The Daly Planet Ends Its Run

Well, color me confused -- with the 2009 season less than two weeks away, The Daly Planet, a widely respected and avidly read blog that dissects the finer points of NASCAR TV broadcasts, is ending its two-year run.  While I can appreciate how a person might get burnt on this whole blogging thing, I find myself perplexed at the following:  Priorities are rapidly changing in the world right now. This includes professional sports from top-to-bottom. NASCAR is deeply affec ...

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A Cooler Head Prevails

Storylines in NASCAR have a way of repeating themselves. Roughly 872 times per year, every year, I’m asked to read the latest earth-shattering piece about the Daytona 500, NASCAR’s Super Bowl. Even more predictable and proportionally more annoying are the 4,322 annual stories that tell me today’s NASCAR is populated by wussies and things would be so much better if we could just get Cale and Donnie to throw down every once in a while. And while I’ve already wor ...

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Look for Bright and Sunny Skies This Weekend!

I've written a post or two about the brutal state of affairs in NASCAR these days, but this one right here? Talk about a buzz kill.And while the author tries his darndest to finish on a high note -- by citing this weekend's weather forecast for coastal Florida, of all things: apparently, it's going to be warm and sunny! -- the rest of the piece? It's forecast ain't quite so bright. I've written a post or two about the brutal state of affairs in NASCAR these days, but ...

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Six Degrees of Kyle Busch

1)     Pro football ends its season with its Super Bowl.2)     NASCAR opens its season with its super bowl, the Daytona 500.3)     Kyle Busch drives in NASCAR’s super bowl.4)     An ad for Transformers 2 was played during pro football’s Super Bowl.  1)     Pro football ends its season with its Super Bowl. 2)     NASCAR opens its season with its super bo ...

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Newman Weighs In On Drug Testing

Leave it to the guy with a degree in Vehicle Structural Engineering from Purdue to cut through the crap and point out a basic flaw in NASCAR's new drug testing policy.  Ryan Newman could've taken the easy route, the one that avoids the minefield and doesn't result in any unwanted attention from the powers that be, but, instead, he figured he might as well call out the pink elephant sitting near the ottoman in the living room.I mean, really, how effective can any drug-testing po ...

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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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