According to her website
, Tia Norfleet has an impressive racing resume, and is said to be the first African American women to compete in Nascar. However, it appears those claims may be exaggerated.
The result has caused an uproar on her Facebook page
between her supporters and detractors. Further clouding matters, Tia’s father Bobby, has in the past accused NASCAR of Racism for denying him the chance to race
. For a sport hailing the achievements of Danica Patrick and desperately trying to promote diversity, could this incident hurt the progress NASCAR has slowly started to make on that front?
is the first woman
to qualify for the Daytona 500 pole position, or any other Nascar Cup race.
What do NASCAR's AJ Allmendinger
, Joe Haden
of the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants safety Tyler Sash
of the Philadelphia Phillies, and many other athletes
have in common?
They have all used a performance enhancing substance
that is growing in popularity among athletes, one that is widely prescribed and which is taken by millions of children every day. The drug in question is Adderall
: The combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. [more inside]
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]
Google partners with NASCAR
to introduce an autonomous racing car. # 10^100, of course.
NASCAR pre-race, promotional prayer
Enjoying your Friday night? Be careful out there. In between other things
, including voting for huge cuts to the EPA's budget and regulating power
, the U.S. House of Representatives just voted to eliminate Title X
, originally signed into law 40 years ago by Republican President Richard Nixon
, which provides funding for Planned Parenthood
. [more inside]
Last season, attendance fell some 10%, and empty seats have pockmarked this year's races... average viewership of Sprint Cup races on network television has fallen a remarkable 25%... this year's broadcast of the Daytona 500 was the lowest-rated Great American Race since 1991. NASCAR: A Once Hot Sport Tries to Restart Its Engine
During the last lap of the NASCAR race at Talladega Super Speedway the car in the lead got tapped by the second place car and went airborne
and smashed into the catch fence
. The frightening wreck resulted in injuries to seven fans
NASCAR has been using the dreaded restrictor plate (a plate that fits over the carburetor and restricts the flow of gasoline and slows the cars down) since 1987 after Bobby Allison had a similar wreck at the same track. NASCAR officials still give lip service
to their commitment to safety but it's well known that NASCAR doesn't really do anything until someone dies in a wreck
. David Poole, who writes for the Charlotte Observer is one of the few members of the media calling NASCAR out on this.
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.
"To celebrate the 50th running of the Daytona 500, some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment have created original artwork inspired by the Great American Race." The results
look OK for a seven year old
, but terrible for everyone else
Here are the NASCAR-style uniforms
they would wear if companies were proud of their political donations, and if running for senate required a flame-retardant suit.
ignite your potential start your Thetans
You might be a redneck if ... you enjoy Jeff Foxworthy Jerky
. Or maybe you'd prefer some NASCAR brand meat
. Remember when sports food tie-ins were simpler
? Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio
? via spofi
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.
and (as early as the 1830's) Lyceums,
were perhaps America's first experiments in a truly Mass Culture. Everyone from this guy
to this guy
took the stage.
These days? Budweiser and Home Depot
continue this fine American tradition.
Hey, at least its not a Medicine Show.
See also: Jerry Springer, the Opera
. It's like we can hardly even count on high culture and low culture being separate anymore. If only there had been some way to see this coming
Welcome to "Ask the White House"
-- an online interactive forum where you can submit questions to Bush administration officials. Currently taking questions: NASCAR's Michael Waltrip.
Pandering doesn't get any more naked than this, does it? (Via TPM
Then you can pay FOX Sports Net to let you be their NASCAR columnist!
A site for gay NASCAR fans.
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."
Angry at something? Have Calvin pee on it.
) Perhaps the most popular form of American expression in the last decade (Aside from Jesus Fish Vs. Darwin Fish
), I've personally seen Calvin pee on at least 5 NASCAR drivers, prayed to 2 religions, and given me the finger twice. What does Bill Watterson think about this?
Wait... no, I'm sorry, this is what he really thinks
about licensing. I think if you've proliferated the rape of my favorite comic strip you should spend an eternity with Jeff Gordon peeing on your head.
"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.
Cheat! Win a new car!
Ford's website tie-in to the NASCAR race series looks fairly normal on first glance. It's a contest that offers prizes (Grand Prize a new Taurus) based on picking the top Ford finishers in each week's race. However, the website is riddled with issues. Enough issues that no one should win a prize when all is said and done. More inside:
Dale Earnhardt didn't die of seatbelt failure.
An expert hired by the Orlando Sentinal to examine the autopsy photos we discussed earlier
concluded that the restraint system didn't fail, and his injuries will just have to be blamed on something else. Hooray for freedom of the press!
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.
There is no more heartfelt memorial
than a big car decal with conspicuous ® and © symbols on it.
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.
Earnhardt dead at Daytona.
This came after a much more hideous looking wreck on lap 175 which took out almost 20 cars, but from which everyone more or less walked away. Earnhardt wrecked in the final lap. In a two-car crash. In the rear view mirror of his son. I don't think "ironic" even comes close.