The NASCAR Bubble

Bubbles are trouble when you're not talking about a kid's bath. We've had the "dot-com" bubble, the real estate bubble, and now it sure looks from here that the NASCAR bubble is working its way out as all manner of issues in "stock" car auto racing are on the table for discussion. Does this mean NASCAR is dead? Never say never, as yours truly stares down the barrel of 50 years of age in a few weeks, I can tell you I have seen everything from the moon landing to Roe V. Wade to the Internet ...

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Daniel Suarez: Another Infusion Of New Blood, Another Reason To Watch

Friday night, an auto racing globetrotter will debut on one of motorsports' biggest stages when he races for the first time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Richmond. Ladies and gentlemen, meet one Daniel Suarez of Monterrey, Mexico. Never heard of him? That's o.k., chances are Suarez hasn't heard of you either. While he's a newer face on the American scene, the 22-year old has making a name for himself wherever he's been to date. He's currently the points leader in the NASCAR Toyota Me ...

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Chasing Excellence

His name says it all. The first name "Chase" suggests a man on the move, and this young racer of which I speak is definitely that. The last name "Elliott" is synonymous NASCAR excellence, one bearing the name won 44 races, the 1988 NASCAR Winston (now Sprint) Cup championship, and was a 16 time Most Popular Driver. His name packs a lot of meaning, and considering what he's accomplished already, 18-year old high school senior Chase Elliott is bearing up to it just fine. The NASCAR Nation ...

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The NNS Doesn’t Just Need A Title Sponsor, It Needs An Identity

Starting in 2015, the Nationwide Series will be no more. The insurance company is taking its money to the Cup Series, leaving an opening for the “second tier” series formerly known as the Busch Series, which has its roots in the old NASCAR Sportsman Division. Regardless of how one may feel about the viability of the current series, NASCAR will get a new title sponsor. It’s just a matter of custom fitting the right package for the right price. On a bigger scale, this also provides a golden ...

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WALLACE MAKES BIG FIRST STEP WITHOUT STUMBLING

"The goals have to be just kind of running up front, hopefully making a name for myself, running top 10.” Mission accomplished. Welcome to the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Darrell Wallace Jr. Breaking in without breaking equipment (ok, well maybe a few scrapes and dings, but nothing real major), the graduate of NASCAR’s “Drive For Diversity” program finished ninth and on the lead lap Sunday at Iowa Speedway in his series debut. NASCAR has taken on numerous initiativ ...

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WHAT IS THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES?

It’s not the first time the question has been asked, but lacking a satisfactory answer, it seems worth another go. Yes, I know they race with a slightly different car, and there are some different drivers than what you see in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and they even race on different tracks every once in a blue moon. Aside from that, it looks like it’s a hybrid test session/audition for the Cup series. Unless you’re just a hard core racing nut (after all, there are only ...

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HOW WILL NASHVILLE CROWDS FARE?

Easter Sunday brings a break in the NASCAR Cup schedule. The Nationwide Series traditionally schedules the first of its two annual Nashville Superspeedway visits on Saturday of the holiday weekend. This will be the first race of 2011 where the second-tier tour is the headliner. NASCAR’s national series attendance has seen an upward trend this year. Will that continue at Nashville?Crowd counts have been up when compared to the difficult economic times in the past three years. Other than the ...

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LOGANO SAYS NATIONWIDE RULE CHANGE WILL NOT AFFECT HIM, WILL AFFECT KESELOWSKI

CHARLOTTE _ On Friday night, the Charlotte Checkers AHL minor league hockey team hosted its fifth annual Race Night with some of NASCAR’s future stars. Dropping the puck for the game against the Manchester Monarchs was Joe Gibbs Racing’s Joey Logano. A Connecticut native, Logano is a former hockey player who still enjoys watching the game and strapping on the skates from time to time. While Logano was the only Sprint Cup driver there, fans attending the game were able to me ...

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A SOLUTION FOR FIXING THE NATIONWIDE SERIES

What do we do with the Nationwide Series?The NASCAR circuit used to be a glorious, wonderful Tour. It had stars, heroes, and fans all its own. Now it has fallen and lost its way. It does not have a place. NASCAR pretends it does and tries to convince us of that. Nobody cares about Cup teams dropping down and winning the Nationwide championship and mopping the floor week after week in victories. Nobody cares when a token headline is fabricated about the highest finishing non-Cup regular. Smile an ...

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