth-shattering piece about the Daytona 500, NASCAR’s Super Bowl. Even more predictable and proportionally more annoying are the 4,322 annual stories that tell me today’s NASCAR is populated by wussies and things would be so much better if we could just get Cale and Donnie to throw down every once in a while. And while I’ve already wor ...

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Look for Bright and Sunny Skies This Weekend!

I've written a post or two about the brutal state of affairs in NASCAR these days, but this one right here? Talk about a buzz kill.And while the author tries his darndest to finish on a high note -- by citing this weekend's weather forecast for coastal Florida, of all things: apparently, it's going to be warm and sunny! -- the rest of the piece? It's forecast ain't quite so bright. I've written a post or two about the brutal state of affairs in NASCAR these days, but ...

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Six Degrees of Kyle Busch

1)     Pro football ends its season with its Super Bowl.2)     NASCAR opens its season with its super bowl, the Daytona 500.3)     Kyle Busch drives in NASCAR’s super bowl.4)     An ad for Transformers 2 was played during pro football’s Super Bowl.  1)     Pro football ends its season with its Super Bowl. 2)     NASCAR opens its season with its super bo ...

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Newman Weighs In On Drug Testing

Leave it to the guy with a degree in Vehicle Structural Engineering from Purdue to cut through the crap and point out a basic flaw in NASCAR's new drug testing policy.  Ryan Newman could've taken the easy route, the one that avoids the minefield and doesn't result in any unwanted attention from the powers that be, but, instead, he figured he might as well call out the pink elephant sitting near the ottoman in the living room.I mean, really, how effective can any drug-testing po ...

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Denny Hamlin Feels Your Pain

Who says rich people are different? Just take Denny Hamlin -- he understands your pain. Why, when young Denny went to the fillin' station the other week? Don't you just know but he had to fill his own gas tank! And you know what's worse? Ol' Denny, he didn't know how to unlatch the gas cap on his Range Rover! Now don't that just beat all?!?Now, you cup is half empty folks, you read that ESPN.com article and you're flat disgusted that Denny has little people who usually handle irkso ...

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Three Cheers For Tommy Baldwin

Ed Hinton, one of the NASCAR press corp's grizzled veterans and a guy who knows whereof he speaks, has repeatedly suggested that much good can come from the current bleak economic climate that confronts the sport. Namely, Big Ed has asserted that tough economic times will create opportunity for old-school teams, that mechanics and crew chiefs and drivers and anyone else who is ready, willing, and able to work his/her/their ass off just might be able to race. And really, what's more definiti ...

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