Denny Hamlin Feels Your Pain

Who says rich people are different? Just take Denny Hamlin -- he understands your pain. Why, when young Denny went to the fillin' station the other week? Don't you just know but he had to fill his own gas tank! And you know what's worse? Ol' Denny, he didn't know how to unlatch the gas cap on his Range Rover! Now don't that just beat all?!?Now, you cup is half empty folks, you read that ESPN.com article and you're flat disgusted that Denny has little people who usually handle irkso ...

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Three Cheers For Tommy Baldwin

Ed Hinton, one of the NASCAR press corp's grizzled veterans and a guy who knows whereof he speaks, has repeatedly suggested that much good can come from the current bleak economic climate that confronts the sport. Namely, Big Ed has asserted that tough economic times will create opportunity for old-school teams, that mechanics and crew chiefs and drivers and anyone else who is ready, willing, and able to work his/her/their ass off just might be able to race. And really, what's more definiti ...

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You Gotta Play Hurt

Geez – Jimmie Johnson cuts a finger near the end of the 24 Hours of Daytona and you’d think Bambi had been hit by a frickin’ car or Buckwheat had been shot. Stories are written, press releases are issued, updates are provided.  Look, I get it – the three-time defending champion injures himself a few weeks before the start of what could be a historic season, it’s news. And, happily, NASCAR’s poster child is and will be fine for the upcoming season, ...

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Kyle Busch: The Gift That Keeps on Giving!

Lordy, but Kyle Busch makes me happy. Last week, his people alerted the world that in six short months, Busch's No. 18 Toyota will feature a "Transformers 2" paint scheme at Infineon. In so doing, I've been given a legitimate reason to plaster Megan Fox's photo all over this site at least 1,978 times between now and June 21st. Infreakingexplicably, my short-sighted, narrow-minded, hypocritical bosses read me the riot act when I informed them of my plan to go All Megan, Al ...

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Thank You, Kyle Busch. Thank You.

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. And these, obviously, are extraordinary times. Tough times demand that we all pull together and work toward the common good -- in this case, the health and well being of NASCAR. And given the bleak economic reality, I feel duty bound to swallow my disdain for things like sponsor announcements and the latest news about who's running what color scheme at what race and do whatever I can to help teams weather this difficult period. If that ...

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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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