Race Weekend Central

Holding a Pretty Wheel: Imagine if the NASCAR Banquet Was Actually Fun?

The NASCAR banquet is the event of the night. The Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria will be transformed into the stage on which the champion will graciously accept his accolades (and a really big check). Everybody will be turned out in his finest with a lovely wife/mother/significant other on his arm. It’s NASCAR’s chance …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: White Flag – Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Last Lap at DEI

It seems like a lifetime ago, and in a way, it was. It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a decade since Dale Earnhardt Jr. came onto the scene as a then Winston Cup rookie with a heck of a name to live up to. He was a likable young kid who liked to …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR ER – It’s Time to Bring Reality to the Show

NASCAR has come a long way on safety in recent years. The HANS device, SAFER barriers, the Car of Tomorrow; all were implemented to improve safety and the chances of a driver avoiding serious injury in a crash. By all accounts, they are working. But there is one area in which NASCAR lags far behind …

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Best of Holding a Pretty Wheel: 2 Little Brothers, a Public Mourning & a Kid Named Junior

“Well, the (fill in sponsor/manufacturer/model here) ran great today. My super, amazing crew chief made some great calls and the guys did a great job on pit stops that got us to the front. I’d also like to thank (insert 10 other sponsors here), my Mom, and all my fans!” How many times a year …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR Once Again Consistently Inconsistent

NASCAR handed down some penalties this week. Yeah, that’s nothing new, but this week’s bear a closer look. One, on the surface, seemed consistent in every way with what they have done this year until you take a closer look. The others, or more accurately the lack thereof, should also be raising a few eyebrows. …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR Needs Tougher Drug Testing Policies – Before It’s Too Late

When NASCAR driver Aaron Fike appeared in court this week for a plea hearing on drug charges stemming from a July arrest, it was the most recent chapter in a story that has been repeated in NASCAR over the past few years. The only real difference was that the 24-year-old Fike was caught in a …

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