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Pay-Per-View vs. a Highlight Reel: Fixing FOX’s Terrible Coverage

Which would you rather have, four hours of uninterrupted NASCAR race coverage or a one hour highlight reel? That’s a tough question these days. One I used to be able to answer unequivocally. Why would I want the Sprint Cup Series to go pay-per-view? Well, when FOX cuts to commercial …

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NASCAR Forgot to Tell Them, “Keep it Clean, Boys.”

“Boys, have at it.” Brian France and Co. all agreed this ought to be the credo of NASCAR several years ago. Collectively, the fan base proceeded to cheer. At long last, our heroes would not be fined and suspended for failing to control their tongues in moments of extreme stress, …

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Wishing Money Didn’t Make the World Go ‘Round

There’s something you notice when you go to the track—any track. It doesn’t happen when you park your car, apparently even the biggest and brightest facilities don’t bother landscaping the parking lots. But as soon as you approach the grandstands it stares you in the face. Either you’re looking at …

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The Question that is Getting Old in NASCAR

“Do you think it’s possible that somebody of Mark Martin’s age can win a Sprint Cup?” “Is it probable that someone as young as Joey Logano could win a Cup?” “Does your age give you an advantage over the younger racers?” “Are you willing to work with somebody much younger …

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That Couldn’t Have Been Team Orders, Could It?

During the closing laps of the Camping World 200, one thing was clear. Harvick and Hornaday were not too happy with each other. Well, yes, they had been trading paint for the last 50 laps. That alone could explain the rubbin’ and bumpin’ during caution laps, especially for these two committed competitors. But what if it was more? The fact is Harvick had his crew chief communicate to the No. 33 team that he would like Hornaday to move over so he could pass and have a go at the No. 51 driven by Kyle Busch.

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Which Pictures Are Worth A Thousand Words?

No one would confuse me with Martha Stewart, as my house tends more to the pack rat sort of ambience. Thus, it shouldn’t surprise anybody when I say I was going through the RV and discovered five years' worth of racing news clips. What could that possibly have anything to do with anything? Well, it was somewhat fascinating. Most NASCAR fans make a habit of compiling an improbable assortment of die-cast, ticket stubs, hats, stuffed toys, bobble-heads, flags, stickers…need I go on? We also bring our cameras with us and fill endless photo albums with shots of favorite cars, drivers, paint schemes, tracks, etc. etc. The problem is these bits of memorabilia have a tendency of disappearing into our homes, quickly buried by newer additions to the pile.

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LOOK! They’re Wrecking!

Cousin Carl and Brad Kesolowski were heading to the finish line. Carl blocked a last ditch effort by the rookie and his car turned sideways, still speeding at around 190 mph. For a second, the wreck looked pretty benign. That is, until Ryan Newman’s No. 39 barreled into the No. …

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