In NASCAR, history is dynamic indeed. Events occur, parties react, and the game is different next time around. The lingering discussion of the events surrounding this year’s Daytona 500 is the perfect example. The facts on record are the event. Chad Knaus, crew chief for the No. 48 Nextel Cup team, was caught breaking the rules. His team’s driver, Jimmie Johnson, won the Daytona 500.
Since the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup season has come to an end, it’s now time to write its legacy in the history books. The way this season’s chapter will be penned should pleasure some, disappoint others… and make the rest downright mad. But, however you slice it, it’s time for a look back in this …
Born in Paterson, N.J., in November 1902, Pappy Hough raced – and won – in most of the 50 states and three countries during his long career. Although he made over 500 starts in cars of all kinds, winning a NASCAR Short Track Division championship in 1951, it’s probably as a car owner that Hough made his biggest mark.
Time flies inexplicably past us. We can’t stop it… just simply go along for the ride. I wrote this article in July 2004, when it appeared that Terry Labonte was eyeing retirement.
The Boot Hill 10 was a race to remember for all who attended, as 43 specimens of the finest horsepower from all over the Fort Worth area contested for the winner’s cup and bragging rights at the Bent Spur Saloon to go along with the winner’s purse, an eye-popping $8.56 plus two.
I was looking for some notes in the abyss that is my hard drive when I came across a historical document of great significance. What’s the document of which I speak? None other than my preseason picks for the 2006 NASCAR Chase for the Nextel Cup.
Darrell Waltrip’s career didn’t take off overnight; in fact, he wasn’t the 1973 Rookie of the Year. That honor went to Lennie Pond.
This isn’t a history column, per se. That’s the usual agenda, but if you came in looking for some stories from NASCAR’s glorious (and not-so-glorious) past, you might leave disappointed. What I’m going to write about – what I need to write about after the race at Talladega – is how NASCAR needs to prepare …
Blaise Alexander, just 25 years old, passed away on Oct. 4th, 2001, after injuries sustained in an accident in that night’s ARCA EasyCare 100. That slam into the concrete was all it took – in the blink of an eye, racing lost an up-and-coming star, and the sport lost another shred of innocence that had not been taken by the other losses – Adam, Kenny, Tony, Dale – that were still fresh in our minds.
The Chase is on and what a better way to honor it then with some useless facts? That’s right, race fans, I said useless. But useless is as useless does, and like the Chase these facts are certainly useless, entertaining maybe, but totally unnecessary.