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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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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