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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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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