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Comcast And NASCAR In Talks For NNS Title Sponsorship Deal

Comcast And NASCAR In Talks For NNS Title Sponsorship Deal

As first reported by Tripp Mickle of the Sports Business Journal, NASCAR is in “advanced talks” with Comcast Xfinity for title sponsorship of what currently is the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The Nationwide Insurance title sponsorship ends after this season, as the brand has chosen to sponsor Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s No. 88 Sprint Cup car instead, as well as become an associate-level backer of the sport. According to the SBJ article, discussions between the sanctioning body and Comcast have been developing for ... Read More »

Great Racing at Michigan – It’s All a Matter of Perception

Great Racing at Michigan – It’s All a Matter of Perception

There’s been many a year where I’ve teetered on the see-saw of loving or merely dismissing the racing at Michigan. In decades past, horsepower and engine durability was king at this two-mile track.  With a wide racing surface combined with high banks, drivers could almost hold the pedal down all the way around. Who would win?  It wasn’t so much a who as a what. Whichever engine did not detonate was a fairly safe answer. For the past few years, life has ... Read More »

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Decade of Decline Comes Full Circle

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Decade of Decline Comes Full Circle

In the wake of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s popular Pocono triumph, there was one stat that resonated this week while reviewing the turnaround the No. 88 team has enjoyed over the course of past few seasons: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is in the midst of his first multiple win season since 2004; i.e., a decade. That 2004 season was a defining one for Junior; he won the Daytona 500, kicking off the year and suddenly was a threat to win virtually every weekend, not ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff On Michigan Speed, Fuel Mileage And The Rules Box

Tech Talk: Jason Ratcliff On Michigan Speed, Fuel Mileage And The Rules Box

The No. 20 team was faced with some very difficult circumstances this past weekend at Pocono. Their car was severely damaged early in the race, through contact with Jamie McMurray and they were forced to make extensive band-aid repairs to try and get their car to the finish. Remarkably, driver Matt Kenseth was not only able to limp home, despite a mashed-up front end but he did so while staying on the lead lap. While the points don’t matter like ... Read More »

Going By the Numbers: A Rookie’s Way To Stay Relevant… Laps Completed?

Going By the Numbers: A Rookie’s Way To Stay Relevant… Laps Completed?

Consistency can be a cruel mistress. On the one hand, you have Mark Martin, nicknamed Mr. Consistency for his steady performance over a healthy 25+-year career. Martin wasn’t always the winner, but he was near the top constantly, gaining the respect of fans, drivers and owners for simply being there at the finish almost all the time and at a better clip than the competition. The flip side is a bit drastic but not uncommon. Sure, maybe a racer gets ... Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: It’s Really Anyone’s Race This Weekend In St. Louis

Truckin’ Thursdays: It’s Really Anyone’s Race This Weekend In St. Louis

After a brief hiatus, the stars of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis, Missouri this Saturday night for the first time since 2010. Since the first Truck Series event at the 1.25-mile oval, back in 1998, the only past winner of the race who is still a series regular is Ron Hornaday, Jr. It will be interesting to see if the 55-year-old, four-time series champion will have an advantage when he ... Read More »

Racing to the Point: How Earnhardt, Kahne Traded Places at Hendrick

Racing to the Point: How Earnhardt, Kahne Traded Places at Hendrick

Remember when Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished 25th in the Sprint Cup standings in 2009? It’s hard to believe considering the success he’s had lately, but it’s true. The next season didn’t go much better, with little progress, and the son of a legend ended up 21st. If his name wasn’t Earnhardt, he probably would’ve wound up in the TNT booth the next season beside Wally Dallenbach — who actually ran a little better in his season and a half with ... Read More »

Voices from the Cheap Seats: BSNews! Chad Knaus Fumes After Pocono Defeat

Voices from the Cheap Seats: BSNews! Chad Knaus Fumes After Pocono Defeat

Chad Knaus, longtime — hell, only — crew chief for six-time champion Jimmie Johnson, lashed out Sunday after the No. 48 was defeated in its bid to become the first car to win three races in a row, or a hat trick, since NASCAR CEO Brian France started his campaign to liken stock car racing to stick-and-ball, or in this case stick-and-puck, sports back in the early 2000s. “It’s just not fair,” a visibly irate Knaus said. “It’s the coward’s ... Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: Tick Tock, Comes NASCAR’s Final Four And… Trash?

Five Points to Ponder: Tick Tock, Comes NASCAR’s Final Four And… Trash?

ONE: The Final Four Following Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s second win of the season at Pocono Raceway, we now have four drivers properly and officially locked into the Chase. Earnhardt, as mentioned, is one, with Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson the other three drivers with a pair of victories to date. Now, I know all year we’ve heard about “win and you’re in,” but given we still have 12 races and already 10 race winners, it’s very possible we ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: TNT’s Decisions & Technical Issues Hinder Pocono Broadcast

Couch Potato Tuesday: TNT’s Decisions & Technical Issues Hinder Pocono Broadcast

Last weekend marked a jam-packed few days of racing across multiple tracks, with Pocono Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway sharing the brunt of the attention. However, Pocono may have been the winner in terms of intrigue — it featured the return of TNT to NASCAR for its six-race summer series, currently the final time the network will broadcast the sport since its contract dries up after 2014. With TNT back in the fold, FOX wasn’t the only one covering stock ... Read More »