The 2010 Nascar season got off to a wild start this month when the Budweiser Shootout practice at Daytona International Speedway was marred by some nasty multicar collisions. That hoopla only stirred the pot that much more for the build-up to the Daytona 500 that took place Sunday. If you're a betting man, the safe money on "who ya got" to win would probably have been Dale Earnhardt Jr., or last year's competition-killer and reigning Nascar champion Jimmie Johnson. But as the Daytona 500 unfolded, we learned that an upset was in the works as Jamie … Read more
There are some things in life that get better with age, and 50 year old NASCAR driver Mark Martin is (literally) living proof of this adage. Martin is arguably having the best year of his long and successful racing career, and the 2009 season seems to get better for Martin along the way. If you need proof, look no further than yesterday's thrilling victory at the first installment of the NASCAR Chase for the Cup at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The Sylvania 300 kicked off what many consider the "playoffs" of NASCAR, and it was one of … Read more
The results and fighting from this past weekend's Carfax 250 wasn't the only NASCAR-related news in the last few days. It's not a secret that many NASCAR drivers aren't happy with the modifications made to NASCAR vehicles, often referred to as the "Car of Today" (which is sometimes abbreviated as CoT). As recently as this last Friday, famed driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. addressed NASCAR sanctioning officials pleading for further development of the so-called "CoT" as a suggestion to improve the sport in terms of drivers' use and how the drivers compete. Despite … Read more
Yesterday I posted a video blog with highlight's from this year's Brickyard 400 that also included the somewhat controversial finish where a rule infraction by then lap leader Juan Pablo Montoya paved the way for Jimmie Johnson to make a run at the top spot and eventually got the win. While doing the search for video footage, I found an alternate video showing a different view of the chain of events that helped Jimmie Johnson pick up the victory in Indianapolis.
Right at the start of this clip you can see Dale Earnhardt Jr's vehicle going up … Read more
The Brickyard 400 is usually one of the best events in any NASCAR season. This year proved to be no exception, as a penalty cost the majority lap leader which led to a face off between two cars for an exciting finish.
For most of the race, Juan Pablo Montoya (in the 42 car) was in the clear lead for well over 100 laps. Deep into the race, apparently Dale Earnhardt Jr's vehicle starts smoking and checks into pit row where Montoya was making a final pit stop. Then Montoya gets penalized for going BARELY over the speed limit … Read more
When we first saw the Rightway Spotter, Dale Jr. Edition GPS navigator, we thought we'd have a bit of fun testing it and, at first, we did.
The unit comes preloaded with the voice of NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt, Jr. giving turn-by-turn directions and, if you're headed to the right place, offering colorful commentary about landmarks. There are also pictures and videos of Dale, Jr. that we could view directly from the device with its multimedia playback functions. Even the menu icons and the vehicle position marker have been replaced with Dale's #88 regalia.
We were having … Read more
In my blog yesterday, I commented about an article I was reading on MSN.com about the need for heroes and villains in Nascar. In the article, Buddy Baker comments that the best way to become a "bad guy" in the world of Nascar is "Bumping Dale Earnhardt Jr.," who is genetic Nascar royalty (being the son of racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr.).
I don't know if this wipeout officially made Brian Vickers a villain to Nascar fans, but I found this wild video of Vickers blocking Earnhardt at the 2009 Daytona 500, which led … Read more