Elliott Sadler and GEM: We ARE Family!

 A few days ago, Gillett Evernham Motorsports and Elliott Sadler announced that, earlier reports notwithstanding, Sadler would drive GEM's No. 19 in 2009. First and foremost, that's exceedingly good and appropriate news for Sadler, and not least because he has shown himself to be an incredibly decent guy according to almost anyone with any connection to the sport, be they a member of a team, the media, or his sponsor. And then, obviously, it's fortunate for him given the ...

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Kyle Petty Dreams the Impossible

  You know that feeling you get when your kid makes his first tentative, but ultimately futile, attempt to walk? Junior lets go of the coffee table, moves first one foot and then another … and immediately falls onto his ass – aw, isn’t he cute?  Well, that’s pretty much how I feel about this nugget about Kyle Petty included in an otherwise earth-shattering story from the Associated Press (apparently, the economy is bad and NASCAR will be affected in 200 ...

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The Jack-booted Thugs of the IRS Nail Larry McClure

 So Larry McClure, co-owner of the dearly-departed No. 4 Kodak team that won 14 races, including three Daytona 500s, has pled guilty to tax fraud and will be sentenced to some serious prison time next week.  On Thursday, McClure issued a statement through his lawyer. Among other things, McClure's mea culpa included the following: All of our business operations will continue, and we remain very grateful for the members of the community that have supported our business over the y ...

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Sadler Not Out at GEM?!?

It just keeps getting better -- according various reports, including this one from FOXSports.com's Lee Spencer, Elliott Sadler will drive the Gillett Evernham Motorsports No. 19 in 2009 ... backslaps and group hugs all around! I'm all for soldiering on through adversity and whatnot, but seriously: under any circumstances, in what universe is GEM a pleasant, decent, potentially profitable (from a racing standpoint) place of employment for Sadler at this stage? ...

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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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