What should NASCAR do with the old Busch Series, now sponsored by Nationwide Insurance?
Something different. Something very different than the Busch Series.
Though television is what brings the bucks into NASCAR, it’s the ticket sales that make money for the race tracks. For that reason, since that first CBS broadcast of the Daytona 500 in 1979, television broadcasts of NASCAR races have always been afterthoughts. The race is not designed for television. Television (...) > Full story
About this time of year, it begins to set in. NASCAR deprivation.
I know. It was only a few mere weeks ago that we’d all had it with Jimmy Johnson, up to about here. (Yes, he really is worse than Jeff Gordon. So much so, in fact, that I’m actually beginning to like Jeff Gordon.)
But this past week the ARCA competitors were practicing at Daytona, and Christmas is almost here, which means SpeedWeeks is almost almost here, so . . .
Hope springs eternal and (...) > Full story
Next year, NASCAR will require that teams use “the Car of Tomorrow” at all races, beginning with February’s Daytona 500. This completes the transformation of the Sprint Cup into a “spec class” racing series, a major departure from the formula for success that brought NASCAR its initial growth.
Can the series survive the transformation?
Certainly, NASCAR is too big to implode overnight. Yet, it seems evident that the major growth in NASCAR attendance and audience is over. (...) > Full story
No sooner does the NASCAR season end with the last race at Homestead this past Sunday and now NASCAR’s already talking about the first race next year, a race which will be the 50th Daytona 500.
The first car across the starting line will, of course, be the pace car and next year it will be this Corvette Z06. That will be the fifth consecutive year it a Corvette has performed that function.
Chevrolet’s General Manager, Ed Peper, had a few kind words for both (...) > Full story
Is Jimmy Johnson, current and – apparently – future NASCAR Cup Champion real Cup champion? One like Petty, or Earnhardt? Or even the man that would, were they counting the same way they did then, be a six-time champion this year: Gordon?
No. Jimmy Johnson is a plastic creature, the epitome of the “racer” in the environment of NASCAR: a mile and a half tri-oval owned by Bruton Smith.
There was a time when winning the Championship counted for something. That was the time during (...) > Full story
It started as a squabble with the local zoning board, but the frustrated desire of Bruton Smith, owner of Lowe’s Motor Speedway, to add a drag strip to the racing complex has now escalated into a plan to construct a new speedway elsewhere.
Though Lowe’s, which was formerly known as Charlotte Motor Speedway is often thought of as being in that city, it’s actually located in Concord, North Carolina, a smaller suburb (much like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is not in (...) > Full story
No surprise, but Chevrolet has resigned Dale Earnhardt, Inc. as a Chevy Team for the Nextel/Sprint Cup Series. The deal extends at least through the 2008 season.
"Chevrolet enjoyed a successful relationship, including six NASCAR Cup championships, with the legendary Dale Earnhardt behind the wheel of his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, and we’re proud of our longstanding relationship with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. which extends all the way back to when Dale and Teresa Earnhardt (...) > Full story
Jeremy Mayfield, the NASCAR driver who left the Dodge racing organization of Evernham Racing and ended up with a Toyota
ride that has gone nowhere, has a new car: the no. 66 Chevrolet
. He will take over the Nextel Cup driving duties from Jeff Green, starting with this week-end’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, driving for the Haas/CNC Racing team. Mayfield will then continue with a Haas/CNC ride in 2008.
He will be joining Scott Riggs, who recently signed to drive for the (...) > Full story
NASCAR fans are known for infectious enthusiasm.
But, are they actually contagious?
Seems the Homeland Security Committee of the House of Representatives thinks so.
While Ryan Newman was winning the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, a controversy was brewing in Washington over the advice given to staff members of the Homeland Security Committee before they made visits to the NASCAR race this week and to last (...) > Full story
Confirmng the rumors, Chip Ganassi announced at a press conference on Wednesday Morning that Dario Franchitti has been released from his Andretti Green Racing contract and will be driving for Ganassi in NASCAR. Franchitti gets his start immediately, with an entry in the ARCA race being run at Talladega this coming week-end.
Franchitti, who won the Indianapolis 500 this past May and was also the 2007 IRL champion, will replace David Stremme on the NASCAR Nextel Cup team, where he (...) > Full story