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Convenient Crashes: Karma or Coincidence?

Convenient Crashes: Karma or Coincidence?

How many times did your mother tell you to treat people the way you want to be treated? You probably laughed and stuffed your little brother in the laundry chute anyway. Maybe you went outside to play in the yard a few days later, and stepped right where the same brother walked the family dog after a particularly large dinner. Ever see something like this happen to our favorite driver? He gets a little rough with some guy and runs over debris a few laps later, popping a tire and losing a lap fixing it. Maybe he gets caught with some "creative engineering" and spins out in qualifying two weeks later. You sometimes have to wonder if greater forces are at work. Karma really bites. Read More »

Fan’s Reactions to Junior, Jeff, Jimmie and Jack-Not What You Might Expect

Fan’s Reactions to Junior, Jeff, Jimmie and Jack-Not What You Might Expect

It may be only five races into the NASCAR season, but there have certainly been a lot of things to think about: Toyota's surge from backmarker to contender to winner; last year's absolute domination of Hendrick Motorsports turning into not even being a serious contender to win in '08; the Car of Tomorrow; Robby Gordon's overturned penalty; Carl Edwards' uncontested penalty; and Jack Roush's accusation of Toyota stealing a "proprietary part," to name a few. The list is long and interesting. What is even more interesting is the fans' reactions to each of these stories. Read More »

Change is Both Necessary and Evil in Today’s NASCAR

Change is Both Necessary and Evil in Today’s NASCAR

The winds of change have blown strong in NASCAR lately, and, judging by the uneasy grumblings, race fans don't take kindly to change. The character of the sport has changed dramatically over the last decade, and many people are unhappy with the speed, or the degree of the alterations. And, in some areas, NASCAR went too far. But some change is necessary for the health of the sport. Read More »

Wallace, Vickers and Andretti  Are The Best Story of Speedweeks So Far

Wallace, Vickers and Andretti Are The Best Story of Speedweeks So Far

It's easy to get blinded by the big picture. Especially when the big picture points out what is wrong with NASCAR today--the top 35 rule, the Chase, and all the other contrived little gimmicks. There's just so much that is so easily fixable. Some days it's hard to see what's right. What's right is Kenny Wallace racing on heart and a Hendrick engine to make the Daytona 500. Last week, I talked with Kenny on the phone and he said this: "Our backs are against wall, but I am prepared to make it--I will make the Daytona 500. It's time for the underdog. The underdog won the Super Bowl and it's time for the underdog to make it in the Daytona 500 and that's me! I've been inspired by the New York Giants!" Read More »