DANICA PATRICK IN NASCAR: WIN, LOSE OR DRAW

Win Dale Earnhardt Jr. He is not getting it done as a driver. But signing Patrick would be a coup for Dale Jr., the brand. Inking Patrick secures sponsorship dollars that free up resources for JR Motorsports to use on other Nationwide Series endeavors. Danica’s two-year contract was also brokered through Rick Hendrick, which should help Dale Jr. gain some job security at Hendrick past next season. Yes, I know Dale Jr. is a moneymaker. But Dale Jr. was the one who said Hendrick didn&rs ...

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MANUFACTURERS ECHO FAN SENTIMENT AT TOWN-HALL MEETING

 Everyone is ranting and raving this week about how much NASCAR sucks. Turns out, in the two weeks before the train wreck at Talladega, NASCAR held town-hall meetings with drivers and teams to talk about ways to improve the sport. How’s that for a feedback loop?   According to Scene Daily, two meetings took place. One dealt with economic and racing issues. Another addressed manufacturers. Each team had representation at both forums. Per Scene Daily:“We learned about NASC ...

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DANICA NASCAR DEAL CLOSE

ESPN's Ryan McGee reports that Danica Patrick is close to signing a two-year Nationwide Series deal with Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s JR Motorsports. Negotiations are said to be in the "final phase." Patrick would make her on-track debut during next February's Daytona Speedweeks. If anything, the contract will allow her the opportunity to sign a higher quality of breast. And isn't that what this whole deal is all about? Source: Danica nearing NASCAR deal (ESPN)Related links:Danica Patrick T ...

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TITLE RACE WOULD BE CLOSE UNDER A DIFFERENT POINT SYSTEM

After Jimmie Johnson's lucky sixth-place finish at Talladega, his lead is basically insurmountable. It does not have to be this way. As I pointed out last week, if NASCAR used a different scoring system, we could be winding up one of the most exciting seasons in Sprint Cup history. What if, instead of Jimmie Johnson looking like a lock for his fourth straight title, the story line was: With three races to go, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin all have a shot at keeping John ...

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NASCAR GIVES CREDIBILITY TO THOSE WHO CLAIM IT IS NOT A REAL SPORT

Sunday’s AMP Energy 500 at Talladega raised several serious issues about a sport in transition, a transition that is upsetting many drivers, teams and fans. NASCAR IS DEVOID OF LEADERSHIPNASCAR claims to be one of the major sports in America. What sport changes its rules hours before an event? Could you imagine Roger Goodell walking into the Pittsburgh Steelers’ locker room three hours before a divisional playoff game and letting them know they only need one foot in bounds for a c ...

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