Tag Archives: Casey Mears

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Chasing Down Your Best Bets For Richmond

Will this weekend cause a repeat of the Dale Earnhardt Jr. vs. Kyle Busch confrontation from this spring? Will the Joe Gibbs cars in general be strong at Richmond again? Can Carl Edwards knock another 10 points off of Kyle Busch’s bonus point lead for the Chase? Can Jimmie Johnson continue his strong push to the postseason? And which of these men will drive a bid into the fantasy racing playoffs of your own? Read on for this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans to see which drivers should be on your roster and which ones should be at Home Depot shopping for generators and plywood.

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: “Silly Season” Is Actually A Very Serious Matter

The term “Silly Season" implies much joy and frivolity, sort of like a middle school dance that pays really well. Fans, for the most part, seem endlessly fascinated by the latest "Silly Season" rumors, as witnessed by the success of Jayski’s site that contains that very phrase. As a fan as well as a writer, I am not immune to finding the latest rumor, gossip, and deliberate mistruths spread by agents trying to advance their clients' futures -- but I’ve also seen the dark side of the carnival. In what amounts to a huge game of musical chairs, some drivers and team members end up losing big, finding themselves still standing without a place to sit when the music stops. These are real people with real dreams, aspirations, obligations, and families who -- having once been in the Big Top -- find themselves abruptly tossed from the circus like a shovelful of elephant crap.

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Did You Notice? Sorenson Could Be Casey Atwood, Part II, And Two Teams Better Than One For Big Four

Did You Notice? That sneaky suspicion that Reed Sorenson’s move to Gillett Evernham Motorsports equals the second coming of Casey Atwood? In light of the official announcement Sorenson’s headed to GEM, I can’t stop thinking about the comparison between the two.

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Sharpie 500 presented by Pennzoil Platinum at Bristol

Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Sharpie 500 presented by Pennzoil Platinum at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Bristol Night Race

4. Cats Land On Their Feet... Too - Casey Mears, with just one win to his credit during stints with Ganassi Racing and Hendrick Motorsports, has been selected as the newest driver to the Richard Childress Racing stable of drivers that already includes Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton and Kevin Harvick. How many lives does a driver have?

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Is Someone Else Worth Picking Over Kyle Busch And Carl Edwards At Bristol?

With so many drivers' success or failure dependent on luck, the Bristol Motor Speedway is bound to offer you more questions than answers heading into the weekend. Will Kyle Busch continue his winning ways? Can Carl Edwards win the night race at Bristol again? Is Tony Stewart finally going to break the winless streak? Can Dale Earnhardt Jr. avoid another pit road issue? Will Jamie McMurray continue his run of strong finishes? Only this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans will tell you which guys you should keep on your roster and which ones should be riding the bench after spending half the night with crumpled sheet metal in the garage.

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Mirror Driving: Road Ringers Lose, Casey Mears On The Move, And Young Guns Get The Boot

The Watkins Glen race had several road course ringers in the field but, as usual, a Sprint Cup regular won the race. Is there really any advantage for replacing a team’s full-time driver with a road course specialist?

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Patrick Carpentier–Marketability Matters

Last week I started my very own hypothetical race team and picked my short list of the most talented drivers racing in Sprint Cup today. Any of the five would make a strong start for a new team for sure, and talent like that should attract sponsorship to the team as well. But I said I wanted to start with a two-car team, and being an upstart, I might not get all the top talent I’d like to have. So what to look for in a second driver? Well, part of success in today’s NASCAR is marketability. That’s right, the ability to look good on TV and push a product to its intended demographic has become increasingly important. I’ll admit, I’ve never quite gotten it--after all, shouldn’t driving ability be paramount? But it’s not always that easy. These days, in addition to being able to wheel a car like he stole it, a driver has to look good on television, be able to speak flawlessly to a group of VIP’s, act in commercials if the sponsor so desires, and do windows. Okay, so I made the last one up, but it’s not really that far off. Today’s driver cannot simply be a driver anymore. That’s why, with the notable exception of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., I paid special attention to drivers outside the typical NASCAR spotlight--the guys who always seem to find a ride because of their personal appeal. Here’s my list of five guys in Cup who have those intangibles needed to woo and impress sponsors and fans alike--even if they don’t always get the spotlight.

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Beyond the Cockpit: Casey Mears On His Past, His Future, And His Family

In this latest edition of Beyond the Cockpit, our Amy Henderson sat down with Casey Mears to talk about the driver's past, present, and future -- with a lot of stops in between. The 30-year-old talks about his beginnings in racing, his family's influence, his friendship with Jimmie Johnson, and the strangest question a fan has ever asked him. It's one-on-one time with one of NASCAR's brightest stars, the nicest guy in the garage according to drivers and fans -- and the latest generation of the legendary Mears Gang.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Prepping Your Team For Indy Glory

Hopefully, you enjoyed your off weekend and your fantasy team got well rested -- because man, will they wind up needing that break. This weekend’s Brickyard 400 kicks off a grueling 17-race stretch to championship weekend at Homestead, and it's time to get everything geared up and ready to go for the Fantasy home stretch. Unless you went way out on a limb with your picks at Chicago, you likely didn’t see your team get blown away in the Windy City. But with the prestige of winning at the Brickyard up for grabs this weekend, every team is going to be bringing their "A" game this Sunday. As you prepare your team for a race of historic proportions, keep in mind the delicate balance between picking a driver who is hot at a particular track and which drivers were running well before the break... but not three months before. Confused a bit yet? We'll sort it all out for you; just take a deep breath and get ready for the long week ahead by reading the latest edition of Fantasy Picks 'N' Pans.

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