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Five Little Pigs And A Lifetime

While perusing NASCAR's historical databases for some bits of information, I came across a name I'd never heard before, and one you likely haven't come across, either; but by the time I was through researching, it became a name that I felt deserved further mentioning. Roscoe "Pappy" Hough may not jog the memory banks of modern race fans, but his innovations in the racing world have left an indelible mark on the sport we know and love today. Read More »

To Buschwhack Or Not To Buschwhack

I've never made any bones about my feelings about the state of the Busch Series and the Nextel Cup owners who are using the series for extra testing time at the expense of the teams who truly want to race the series in its own right, or the costs to compete with these powerhouse teams and drivers. But are Cup drivers themselves bad for the Busch Series? Read More »

Race Trax: Checker Auto Parts 500

*On Track* The Checker Auto Parts 500 is the thirty-fifth race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Schedule. The Cup Series visits the 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway for the second time in 2006. PIR has hosted the Nextel Cup Series since 1988. The first Nextel Cup winner at PIR was Alan Kulwicki. Read More »

Time In a Bottle

By now, you probably know that I'm into the history of racing, big time. I love the stories and the idiosyncrasies that pepper the years and only make the whole thing better. And so I worry that as time marches on, people will forget the Terry Labontes, the Rusty Wallaces and Ricky Rudds and Dale Jarretts. I worry that even the names of Petty and Earnhardt will be dusted off only by nostalgics like me. Read More »

Race Trax: Dickies 500

*On Track* The Dickies 500 is the thirty-fourth race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Schedule. The Cup Series will visit the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway for the second time in 2006. Texas has hosted the Nextel Cup Series since 1997-Jeff Burton was the track's first winner. The track is a moderately banked quad-oval track with 24 degrees of banking in the corners and five degrees on the backstretch and through the dogleg on the frontstretch. Read More »

B.S. History…Texas Style!

The Boot Hill 10 was a race to remember for all who attended, as forty-three specimens of the finest horsepower from all over the Fort Worth area contested for the winner's cup and bragging rights at the Bent Spur Saloon to go along with the winner's purse, an eye-popping $8.56 plus two. The contestants in this no-holds-barred shootout found themselves faced with all manner of obstacles to victory. Read More »

Race Trax: Bass Pro Shops 500

*On Track* The Bass Pro Shops 500 is the thirty-third race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup Series schedule. The Cup Series visits the 1.5-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway twice in 2006-they raced here in March. AMS has hosted Cup races since 1960, although it was changed to the present configuration in 1997. The first Cup winner at AMS was Fireball Roberts. It is a high-banked tri-oval track with 24 degrees of banking in the corners, and five degrees on the straightaways. Read More »

Never Prewrite NASCAR’s History

I was looking for some notes in the abyss that is my hard drive when I came across a historical document of great significance. Well, not really...but it's funny nonetheless. What's the document of which I speak, you ask? Why, none other than my preseason picks for the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup. At the time, I thought I was being prophetic. Read More »

Race Trax: Subway 500

*On Track* The Subway 500 is the thirty-second race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Schedule. The Cup Series visits the .526-mile Martinsville Speedway twice in 2006. Martinsville has hosted the Nextel Cup Series since 1949. The track's first Cup winner was Red Byron. The track is a flat true oval track with 12 degrees of banking in the very tight corners and completely flat on the two 800-foot straightaways. Drivers will race 500 laps for the checkered flag. The field will include 2005 polesitter Tony Stewart and race winner Jeff Gordon. Read More »

Biggest Fish in the Pond

In 1973, a brash, outspoken rookie named Darrell Waltrip burst onto the NASCAR scene, making an impact with both his brash words (which earned Waltrip the nickname "Jaws") and his daring on the racetrack. Even as a rookie, Waltrip was vocally confident that he would someday be a NASCAR champion. He was right - he went on to win three titles in his brilliant career. But Waltrip's career didn't take off overnight; in fact, he wasn't the 1973 Rookie of the Year. That honor went to Lennie Pond. Read More »