STOP MANIPULATING BUSCH’S WIN TOTALS TO COMPARE WITH PETTY

The year is 2056. Dale Earnhardt’s championship total of seven is no longer a benchmark of NASCAR excellence. You see, Bob Franks of Barre, Vermont now has eight championships at Thunder Road Speedway in the Full Frame Antique Division. These cars closely resemble Earnhardt’s earlier championships in the 1980s. Therefore all the titles are being statistically listed under one category.Who says?Jim Alexander does. Alexander is a 34 year-old NASCAR historian and is a self-proclaimed mo ...

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WHERE DO THE VANILLA INTERVIEW ANSWERS COME FROM?

We have heard the criticisms of racecar drivers being dull and boring in their interviews. Especially the post-race and victory lane versions where a standard template seems to be used and the driver’s team information can easily be inserted in to his remarks.But is it actually their fault?In addition to paying close attention to what a driver says, pay close attention to what is asked. Or rather what is said. Sometimes reporters are not asking questions but making statements and then putt ...

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DRIVERS HAVE CHANGED HOW THEY TALK TO THE MEDIA, BUT IS IT FOR THE BETTER?

During my Thursday night Motorweek Live broadcasts I have had the privilege of talking to some great names in NASCAR history. I have also interviewed some newer, younger racers who have bright futures in the sport. But boy, do they have different styles of talking.Bobby Allison started telling me about the first auto race he ever watched and how he was initially captivated by the sport.Waddell Wilson spoke about his first job out of high school working at Holman-Moody. One story led into another ...

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YOU MAY BE INFECTED WITH DANICA FEVER

Daytona Speedweeks is overwhelmed with a full-blown case of "Danica Fever." The public will soon be caught up in an epidemic of Danica Patrick. Journalists will speculate about her prospects this year. Throngs of photographers will plaster her image on every magazine. And Jamie Little will look hot reporting on her until we are all driven insane. There is no escape; this week she'll be in the Super Bowl (in commercials), she'll guest star on CSI: NY (as a leather-clad stock car driver) ...

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