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Do You Think of NASCAR and Integrity In the Same Sentence?

Do You Think of NASCAR and Integrity In the Same Sentence?

Aside from not having any…but of course, that is my opinion. I want to know what you think. Counting the headline as number one, here’s a second question for you to mull over. Do you think AJ Allmendinger is a drug head? While you think those over, here are some quotes from some of the players involved and some who are not. "I don't see how any man, if he's got any (manhood) at all, can go and take what he's fixing to have to take — and that's going through the Road to Recovery for a guy who did not take drugs or did not do what they're saying he did," Jeremy Mayfield said, when asked about Allmendinger’s situation. "It'd be tough because you're basically living a lie to be a poster boy for NASCAR's drug policy." Read More »

Making Sense of Brian France and Urine Tests

Making Sense of Brian France and Urine Tests

As with most anything associated with NASCAR, I realize that this will be a futile endeavor but I will make an attempt none the less. WARNING! What you are about to read may cause any number of maladies to any human being who possesses even the tiniest shred of common sense. The reader assumes any and all risks should they choose to proceed. (Commercials for law firms dealing with class action lawsuits for those who have been exposed to the spoken word and reasoning of Brian France are already in the works and will be airing soon during all future NASCAR race broadcasts.) You have been warned. The author of this article may not be held accountable for any frustration it may cause. Read More »

BSNews! Phoenix Racing Welcomes Matt Kenseth

BSNews! Phoenix Racing Welcomes Matt Kenseth

With the announcement that the last REAL NASCAR champion, Matt Kenseth, will be leaving Roush Fenway Racing, speculation has run rampant as to where the 2003 series champion (back before all this Chase BS(News!...) will be driving in 2013. Of course, many who claim to be ‘in the know’ are sure that Joey Logano will be fired from Joe Gibbs Racing and that Kenseth will enjoy a revived career in the number 20 car. Others, who claim to be ‘more in the know’ then the ‘many,’ are just as adamant that the No. 22 of Penske fame is Matt’s new home, leaving poor (but handsome) AJ Allmendinger filling out un-employment papers. Even more ‘others,’ who claim to be ‘even more in the know than those foolish many others,’ have the 2003 champ displacing Stewart-Haas’s Ryan Newman in the No. 39! In the end, none of them had a clue. Read More »

With Bristol, Perhaps There Is Room For Compromise

With Bristol, Perhaps There Is Room For Compromise

As long time readers can attest, I have always been very vocal about changes made to the famed ‘Fastest Half Mile in the World’. It was, after all, the changing of the track to a three groove raceway a few years ago that prompted a heated exchange between the late David Poole and myself after I questioned his professionalism of his reporting of the first race after the change. To be honest, the ‘heated’ part was mostly on David’s side as I was quite cordial (OK, maybe a bit sarcastic) with my responses and never once called him any names as he did me, but that is neither here nor there. What sticks in my mind even more so is the call I received from our head honcho, Tom Bowles, who seemed to me, as best as one can tell over a cell phone, to be having a heart attack over the whole deal. Read More »

Voices From the Cheapseats: Has NASCAR Really Changed Your Life?

Voices From the Cheapseats: Has NASCAR Really Changed Your Life?

Sure, there is the now old (and not un-expected) meltdown of Kurt Busch, but seeing as how it really comes as no surprise and the fact that it has been written about to death already, as a writer, you can only stretch that out so far. Add to all that the fact that the racing action has really just been a series of digitally recorded left turns, it leaves you pining for a bit more. It does me anyway. And so it came about, given all the above, I found myself thinking…’How has NASCAR (or the act of being an avid fan) REALLY changed my life?’ Read More »

BSNews! NASCAR Defrocks Hall of Famer Wallace

BSNews! NASCAR Defrocks Hall of Famer Wallace

"I think it's OK for me to give my opinion. I don't think NASCAR would get upset about that,” said Rusty Wallace. So much for THAT line of thinking! After a recent interview in which Wallace said that NASCAR should shorten their nearly 11-month schedule, the recent NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee soon found out that he was in fact, wrong. NASCAR does get upset when someone voices a different opinion. Read More »

Bristol Motor Speedway Earns Some Redemption For One NASCAR Fan

Bristol Motor Speedway Earns Some Redemption For One NASCAR Fan

This past week, I was contacted by a long-time, irate reader of this column. No, it wasn’t the reading, my column or even that she had been irate for a long time, but rather she was pissed at Bristol Motor Speedway. This is her story. Earlier this year, this young lady and her significant other had purchased their first home together. Needless to say, money was tight. Being ardent race fans for a long time, and now living within a couple hours drive of their favorite track, she did manage to scrape up enough to buy, for the first time, season tickets to BMS. Read More »

NASCAR Missing a Golden Marketing Opportunity

NASCAR Missing a Golden Marketing Opportunity

Once you realize that the world has gone completely, stark-raving mad around you, it will save you an immense amount of stress, not to mention therapy bills, if you simply shrug your shoulders, say ‘what the hell’ and just go with it. In that light, I am going to present an idea here (or possibly spill the beans?) that could possibly make Brian France and family move up from being ‘insanely rich from the pockets of the little man’ to ‘I can buy my own little world if I want to’ rich. Read More »

BSNews! Bits and Pieces of BSNews From the Mayfield’s Yard

BSNews! Bits and Pieces of BSNews From the Mayfield’s Yard

*Bruton Smith vs. Humpy Wheeler* After his recent announcement that he does in fact, endorse gay marriage, President Barack Obama jumped at the chance to bring two men from the stock car racing world together as one in the form of Bruton Smith and Humpy Wheeler. Bruton and Humpy, as they are affectionately known to their friends, have been at odds recently over which one of them first had the idea to run a race under lights, 20 years ago, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. While Bruton and Humpy had been in a relationship that lasted nearly 33 years, they have for the most part, been separated for almost four years now. Read More »