Harvick Gets a Pass. Kyle Busch? Not So Much

So, Kevin Harvick "blows an engine" at California, wrecks his car, and leaves the track before the race is complete. In so doing, he crapped all over his modern-era record of 81-straight races without a DNF. No one bats an eye or questions his dedication to the team or the sport. Fallout? Not a bit. Indignation? None. About all anyone can do is say Gee, isn't that a shame about Kevin's streak?  Well, it turns out, Harvick didn't blow an engine and ...

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Who Knew? NASCAR Is a Business!

While it will come as a shock to some, it's impossible to ignore the subtle-but-very-real connection between the sport of stock car racing and commerce. It's possible, I suppose, that some will doubt me, call me a heretic, but so be it -- Aristotle was ridiculed for saying the Earth was round, too. But, the next time you're watching a post-race celebration, pay attention -- you might notice Carl Edwards, for example, dropping in a quiet, understated word of thanks to his sp ...

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The 2009 Season Opens Not With a Bang …

Sunday's Daytona 500 had its moments and provided at least a few set-pieces for further discussion -- Hello, Junior. This is Brian. Brian Vickers? Remember: payback's a bitch. Unfortunately, the race wasn't quite the rousing start fans had hoped. Or NASCAR needed.Since 2005, NASCAR's TV ratings have fallen by 21 percent. And, as anyone not dead yet knows, NASCAR is in a world of hurt. And while the seemingly-full stands Sunday were a welcome departure from the acres of empty seats we ...

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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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Six Degrees of Kyle Busch

1)     Pro football ends its season with its Super Bowl.2)     NASCAR opens its season with its super bowl, the Daytona 500.3)     Kyle Busch drives in NASCAR’s super bowl.4)     An ad for Transformers 2 was played during pro football’s Super Bowl.  1)     Pro football ends its season with its Super Bowl. 2)     NASCAR opens its season with its super bo ...

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