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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Tuesday Morning Breakfast of Champions: Links

 Unfortunately, the above photo wasn't taken Sunday at California -- if it had been, it would be an indication that there was actually some on-track action. Nevertheless, the world of NASCAR must go on, as the following stories prove.  * ESPN.com's David Newton takes a closer look at Dale Earnhardt Jr's already difficult start.* Still another observer disagrees with Jeff Gordon and suggests that the Auto Club 500 was ... boring -- with suggestions for how to fix things ...

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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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