It Is a Sport About Performance, After All

In some corners, news of Elliott Sadler’s sacking at Gillett Evernham Motorsports came as something of a shock. Apparently, to Sadler himself – understandable, given that he’d signed a two-year contract extension earlier this year.  Oh, well. Still, is being shoved aside in favor of AJ Allmendinger all that surprising? Since winning twice in 2004, the 33-year-old Sadler has managed just four other top-five finishes in the subsequent four seasons. And while fully 50 ...

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Earth to Derrike Cope, Come In, Derrike!

 I’m all for big dreams and whatnot – me, I just want to meet Englebert Humperdink. I do that, I’m done. Done. But, really, what’s the likelihood that an insignificant-albeit-dedicated fan like me – ask me anything about Englebert, anything at all – could actually find myself in the presence of His greatness? Really? And yet, I hold dear to my hope, clutch it to my chest like a precious keepsake – does this photo speak to you the way ...

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Yes, Gloria Gaynor, NASCAR Will Survive

Merry Christmas and a happy new year? Yeah, about that. Look, it’s bad, okay? The economy sucks and it isn’t going to get better any time soon. And while it would be nice if we could give all these doom and gloom stories a rest, the fact is, we can’t – NASCAR has been and will continue to be in the midst of a seriously tough time. And while I generally thrive on negativity, even I’m a little burnt at this point.  Still, even I, a nattering nabob of ...

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Working For NASCAR: Hazardous, Perhaps, But Profitable

I have gots to get me a job with NASCAR. Now, I can’t really render any opinion on the merits or demerits of Mauricia Grant’s $225 million lawsuit – though experience in both the real and NASCAR worlds leads me to believe it had quite a bit of merit. However, yesterday’s news that said distraction was settled out-of-court and on the serious QT, leads me to believe I might be in line for a nice little payday myself, if I plays my cards right.  Look, let’ ...

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NASCAR Is Not A Dinosaur

Dumbassedness is a very powerful thing. Witness the response engendered by Robert Weintraub’s entirely silly Slate.com column, the one in which he suggested it was time for NASCAR to go the way of the dinosaur.  We’ve got The Charlotte Observer’s David Poole using considerable time, space and energy to eloquently debunk Weintraub’s silliness. We have Steve Waid over at SceneDaily.com also using valuable time and mental energy politely explaining why he believes th ...

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NASCAR Isn’t Crashing and Burning

 There are NASCAR fans who will tell you – with a straight face, at that – that they watch racing for the racing. Yeah, well, most politicians swear – swear! – they won’t raise taxes, either. How’s that working out for you? Anyway, to some race fans, the idea that people might watch a race because, you know, they kinda sorta maybe hope they’ll see an historic, awesome wreck a la Michael McDowell at Texas or just a garden-variety, Robby Gordon-c ...

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Should NASCAR Pull A Model T and Disappear?

It used to be, The Chicago Tribune had a sports columnist by the name of Bernie Lincicome. This guy was, to my way of thinking, a complete and utter moron, the type of writer whose sole purpose was to conjure the most asinine, nonsensical, stupid tripe he could think of, the better to infuriate his readers. It’s unlikely that any member of the fourth estate can possibly achieve the craven depths that Lincicome did back in the day (and may still, though I kicked the habit after college ...

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Quite Possibly The Coolest NASCAR Photo Ever

Elliott Sadler, the unlucky SOB along for the ride in the No. 38 car? He walked away from the barrel roll that resulted from this unscheduled airborne trip in the 2003 Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. Sadly, the car had to be put down. ...

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TGIF? I Think Not

Why Megan Fox, you ask? Why not, I say. I mean, does one need an excuse for a photo of Megan Fox? No. Never. Ever. Ever. But, especially today, I need Megan. I need her to make my happy (heh heh), I need her to take my mind off my troubles (heh heh), I need her to remind me that something in the world is good, pure, perfect .. and waiting for me. I'm coming, Megan, I'm coming!But why, why today of all days do I need Megan? After all, it's Friday -- who is in a bad mood on a Friday? Two days ...

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