You Race To Win: The Upshot Of NASCAR’s Rule Changes

"You play…to win….the game.” The words of former NFL coach Herman Edwards ring true. It seems like the “Well duh” rule of NASCAR, but Brian France and Mike Helton have mandated that the on-track behavior that makes NASCAR look like “racertainment” be put to an end. It’s about time. If a driver is doing anything other than trying to overtake the car in front of him, if he isn’t truly committed to getting to the checkered flag first, then he needs a remedial course in Sports 101. Sell ...

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Why NASCAR Should Help Michael Waltrip Racing

NASCAR has a bigger problem on its hands than what happened in Richmond. If it truly wants to grow as a sport, officials need to do what seems unthinkable, step up and help the team in stomped out of the Chase. That's right, NASCAR needs to bail out Michael Waltrip Racing. Here's why: MLW Bucks Trends: Many people hate MWR. Some are justified. Others might be piling on because it's the fun thing to do in this social age. But Michael Waltrip Racing did something unthinkable in the mo ...

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Long Term, It May Be Bowyer Who Loses The Most

The tribal council has spoken. Fines are levied, a suspension is handed down, and points are deducted- “Spingate” has collected more than it’s share of damage, from the willing participants to the victims of circumstance. The Chase hopes of Martin Truex Jr. are dashed, Ryan Newman gets a reprieve, and Jeff Gordon can only wonder what might have been. Michael Waltrip Racing’s Ty Norris (the orchestrator of Brian Vickers superfluous pit stop) get to sit and stew a while, and Waltrip gets a ...

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Martin Truex Jr. Kicked Out of Chase: Ryan Newman In

Talk about dropping the hammer. NASCAR just took unprecedented action against Michael Waltrip Racing. According to the Associated Press and ESPN, NASCAR will remove Martin Truex Jr. from the Chase and replace him with Ryan Newman. Here is the official NASCAR release. Clint Bowyer, Truex and Brian Vickers will also lose 50 points, though the deduction won't impact Bowyer's Chase standing. essentially  Michael Waltrip Racing will also face a "substantial" fine according to ESPN's Marty S ...

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WHO’S LAUGHING AT MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING NOW?

 For years, Michael Waltrip has been the clown prince of NASCAR, with commercials depicting the 2001 Daytona 500 winner showing up to race at the wrong track, and reading nasty fan mail mocking his performance. With a resume that pales in comparison to his brother Darrell, Waltrip has been a willing foil; the Bob Uecker of NASCAR, if you will. That caricature had carried over from his career as a driver to his role as team owner. While manufacturer Toyota struggled, Michael Waltrip Rac ...

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MARK MARTIN: RACING LESS, ENJOYING IT MORE

Freedom- the beauty of living in the United States of America. You have the freedom to pursue the dream you wish, however you wish. Consider Mark Martin and his decision to race a part time schedule in 2012. Some say “Why?” The real question here is “Why not?” If Mark Martin wants to run a 25 (out of 36) race schedule, and he has a willing employer- in this case, Michael Waltrip- why shouldn’t he? It’s like they say in the car business: a fair price is th ...

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David Reutimann is Making Some Waves

Bristol and Martinsville, the two shortest tracks on the NASCAR circuit, are challenging under the best of circumstances. That they are the next two on the schedule puts that much more pressure on those teams desperate to remain among the all-important top 35 in points.According to The Charlotte Observer’s David Poole, 39 of the 54 drivers who have made the Chase in its first five years have been among the top 12 after four races. Among the drivers fighting for their top 35 lives after f ...

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