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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Marc Davis: A Bit of Good News for NASCAR

Good, positive news in NASCAR has been a bit hard to come by these last few months. But, while it has been overshadowed by the glut of gloom and doom, there have been the occasional bright spots.  And if you're looking for something good to hang your hat on for any length of time, latch onto the news that Marc Davis and his family will not only run six Nationwide races early in the season, but the team will attempt to make its Sprint Cup debut at Infineon Raceway in June. Davis could wel ...

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NASCAR Rides on the Storm

This brief post from SceneDaily.com is, for all intents and purposes, dead on – if some 2009 NASCAR races go off with fewer than the ‘traditional’ 43 cars, so be it. The sport will go on and, in some scenarios, it might even be improved.  And while the writer alludes to the far more vexing issue of unsponsored cars, I would politely suggest that his post fails to mention a few, arguably more important issues. Perhaps the single most crucial component of what’ ...

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NASCAR Does Not Need to Consider Danica Patrick

I missed this gem from David Exum the other day – which is lucky, really, because had I seen this puppy when it was posted, I think I’d have blown a proverbial gasket.  Fortunately for me, my wife, the kids, and, not least, our dog, the passage of time has damped my fires, lessened my indignation, and just generally given me a chance to simmer down. Therefore, it is with all measured restraint that I say the following, calmly and coolly: Of all the dumb, stupid, idiotic, and ...

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Working For NASCAR: Hazardous, Perhaps, But Profitable

I have gots to get me a job with NASCAR. Now, I can’t really render any opinion on the merits or demerits of Mauricia Grant’s $225 million lawsuit – though experience in both the real and NASCAR worlds leads me to believe it had quite a bit of merit. However, yesterday’s news that said distraction was settled out-of-court and on the serious QT, leads me to believe I might be in line for a nice little payday myself, if I plays my cards right.  Look, let’ ...

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Where’s the Love?

While it may not rank with the Bermuda Triangle or Stonehenge as one of the world’s great unexplained mysteries, Jimmie Johnson’s underwhelming fan support is just a bit odd. Sports fans love dominance – Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, the New York Yankees – and by any measure, Johnson has made NASCAR his bitch since arriving full-time in 2002. The 33-year-old has won 40 of his 255 career starts, meaning he’s won almost 16 percent of his races, better than an ...

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And Now, The Other Shoe

Hidden among the many and deserved tributes to Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team's historic three-peat are more than a few stories discussing everyone's worst nightmare, Black Monday. And while it will be a few days and weeks before we in the general public have a true appreciation of just how many people in the sport will be out of work -- multiple estimates peg the number somewhere between 750 and 1,200 -- there's no question that the landscape will look very different very soon.In contr ...

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That, and $1.86 Will Get You a Grande at Starbucks

It's one of those truly the cup is half empty kinds of moments, but Carl Edwards can at least find some satisfaction in the knowledge that had he won those same series-leading nine races in 2003, he would be your NASCAR champion.We interrupt this broadcast to bring you this important development: Had John McCain received 8,481,031 more votes on November 4th, he would have won the election by one vote.  ...

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Darkness Before the Dawn

  The sports world is supposed to be an arena that gives us a break from the world and its crappy realities. And while there are any number of diversionary NASCAR stories to occupy our imaginations – Jimmie Johnson's epic three-season run comes to mind – the unfortunate truth is that none of those is enough to overcome the real world.   Within the last 24 hours, it was announced that the Wood Brothers have lost the Air Force as a sponsor on the No. 21, just the l ...

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