Talladega has become a different kind of crazy

When I was new to the NASCAR beat (1993-2012), Talladega Superspeedway scared me. A driver named Jimmy Horton sailed out of the entire track. Another, Stanley Smith, received critical injuries in the ...

CP motorsports - take a deep breath and wait a week

Jimmie Johnson is now the favorite to win the Sprint Cup championship. That?s what Las Vegas says. Last week the favorite was Martin Truex Jr., and, before that, Kevin Harvick. It doesn?t seem that co ...

Picking a winner

For those who love to argue, e.g. lawyers, and teenagers, the sports world is literally a dream come true. If I added up the minutes I have spent arguing with my cousin Rob about the relative merits o ...

Drinking bird

I know I am not alone in saying that perhaps the most exciting thing about the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season so far has been watching young drivers Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson race to the front of ...

Kurt Busch survives the chopping block

This week I'd like to say a few words about a guy no one has ever referred to ? in my presence anyway ? as their favorite driver. No one has ever spent half an hour gushing to me about his charitable ...

The Four Cs of NASCAR

For the past couple of NASCAR seasons, my friend Tammy has said to me, "Every time I draw Tony Stewart in the race pool, my heart just drops." That's laugh-out-loud funny, but Tammy means it. She isn' ...

My Brain on NASCAR: Red, White and True Blue

A reader sent me a text message recently, which said, "Thank you for your honesty about NASCAR." Was that a compliment? I can't quite decide. Despite my deep fondness for stock car racing, I do realiz ...

NASCAR on Broadway? Never say never.

It always interests me to learn more about how people view NASCAR from the outside looking in. Recently, I received a little correspondence on that very thing from a most unlikely source, when the scr ...

The nail fights back

The only thing I like better than the fact that Tony Stewart has returned to fulltime NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) competition is the fact that Tony Stewart has returned, and opened his mouth. Gene ...