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Did You Notice? Bad Times in NASCAR’s Big Apple, the Cost of Brand Exclusivity & Chase Cinderella 2010

Did You Notice? That as NASCAR takes to the New York City airwaves today, the landscape in the Big Apple is markedly different for them than it was even five years ago? Back then, not only was the postseason banquet held at the Waldorf Astoria, but the sport was fighting valiantly to get a 3/4-mile …

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Did You Notice? We Can Learn From Montreal, Sorting Out NASCAR PR & Where’s Father Time?

Did You Notice? How well-received the Montreal finish was for fans, competitors, and the packed house of 70,000 in Canada? So much has been written about the race itself, but for those disillusioned with the state of NASCAR this season, it’s important to understand why things went so well.

Did You Notice? The Power of Money to Change NASCAR Rules & Quick Hits Times 10

Did You Notice? NASCAR possibly backtracking on their efforts to shut out Cup drivers from competing full-time for the Nationwide Series championship? If it happens, I’m reminded of the old Carole King… “It’s too late, baby, now it’s too late, though we really did try to make it…” Leaving the Cup drivers to compete for …

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Did You Notice? NASCAR Driving is a Day Job, Marcos Ambrose is Saved for 2011 & Sponsor Cutbacks

Did You Notice? Joey Logano’s words, while spoken in the heat of the moment with Ryan Newman, delve deeper into the psyche of NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers today? In case you’ve been too busy watching MTV’s Jersey Shore drama to pay attention, the following quote Logano uttered Sunday has been causing its own shock value …

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Did You Notice? NASCAR’s Shrinking Field, Stealing Money & Logistical Nightmares

Did You Notice? The underreported aftermath of the Kasey Kahne signing is it could keep another fully-funded car from popping up? Some of the other Kahne scenarios presented the last few months – staying at RPM, James Finch, Stewart-Haas Racing, JR Motorsports, etc. – all required a NASCAR team to either grow or step up from being a start-and-parker to a fully-funded effort.

Did You Notice? “Waving” a Silly NASCAR Rule Goodbye, Innovation vs. Ignore & Real Heroes

Did You Notice? That Pocono was one rain shower away from the most laughable victory NASCAR has ever seen? Under a red flag for rain, Sam Hornish Jr. – yes, the same Sam Hornish Jr. that has yet to score a top-10 finish this year – was sitting out front, using pit strategy to vault …

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Did You Notice? Busch Spotter Silliness, Martin v. Evernham, Labonte Love & Sources

Did You Notice? Bobby Labonte gets a second chance (or is it more like his fourth)? Hours after Marcos Ambrose announced his departure from JTG Daugherty Racing (we’ll get to his status later), Labonte’s been handed the keys to the No. 47 Toyota for 2011. It’s easily the best-case scenario for the former Cup champ, …

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Did You Notice? The Cost of Sacrificing a Sport Through 1 Man

Did You Notice? The selective way in which fans worry about driver aggression? I’ve been bombarded since Saturday night with emails over the Carl–Brad incident, to the point they make Dale Earnhardt Jr. look like a boy scout on the corner holding a giant No. 3 sign that says “Pay Attention To Me.” Through it …

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Did You Notice? Reut Gone Wild, NASCAR Legacies & Saving the Summer

Did You Notice? How much has been made of David Reutimann’s upset win at Chicagoland Saturday night? From television to the tiniest column on the web, I can’t get away from it. Entire columns and segments of shows are now being devoted to whether he’ll make the Chase, as if the man has turned into …

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