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What’s Vexing Vito

Tough Love: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Tony Eury, Jr. – Rip Off The Band-Aid and Start The Healing

Well, here we go again – the rumor mill is at Def-Con 2 this week, with talk of Tony Eury, Jr.’s imminent demise and departure as crew chief for cousin Dale Earnhardt, Jr. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost one year since Earnhardt, Jr. last won a race, on …

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What’s Vexing Vito: Carl Long’s Suspension and Fines A Cover Up For Mayfield Drug Test Fiasco?

Do any of you remember that Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman movie _Wag The Dog_ ? The plot of the movie was that in order to cover up a sex scandal involving the President prior to an election, a Hollywood producer comes up with a plan to fabricate a fictional war on television, keeping the scandal off the front page of the paper and deflecting public attention from it. Truth apparently is stranger than fiction and life imitates art -- Bill Clinton essentially did the same thing a year later after it was discovered that he had a thing for thick chicks in blue dresses and cigars. Anyways, you get my point. Now, fast forward a decade later, and the same thing appears to be happening in NASCAR.

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Smokin’ Weed or a Smoke Screen? Mayfield’s Suspension for Banned Substance Provides More Questions Than Answers

The biggest story to break in NASCAR over the last few days has been Jeremy Mayfield’s suspension for a positive test for a banned substance following the May 2nd race at Richmond. A subsequent follow up B-test confirmed the previous test result. The only problem is, we don’t know hat he tested positive for. While this announcement is evidence that NASCAR is enforcing a policy that many once thought to be a policy in name only, it has cast quite a dark cloud over Mayfield. It has also altered the perception of a the driver turned owner/driver, who started the season off on such a positive note by qualifying for the Daytona 500 with his start-up team that was formed just weeks before the biggest event on the calendar. While many are shining the light on Mayfield, there is another element here that has a perception issue of its own when it comes to drug testing: NASCAR itself.

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What’s Vexing Vito: Take Off Your Damned Glasses and Stop Sucking Down That Sugar Water. Do It For Momma…

In yesterday’s installment of Voice of Vito – a particularly poignant exposé and perhaps my finest work ever – I made note of some key NASCAR staples that need to remain in place; an unmolested Darlington, short track racing, and Talladega being left well enough alone. After what had been …

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What’s Vexing Vito: Economy Or No Economy, Parking No. 8 Car For Phoenix Dumbest Thing Ever

Is this what NASCAR’s come to? As if it wasn’t bad enough that Petty Enterprises is no more, the Wood Brothers show up to about as many races as David Pearson nowadays, and Kyle Petty has been relegated to an as yet unconfirmed stint in the Grand Am Series... now one of the most iconic numbers in NASCAR is being shelved for lack of sponsorship. It wasn’t so long ago that this No. 8 team was contending for championships and winning races on a regular basis, becoming essentially the flagship car of NASCAR itself. But after stumbling through a miserable start, they claim there's no choice now but to submit to a different type of "flag" -- the white flag of surrender.

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What’s Vexing Vito: Gone With The Wind? Possible Government Involvement With Automakers Jeopordizes Racing’s Future

It doesn’t take a microeconomics major to see that things aren’t going so well lately. All you have to do is take a look at your own bank balance or give a gander at your 401k (assuming you still have one) to know that right now, it’s “mourning” in America. The stock market has lost nearly a 1/3 of it’s value since the first of the year, General Motors sales are down 53% from a year ago, and outside of a the new Dodge Ram or Challenger, is there any reason to buy a Chrysler product? Things aren’t nearly as bleak at Ford, I guess, unless you can get past the fact that the Flex looks like an Edge that broke the fall of an Expedition.

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What’s Vexing Vito: I Don’t Feel Right – NASCAR Needs To Cut Out Their Sacred Cows For Lent

As I was drifting in and out of consciousness in my weakened condition earlier, a few thoughts started drifting through my mind. What if the ultimate modern glutton – NASCAR – was forced to give up a few things for Lent? If there is one thing we have learned over the years, the one body who does not like to sacrifice things is NASCAR, who worships at the altar of St. William Getty. Let’s blow through these real quick-like so I can double up on some Nyquil, and “ride the dragon” here before I pass out at the keyboard.

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What’s Vexing Vito: NASCAR Through The Looking Glass – A Schedule In Dire Need of Review

For a sport so concerned about spending money, what good sense does it make after spending two weeks in Northern Florida, to truck thousands of miles across the country, only to be right back out there just a few days later? Yes, I know there are separate trailers and teams to transport the cars, but can’t they go someplace closer? Or somewhere moderately interesting?

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What’s Vexing Vito: The Great American Race – Suppressed By The People’s Republic of NASCAR

I’m actually pretty excited this morning. Normally during the week, I’m in a bad mood until about 11:00 a.m., but today is a little different as the actual racing season gets underway with actual racing--The Gatorade Duels at Daytona International Speedway will set the field for Sunday’s 51st running of the Daytona 500. I was thinking about taking the day off to watch them, until I realized… what’s the point? In all honesty, the Gatorade Duels might as well be called "The Two Salty Sports Beverage Slap Fights." There really is very little to fight over.

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What’s Vexing Vito: So This Is What It Sounds Like… When Buds Cry

Is it just me, or is there just a general malaise and “blah” feeling surrounding everything as of late? See, I have an excuse. I live in Michigan – where hope goes to die. There is snow, slush, ice, wind, and cold for half of the year, and this year is on track to be the worst winter ever. That -- combined with the most embarrassing football team in the history of organized athletics, along with an unemployment rate nearing 11% in a state that is heavily dependent on the auto industry -- the cause for celebrations here are often few and far between. As it is, it’s really hard to get excited about things in general this time of year; turn on the news or pick up a paper, and you have a compelling case for justifiable suicide.

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