KAHNE & FRANCIS: NASCAR’S MOST UNDERRATED DUO?

 I can imagine the response now. “Really?” “Isn’t that like picking a dark horsein fantasy football? Doesn’t he have to be some kind of unknown?” Somepeople may consider Kahne overrated, given all the popularity, all thesponsorships, all the demand- given what he has (or hasn’t) accomplished. The point is well taken. There’s hauler full of NASCAR drivers who have bigtime talent, but languish in relative anonymity because of the quality of thei ...

//more

MYTHBUSTING THE JOHNSON CONSPIRACY

From the Salem witch trials in colonial Massachusetts to the Bilderberger’s Conference, conspiracy theories have been abundant and ever present to explain away things we can’t quite understand. Not to be left out, NASCAR nation has had its fair share.Let’s see, we have NASCAR turning a blind eye to pave the way for Richard Petty’s 200th win at Daytona in the presence of President Ronald Reagan. Then there was Darrell Waltrip’s suspicious car that earned him an All-S ...

//more

THANKSGIVING PROP BETS

Now what?I’ve spent more than 40 weeks figuring out a way to wager fake income on races for the sake of your entertainment. Since I never put down any real money, I can’t even enjoy the 180 dollars I’m up because the money doesn’t exist. I could spend time with my family. I could see old friends from school. I could come up with random bets Vegas should make to keep NASCAR fans interested this winter. So with all due respect to my Uncle Ed and high school friends I never ...

//more

LOL RACE PICS: JUNIOR AND HENDRICK

 Tip of the hat to LOL Race Pics. Related links:Mmmm-hmmmmHow Kyle thinksNo dramaHow Kyle Busch drivesTony and Darian hug it outI wish this was realFor the son of MontoyaEasiest punchline everKyle gets that lookUs timeToo sexy for his shirtNever start and parkElvis CheeriosRun, Danica, RunThe PledgeBlame GordonJimmie's golden horseshoe and Jeff's recklessness win the dayJimmie pulls Denny asideJunior's beard wincesSilence of the Rocket ManTony Stewart food runDarrell Waltrip bustedAmish ...

//more

REMEMBERING THE FINAL NASHVILLE FAIRGROUNDS CUP RACE IN 1984

The Nationwide and Cup tours roll into Chicago this weekend. The Windy City has held the traditional post-Independence Day date since the speedway began hosting major league NASCAR races in 2001. But it wasn’t always that way.A little weekly short track accompanied with an old-fashioned fairground used to hold the very same date. Nashville, Tenn., formerly hosted the then Grand National Series in its second of two annual 420-lap races.The setting is a grassroots level racetrack that stages ...

//more

DRIVING FOR HENDRICK DOESN’T GUARANTEE SUCCESS

Rick Hendrick has had plenty of strong drivers in his stable over the years. Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte all have won Cup championships for him. Kasey Kahne is the newest commodity to make a commitment to Hendrick Motorsports. The wins and titles are remembered. But not all drivers who passed through the shops near Charlotte Motor Speedway are remembered for a trophy collection. Some have memories of losses and poor performances. Here are five who often ran in mid-pack. 1. C ...

//more

TOP STORY NO. 3: RICK HENDRICK IS THE GODFATHER

  I never thought I would compare Rick Hendrick to a Marlon Brando character or the WWE legend who coined the phrase "Pimpin' ain't easy." But great googly moogly, has Hendrick evolved into the type of guy who has his hands in every element of the sport. To boot, everything he touches not named Dale Earnhardt Jr. seems to turn to gold.That’s why Rick Hendrick is our No. 3 story of 2009. What happened?Hendrick won his ninth title. Four with Jeff Gordon. Now four with ...

//more

HENDRICK’S NIECE RECEIVED LIVER TRANSPLANT, IS IN STABLE CONDITION

During a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick said that his 29-year-old niece, Alesha Gainey, received a liver transplant on Sunday. She is not conscious, but is in stable condition, and all signs point toward recovery. Hendrick left Florida before the championship-deciding Ford 400 to support Gainey and her family while she awaited an emergency liver transplant at a North Carolina hospital. Gainey is the daughter of the late John Hendrick, Rick's b ...

//more

RICK HENDRICK NOT AT HOMESTEAD

Rick Hendrick will not be on hand to celebrate Jimmie Johnson or Mark Martin's Sprint Cup title today because of a family emergency. Alesha Gainey, Rick Hendrick's niece and the daughter of John Hendrick, who was killed in the 2004 plane crash near Martinsville Speedway, is having an emergency liver transplant in North Carolina. She is 29. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hendrick family.  Emergency keeps Rick Hendrick from celebrating win (ESPN) ...

//more

HENDRICK SAYS NO DEAL WITH DANICA

Danica Patrick is coming to NASCAR, right? Done deal. Sure thing. No brainer ... right? Not so fast, says team owner Rick Hendrick. On Sunday Hendrick said he has no deal in place to bring the IndyCar star Patrick to NASCAR, and added that there is no certainty she'll be driving stock cars next season. A deal between Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s JR Motorsports and Patrick to run a limited Nationwide schedule has long been rumored. From Hendrick's comments, it sounds like Patrick's reps from ...

//more