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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BRIAN VICKERS IS MAKING A CASE FOR A FULLTIME CUP RIDE

Six races. Three Top Tens. Three Tops Fives. Put another way, the story of Brian Vickers’ 2012 season may be entitled “Making The Most of Limited Opportunities.” He almost pulled it off at Bristol. It would do a great deal to ease the pain of the past couple of seasons. Can you imagine being in his shoes? After scratching and clawing to help get Red Bull Racing on the map, there seemed to be a payoff for “The Sheriff” when he pulled into victory lane for the ...

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NASCAR MYTHBUSTING: DRIVERS AREN’T ATHLETES

 An oft-heard definition of NASCAR? “Non-Athletic Sport Centered Around Rednecks.” If you’ve followed the sport more than two months, you’ve heard it as your non-NASCAR friends bellow like this is some new shtick. Seriously, get some new material! The truth of the matter is the joke is on them. They’re not bad people, most of them, they’re just ignorant, attempting to perpetuate an aging myth. These are the same people who, because they watched Tallad ...

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THE GREATEST OF THE GREAT AMERICAN RACE

Some call it NASCAR’s “Super Bowl.” Much like football’s greatest game, the “Great American Race” has had some of its greatest moments in its greatest event. Several races merit honorable mention. Among them, a win by Indy legend A.J. Foyt in 1972, Dale Jarrett’s 1993 victory with dad Ned announcing it, and Fireball Roberts’ victory in 1962. 2001’s Daytona 500 race, won by Michael Waltrip was historic, but the tragic death of Waltrip&rsq ...

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IT’S STAND & DELIVER TIME FOR JOEY LOGANO

For every Jeff Gordon, there’s a Casey Atwood. There are those who arrive on the racing scene with great fanfare and deliver on their promise. On the other hand, NASCAR has seen its share of careers that never really quite got off the launching pad. Within the last five years, Brad Coleman, Stephen Leicht, Stephen Wallace, Jon Wood and others have come along as potential phenoms- only to either falter or just plain flame out. Some guys don’t get a fair shake. In this writer&rsqu ...

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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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NOT A FAN OF EARNHARDT, I BECAME ONE THAT DAY

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla._ Today marks the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s tragic and unexpected death on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. A myriad of stories have been flowing from drivers, the media and fans this week remembering the late titan of stock car racing, and I would be remised if I did not offer my memories, not only of the man but of that fateful day. While many reporters and industry insiders have talked of being at the track and witnessing the confusion that unfolded f ...

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UPCOMING NASCAR VIDEO GAMES

 Several sources have confirmed that Activision has acquired sole license to produce NASCAR video games (goodbye Reverse Madden Curse). Beginning next year with NASCAR 11, the first dedicated NASCAR racing sim in two years, Activision will roll out a series of video games integrating America's favorite motorsport into Activision's video game franchises.Activision has a slew of hot, new games combining the best of NASCAR with exciting, classic franchises. These title ...

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MICHAEL WALTRIP DEMOTES HIMSELF

I was once told you're never really involved in business unless you've been hired, fired, promoted and demoted. For Michael Waltrip, it's business time. Waltrip told reporters he hopes to run a limited Sprint Cup schedule in 2010. But his bigger focus as a driver is now on the Nationwide Series.  Per ESPN:"Ideally, for me, would be to get the type of sponsor that I could run the full Nationwide (schedule)," he said. "That's what I'd love to do. Then I'm here at the races, ...

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Michael Waltrip WILL Retire

 Michael Waltrip has announced that he will retire if he isn't 'competitive' in 2009.   I'm sorry -- say what now? Michael Waltrip will retire if he isn't competitive in 2009? Um, so why is 2009 any different from any other in Waltrip's 24-year career?? Because, really, the man has never been competitive. At least, not in the sense of the word competitive.In 725 career starts, Darrell's little brother has won four races. Put another way, Darrell's littl ...

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