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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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Holding a Pretty Wheel: In NASCAR, It’s Better to Be Marketable Than Good

Remember, not too long ago when NASCAR was a well-mixed blend of veterans and younger guys? Me too. And it occurred to me how much that’s changed recently with the influx of corporate sponsors who want more bang for their buck. Very young drivers were once a minority – it was not unusual for a …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR Heading In the Wrong Direction This Weekend

NASCAR is heading in the wrong direction. No (for once) I don’t mean in general, I mean that literally. As the Busch and Nextel Cup Series both head for California Speedway this weekend they’re going the wrong way. They’re heading west when they should be heading south. I touched on NASCAR’s abandonment of its history …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: 10 Things I Hate About You, NASCAR

There has been a lot of talk this season about NASCAR’s declining ratings, and if fewer TV viewers are a valid indicator, the sport’s declining popularity. Fans say they just don’t care as much as they used to, that the races aren’t as exciting, and that the television coverage is subpar. NASCAR blames anyone they …

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