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Dollars & Sense: Ganassi Racing & the “Value” of Creating “Value”

When the checkered flag flew ending the Air Guard 400 at Richmond, the 2010 Chase field was set and there was not an Earnhardt Ganassi Racing driver to be found in the top 12. Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya finished 14th and 16th in the “regular-season” standings, respectively. However, the last thing this season …

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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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No Bull: Is the ISC/IndyCar Divorce a Warning Shot to NASCAR?

Odds are you weren’t paying attention to the Izod IndyCar Series schedule announcement on Friday. Don’t feel bad about it; after all, what they announced was equivalent of a “rough draft” of sorts that wasn’t even complete, one date short of the 17 that will comprise a revamped 2011 version of their racing lineup.

The only people that were paying attention at the time were series die-hards, and at this point, that seems to be all that make up the tiny open-wheel racing fan base these days. The television contract with _Versus_ — which has several years left — has knocked the series out of the public consciousness for all but a few weeks in May, and if everyone’s favorite driver leaves for the big, bad waters of NASCAR, who knows where the IndyCar Series could end up in the short-term? Racing on the Comcast-owned channel has averaged a rating of less than 1.0 _with_ her in the lineup; compare that to NASCAR, where the “AAA” Nationwide Series routinely gets more viewership each week.

Beyond the Cockpit: Diversity Pioneer Lyn St. James

To some racing fans, particularly those of the stock car persuasion, Lyn St. James is not a household name. This notion is somewhat understandable, as the Willoughby, Ohio native never raced nationally in stock cars and did not even make her Indy 500 debut until 1992 – at the age of 47. But James’s ephemeral …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Montreal Has Great Action, But TV Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to another edition of Talking NASCAR TV. Between the normal column and The Critic’s Annex for our Frontstretch Newsletter, this is the 100th critique I’ve written for Frontstretch. Last weekend, the Nationwide Series was in Montreal for the fourth running of the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at the Circuit Gilles …

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Talking NASCAR TV: ESPN’s Coverage Comes up Short in Bristol

Hello, race fans. It’s that time of the week once again. I’m going through the past weekend’s NASCAR race broadcasts with a fine-tooth comb. The Camping World Truck Series was at Bristol on Wednesday night, while the Nationwide Series raced Friday night and the Sprint Cup Series Saturday night.

No Bull: A Great Year Disguised as the Worst for 1 of NASCAR’s Best Owners

Chip Ganassi’s three-peat weekend only added to the craziness of the 2010 season for the ubiquitous owner. Saturday, Ganassi’s Grand-Am team of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas won by fractions of a second at Watkins Glen, and then 24 hours later, Juan Pablo Montoya won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for his first victory on tour in over three years.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen

Signing a contract extension must have agreed with AJ Allmendinger. After settling his 2011 plans earlier this week, Allmendinger thanked his Richard Petty Motorsports team with a fourth-place finish at Watkins Glen, the best of the year for the underfunded No. 43. Though he didn’t quite have the car to make a bid at the end, Allmendinger dogged the leaders all day long, holding off a charging Carl Edwards in the Bus Stop on the final lap and garnering a little TV time for his often overlooked team.

No Bull: Bad Calls Can Quickly Cost You Credibility

While NASCAR raced at open-wheel’s hallowed ground on Sunday, IndyCar stole the spotlight hours after the checkered flag flew at Indianapolis. As Helio Castroneves led the field to the green flag and a restart on lap 92 of the 95-lap Honda Edmonton Indy, he stayed to the inside portion of the frontstretch as the field …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Controversy Never Keeps ESPN From Jumping Ship

Hello, race fans. It’s that time of the week again, the one where I go through race broadcasts with a fine-toothed comb. The Sprint Cup Series took this past weekend off. However, as you’re probably aware of by now, the events of this past Saturday night will probably play a role in Sunday’s Brickyard 400. …

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