Int’l Speedway Corporation Tightens Its Belt

In 2008, International Speedway Corporation doled out smaller bonuses to its top two executives, Jim France and Lesa France Kennedy. And while almost no one will shed many tears for a guy earning north of $1 million and a woman pulling in more than $750,000, I do think ISC should be commended for sending an entirely appropriate message. At a time when corporate chieftans are taking rides on private luxury jets on the taxpayers' dime, it's becoming just a bit harder for companies to justif ...

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The Six Most Interesting Stories in NASCAR History — In One Convenient Spot!

More Jimmy Watts, still more economic unpleasantness, and an interesting theory to explain why it is Kurt Busch might be driving the wheels off his No. 2 Dodge. Just a brief sampling of some what some members of the illustrious Fourth Estate think about NASCAR today. More Jimmy Watts, still more economic unpleasantness, and an interesting theory to explain why it is Kurt Busch might be driving the wheels off his No. 2 Dodge. Just a brief sampling of some what some members ...

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Luckily, Travis Henry Has Nothing to Do With NASCAR

So, I stumbled upon this gem of a story this morning: former NFL running back Travis Henry, father of nine kids by nine different women, is broke. Now, after getting past my admiration for Henry's obvious powers of persuasion -- you gotta figure that by prospective mother number five, maybe people would be getting suspicious, right? -- I'm left to draw a few happy conclusions. So, I stumbled upon this gem of a story this morning: former NFL running back Travis Henry (above), father ...

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Elliott Sadler Weighs In On Jimmy Watts

This Jimmy Watts thing, it's just the gift that keeps on giving. You might think our fascination with his idiocy should have run its course by now. Four days on, however, his split-second stupidity remains a veritable fount of material; on this Thursday, we can thank Elliott Sadler for revitalizing this sucker (that's Sadler, above, in the No. 38, doing what God never intended in a Cup car). Had Elliott muttered a simple eh, let's move on already yesterday, I'd have nothing.But, no. ...

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Ladies and Gents, Time for the B-b-b-blog R-r-r-roll!

Will Dale and Tony Jr. split up? Does NASCAR have the necessary tools at its disposal to deal with the hidden killer, startus-and-parkimus? Could Clint Bowyer's former girlfriend call me and profess her undying love? These and a few other pressing issues in this episode of ... Afternoon Blog Dump. Will Dale and Tony Jr. split up? Does NASCAR have the necessary tools at its disposal to deal with the hidden killer, startus-and-parkimus? Could Clint Bowyer's former girlfriend  ...

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The Most Spectacular Pile-up in Auto Racing History!

There is nothing not to love about this video of what's billed as the "largest crash in NASCAR history" -- the breathless narration, the cheesy music, the even-cheesier sound effects, the grainy black-and-white photography, the cars that are truly stock, the empty grandstands, the drivers dressed in T-shirts and slacks, and, of course, the way cool crash. There is nothing not to love about this video of what's billed as the "largest crash in NASCAR history" -- the breathle ...

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Should NASCAR Be Concerned About “Start-and-Park?”

"Start and park" is a NASCAR phenomenon whereby fly-by-night outfits qualify for races only to park the car a few laps in (mechanical issues, a likely culprit). The primary goal of said effort, the decent-sized check awarded to even backmarkers. Though by no means unique to 2009 and its tough economic times, it's become enough of a hot-button issue that Robin Pemberton, NASCAR VP of Competition (above), issued a statement last Friday outlining NASCAR's opinion on ...

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Jimmy Watts Needed to Be Taught a Hard Lesson

Years ago, my son decided it wouldn't be unreasonable to shove a dinner fork into a power outlet. Fortunately, my wife and I, we have no class, so our cutlery is cheap -- the kind with white plastic handles riveted to Grade Z steel you buy at Woolworth's? Anyway, the plastic served to insulate my little genius from the worst of the shock, but Einstein did fry the outlet and just generally scare the crap out of himself. And me.  Years ago, my s ...

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ALT’s First Annual Tuesday Afternoon Blog Dump

 If there is a God in a Heaven -- and apparently fewer of us subscribe to that theory these days -- that Man flat out owes Mark Martin. Big time. Martin has finished second in the championship four times, once by an infamous 26 points (in 1990), third four times, and fourth on three occasions. You could be forgiven if you figured Martin and Hendrick Motorsports would make beautiful music together in 2009.* Mark Martin and Hendrick Motorsports were going to produce a st ...

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This Just In: Jeff Gordon? He’s So Back!

If the charlatans of the sporting press are to be believed, Jeff Gordon is back; he's resurgent; he's discovered a newfound confidence; he's got a fire in his belly that's been missing the last few years ... and on and on and on. Hmm. I wonder if any of this apparently newfound mojo is a result of having finished 13th, second, sixth, and second in the first month and leading the standings? Nah, can't be.What we have here is a chicken-and-egg thing, of course: Is he revived because of ...

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