Marcus Smith Weighs in on the Economy

I hesitate to disagree with Marcus Smith (above, left, sitting next to his father, Bruton), President and Chief Operating Officer of Lowe's Motor Speedway and a guy who knows a thing or two about running a profitable business, but, tough crap. In the midst of a SceneDaily.com story about -- guess what? -- the deteriorating economy and its impact on NASCAR, the venerable Mr. Smith makes the following, immortal statement: "It's a very sad day when our government would ever try to tell ...

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Biba Golic Needs to Think About Her Future in NASCAR

This list of the 50 hottest women in sports includes no one from NASCAR, which is problematic. It does, however, have Danica Patrick ranked No. 7. This list of the 50 Hottest Women in Sports? It sucks on so many different levels. For the first and most important reason (at least as far as this site is concerned), it doesn't include anyone from NASCAR. Sure, you'll argue that there are no women drivers in NASCAR, and use that specious line of reasoning to justify the curious ove ...

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Junior Moves in the Right Direction

That collective sigh of relief you heard Sunday night at about 8:35 on the east coast? That would've been Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his legion of fans finally exhaling. And if 10th place is the kind of result Jimmie Johnson normally spits on, it constitutes sweet relief for Junior.After a controversial and thoroughly unnecessary 27th at Daytona, when he undid himself with two inexcusable pitroad mistakes, and a disappointing 39th in week two at California (the result of a blown eng ...

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Monday Morning After Link Dump

Because there's no better way to start your work week than by digging out from the latest massive snowfall ... or by getting caught up quickly with what's going on in NASCAR. Kyle Busch was dominant at Daytona until he was infamously wrecked (and finished 41st). He was damn good in California, where he earned a third-place finish. The 23-year-old sealed mthe deal Sunday, winning his first race of the season and the 13th of his Sprint Cup career.* Yes, home really is sweet home for Kyle ...

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Race #3: Shelby 427

Hometown boy Kyle Busch shocks almost no one, winning his first race of the season and earning his first win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Thankfully, the Jersey Boys are finished singing the National Anthem and Robin Leach has fulfilled his prerace duties -- it's safe to race. Does Matt Kenseth make history? Does Junior turn things around? We'll know more in 427 miles ...Green FlagWell, Brad Keselowski answered that burning question -- would today's race mimic Satruday's, which was somet ...

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ESPN vs. FOX, May the Best Analyst Win!

One man's treasure is another man's trash: Larry McReynolds says Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Burton don't need to panic yet. David Newton begs to differ.  In the grand scheme of things, that you have public voices for two of NASCAR's broadcast TV partners saying completely different things probably isn't of any great consequence. But, well, for whatever reason, I thought this was funny:In the blue corner, you have FOX's Larry McReynolds who is here to tell you th ...

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Forbes Magazine Takes on NASCAR

It's a safe bet that no one from Forbes magazine will be getting an invite to the NASCAR Christmas party this year. Certainly not Jack Gage, the author of a fairly cold-blooded look at the current state of NASCAR and the stewardship of Brian France (read the story here). At the very least, Gage's story is a stark counterpoint to the one produced by Sports Illustrated in 1995 (which you can read here). It might overstate things to say that the two serve as suitable bookends for NASCAR ...

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What’s News In NASCAR on Friday

See what some of the rest of the Internet world is saying about NASCAR as we steam toward this Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. At least a few Websites and otherwise reputable media outfits continue to reflect on all things California. Enough! Let's turn the page and look toward Las Vegas.* Doggone it, DW liked the California race, but even he's a bit surprised by who is currently in the top 12.* An opinion from the Frontstretch: FOX's Digger, and the gimmickry that h ...

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Qualifying Attempts UP in 2009, Not Down.

About a month ago, ESPN.com's Ed Hinton, a reasonable, informed voice, and among the longest-serving reporters on the NASCAR beat, suggested in a column that NASCAR could well emerge from this economic downturn in improved condition. He went on to argue that the sport was born in hardship and it's endured equally-if-not-more-challenging periods than this (read Hinton's story here).Hinton's column was, of course, a response to the gloom and doom that has pervaded the sport, ...

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DuPont Tightens Its Corporate Belt

The economy isn't good. We know that. And we know that that bad economy is presenting challenges for NASCAR. In fact, that story? Beaten. To. Death. So the news that DuPont, "long recognized as the leader in hospitality among NASCAR sponsors" according to this story in the Sports Business Journal, will entertain fewer than 2,000 guests at six races (down from 17,000 and 37, respectively, in 2008) is arguably not a great surprise. Though I know for my part I'm always&nb ...

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