NASCAR Rides on the Storm

This brief post from SceneDaily.com is, for all intents and purposes, dead on – if some 2009 NASCAR races go off with fewer than the ‘traditional’ 43 cars, so be it. The sport will go on and, in some scenarios, it might even be improved.  And while the writer alludes to the far more vexing issue of unsponsored cars, I would politely suggest that his post fails to mention a few, arguably more important issues. Perhaps the single most crucial component of what’ ...

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Elliott Sadler and GEM: We ARE Family!

 A few days ago, Gillett Evernham Motorsports and Elliott Sadler announced that, earlier reports notwithstanding, Sadler would drive GEM's No. 19 in 2009. First and foremost, that's exceedingly good and appropriate news for Sadler, and not least because he has shown himself to be an incredibly decent guy according to almost anyone with any connection to the sport, be they a member of a team, the media, or his sponsor. And then, obviously, it's fortunate for him given the ...

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Kyle Petty Dreams the Impossible

  You know that feeling you get when your kid makes his first tentative, but ultimately futile, attempt to walk? Junior lets go of the coffee table, moves first one foot and then another … and immediately falls onto his ass – aw, isn’t he cute?  Well, that’s pretty much how I feel about this nugget about Kyle Petty included in an otherwise earth-shattering story from the Associated Press (apparently, the economy is bad and NASCAR will be affected in 200 ...

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The Jack-booted Thugs of the IRS Nail Larry McClure

 So Larry McClure, co-owner of the dearly-departed No. 4 Kodak team that won 14 races, including three Daytona 500s, has pled guilty to tax fraud and will be sentenced to some serious prison time next week.  On Thursday, McClure issued a statement through his lawyer. Among other things, McClure's mea culpa included the following: All of our business operations will continue, and we remain very grateful for the members of the community that have supported our business over the y ...

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Sadler Not Out at GEM?!?

It just keeps getting better -- according various reports, including this one from FOXSports.com's Lee Spencer, Elliott Sadler will drive the Gillett Evernham Motorsports No. 19 in 2009 ... backslaps and group hugs all around! I'm all for soldiering on through adversity and whatnot, but seriously: under any circumstances, in what universe is GEM a pleasant, decent, potentially profitable (from a racing standpoint) place of employment for Sadler at this stage? ...

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Japanese Bomb Pearl Harbor! US Declares War!!

 Look, I know it's a slow in NASCAR right now -- believe me, I know: I tried to convince my bosses to let me post random thoughts on the dangerous rise in greenhouse gas emissions and the likely impact on the reproductive cycle of the Himalayan marmot, a cute, fuzzy little creature apparently related to the squirrel. For some reason, my bosses balked. Go figure. Anyway. The economy sucks, testing was cancelled, people are getting fired, teams are folding or on virtual life ...

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Elliott Sadler Doesn’t Need No Chemistry

Chemistry is that ineffable, undecipherable, magical quality that supposedly helps good NASCAR teams become great NASCAR teams. And, at some point in almost any conversation with anyone even tangentially associated with a team, the word will be employed.  Teams as a whole need to have chemistry, it helps if owner and driver share chemistry, and, always the most important, if drivers and crew don’t have good chemistry, well, son, you might as well pack it in and start looking for th ...

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NASCAR Does Not Need to Consider Danica Patrick

I missed this gem from David Exum the other day – which is lucky, really, because had I seen this puppy when it was posted, I think I’d have blown a proverbial gasket.  Fortunately for me, my wife, the kids, and, not least, our dog, the passage of time has damped my fires, lessened my indignation, and just generally given me a chance to simmer down. Therefore, it is with all measured restraint that I say the following, calmly and coolly: Of all the dumb, stupid, idiotic, and ...

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And In Other News …

... no one not named Bodine gives a crap.  But, this is a new year, and I did promise my mother I'd try my darndest to be more positive, so -- here goes: Apparently, the fourth annual Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge did raise some money for our men's and women's bobsled teams!Because, lord knows, the current state of the American bobsled program is an embarrassment to this great nation of ours.  ...

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Chip Ganassi: One of NASCAR’s Good Guys

It's something of a pyrrhic victory, coming as it does amid wave after wave of bad news and on the heels of massive job loss, but this news that Chip Ganassi paid year-end bonuses to his employees -- including those the company was forced to let go -- is a bright spot. Additionally, Ganassi's class-act reaffirms the idea that NASCAR remains something of an anomaly compared to other big business. Doing the right thing is rarely the first order of business for companies whose very existence is ...

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