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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Dog & Pony Show for Sponsors Can Leave NASCAR Fans With a Flea Circus

Over the years, the sponsor landscape has changed drastically, from one of small, mostly local automotive-driven businesses to one of billion-dollar international corporations who pump millions into the race teams for the right to paint their logo on the hood of a racecar. And in return, they get a polite, smiling racecar driver to come …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: A Scarlet… Asterisk? Giving Illegitimate NASCAR Wins Their Due

Remember The Scarlet Letter? The novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne in which young Hester Prynne is sentenced to wear a scarlet “A” on her clothing, a constant reminder to all that she had committed adultery, the utmost sin in her Puritan lifestyle? You probably read it in high school and possibly vowed never to read another …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: No Cries of “Cheater” on NASCAR’s Playground?

Sometimes I wonder why some things get magnified until they seem larger than life while some things that should be a big deal seem to be buried in the background. No, I’m not talking about making mountains out of molehills and molehills out of mountains. I’m talking about calling a mountain a mountain and a …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: An Open Letter to the Unsung Heroes of NASCAR

To the emergency workers and officials at California Speedway: I don’t envy your jobs. You (and hundreds like you at tracks big and small, across the country and back) work in anonymity, but you have an awesome responsibility placed on your shoulders. You don’t know, when you get to that next car, what you are …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Change is Both Necessary & 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 …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Wallace, Vickers & 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 …

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: A Whole New Year

Editors’ Note: We are excited to welcome Kenny Wallace to the Frontstretch Driver Diary lineup for 2008. Kenny is a three-time NASCAR Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver, and will offer his unique insight into all things racing this year. In addition to racing full time in the Nationwide Series, he co-hosts “NASCAR Race Day” on …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Time to Put This Bud (Shootout) on Ice

On Saturday night, NASCAR will roar back onto the landscape with the Budweiser Shootout. The race is an exclusive, members-only affair, with only pole winners from the previous season and previous winners on the guest list. Budweiser sponsored the pole award for years, and along with the honor of top starting spot for a race …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR Has 21 Reasons to Up Minimum Age

Word on the street is that NASCAR is toying with the idea of changing the minimum age for racing in the Sprint Cup Series from 18 to 21. Already there has been a negative reaction from race fans as it impacts a few teams’ development drivers, namely Joe Gibbs Racing’s phenom Joey Logano. Logano, 17, …

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