Sure the television broadcasts catch every angle of NASCAR wrecks. However, I think views from the grandstands offer a unique view of the thrill and danger of these events. [more inside]
NASCAR as little as they like it, has it's roots in Moonshine. Junior Johnson
, one of the early heroes who is considered the greatest to never win a championship, has even gone legal
with it after getting his start running Moonshine for his father. He was even the subject of a 1965 Tom Wolfe Essay as the Last American Hero. The latest cheating scandal
to hit NASCAR? Junior just says they were doing their job, being creative, and just got caught
Over the past decade, as NASCAR's
popularity has grown, and Formula 1 has expanded into new international markets
, open wheel racing in the US has floundered along with 2 rival series: IRL and CART. With little sponsorship money, the loss of big-name drivers to retirement, F1 and NASCAR, this year's unification of IRL and CART
was a long time coming, and may lead to a series that race fans may start caring about again.
Aero Warriors: Battling at super speedways on Sunday to sell cars on Monday.
In 1969 only showroom stock cars were permitted in NASCAR sanctioned events. This meant in order to compete a car had to be produced and available through dealers in minimum quantities. Only minor changes for racing were allowed. And in 1969 Ford and Chrysler were locked in a Battle Royale to win races. To this end both produced cars designed to dominate on the 1+ mile speedways. For Chrysler: the Dodge Charger 500, Dodge Charger Daytona, and Plymouth Road Runner Superbird. For Ford: the Ford Torino Talladega
and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II
. Aero Warriors is the story and history of these street legal, 200mph (320kph) capable, wildly winged cars from the Chrysler side of the line.
Are you ready for some... NASCAR?
"Consider, 4 out of 5 NBA players are African American, 67 percent of NFL players are minorities, and last season, 23 percent of major league baseball players were born in Spanish-speaking countries (an increase of 40 percent from 1989). All of those sports, except football, are experiencing a dip in popularity. Meanwhile, the conspicuously white NASCAR is on an unprecedented run up the profit chart."
"NASCAR has sold its soul to the devil,"
says 45-year-old veteran driver Ricky Rudd, who's thinking about retirement. Maybe he's just pissed about losing to younger competitors
. Or maybe he has a point when he says, "They are massaging this thing to target a certain crowd and before you know it, they'll have us up there flexing and in bathing suits like we're professional wrestlers." NASCAR's definitely been trying to broaden its appeal
in other ways. And when is the increasingly popular
racing world going to start requiring soft wall technology
at all of its tracks, anyway? Last Sunday's wreck
during Indy 500 practice seems to have convinced one driver, at least, that soft walls work.
Now they're putting URLs on our license plates.
This Internet thing has finally gone too far. (Though the thought of Dale Earnhardt license plates is itself disturbing.)
Teresa Earnhart Speaks
about the attempts by some folks to acquire her husbands, (Dale Earnhart) autopsy photographs.
Yes, I'll admit it, I'm a Nascar fan, and although I never rooted for Dale Earnhardt (just yelled at him), I respected him and will miss him. But it's just plain sick that the racer that bumped him, Sterling Marlin, is getting death threats
against him and his family.
Racing Past the Truth.
A new perspective on Earnhardt's death, the purpose of which is to question the supposed cause of death and general lack of research in the reporting thereof.
The most interesting part, though, is pointing out how the makers of the Head and Neck Restraining System (HANS) are milking his death for all its worth, even though it probably would have done nothing to save him.