Kelly Bires Looks on the Bright Side of Life

I want some of whatever it is Kelly Bires has. Seriously. Just about the same time the kid cobbles together a deal that gives him a shot to qualify for the Daytona 500, Bires finds out he's lost what he thought was a fairly solid Nationwide Series deal with JTG Daugherty Racing. Penthouse, meet Outhouse.If this is me, I'm going home and kicking the crap out of my dog. And the 24-year-old Bires? What does he do? Apparently, he doesn't kick the dog. Instead, the still-wet-b ...

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Eddie Gossage Being Eddie Gossage

You've got to love Eddie Gossage (pictured), President of Texas Motor Speedway and all-around rabble-rouser. Buried deep in this story by ESPN.com's Terry Blount, coming well after Gossage's not-unreasonable suggestion that Jimmie Johnson start punching people, there's this:"I saw [NASCAR president] Mike Helton last week," Gossage said. "I told him, 'Times are tougher. NASCAR needs to have some thick skin because I'm going to get a little crazy. I don't want to get a phone call ...

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Marc Davis: A Bit of Good News for NASCAR

Good, positive news in NASCAR has been a bit hard to come by these last few months. But, while it has been overshadowed by the glut of gloom and doom, there have been the occasional bright spots.  And if you're looking for something good to hang your hat on for any length of time, latch onto the news that Marc Davis and his family will not only run six Nationwide races early in the season, but the team will attempt to make its Sprint Cup debut at Infineon Raceway in June. Davis could wel ...

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Robby Gordon Finishes Third in Dakar Rally

Robby Gordon may be one of the more exasperating drivers in Cup and the guy everyone loves to blame any time there's any sort of wreck within 3.2 miles of a NASCAR race, but, evidence seems to indicate that the man can drive. Okay, so he can get a little squirrelly sometimes when there are other cars in the immediate vicinity ... but still -- you don't win three Cup races and finish third in a gruelling stage race against some of best off-road racers in the worl ...

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NASCAR Testing Ban? What NASCAR Testing Ban?

Late last year, NASCAR took the fairly dramatic, entirely pragmatic step and cancelled all testing at tracks that hosted a NASCAR-sanctioned race. Given the economy and the perilous position far too many teams found (and continue to find) themselves in, the move seemed reasonable and fair -- after all, it's estimated that it costs teams as much as $100,000 per day to test. Needless to say, the intended and admirable goal of said ban was to both save all teams money and, at the same time, hel ...

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“NASCAR Wives”

 It’s quite possible that the new TLC series “NASCAR Wives” is designed merely to appeal to the sport’s existing fans; perhaps it’s seen as something like “added value,” a reward to those rabid fans who can’t get enough of NASCAR and who want nothing more than to peek behind the curtain to see what life is really like inside the bubble.  However, because there seems to be a prevailing theory among those who run NASCAR that reads someth ...

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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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