NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Happy Hour: Scott Wimmer is Worthy of a Better Shot

While Dale Earnhardt Jr. was being interviewed on 60 Minutes, he said that there’s a Dale Earnhardt Jr. or a Jeff Gordon on short tracks around the country. In sports – in the entertainment industry in general – there are thousands of talented people who toil away for the best years of their lives and …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Bill Weber, You Lied To Us

Hello, race fans. Last weekend was a busy weekend, with the ARCA Re/Max Series, Sprint Cup and Truck series at Michigan while the Nationwide Series raced in front of a near-sellout crowd in Kentucky. However, I’ll keep things relatively brief with the support series to start, because I’m going to bring on the vitriol towards …

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Running Their Mouth: 2009 LifeLock 400 at Michigan

Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR and all of 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 car owners themselves. This week, here’s a peek at what the drivers were thinking following the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Holding a Pretty Wheel: Too Vanilla or Too Obnoxious? Where’s the Middle Ground?

It isn’t easy to please race fans. That becomes evident in any discussion about drivers. One guy isn’t talented enough, and if he has a family name with a racing history, well then, by gum, he’d better live up to it or else! The next is too talented, apparently, because he wins too much, whatever …

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Mirror Driving: Judging Double-File Restarts, Benson’s Pink Slip, & of Course… Busch & Earnhardt

NASCAR appeared to listen to drivers and fans with the new double-file restart rule. Did they make the right call?

5 Points to Ponder: Nashville/Pocono 2009 Edition

It was one of those no-brainers. As soon as we got the official word that the Cup Series would feature “Shootout Style” double-file restarts, everyone realized that it would liven up the racing. Sure, the whole wave around for the lap down cars created some confusion, but all-in-all, every restart was exciting. There was side by side and three-wide racing for about 10 laps before the field would eventually string out over VERY long green-flag runs. It was cool to see the new rule go into effect at a track with a frontstretch as wide as Pocono’s, but the thought of doubling up cars at Martinsville or Bristol sounds even more entertaining.

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2009 Pocono 500

This week the Most Unloved award goes not to a driver, because there were few incidents, and nobody got stupid on pit road. So this week, the award goes to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s pit sign, which is obviously not big enough, bright enough or otherwise visible enough. Perhaps the No. 88 needs to make a pit-sign swap with the No. 5 team, since their sign stopped Mark Martin every time. At the very least, the slacker sign should be fired and replaced with someone who can do the job. Like maybe a billboard. With neon.

Happy Hour’s Best Drivers In NASCAR, Part 1: Drivers #15-11

Being the Official Columnist of NASCAR is not an easy job. It’s not a matter of simply handing over a few million to NASCAR, as with most “official” entities. It takes effort. Column topics must be selected with care, as opposed to just hitting the escape key and writing something about Junior when news is dull. A thoughtful angle that no one else has observed should be provided. A position has to be taken on racing issues of the day.

OK, that’s B.S. This job is fun and the difficulty level is in stark contrast with my salary of untold millions.

Still, while my “official” title is self-proclaimed, it does carry certain responsibilities, and among them is one that I have long tried to avoid. And that is deciding upon and sharing who I think are the best drivers in the sport today. There isn’t any right answer. No matter who I put in my list here, someone will take issue with some or all of it. That’s okay; that’s great in fact, because maybe in a discussion I could learn some things that I didn’t know.

Voices from the Heartland: Studies Have Shown, NASCAR is ‘Full Of It’

Over the last couple of weeks, ever since the rumors started flying about the demise of Tony Eury Jr. as Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s crew chief, the ‘media’ has reported several times, in various ways, that “studies have shown that when Jr. isn’t running well, NASCAR’s ratings are down.” NASCAR of course, actually likes to hear …

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