Monday Morning After Link Dump

Because there's no better way to start your work week than by digging out from the latest massive snowfall ... or by getting caught up quickly with what's going on in NASCAR. Kyle Busch was dominant at Daytona until he was infamously wrecked (and finished 41st). He was damn good in California, where he earned a third-place finish. The 23-year-old sealed mthe deal Sunday, winning his first race of the season and the 13th of his Sprint Cup career.* Yes, home really is sweet home for Kyle ...

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Race #3: Shelby 427

Hometown boy Kyle Busch shocks almost no one, winning his first race of the season and earning his first win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Thankfully, the Jersey Boys are finished singing the National Anthem and Robin Leach has fulfilled his prerace duties -- it's safe to race. Does Matt Kenseth make history? Does Junior turn things around? We'll know more in 427 miles ...Green FlagWell, Brad Keselowski answered that burning question -- would today's race mimic Satruday's, which was somet ...

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ESPN vs. FOX, May the Best Analyst Win!

One man's treasure is another man's trash: Larry McReynolds says Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Burton don't need to panic yet. David Newton begs to differ.  In the grand scheme of things, that you have public voices for two of NASCAR's broadcast TV partners saying completely different things probably isn't of any great consequence. But, well, for whatever reason, I thought this was funny:In the blue corner, you have FOX's Larry McReynolds who is here to tell you th ...

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Forbes Magazine Takes on NASCAR

It's a safe bet that no one from Forbes magazine will be getting an invite to the NASCAR Christmas party this year. Certainly not Jack Gage, the author of a fairly cold-blooded look at the current state of NASCAR and the stewardship of Brian France (read the story here). At the very least, Gage's story is a stark counterpoint to the one produced by Sports Illustrated in 1995 (which you can read here). It might overstate things to say that the two serve as suitable bookends for NASCAR ...

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What’s News In NASCAR on Friday

See what some of the rest of the Internet world is saying about NASCAR as we steam toward this Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. At least a few Websites and otherwise reputable media outfits continue to reflect on all things California. Enough! Let's turn the page and look toward Las Vegas.* Doggone it, DW liked the California race, but even he's a bit surprised by who is currently in the top 12.* An opinion from the Frontstretch: FOX's Digger, and the gimmickry that h ...

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Qualifying Attempts UP in 2009, Not Down.

About a month ago, ESPN.com's Ed Hinton, a reasonable, informed voice, and among the longest-serving reporters on the NASCAR beat, suggested in a column that NASCAR could well emerge from this economic downturn in improved condition. He went on to argue that the sport was born in hardship and it's endured equally-if-not-more-challenging periods than this (read Hinton's story here).Hinton's column was, of course, a response to the gloom and doom that has pervaded the sport, ...

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Link Dump: NASCAR Stories of Interest

* Don't look now, but Penske Racing and 2004 champion Kurt Busch are running better than they have in a while.* Could Mark Martin write the perfect final chapter to his great career?* It's early still but at least a few of NASCAR's more prominent drivers need to get things moving in the right direction.* You want to see your favorite driver on TV? Maybe he should drive up front!* Dale Earnhardt Jr's FOX interview provided further proof that he's a stand-up guy.* Hey, Carl, enough wit ...

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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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