The Cup is Half Full: Attendance at California Wasn’t a Complete Disaster

It would seem to be a measure of just how depressed expectations are for the 2009 season that a reporter for a reputable joint like SceneDaily.com writes the following, with no apparent trace of irony:But track President Gillian Zucker was happy with the turnout, and rightfully so. She couldn't stop smiling, actually. As much as she and her track get ripped for the poor attendance, seeing the grandstand two-thirds full with a decent crowd in the infield should not go unnoticed.In what NAS ...

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Richard Petty Motorsports Returns to Earth

 Barely one week ago at Daytona, Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) placed three cars in the top 10, led by AJ Allmendinger (above), who finished a career-best third. Like clockwork in the days that followed, racing fans were presented with a variety of warm and fuzzy stories, each of which revolved around a central theme: namely, isn't it nice to see the Petty name restored to the forefront of NASCAR?Yeah, well, about that -- RPM's glass slipper shattered Sunda ...

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Jeff Gordon Thought Sunday’s Race Was Exciting?

Jeff Gordon made a revealing comment in his post-race interviews on Sunday: the four-time champion and second-place finisher told radio and TV reporters that his closing-laps pursuit of Matt Kenseth made for great, exciting racing.I suppose that, by definition, turning laps at 175 miles per hour is legitimately considered exciting. I suppose, too, that stalking your prey, struggling to develop a solution to a difficuilt problem, and just generally trying to overtake the leader might ...

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Monday Morning Link Dump

A quick survey of some of the more interesting stories about the sport this morning ...  No, Sunday's Auto Club 500 didn't produce a finish as exciting as the one engineered by Richard Petty and David Pearson at Daytona in 1976 (above); in fact, Sunday's finish rather sucked. But, the race did give rise to some interesting stories. Here's a quick roundup of some of them this morning:* The dearly-departed and apparently-resurrected Daly Planet affirms our sense of what we witnessed on TV ...

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Race #2: The Auto Club 500

Matt Kenseth holds off Jeff Gordon to win the Auto Club 500, his second straight win to start the 2009 season. He is the first driver since Gordon in 1997 to win the first two races of the season.   Kyle Busch couldn't pull off the historic triple, but he did finish third in Sunday's Auto Club 500 in California, trailing Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon. Green FlagThe faint glimmer of hope to be found in Johnson's struggles at Daytona (where the No. 48 finished 31st) died a quick d ...

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On Second Thought, Danica Patrick Would Look Good in the Cup Garage

In an earlier incarnation of this site, I took another writer to task for suggesting that NASCAR needs to convince Danica Patrick to come join the Sprint Cup Series fray. Well, it's clear to me that I didn't think this matter through clearly enough. Not at all. And I'm enough of a man to admit when I'm wrong and, it just so happens that I think I might have been a little hasty in reaching a conclusion on this important matter. Much, much too hasty. Too hasty indeed.Having o ...

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And You Thought Junior Had a Bad Day …

FOX withstands some serious criticism for its coverage of the Daytona 500.  Having spent Sunday's Daytona 500 alternating between the MRN broadcast and listening to driver communications, I only occasionally turned my attention to the big screen TV to my left at ESPNZone in New York City.Judging from the fallout that has continued through the week, I'm apparently glad I wasn't limited to watching the race strictly through the eyes of Mike, Larry, Darryl. And though the overly-caffei ...

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Brian Vickers Fires Another Shot

You've got to hand it to Brian Vickers. Not only does he block the crap out of Dale Earnhardt Jr. last Sunday -- too aggressively, I thought; and still think -- and ignite The Big One, but he comes out of the Infield Care Center and calls out Junior. Flat-out ballsy. Vickers' willingness to suggest the emperor has no clothes is a bit like suggesting back in 2003 that Saddam Hussein didn't have weapons of mass destruction, wasn't linked to September 11th, and posed zero ...

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Let The Fun Begin: How Many Show Up in California?

Given the endless drumbeat of bad news coming out of NASCAR the last six-or-so months, it was something of a relief to see full grandstands at Daytona last weekend. Whether that crowd was the result of lowered ticket prices or the fact that this was the Daytona 500 -- the crown jewel damn well better sell out -- is almost beside the point. It was a welcome change. However, the brief honeymoon is over, and the sport dives headlong into the teeth of the potential storm this weeken ...

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