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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