Japanese Bomb Pearl Harbor! US Declares War!!

 Look, I know it's a slow in NASCAR right now -- believe me, I know: I tried to convince my bosses to let me post random thoughts on the dangerous rise in greenhouse gas emissions and the likely impact on the reproductive cycle of the Himalayan marmot, a cute, fuzzy little creature apparently related to the squirrel. For some reason, my bosses balked. Go figure. Anyway. The economy sucks, testing was cancelled, people are getting fired, teams are folding or on virtual life ...

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Elliott Sadler Doesn’t Need No Chemistry

Chemistry is that ineffable, undecipherable, magical quality that supposedly helps good NASCAR teams become great NASCAR teams. And, at some point in almost any conversation with anyone even tangentially associated with a team, the word will be employed.  Teams as a whole need to have chemistry, it helps if owner and driver share chemistry, and, always the most important, if drivers and crew don’t have good chemistry, well, son, you might as well pack it in and start looking for th ...

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NASCAR Does Not Need to Consider Danica Patrick

I missed this gem from David Exum the other day – which is lucky, really, because had I seen this puppy when it was posted, I think I’d have blown a proverbial gasket.  Fortunately for me, my wife, the kids, and, not least, our dog, the passage of time has damped my fires, lessened my indignation, and just generally given me a chance to simmer down. Therefore, it is with all measured restraint that I say the following, calmly and coolly: Of all the dumb, stupid, idiotic, and ...

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And In Other News …

... no one not named Bodine gives a crap.  But, this is a new year, and I did promise my mother I'd try my darndest to be more positive, so -- here goes: Apparently, the fourth annual Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge did raise some money for our men's and women's bobsled teams!Because, lord knows, the current state of the American bobsled program is an embarrassment to this great nation of ours.  ...

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Chip Ganassi: One of NASCAR’s Good Guys

It's something of a pyrrhic victory, coming as it does amid wave after wave of bad news and on the heels of massive job loss, but this news that Chip Ganassi paid year-end bonuses to his employees -- including those the company was forced to let go -- is a bright spot. Additionally, Ganassi's class-act reaffirms the idea that NASCAR remains something of an anomaly compared to other big business. Doing the right thing is rarely the first order of business for companies whose very existence is ...

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It Is a Sport About Performance, After All

In some corners, news of Elliott Sadler’s sacking at Gillett Evernham Motorsports came as something of a shock. Apparently, to Sadler himself – understandable, given that he’d signed a two-year contract extension earlier this year.  Oh, well. Still, is being shoved aside in favor of AJ Allmendinger all that surprising? Since winning twice in 2004, the 33-year-old Sadler has managed just four other top-five finishes in the subsequent four seasons. And while fully 50 ...

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Earth to Derrike Cope, Come In, Derrike!

 I’m all for big dreams and whatnot – me, I just want to meet Englebert Humperdink. I do that, I’m done. Done. But, really, what’s the likelihood that an insignificant-albeit-dedicated fan like me – ask me anything about Englebert, anything at all – could actually find myself in the presence of His greatness? Really? And yet, I hold dear to my hope, clutch it to my chest like a precious keepsake – does this photo speak to you the way ...

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Yes, Gloria Gaynor, NASCAR Will Survive

Merry Christmas and a happy new year? Yeah, about that. Look, it’s bad, okay? The economy sucks and it isn’t going to get better any time soon. And while it would be nice if we could give all these doom and gloom stories a rest, the fact is, we can’t – NASCAR has been and will continue to be in the midst of a seriously tough time. And while I generally thrive on negativity, even I’m a little burnt at this point.  Still, even I, a nattering nabob of ...

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Working For NASCAR: Hazardous, Perhaps, But Profitable

I have gots to get me a job with NASCAR. Now, I can’t really render any opinion on the merits or demerits of Mauricia Grant’s $225 million lawsuit – though experience in both the real and NASCAR worlds leads me to believe it had quite a bit of merit. However, yesterday’s news that said distraction was settled out-of-court and on the serious QT, leads me to believe I might be in line for a nice little payday myself, if I plays my cards right.  Look, let’ ...

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NASCAR Is Not A Dinosaur

Dumbassedness is a very powerful thing. Witness the response engendered by Robert Weintraub’s entirely silly Slate.com column, the one in which he suggested it was time for NASCAR to go the way of the dinosaur.  We’ve got The Charlotte Observer’s David Poole using considerable time, space and energy to eloquently debunk Weintraub’s silliness. We have Steve Waid over at SceneDaily.com also using valuable time and mental energy politely explaining why he believes th ...

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