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?
posted by remo
on Mar 8, 2013 -
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]
posted by zzazazz
on Nov 24, 2012 -
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
posted by twoleftfeet
on Apr 22, 2010 -
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.
posted by jaimev
on Mar 5, 2008 -
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.
posted by Mitheral
on Mar 19, 2006 -
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
posted by stupidsexyFlanders
on Feb 25, 2004 -
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."
posted by owillis
on Mar 9, 2003 -
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:
posted by machaus
on Jul 31, 2001 -
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.
posted by Sal Amander
on Feb 21, 2001 -
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.
posted by thebigpoop
on Feb 20, 2001 -
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.
posted by jammer
on Feb 18, 2001 -