Green Flag

One lap down, 199 to go in the 51st running of the Daytona 500. A competition caution planned on Lap 25, apparently weather a factor. Might not hurt to look at tire too.The announcers on MRN, the official radio broadcaster of NASCAR, already sound as though they might go into cardiac arrest. Someone get them some Alka Seltzer. ...

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Death, Taxes, and Tony Stewart Bitching About Goodyear

Stewart lets loose on NASCAR's tire manufacturer. Again. There are just some things in life you can count on, you know? Old Faithful, birds flying south for the winter, and Tony Stewart going off on Goodyear.And while it's true that you never know exactly when Stewart's gonna blow, you know he is -- and really, the real pleasure is in the anticipation. So count me slightly disappointed to find that we're not even one race into the season before old Smoke took some pointed shots at t ...

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Starting Lineup for the 2009 Daytona 500

Starting Line Up -- 2009 Daytona 5001) Martin Truex Jr, Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet 2) Mark Martin, Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet 3 Jeff Gordon, DuPont Chevrolet 4) Kyle Busch, M&M's Toyota 5) Tony Stewart, Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet 6) Brian Vickers, Red Bull Toyota 7) Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Chevrolet 8) Juan Pablo Montoya, Target Chevrolet 9) Joey Logano (Rookie), Home Depot Toyota 10) Denny Hamlin, FedEx Express Toyota 11) Aric Almirola, Gu ...

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Starting Lineup for 2009 Daytona 500

Daytona 500 1 1 Martin Truex Jr Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet Row 1: 2 5 Mark Martin Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet 3 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevrolet Row 2: 4 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 5 14 * Tony Stewart Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet Row 3: 6 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota 7 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet Row 4: 8 42 Juan Pablo Mon ...

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Good News! Jimmie Johnson Did Not Win a Duel!

The bad news? Kyle Busch did ...  Yes, Kyle Busch won the second of Thursday's two Gatorade Duels at Daytona International Speedway, giving rise to the horrifying prospect that the little pipsqueak will replicate his 2008. But, there is a silver lining to this cloud, and that is that Jeff Gordon won the first of the Duels, sparing an innocent public from having to read at least 536 Gordon hasn't won a race in 92 years stories in the next few months. And, as good a story as Gordon's ...

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Michael Waltrip WILL Retire

 Michael Waltrip has announced that he will retire if he isn't 'competitive' in 2009.   I'm sorry -- say what now? Michael Waltrip will retire if he isn't competitive in 2009? Um, so why is 2009 any different from any other in Waltrip's 24-year career?? Because, really, the man has never been competitive. At least, not in the sense of the word competitive.In 725 career starts, Darrell's little brother has won four races. Put another way, Darrell's littl ...

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Kevin Harvick Wins Bud Shootout

Kevin Harvick's win in Saturday's Bud Shootout was good news for NASCAR -- and not simply because the fact that 28 cars took the green flag means fans can now focus on something other than the crappy economy and its impact on the sport. Harvick's win was not only impressive -- he started 27th, on the back row, next to Jeff Gordon, hit the outside wall early in the race and lost the draft twice -- but it offers the barest glimmer of hope that perhaps someone, anyone, please -- other than ...

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Tom Cruise Appears on NASCAR Now

NASCAR Now issued a press release to say that Tom Cruise would appear on Friday's show. Excuse me, but, well, does NASCAR or one of its flagship TV shows really want to hitch its wagon to this guy right about now?   Sure, we find ourselves at a messed up point in history where seemingly any connection to Hollywood and Movie Stars and Britney Spears’ nanny’s dog walker is somehow construed as a good thing.It's true, we live in a celebrity culture.  ...

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A Cooler Head Prevails

Storylines in NASCAR have a way of repeating themselves. Roughly 872 times per year, every year, I’m asked to read the latest earth-shattering piece about the Daytona 500, NASCAR’s Super Bowl. Even more predictable and proportionally more annoying are the 4,322 annual stories that tell me today’s NASCAR is populated by wussies and things would be so much better if we could just get Cale and Donnie to throw down every once in a while. And while I’ve already wor ...

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