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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Kyle Busch Supporters Everywhere, Unite!

Some industrious NASCAR fans want to make sure Kyle Busch thinks long and hard about his future before he makes any rash decisions.  There comes a time in life when you just know you've got to keep your mouth shut and let someone else do the talking. This? This right here? This is one of those times ... ...

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Could Petty Enterprises Rise Again?

Another blogger has suggested that if, indeed, Kyle Petty has a 12-race deal in place with Wells Fargo, he should resurrect Petty Enterprises and resume his Sprint Cup career (read the story here). It's a nice thought and presents a heartwarming scene; it would also doubtless make a whole bunch of people happy, perhaps even Kyle.However, while Petty has made it very clear he'd like to race in Sprint Cup again, he's been equally clear in asserting that he woul ...

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So, About Those TV Numbers …

Late Tuesday night, updated ratings information pertaining to the Auto Club 500 were released. It turns out, the final ratings were not nearly as bad as first reports indicated; in fact, though they were down, they declined by approximately three percent, not the 13 percent initially reported and I latched on to. Mea culpa.Statistics, of course, can  be made to say many different things and, used judiciously, they can buttress almost any viewpoint; for example, while my initial ...

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Yes, Virginia, Geoffrey Bodine Lived

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New Formula 1 Team Interested in Kyle Busch?

Of all the hare-brained, asinine, downright idiotic things I've read in my life, I think this one takes the cake. According to a report at MotorAuthority.com, AJ Allmendinger, Kyle Busch, and Scott Speed (and Danica Patrick, but I digress) are among those being considered to drive for a new, US-based Formula 1 team.Let's ignore for a moment just how sketchy the whole item is -- of course, saying that a "motor sport writer for the Toronto Star claims Kyle Busch - also a ...

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Who Knew? NASCAR Is a Business!

While it will come as a shock to some, it's impossible to ignore the subtle-but-very-real connection between the sport of stock car racing and commerce. It's possible, I suppose, that some will doubt me, call me a heretic, but so be it -- Aristotle was ridiculed for saying the Earth was round, too. But, the next time you're watching a post-race celebration, pay attention -- you might notice Carl Edwards, for example, dropping in a quiet, understated word of thanks to his sp ...

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As TV Viewership Increases, NASCAR’s Share Declines

According to The Nielsen Company, people are watching more TV than ever. Unfortunately, that isn't working to NASCAR's advantage. At least not yet. According to The Nielsen Company's "Three-Screen Report," the average American is now watching 151 hours of TV every month, up almost four percent over the same period the year before.While that number paints an unfathomably bleak picture of the "average American" -- people, please: 151 hours?!? That's damn-near ...

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Tuesday Morning Breakfast of Champions: Links

 Unfortunately, the above photo wasn't taken Sunday at California -- if it had been, it would be an indication that there was actually some on-track action. Nevertheless, the world of NASCAR must go on, as the following stories prove.  * ESPN.com's David Newton takes a closer look at Dale Earnhardt Jr's already difficult start.* Still another observer disagrees with Jeff Gordon and suggests that the Auto Club 500 was ... boring -- with suggestions for how to fix things ...

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