UPDATED: Brian France Feels Your Pain … A Little Bit

UPDATE: Though I still think purchasing a luxury apartment for a cool $10 million sends a poor message, credit due to Brian France for flying commercial to races in California and Vegas earlier this year. Consider me modestly chastened.According to the April issue of NASCAR Illustrated, Brian France recently paid $10.6 million for an apartment in New York City. Let them eat cake, indeed!Look, France is a grown man, albeit one obviously in possession of too much disposable income ...

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Car and Driver Stepped in It

So Car and Driver runs a story on its website on April 1st claiming that President Obama had ordered Chevrolet and Dodge out of NASCAR as a condition of receiving any Federal funds. This, obviously, was newsworthy, the battle lines were drawn, and the blogosphere went nuts.The hue and cry spread far and fast, with NASCAR traditionalists bemoaning almost equally another hit to their beloved sport and the supposed creeping Socialism espoused by the current administration. Comments were ...

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Eight Hot Women of NASCAR

You earn a boatload of cash and you do something manly like drive a race car for a living? You damn well better be nailing a seriously hot woman. Or, better yet, nailing seriously hot women. But, whether a guy is a serial dater (we're looking at you, Dale Earnhardt Jr.), the available evidence proves that what NASCAR drivers are getting is pretty damn good.Who: Ingrid VandeboschLinked to: She is the mother of Jeff Gordon's childThe mere fact of Ingrid’s presence of Gordon’s ar ...

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The NFL Catches a Cold and NASCAR Gets Sick?

Recent reports indicate that the NFL is considering adding a game or two to its regular-season schedule; though no changes would take place before the 2011 season, such a schedule modification would likely require the NFL to move its Super Bowl -- to the same weekend as NASCAR's Super Bowl, the Daytona 500.According to a story at SceneDaily.com, the idea that both events could be held on the same day is, understandably, something of a non-starter for Sprint, a large sponsor of t ...

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Kyle Busch: Just What NASCAR Needs

Sunday's Food City 500 was uncharacteristically characteristic. That is, if the race lacked the drama, intrigue, and anger most NASCAR fans associate with Bristol Motor Speedway, it was just another piece of data for the Kyle Busch kicks some serious ass file. And whether it was a result of Busch's unparalleled ability or the track's recent reconfiguration, that the race more closely resembled something you might find at California or Vegas -- virtually all of the race's nine caution ...

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Formula 1 Modifies Its Points System

NASCAR's points system rewards consistency almost as much as it does winning. An unhappy consequence of that is "points racing," whereby a driver will protect, say, his spot in eighth and the points that come along with a decent finish rather than dig to finish higher. And if The Chase for the Championship was designed to blunt that phenomenon, it still exists.Obviously, other racing series have been confronted with similar issues; and on Tuesd ...

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Enough With All This Start-and-Park Nonsense

Journo, the anonymous writer who is a main contributor to  NASCARInsiders.com, has added his/her own views to the start-and-park debate. While this writer offers some valid arguments to suggest that the whole issue is overblown, Journo is too quick to write-off the frustrations of teams like Tommy Baldwin Racing and Jeremy Mayfield Motorsports.After dismissing start-and-park as a fairly inconsequential aspect of the sport and one that ...

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This Post Has Nothing To Do With Jimmy Watts

But it has everything to do with NASCAR's television ratings, which, though not over the proverbial cliff, do continue to slide. The most recent bad news comes from Atlanta, where the number was down 14% from 2008 (but still six percent higher than 2007). Certainly, there is all manner of spin applied to this black magic to explain and justify -- NASCAR demonstrably outperforms the NBA and the PGA, for example -- and, yes, NASCAR remains a broadcast powerhouse. Th ...

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Jimmy Watts Needed to Be Taught a Hard Lesson

Years ago, my son decided it wouldn't be unreasonable to shove a dinner fork into a power outlet. Fortunately, my wife and I, we have no class, so our cutlery is cheap -- the kind with white plastic handles riveted to Grade Z steel you buy at Woolworth's? Anyway, the plastic served to insulate my little genius from the worst of the shock, but Einstein did fry the outlet and just generally scare the crap out of himself. And me.  Years ago, my s ...

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NASCAR’s Power Players

Despite the horrible economy and the attendant difficulties confronting the sports marketplace, NASCAR remains one of the most potent forces in the sports world. With 36 official race weekends and tens of millions of devoted fans, NASCAR generates billions of dollars in revenue for its stakeholders -- the sanctioning body itself, the dozens of full-time teams, and tracks, among others. Having signed an eight-year, $4.5 billion TV contract in 2005, NASCAR is consistently the ...

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