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Driven To The Past: When It Was A Lot More Fun…

I know that racing, like everything else, has progressed over the past 50 years, but I’m not sure that’s all been good. Seeing all the NASCAR officials, one to a car, lined up in the pit area at Texas reminded me of how few officials we used to get by on. I recall an ARCA race at Salem in the 60s when some USAC officials came down to watch, and one of them asked John Marcum where all his officials were. John said, “I’ve got Bud Holloway inspecting and handling pit steward duties with ‘Little’ Potts (my brother, Bob) helping, Don Brown driving the pace car, Potts flagging, Frank Canale handling the scoring, and I’m overseeing everything. How many do I need?”

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Sponsorship Woes Hit Hard

As the Camping World Truck Series takes its longest break of the season, sponsorship woes continue to plague the series. When the economy started taking a downturn, I never imagined how serious an impact it would have on NASCAR, and more importantly the Truck Series. No team owner or driver is immune to the difficulties in finding a sponsor. Shane Sieg, driving for Billy Ballew Motorsports, went to Martinsville Speedway without a sponsor aboard the truck, but a solid second place showing in qualifying gave Woodward Pools, based out of Waycross, Georgia, enough incentive to put their name on his No. 15 truck.

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NASCAR News for Friday, April 10, 2009

Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Names Two Executive Leaders Teresa Earnhardt, owner of the Dale Earnhardt, Inc., who merged with Chip Ganassi Racing to form Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing this year, announced on Thursday the hiring of two new executive leaders of the company. Jeff Steiner, a global operating and business executive for Johnson …

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In Case You Missed It: Friday, April 10, 2009

ISC Revenue Drops 15% In First Quarter International Speedway Corporation released its revenue results from the months of December through February. The corporation reported a loss of 14.8% in admissions revenue, and a loss of 40.9% in food, beverage, and merchandise revenue. The revenue results were compiled from the Speedweeks …

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Blue Smoke and Burnt Rubber: Talk at the Track #3

CJ: Welcome race fans to this week’s edition of “Talk at the Track”. I’m C.J. Parker and today we took advantage of the off-week to catch up with Colton Preston, this year’s rookie sensation, at his home. Colton, thanks for taking some time with us. How’s it feel to be …

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Old Controversies: The No. 8 and Aric Almirola Are Shelved

On Wednesday, it was reported that the No. 8 Chevrolet team of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing will be scuttled immediately, removing themselves off the entry list for the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway next Saturday night. And with the news everyone has expected for days now becoming official, two separate issues that had been “hot button topics” over the last two seasons have converged and been simultaneously resolved in a most unceremonious manner. When Dale Earnhardt, Jr., NASCAR’s most recognizable and popular driver, announced in June of 2007 that he would be leaving Dale Earnhardt, Inc., the racing organization debate and controversy over the number 8 soon followed. That number had become synonymous with Dale Jr., emblazoning his Chevrolet throughout his NASCAR Cup career. While driving the Budweiser No. 8 for DEI, Earnhardt had made 17 trips to Victory Lane, including winning the Daytona 500 in 2004 during a nine-year stint that made it impossible to visualize anyone else behind the wheel with that number.

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Voices From the Heartland: For Johnny Benson, Sponsorship vs. Coverage Should Be a Moot Point

It was reported this last week that the defending Camping World Truck Series champion, Johnny Benson, had a sponsorship dilemma. The team's lack of sponsorship was already well known. The problem was, Johnny and his Red Horse Racing Team now have a sponsor lined up…however, they were told that if he used the said sponsor, the networks that cover the races would not give him coverage. "We have somebody in the works to do it, but TV said they would avoid us if we had this sponsor, and it's a gun manufacturer," Benson said. "We are not sure why that would be the case, but that's the information they are giving us. We have to choose whether we want to head down that road or not."

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

Word has come down from on high at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing that the No. 8 Chevrolet now piloted by Aric Almirola – and formerly by some guy with a goatee and another one with a buzz cut – will be parked until adequate sponsorship can be found. 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 American Le Mans Series... now one of the most iconic numbers in NASCAR is being shelved for lack of sponsorship.

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Lost Wages or Lost Minds?

I guess I’m a little slow on the uptake, but I don’t get it. With all the major challenges facing NASCAR right now -- and they are myriad -- how did they decide that “fixing” the awards banquet issue was a top priority? For those of you who might not have heard, the postseason Cup awards banquet will be moving from New York City to Las Vegas, Nevada -- Las Vegas! Come on.

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Fanning the Flames: Victory Lane’s Ultimate “D’Oh!” Moment

*RCR’s Busch program is always competitive and has full-time sponsors. Maybe he could have used a year or two in a lower series to grow and sharpen some of his racing skills. And finally, who knows, a couple years with RCR and he could have been sitting in RCR’s fourth Cup entry this year with Jack Daniel's or General Mills as a sponsor.* *It just seem like where his career is after first signing with a Yates team that had been struggling and now with underfunded TRG Motorsports, maybe a full-time, funded ride with RCR (even in a lower series) would have been the better career choice — although I’m sure since driving in Cup he has made some decent money, and I’m sure that plays into a decision.* _— Adam Dodds_ *A:* This is a tough one to answer, Adam, because it’s impossible to know how David Gilliland’s career would have been altered (for better or worse) had he taken a spot with RCR in the then-Busch Series. Of course, we’re speaking in hypotheticals here, because I don’t know that an offer was ever formally extended to Gilliland by Childress.

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