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Big Six: 2009 Shelby 427 at Las Vegas

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? How about former champion and fan favorite Bobby Labonte? Labonte looked like he might be able to challenge for a win before a pit stop shuffle relegated him to racing for fifth place instead. If this is a preview of coming attractions for …

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Michael Annett and Scott Speed Win Fourth Annual Raybestos Rookie Cooking Challenge

Las Vegas, NV (February 27, 2009) – Michael Annett and Scott Speed teamed to win the Fourth Annual Raybestos® Rookie Cooking Challenge Thursday afternoon at ESPN Zone Las Vegas. Annett and Speed prepared a tasty dish of elbow macaroni with meat sauce, garlic onion and mozzarella cheese. Other drivers competing …

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Five Simple Ways to Make NASCAR Fans Happy Again

It wasn’t that long ago when every major sport could have taken a page from NASCAR’s book. This was a sport that was fan friendly. The drivers were accessible to the fans and happy to oblige. The sport was rich in tradition and the racing was good. Everyone wanted to win the Daytona 500 and the Southern 500, the two notches in the fencepost that mattered most to teams. It was a family sport that parents could watch with their kids. What was not to love? Then, seemingly overnight, things began to change, although the changes have come over the course of a few years. The sport is not so fan friendly-watching the sport together has turned into watching the start and then sending the kids off to do their homework. The oldest race on the circuit has been gone for several years, replaced by a “market.” The drivers are scarce in public areas, and the tradition and good racing are all but gone, replaced by trends and fans who will likely only ride this bandwagon until the next stop, and then jump onto the next trend when it rolls in, leaving longtime fans and purists scratching their heads and wondering what happened to the sport they once loved.

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Does NASCAR Need Digger?

Sometimes I feel for the Fox Sports people, even if it’s difficult to muster sympathy for them while sitting through infuriatingly bad broadcasts of racing. The artists and animators who created Digger are only trying to entertain, trying to add to the NASCAR broadcast, and some of the backlash has been nothing short of vicious. One of the nicer comments suggested a “Digger as main course” barbecue. But the sentiment is understandable. The cartoon rodent is one more of the countless distractions that flood a typical NASCAR broadcast these days. Digger may be amusing to some and annoying to others, but the gopher is more of a symbol of the over-saturization of sports than anything else. Networks never cease to believe that the show always needs more spice, more pizzazz, more dazzle. That racing needs a stimulus package, if you will.

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Road Trips, Being a Movie Star, and Sorry, Officer…

I had a really good time in Daytona. It was fun for me, driving the motorhome down to Ocala. We won some races in Ocala and then we went over to Volusia. We were like a traveling dirt team--like the old days--setting the motorhome up and just feeling normal again. Then we started 2009 off with a really competitive run and finished 16th in the Nationwide Series race at Daytona. Of course I was completely worn out after 100 hours of Speed TV. We did a lot of TV--it felt like we did a year’s worth of TV at Daytona! We also did the Sit With Kenny campaign. We sold out the section, so that was a really big success. I look for other teams to follow up with something like that to help sell some tickets. They reduced the tickets to $55 down there, so it was really good.

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Driven to the Past: ‘Different’ Tracks

Got to thinking about some of the stranger tracks I’ve worked on... First one that comes to mind was a UMRA TQ Midget race in the coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. First indoor race for me. Very small track, and VERY narrow turns 1 and 2. Reason was a big hole inside those turns covered with 2x8 boards--something to do with the ice-making equipment for hockey games. We moved the boundary tires out past it, and that narrowed up the turns. I had offered the opinion that if we took the boards off, it wouldn’t be a problem after we filled it up with cars, but nobody liked that idea.

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Nuts for Nationwide: 75,000 Eye-Openers, Plus 12 More

The announced attendance for Saturday’s NNS event was 15,000. 15,000. To put that in perspective, that’s 75,000 empty seats on the frontstretch. DC United of Major League Soccer draws more than 15,000 fans for many of their regular season games. Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC draws more than 15,000 for their Whelen All-American Series races. _Duke football_ draws more than 15,000 fans to the ditch that is Wallace Wade Stadium to watch one of the nation’s lowliest college football programs.

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NASCAR News for Friday, February 27, 2009

Girl Who Gave Earnhardt “Lucky Penny” To Appear At Bristol NASCAR announced on Thursday that Wessa Miller, the girl who gave Dale Earnhardt, Sr. a “lucky penny” that he carried with him as he won the 1998 Daytona 500, will be attending the upcoming Bristol Motor Speedway race with her …

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In Case You Missed It: Friday, February 27, 2009

Rheem Staying On With Harvick For Four More Nationwide Races Kevin Harvick, Inc. announced that Rheem, manufacturer of heating units and air conditioners, will be sponsoring the team for four more Nationwide races. Which races will be sponsored has not been disclosed. Rheem will be promoting their new tankless water …

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Frontstretch Folio: 2009 Shelby 427 at Las Vegas

The Sprint Cup Series heads to “Sin City” this weekend to test their luck at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Shelby 427 is the third race of the 2009 Sprint Cup season and will be broadcast live on Sunday, March 1st at 3:30 pm ET on FOX, with radio …

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