Petty Enterprises: Is The End Near?

If Thursday's report from SI.com is true and Petty Enterprises is all but done as a viable NASCAR entity -- and given the season-long drumbeat of merger rumors and increasingly bad economic news, it's difficult to imagine it's not -- well, that just sucks. While the name, iconic to the nth degree, will likely be retained in some form or fashion, the underlying truth is, this is the end of the line for a family that defines NASCAR and helped make it the cultural touchstone it is. Amidst the drumb ...

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NASCAR Takes Manhattan? Not So Much.

With all due respect to Darrell Waltrip and whatnot, I have to say, I think he's kind of full of crap sometimes. Like now, when he weighs in on the annual and annually tiresome "should NASCAR hold its year-end banquet in New York City" debate and assures us that, doggone it, yes, it should!Um, Mr. Waltrip? DW? Jaws? No. No, NASCAR really shouldn't hold its year-end banquet in New York City because, um, NO ONE IN NEW YORK CITY CARES! Waltrip, and anyone else who insists on def ...

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Say That Again, Brian France: NASCAR Needs Personality?

Brian France is nothing if not … polarizing. There are some who will tell you that he’s done his grandfather and father proud during his six years as NASCAR’s supreme leader, skillfully guiding and updating the sport by ushering in the Chase for the Championship and technical innovations like the Car of Tomorrow. Of course, there are at least as many who will cite those two fundamental changes to NASCAR business as proof positive that the 46-year-old France is & ...

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A Vote of Confidence

Sam Hornish entered 2008 on the wings of hype that warned us to be prepared -- another successful open-wheeler was ready to take NASCAR by storm. He exited the season on the heels of zero wins, top-fives or top-tens, 35th in points and with 23 finishes of 25th-or-worse in his 35 races. Well, as the above photo shows (he's in the No. 77), he did gain invaluable experience driving in traffic … Anyway. In some arenas, results like Hornish's could be sufficient to convince ...

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What’s a Dollar Worth?

I am, by nature, an inherently cynical bastard, always willing and sometimes eager to see the ... less good in people or things or events. Not a cloud in the sky, temperatures in the low 70s? It'll be chilly and pissing down rain at some point in the future.In other words, when Joyce Julius & Associates, an outfit that purports to quantify the "value" of sponsorships, tells me that the combined "value" of the exposure earned by sponsors of Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards ...

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The Wealth of Nations

While I'm diggin' on this guy's borderline subversive call to NASCAR to share the love and subsidize the dedicated fan base that has made its caretakers untold millions, I'm entirely confused by this bit: "In good times you’ll get a lot of shiny pennies from the last couple of years. The U.S. Mint usually churns out billions of them every year because most people just throw them in a jar."But these days you are more likely to get worn pennies -- and pennies that still h ...

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To Chase, Or Not To Chase …

You've got to love sports -- there's always room for pointless, stupid endless debate. Witness for the prosecution: this contribution to the dialogue, which argues that perhaps Jimmie Johnson owes his historic success to a change in hte rules and not, you know, just because he's been, like, better than everyone else? While the writer does give Johnson his due and acknowledge that he merely played by the rules as written, he offers us these two gems: I have to wonder, tho ...

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Pic from the Webtubes

Pitstops are cool.  Look at her, she can't contain the cool. This should be a sport in itself.  I would love to make a movie about these guys.  The lead would be that funny guy in movies but not so much in real life dude that played the human adult elf, what's his name?  Anyways I can see him in this.  It would be Elf 2, the NASCAR years where he leaves the north pole again (snicker, I said "pole") and becomes the greatest pit crew member in the world (do they ...

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Where’s the Love?

While it may not rank with the Bermuda Triangle or Stonehenge as one of the world’s great unexplained mysteries, Jimmie Johnson’s underwhelming fan support is just a bit odd. Sports fans love dominance – Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, the New York Yankees – and by any measure, Johnson has made NASCAR his bitch since arriving full-time in 2002. The 33-year-old has won 40 of his 255 career starts, meaning he’s won almost 16 percent of his races, better than an ...

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And Now, The Other Shoe

Hidden among the many and deserved tributes to Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team's historic three-peat are more than a few stories discussing everyone's worst nightmare, Black Monday. And while it will be a few days and weeks before we in the general public have a true appreciation of just how many people in the sport will be out of work -- multiple estimates peg the number somewhere between 750 and 1,200 -- there's no question that the landscape will look very different very soon.In contr ...

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