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These Are the Moments

These Are the Moments

I wrote last week that one thing that makes NASCAR worth watching is the moments. Those brief seconds when time seems to stop will never let you quit watching, just in case you miss one. And there have been a lot of them over the years-moments that take your breath away. Sometimes with simple beauty, sometimes with mind-numbing tragedy, but for whatever reason, there’s something defining about each one. Some moments stand out in the mind of every fan-everyone you ask can remember where they were when it happened. Others are personal, forgotten by all but the fans to whom they meant something more. It would take volumes to list all of the moments that fill our racing lives, so I’ll stick to this decade. But here are a few of my racing moments-the images that I’ll always remember. Read More »

Why I Still Watch

Why I Still Watch

The Chase is terrible, the races are boring, and NASCAR doesn’t care about the fans. While all of these may be true to a degree (ok, so maybe the Chase sucks a LOT), the complaints do make something for the media (I think that’s me) to talk about. But the race fan in me, the part that made me pursue a somewhat thankless career to begin with, wonders why the people complaining still watch. Seriously. Wait. A lot of the time, I’m one of the people complaining. So, why _do_ I watch, then? Why does anyone? What’s left after the complaining is done? I can only speak for myself, but there are still enough reasons left to make me stay. Like… Read More »

It’s All Fun and Games — But In NASCAR, Someone Is Bleeding to Death

It’s All Fun and Games — But In NASCAR, Someone Is Bleeding to Death

It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye. Remember hearing that phrase as a kid? It was usually connected to doing something like running with scissors or sword fighting with your brother with the kitchen knives. Or at least when the “fun” was getting out of hand and becoming potentially dangerous. Hence, the lecture. Things are getting out of hand. Read More »

Vickers On the Brink Of the Ride Of His Life

Vickers On the Brink Of the Ride Of His Life

In retrospect, it shouldn’t have been a surprise. The signs were there well over a year ago-it was just a matter of time, a matter of a little more experience, a matter of a little luck. And when it mattered the most, the young driver from North Carolina (a dying breed now) found that little bit extra, that little bit _more._ And some race fans were taken by surprise when all was said and done. It certainly wasn’t easy, and at times it wasn’t pretty, either. It all came down to one race and finally, one lap. And Brian Vickers made that lap count-made it count for all the naysayers who called him crazy for leaving the powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports. Read More »

Really?!

Really?!

Strange things are afoot at the Circle K. Or at least it seems that way lately. Maybe it’s just me, but several tidbits lately have me doing a double take. I know it’s called silly season for a reason, but this year has gone beyond silly and right on into downright ridiculous. The latest piece of news is that Yates Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports will merge in 2010. That one came straight out of left field. The first thing that comes to mind is yet another person trying to get by on the Petty name. The second is that I feel kind of sorry for Reed Sorenson, even if he’s not the world’s greatest driver, because he’s at least as good as Paul Menard, who will get the No. 43 (I’m guessing on the number; one of them will keep it for sure) ride for no reason other than his family’s money. Read More »

Is There Loyalty Left in NASCAR?

Is There Loyalty Left in NASCAR?

There is a trend I’ve noticed in racing lately, and I don’t like it. It seems like everywhere you turn, a team is firing a driver for nothing he caused, a fan is picking a new favorite when old number one isn’t winning so much, a sponsor is dropping a prospect for a big name or a veteran for the Next Big Thing. People, places, and things that have been a part of the sport for decades find themselves suddenly on the outside looking in. Everyone’s an opportunist, and everyone wants instant gratification. There’s no crying in baseball, and there’s no loyalty in NASCAR. Read More »