Once upon a time, Joey Logano was the biggest thing since sliced bread. “Sliced Bread” was an early nickname, a reference to the talent he showed at an early age. A double-edged knife did the slicing. Part of the nickname was tribute; part was sarcasm.
I hear he’s the biggest thing since sliced bread.
This year the bread is available in a variety of forms: English muffins, bagels, croissants. Many older drivers have moved on.
The NASCAR star power lost in the past few years is imposing.
This season victory lanes are going to be populated by some young men we shall get to know better. We’d better get to know them better, or else the decline in interest, ratings and attendance is going to get worse.
Jeff Gordon. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tony Stewart. Carl Edwards. Matt Kenseth. Greg Biffle. Danica Patrick. NASCAR looks like a college football team whose underclassmen all decided to declare for the draft.
All had fan bases now looking for someone else to inspire them. Some aren’t looking very hard.
Five NASCAR icons – two drivers, a crew chief/owner, an engine builder/owner and a broadcaster – were enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, tonight during the Induction Ceremony held in the Crown Ball Room at the Charlotte Convention Center.
Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ken Squier and Robert Yates make up the ninth class of The NASCAR Hall of Fame, which now holds 45 inductees.
Let me tell you what I love about NASCAR that I didn’t 25 years ago.
In the 1990s, writing about races at Talladega Superspeedway used to scare me. A writer hates dealing with tragedy more than anything else. The job is distasteful, but it has to be done. He sees track workers covering the wreck with tarpaulin and carting it off. He knows the signs that something is terribly wrong. He prays his instincts are wrong, but he knows they aren’t. That’s the way it was the day Dale Earnhardt died on the final lap of the Daytona 500.
This is a time to accentuate the positive. NASCAR will have plenty of time to disappoint us later.
Chevrolet is running a Camaro. It won’t look as much like a Camaro as the one Tiny Lund drove in the Grand American Division in 1971, but it’s going to be better than the winged Car of Tomorrow (hah!).
We’ll go by our eyes and ears, of course. When the COT was unveiled, NASCAR propaganda ministers passed out press kits and, while the media was squatting down, scratching heads, rubbing eyes, and wondering if hallucinogens had been blended into our sweet teas, informed us – with straight faces! – that the different makes were vastly different.
There really isn’t that much to write about this time of year, and that’s the way it should be. Kids are out of school. The ones in college are already complaining about how “there’s nothing to do” at home.
So we make mountains out of molehills and molehills out of anthills.
“The law firm of Scotch & Waters has announced it is extending its associate sponsorship of Loosy Goosy Motorsports from 18 to 19 races. To celebrate its increased investment, one lucky fan will get a frivolous lawsuit for absolutely free!”
In the absence of NASCAR races actually going on, it’s natural to daydream and reminisce.
Talking to Cotton Owens about David Pearson was like reading a Superman comic. Talking to Dale Earnhardt when he was in a bad mood was like pulling teeth. Talking to Richard Petty any time was, and most likely still is, a pleasure.
The wisest sentence about NASCAR I ever heard was from Bobby Allison: “Every year the tracks get more alike, the cars get more alike, and the drivers get more alike. Then they wonder why can’t nobody pass one another.”
A textbook illustration of the Law of Generations, often credited to the author Pearl S. Buck, is the France family. As demonstrated in the novel The Good Earth, the first generation lifts a family up by its bootstraps, the second generation takes it beyond its wildest dreams, and the third generation squanders the empire.
NASCAR fans get a double-dose of racing action to open the 2018 season on Sunday, February 11, with The Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway capping a day that starts with Coors Light Pole Award qualifying for the 60th Annual Daytona 500.
A star-studded lineup of elite drivers will battle in the 75-lap event which airs live on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at 3 pm ET. The annual preseason race will be run in two segments, with a competition caution at lap 25 separating the segments.