NASCAR Predictions? Play the Lottery Instead

I’ve never thought predictions were worth a whole hell of a lot. When I was a kid, I refused to read any Sports Illustrated story that purported to explain to me how Ali could beat Frazier or why it was the Boston Bruins should be able to brawl their way to the Stanley Cup. That so many of these preview stories were accompanied by artists renderings and not photos was just another solid reason why I turned right past those puppies. Well, that and I really have no imagination, but that&rsqu ...

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Cleaning Up NASCAR’s House?

I fundamentally disagree with Mr. VanZandt's opening premise that the Big Three’s current problems can be laid squarely at the feet of unions (whose membership has declined pretty dramatically in the recent past) and other, supposedly unreasonable demands placed on manufacturers by silly little things like environmental regulations. However, his subsequent assessment of NASCAR's recent policies and the steps the sport needs to take in order to protect its place in the sporting la ...

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Brian France and NASCAR See The Light

I have a friend who works for a NASCAR team. He sits on one side of the proverbial aisle. I sit on the other. We discuss. We debate. I tell him he’s full of crap. He tells me I’m naïve. I provide hard evidence to support my arguments. He tells me I’m wet behind the ears. I tell him he’s an unthinking dittohead. He tells me I’m a babe in the woods. I swear at him and malign his heritage. He laughs at me. Ultimately, when my continued use of facts gets in hi ...

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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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