NASCAR Might Drop The Hammer on Jimmy Watts

According to media reports, NASCAR is considering further punishment for hapless Jimmy Watts, the unfortunate sap who made the absolutely dumb-as-a-rock decision to chase a stray tire into the infield grass at Atlanta on Sunday -- hey, those cars out there, they sure are moving fast! I wonder what would happen if one of those suckers suddenly, inexplicably lost control and came barreling toward me. Ah, never mind ... now, where'd that dang tire go?!?Obviously, Watts vapor locked ...

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Monday Morning Movers and Losers

It's still early in the season and the swings in the standings tend to be large and dramatic. Still, there are any number of drivers and teams who wake up Monday feeling pretty good about where they stand and any number of teams and drivers who are a bit pissed. A quick look at who's happy and who's hot after Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500. WHO'S HAPPYKurt Busch: The 2004 champion had shown signs of life in the first three races of 2009. He was fully reincarnated Sunday, crushing the field an ...

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I Don’t Like Mondays. You Don’t Like Mondays. Kyle Busch? Hates ‘Em.

It's Monday. Like Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats and every other self-respecting human being on the face of the Earth, I don't like Mondays. You know what? I take that back -- the kids go to school and the wife goes to work, providing me a minimum of seven hours of relative peace and quiet. So maybe I just kinda dislike Mondays. But, you know who's really hatin' on this Monday in particular? Kyle Busch. It's Monday. Like Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats and every other self-respec ...

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Harvick Gets a Pass. Kyle Busch? Not So Much

So, Kevin Harvick "blows an engine" at California, wrecks his car, and leaves the track before the race is complete. In so doing, he crapped all over his modern-era record of 81-straight races without a DNF. No one bats an eye or questions his dedication to the team or the sport. Fallout? Not a bit. Indignation? None. About all anyone can do is say Gee, isn't that a shame about Kevin's streak?  Well, it turns out, Harvick didn't blow an engine and ...

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Hey, Somebody’s Gotta Win, Right?

I'm generally not one for product placement but, well, my Honda has a few too many hard miles on it right about now, and, dammit, I could use a new car.  And I admit, it wasn't until Kenseth went and won the first two races that I really started feeling like an ass for holding out on this Ford Motor Company contest, but, that's just so much water under the bridge right now. (Note to self: ask marketing folks if Cinnabon has anything in the works.)  Still, in deference to P ...

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Kyle Petty Gets Some More of What He Deserves

My selfishness notwithstanding, I am, in fact, heartened by the knowledge that a guy like Petty,  a classy, admirable man, is getting his payback in a timely fashion. The 48-year-old has borne more than his share of hardship and disappointment. And, to his undying credit, he has risen above it all, making proverbial chicken salad out of chicken crap. Perhaps the finest example of that is his Victory Junction Gang Camp, a facility he opened ...

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NASCAR’s Power Players

Despite the horrible economy and the attendant difficulties confronting the sports marketplace, NASCAR remains one of the most potent forces in the sports world. With 36 official race weekends and tens of millions of devoted fans, NASCAR generates billions of dollars in revenue for its stakeholders -- the sanctioning body itself, the dozens of full-time teams, and tracks, among others. Having signed an eight-year, $4.5 billion TV contract in 2005, NASCAR is consistently the ...

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Carl Dean Combs, a Hero For These Troubled Times

Carl Dean Combs, a 57-year-old North Carolinian who ran 24 NASCAR races back in the early 1980s, was arrested late last week for running 'shine. According to the Wilkes-Journal Patriot, Combs' operation was highly professional and clean, with all sorts of shiny stainless steel vats and condensers and doo-hickeys and stuff and a production capacity of about 300 gallons of corn mash per run -- which, if you think about it, is kind of too bad: Somehow it would have been more poetic if C ...

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RCR? No, It’s NOT Dead Yet!

If you believed everything you read, about this time last week, you were pretty much ready to toss Richard Childress Racing straight into the crapper.That is, despite finishes of second, fourth, and 15th (Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, and Casey Mears, respectively) at Daytona, RCR's poor showing at California proved that something was amiss.As near as I can figure it, the collective rationale (ably represented by this story) went like this: Sure, RCR had good finishes in the 500 ...

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NASCAR.com and the Theory of Plausible Deniability

NASCAR.com is sometimes thought of as little more than a house organ for the sport; that is, the site is often derided for soft-selling some stories and producing others that too often adopt a boosterish tone that is oddly similar to the sunny party line that emerges from Daytona Beach.And while I've been inclined to give the site the benefit of the doubt and been generally impressed with an editorial philosophy that appears to tackle some tough issues head on, every once i ...

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