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Holding A Pretty Wheel: The Good, Bad And The Ugly Of Recent NASCAR Fixes

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NASCAR made some fairly significant schedule changes this week for the 2020 season, the biggest swing at what had become a stagnant calendar for several years. The sanctioning body has hinted more changes are to come as current track contracts come to an end and the seventh-generation cars are phased in for 2021. But is …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Let’s Reschedule NASCAR’s Focus

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All eyes are on Sin City this weekend as NASCAR debuts the full version of the 2019 intermediate rules package (aero ducts weren’t in use at Atlanta) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. NASCAR has a lot riding on the next couple of seasons as it moves toward the end of the current television deal. If …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR’s Aging Ownership — & a Possible Silver Lining


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Fans have been feeling their ages lately as a slew of drivers, ones who defined a generation of racing, have stepped aside in recent years. You know the names by now: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne…all popular multi-race winners and title contenders.  Some will be enshrined in the Hall …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Things Just Got Silly

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You can say that NASCAR isn’t exciting these days, but this year, that certainly doesn’t include Silly Season.  Both rumors and moves started early and have become hot and heavy over the last few weeks. Drivers moving on so far this year include Jamie McMurray, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Trevor Bayne, Martin Truex Jr. (No. …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: For Just a Minute, NASCAR Gives Back All That’s Lost

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Seventy years into the game, NASCAR teams will use this weekend at Darlington Raceway to celebrate the sport’s long and colorful history with throwback paint schemes and uniforms. It’s appropriate that the nod to the past comes at Darlington, the sport’s oldest superspeedway at its oldest continuously run race (if you’re willing to count the …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Inspecting the Process

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To the rear, inspection. These words have become all too familiar over the last couple of seasons as NASCAR has cracked down on weekend inspection failures. Frankly, it’s not a great look for the sport, as some weeks multiple teams pile up the failures, giving outsiders the impression that nefarious things are afoot. And it …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Why the Number of Winners Matters

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The end of Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway marks the halfway point in the 2018 season.  After 17 races of the 36-race schedule, we’ve seen just six different winners, the fewest in four decades.  Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch have 10 of those wins between them, with five …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Is a Summer Storm Coming to NASCAR?

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Long, hot days give way to sultry nights, tracks are hot and slick and expectations and frustrations mount.  It’s summer in NASCAR, and with 12 races to go in the sport’s regular season, there’s a rivalry brewing right along with the summer storms. Or is there? 2018 to date has largely been the Kevin Harvick …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: An Open Letter to Whomever Ends Up Owning NASCAR

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To NASCAR’s future purchaser: Congratulations on your acquisition.  You have an exciting time in store for you, and I wish you the best of luck in your new endeavor. Your position is somewhat unenviable; our sport has come to a crossroads in recent years.  It’s grown exponentially, changed immensely and fallen on hard times.  But …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR All-Star Format Falls Flat

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So, this All-Star Race. NASCAR released the format for its All-Star event next month, and well, color me a bit underwhelmed. Two things went down: a change to the rules package for the cars and another to the format of the race itself. Let’s talk about the cars first.  NASCAR is adding a significantly taller …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: NASCAR’s Vicious Money Cycle

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There was a time when a NASCAR driver was practically synonymous with his sponsor — that blue STP car was so recognizable as Richard Petty’s ride that “Petty Blue” is a color in every fan’s frame of reference. Though Dale Earnhardt drove the Wrangler ride for several years, one look at that black GM Goodwrench …

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