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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I was looking for some notes in the abyss that is my hard drive when I came across a historical document of great significance.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 »

Battle Royale…with Trucks?

There's a championship battle heating up, and it's not in Nextel Cup with its made for TV, NFL-wannabe Chase (although those points are artificially tight). It's not in the NASCAR Busch Series, either - that title could be wrapped up as soon as Friday night, even though there's still five races remaining in the season. No, the points race this year finds itself in the Craftsman Truck Series...where things find themselves just getting heated up. Read More »

Race Trax : Bank of America 500

*On Track* The Bank of America 500 is the thirty-first race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Schedule. The Cup Series visits the 1.5-mile Lowe's Motor Speedway twice a year - Kasey Kahne won the Coca-Cola 600 at the track in May. LMS has hosted the Nextel Cup Series each year since opening in 1960. Read More »

What’s The Call? New Points System For The Chase?

*This Week's Question: With Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin all taking a big hit in points in incidents caused by non-Chase drivers, is it time to institute a separate points system for the Chasers so that other teams' mistakes don't have such a huge negative impact?* %{color:green}Amy:% Nearing the completion of its third year, the Chase for the Nextel Cup is looking more and more like a science experiment gone awry every week. Remember the flamboyant bread mold that, left unchecked, took over the refrigerator? Yeah, the sport's kind of like that...without the antibiotic qualities. %{color:brown}Jeff:% Part of racing is being able to avoid and or deal with ALL the other competitors. It is the unknown factors that could jump up and bite any team at any time that give this sport its charm. Read More »

NASCAR, Fix the Future…NOW!

This isn't a history column, per se. That's the usual agenda, but if you came in looking for some stories from NASCAR's glorious (and not-so-glorious) past, you might leave disappointed. What I'm going to write about - what I _need_ to write about after the race at Talladega - is how NASCAR needs to prepare for a future that is less than bright. Read More »

Race Trax: UAW-Ford 500

*On Track* The UAW-Ford 500 is the thirtieth race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Schedule. The Cup Series visits the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway twice in 2006-Jimmie Johnson won here in May. Talladega has hosted the Nextel Cup Series since opening in 1969, although the first race was run under protest by many drivers. The first Nextel Cup winner at Talladega was Richard Brickhouse, and the record for most wins (10) is held by Dale Earnhardt. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads active drivers with five wins. Read More »