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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Strange Days Indeed

  NASCAR has never really been known as a hotbed of progressive politics, but an alarming descent into an economic abyss can make for some strange bedfellows. First, you had Bill Elliott calling on NASCAR to bailout struggling teams.   Pause.   Pause.   Pause.   Bill Freaking Elliott, Awesome Bill from Dawsonville, the veritable personification of stock car racing's down-home, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps philosophy thinks NASCAR should rescue struggling teams?? ...

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That, and $1.86 Will Get You a Grande at Starbucks

It's one of those truly the cup is half empty kinds of moments, but Carl Edwards can at least find some satisfaction in the knowledge that had he won those same series-leading nine races in 2003, he would be your NASCAR champion.We interrupt this broadcast to bring you this important development: Had John McCain received 8,481,031 more votes on November 4th, he would have won the election by one vote.  ...

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Darkness Before the Dawn

  The sports world is supposed to be an arena that gives us a break from the world and its crappy realities. And while there are any number of diversionary NASCAR stories to occupy our imaginations – Jimmie Johnson's epic three-season run comes to mind – the unfortunate truth is that none of those is enough to overcome the real world.   Within the last 24 hours, it was announced that the Wood Brothers have lost the Air Force as a sponsor on the No. 21, just the l ...

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In Need Of A Change?

For more than a decade, fans and insiders alike have bitched about NASCAR and its direction. The sport has lost touch with its roots. The season is too long. It’s too expensive. The drivers are boring. The racing is dull. Intermediate tracks suck.   And if the substance of the complaints hasn’t changed all that much over the years, neither has NASCAR’s response to any and all of it: It has done nothing. Well, that’s not entirely fair: the powers that be have added r ...

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Cracks In The Foundation

  Jimmie Johnson is about to do something only one other driver in the almost-60 year history of NASCAR has managed -- win his third straight championship. That he's effectively mocking his, uh, competition in the process should only underscore the magnitude of the accomplishment. Under most circumstances, the days leading up to the final race of the season, where Johnson need finish only 36th to clinch the title, would be a celebratory slog, with story upon story chronicling ...

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