THANK GOODNESS – IT’S BACK TO RACING TIME!

For this sports fan, the event calendar is perfectly laid out. Just as the euphoria of the Packers snagging the Lombardi Trophy wears off, it’s time for the  Shootout, the Duels, the Great American Race - complete with all the hoopla that follows it. It’s like going from one Super Bowl to the other. I, for one, can’t wait.Frankly, I made it a point to “check out” this offseason. I kept my eyes open for some of the major developments, bu ...

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GIVE ME THE SUPER BOWL OF STOCK CAR RACING ANY DAY

For many Americans, Sunday night’s Super Bowl was one of the biggest sporting events of the year. People throw parties, spend ridiculous amounts of money on tickets – even to watch in the parking lot, and yet it does not seem like the main event of the year to this race fan. The real Super Bowl in February is the one that kicks off in Daytona Beach, Fla. later this month – the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing. Started eight years prior to football’s first big game, the Dayt ...

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TIME FOR NASCAR TO GET IT TOGETHER

Three races are in the books for the 2010 season and each has proved that NASCAR has a lot of work to do. Potholes at Daytona, few fans in the stands in Fontana and malfunctioning caution lights in Las Vegas have taken away from what has been exciting action on the track. Throw in poor television coverage and back-to-back wins by Jimmie Johnson and fans are starting to change the channel. With another track that struggles to fill the stands coming up next week, what will NASCAR do to keep the fa ...

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LUCK WINS RACES, NOT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Since his move to the Cup Series in 2002, Jimmie Johnson has recorded 48 victories and four straight championships thanks to fast race cars, great calls from crew chief Chad Knaus and a touch of luck. Sunday’s victory at the Auto Club Speedway was no exception. The dominant car on the day, Johnson’s race nearly took a turn for the worse when a caution flew as his team completed work on pit road. Able to beat race leader Jeff Burton to the pit exit, Johnson avoided losing a lap and wh ...

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NASCAR VS. THE OLYMPICS

NASCAR faces stiff competition this weekend and needs to step it up to appeal to the fans who might flip over to the Olympics. The Great American Race couldn't hold a candle to its Olympic counterpart. (The first four days of the Olympics garnered over 28 million folks each night while only 13.3 million fans tuned in for great racing and potholes).This Sunday, the Olympics will feature Ski Cross, Biathlon, Ice Dancing, Canada vs USA Hockey and Women's Curling.  Here are a few simple changes ...

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