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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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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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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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