NASCAR Christmas: Win, Lose or Draw

  A brown sweater, gift card and iPad. Finding the win, lose and draw here is pretty simple. Like us, NASCAR received some holiday gifts this week. Unlike many, NASCAR doesn't have the luxury of a return policy. Here's a breakdown of what Santa left Team France, Bert Convy style. (more...) ...

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Matt Kenseth Talks About His NASCAR Season

Matt Kenseth stops by NASCAR Now to talk about this season in NASCAR and looks ahead to the end of the Chase. // ...

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Marty Reid Out as ESPN: Win, Lose or Draw

Marty Reid is out at ESPN after a well-documented blown call at Kentucky. It wasn't his first as you can see above. Announcers make mistakes, just maybe not this bad. But after 31 years of covering five different motor sports for one network, the speed of Reid's departure raised some eyebrows enough to merit a breakdown....Bery Convy style. (more...) ...

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ESPN COMMENTATORS FIRE BACK AT ‘RIGGED’ COMMENTS

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla._ During Tuesday night’s edition of the ESPN commentary show “Pardon the Interruption” host Tony Kornheiser and stand-in co-host Dan LeBatard (of the Miami Herald) stepped out of character and discussed Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s pole run for the Daytona 500. Instead of talking of the popular driver’s first pole at the famed speedway or the effectiveness of the off-season changes at Hendrick Motorsports, the pair opted to discuss whether or not NASCAR h ...

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WHO IS TO BLAME FOR NASCAR’S DECLINE?

CONCORD, N.C. _ These days it seems everyone in NASCAR is trying to figure out the reasoning for a decline in attendance and major drop television ratings. Empty seats and poor ratings have dominated the conversation as of late, instead of one of the most competitive Chases. Most agree the economy has played a major role, some blame the Chase for the Sprint Cup, many argue it is ESPN and others point to the dominance of Jimmie Johnson.  In the last week alone, television ratings dropped 30% ...

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A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT ESPN’S LIVE NASCAR COVERAGE

By JOE DONATELLI and CHRIS M.FONTANA, Calif. _ Living in Los Angeles, we’ve spent a little time on the sets of television shows. You can always count on a few things at TV tapings, and one of them is the punishing heat of studio lights. Those lights are the reason why, when audience members attend their first taping of, say, The Late Show with David Letterman in New York, they are surprised at how cold the room is. The director keeps the temperature low because no one wants to watch actor ...

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JUANTABO MOJOYA IS GONNA BE PISSED

ESPN's David Newton is a very good writer. But it looks like he's still working out the kinks on TV. Newton mangles Juan Pablo Montoya's name not once, but twice, on NASCAR Now. Poor Juantabo Mojoya, first Bob Griese accuses him of eating tacos, then Vince Welch asks him a dumb question, then a reporter expected him to work past 5:01, and now this. ...

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GEICO POTHOLE REACTS TO DAYTONA POTHOLE

ESPN's Dana Jacobson interviews a fictitious pothole about the real pothole at Daytona. Something that is a cross between light news, comedy and a commercial ensues. ...

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I’D SAY THEY’RE ABOUT READY TO HAVE A BABY

Chad Knaus and Chandra Johnson square off for ESPN The Magazine to see who knows Jimmie Johnson better. My money was on Knaus, but that is only because it is my firm belief that he constructed Jimmie Johnson in his castle laboratory.Houston Texans fan sign FAIL (YouTube)Alabama girls vs. Texas girls - a gallery (Holy Taco)'Best of Pride' host Kenda Perez (Cage Potato)Howard Stern announces Tiger Woods mistress beauty pageant (Camel Clutch Blog)'24' season eight trailer and featurette (Screen Jun ...

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DR. JERRY PUNCH OUT OF ESPN BOOTH

ESPN and ABC’S NASCAR coverage will have a new lead voice.Per the network, Dr. Jerry Punch will move out of the booth and back to pit reporter. Marty Reid will join Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree on the Sprint Cup announcing team. Here’s the canned quote from the ESPN PR machine. "This group gives us the most versatile and comprehensive team in motorsports, and strengthens us in the booth," said Norby Williamson, ESPN's executive vice president for studio and event product ...

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