Kentucky Wants to Help Bruton Smith’s Bottom Line

Oh, for the love of Pete, could somebody please explain to me how and why it is government continues to bend over and willingly spread 'em in an effort to help already rich guys get even richer? At taxpayers' expense?The latest example is brought to you courtesy of Kentucky, which is considering generous tax breaks for Bruton Smith and his company, Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI). Smith, a billionaire as recently as 2007, wants Kentucky to offset the $70 million he figures to spend i ...

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Daytona 500 TV Ratings

 According to reports, the lower-than-last-year TV ratings for Sunday's Daytona 500 were the result of the rain. Apparently, the elements deprived FOX and NASCAR of the usual number of viewers who tune in for the late stages of a race.Now, this is interesting to me on a few levels; the most obvious, of course, is the willingness of both FOX and NASCAR to ascribe the decline to the weather and not, you know, the overall trend that has bedevilled the sport the last few years ... hello? ...

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Dale Earnhardt Sr.

It's hardly the kind of day anyone wants to commemorate, but it's got to be done: eight years ago, on February 18, 2001, Dale Earnhardt Sr. died after being involved in a last-lap crash at the Daytona 500.It doesn't overstate things to say that NASCAR hasn't been the same since. While Earnhardt Sr. was reportedly beginning what would be his last season, he remained the single most galvanizing force in NASCAR, loved and hated in equal measure, each emotion hugely beneficial to the sport. He was ...

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The Randomness of Restrictor-Plate Racing

I kid, I kid! I mean, Waltrip did finish seventh, it says so right there on the results page, but, we all know Mikey can draft. Hell, if not for plate racing, Mikey's washing dishes down to the Waffle House, right? Anyway, Daytona is some kind of random. Kevin Harvick finishes second. Clint Bowyer finishes fourth. Between them, the two Richard Childress Racing drivers might have turned three good laps in practice all week. Hell, Harvick turned the eighth-best lap in the fi ...

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NASCAR.com Calls Out Junior

"NASCAR.com" wonders if the pressure isn't getting to Dale Earnhardt. Jr.   There are those who will tell you that NASCAR.com is nothing but a house organ for the sport and its governing body. True or not, the site does seem to play most of its journalism fairly straight, neither avoiding nor ignoring tough stories or controversial issues. And when it comes right down to it, you don't get a whole lot more controversial or run any greater risk of pissing o ...

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The 2009 Season Opens Not With a Bang …

Sunday's Daytona 500 had its moments and provided at least a few set-pieces for further discussion -- Hello, Junior. This is Brian. Brian Vickers? Remember: payback's a bitch. Unfortunately, the race wasn't quite the rousing start fans had hoped. Or NASCAR needed.Since 2005, NASCAR's TV ratings have fallen by 21 percent. And, as anyone not dead yet knows, NASCAR is in a world of hurt. And while the seemingly-full stands Sunday were a welcome departure from the acres of empty seats we ...

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2009 Daytona 500 — Official Results

2009 Daytona 500 -- Official Results 1) Matt Kenseth, DeWalt Ford, 190 points  2) Kevin Harvick, Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet, 170 points 3) AJ Allmendinger, Valvoline Dodge, 165 points  4) Clint Bowyer, Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet, 160 points 5) Elliott Sadler, Stanley Dodge, 160 points 6) David Ragan, UPS Ford 152, 150 points 7) Michael Waltrip, NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 146 $371,138 8) Tony Stewart, Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrol ...

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And Brian France Sobbed

The 2009 Daytona 500 was suspended after 152 of the scheduled 200 laps. Matt Kenseth, who led one green-flag lap, won his first Daytona 500 and his first race since winning at the final race of the 2007 season at Homestead.  The complete top 10: 1) Matt Kenseth2) Kevin Harvick3) AJ Allmendinger4) Clint Bowyer5) Elliott Sadler6) David Ragan7) Michael Waltrip8) Tony Stewart9) Reed Sorenson10) Kurt BuschMatt Kenseth is Praying For a DownpourWith 49 laps to go and the race under ca ...

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Matt Kenseth is Praying for a Downpour

With 49 laps to go and the race under caution, the jet dryers are on the track. According to the chatter between drivers and crew, what started slowly is beginning to pick up. The teams seem prepared for a long stoppage.And, Matt Kenseth, sitting in first, is quietly hoping like hell that NASCAR comes to its senses and sends everyone home. No, not the manner in which one wants to win his first 500, but, a win is a win is a win. ...

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Give and Take Between Driver and Crew

Heading into the restart after the eighth caution, Jeff Gordon and his crew spent a great deal of time debating where Gordon stood on the grid. NASCAR showed him 13th, he and his people were convinced he was 12th. That's not uncommon, necessarily, but hearing how matter of fact Gordon is in dissecting who he passed and where he was when he passed that person at 185 miles per hour is interesting to say the least. You'd think the guy was driving the kids to school. ...

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