In Need Of A Change?

For more than a decade, fans and insiders alike have bitched about NASCAR and its direction. The sport has lost touch with its roots. The season is too long. It’s too expensive. The drivers are boring. The racing is dull. Intermediate tracks suck.   And if the substance of the complaints hasn’t changed all that much over the years, neither has NASCAR’s response to any and all of it: It has done nothing. Well, that’s not entirely fair: the powers that be have added r ...

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Cracks In The Foundation

  Jimmie Johnson is about to do something only one other driver in the almost-60 year history of NASCAR has managed -- win his third straight championship. That he's effectively mocking his, uh, competition in the process should only underscore the magnitude of the accomplishment. Under most circumstances, the days leading up to the final race of the season, where Johnson need finish only 36th to clinch the title, would be a celebratory slog, with story upon story chronicling ...

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Cold, Hard Realities

It's an almost-annual event in NASCAR -- collective hand-wringing and concern about the state of the sport and its place in America's sporting landscape. However, this year, more than any other in recent memory, there's a real, unpleasant undercurrent to the yearly How are we doing? introspection; and that concern can be seen in all those empty seats ESPN and ABC are struggling so hard not to show you each weekend. (As you watch the next race, notice how quickly th ...

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Is Joey Logano Ready For His Close-up?

joey, logano, home, depot, tony, stewart - Watch more free videos When Joey Logano made his NASCAR debut at New Hampshire Motorspeedway on September 14th, it was among the most widely anticipated debuts in NASCAR history. Bear in mind, this is a kid whom none other than Mark Martin, he of 35 career wins and limitless respect inside the garage, once famously referred to as "the real deal." Perhaps an even greater indication of the pressure on Logano, who turned all of 18 years old ...

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As Good As It Gets

Carl Edwards and his mother might tell you that Jimmie Johnson still doesn’t have this thing sewn up. There are others who will promise that at least five guys had a prayer as recently as four races ago. And there are fully eleven who will swear on all they find holy that they were the one to beat nine races ago.   Yeah, well, each and every one of them was, is, and will forever be wrong. So wrong, in fact, that the engraver might as well have etched Johnson’s name onto th ...

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Jimmie Johnson, Touched By An Angel?

    Some people will actually tell you that it's difficult to like Jimmie Johnson. Sure it's difficult -- if you're petty, jealous, and morally bankrupt like, well, some people in the world. To those types, Johnson just seems too good to be true. Talented -- check. Successful -- check. Rich -- check. Good-looking -- check ... or at least that's what some people say (Really). Hot wife -- check. So lucky you figure he's sprinkled with fairy dust -- ...

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Kyle Petty Deserves Better

According to virtually every report in all media, Kyle Petty's days as a driver for Petty Enterprises are numbered. That's too bad. Understand, it's difficult to make an argument for keeping the 48-year-old behind the wheel of the No. 45 Dodge. While he has won eight races in his 30-year career (putting him a reasonably respectable 60th among all-time race winners), he has not only needed 828 races to earn those wins, but  his last came in 1995. Even worse, he's finished among the top ...

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Open Wheelers? They Kinda Suck

NASCAR might need to reconsider its fascination with open-wheelers. First of all, the latest and loudest announcement that yet another open-wheeler is about to move into NASCAR just reeks of desperation and low self-esteem: See? We're legit! Even cool guys from the IRL and F1 wanna race in NASCAR! But -- and this is the point -- outside of Tony Stewart or Dan Gurney, how many transplants have really done much of anything? You want to give me Juan Pablo Montoya and his lone win at Infi ...

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