Stories by Andy
As of right now, Matt Kenseth has 451 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts. All but one of those have been in the No. 17 for Roush Fenway Racing (he made one startfor Bill Elliott back in 1998).
I know this is a couple of weeks old now, but David Reutimann did nothing wrong at Martinsville. The criticism is grossly unfair. And last time I checked, Reutimann has two more wins than his biggest critic, Dale Earnhardt Jr., in the last three years.
The fans spoke and now Bruton Smith has spoken.
Random thoughts while overcoming my disappointment that nothing blew up during last week’s race.
Um, where to start? Danica? Brad Keselowski’s Twitter use? The fact that Monday Night NASCAR might not be a bad idea?
I keep an old, dingy, faded yellow lug nut on me all the time. Since it’s been a slow NASCAR news week, I’m going to tell y’all the story of the lug nut. I know, I know, the Daytona 500 can’t get here soon enough.
Random thoughts while I negotiate a guaranteed starting spot in the Daytona 500.
If you make it to a NASCAR Sprint Cup race in 2012, I have one piece of advice for you: Buy a program. It’ll be a good investment and it may be the only way you will know who is driving which car.
Daytona testing starts tomorrow, which is a big deal. But as I write this, real racing is still more than six weeks away, and it has been a slow news week now that everyone has found a ride except poor ol’ David Ragan. So, I’m going to tell a story.
For 2012, I was going to resolve to do a better job of meeting deadlines, but in the biggest twist of irony ever, I missed the deadline for my New Year’s resolutions column.
Random thoughts while waiting for Roger Penske to call and offer me the No. 22 Dodge for 2012. I promise I won’t cuss at Jerry Punch.
Kurt Busch, you are an interesting fella. Unemployed, but very complicated.
I love awards ceremonies. I love how awkward Tony Stewart looks in a tuxedo. I love the doling out of feel goods. And money.
NASCAR wanted its “Game 7” scenario when it went to the Chase for the Championship back in 2004.
Over the last two years, there has been a whole bunch of talk about Robin Pemberton’s “have at it, boys” edict that gave drivers a wee bit more license to wreck each other, fight and cuss, because isn’t that what we all wanted?
Random thoughts while trying to avoid Brian Vickers … on U.S. 220.
Did Jack Roush give orders to his drivers to only draft with other Fords last week at Talladega? Did someone in the Gibbs camp make Joey Logano stop pushing Tony Stewart?
“Drivers, put on your big-boy and big-girl pants and hope you don’t soil yourself. Sunday is your bravery test.”
Random thoughts during caution number 14. Or maybe it is caution 15. That Jimmie Johnson cat is pretty good.
Jimmie Johnson only has one race win this year.
Major League Baseball would never change the strike zone after the division series. The NFL wouldn’t make a team gain 15 yards for a first down after the wild-card round.
It’s back-to-school time ’round here so I figured this would be a good week to learn something new. Here it is: Throwing little baby punches (Boris Said’s words) is OK in NASCAR. Pulling hair is not.
NASCAR has done a great job with driver safety over the last 10 years with the mandating of HANS devices, soft walls and copious amounts of changes to the race car itself.
Random thoughts while trying to burn the image of Brad Keselowski’s swollen ankle from my brain.
When NASCAR was booming in the 1990s and early 2000s, investors were flocking to deals to bring racing to untapped markets throughout the country.
“Thank you for the Dodges and the Toyotas. Thank you for the Fords, and most of all, thank you for Roush and Yates partnering to give us the power we see before us tonight.”
Jimmie Johnson finished fifth last weekend at New Hampshire. Pretty good result all things considered. The finish put Johnson in second in the Sprint Cup standings.
For David Ragan, timing is everything.
If you want anything stronger than beer, NASCAR is no longer your place.
Red Bull announced this week that the company is leaving NASCAR at the end of 2011, with the two teams it has owned since 2007. I never quite understood the business model with the sponsoring company being the team owner.
The date was Oct. 20, 1990. I was 12 years old and sitting in the stands at North Carolina Motor Speedway with my brother and my friend Mac (I’m sure someone’s parents were nearby) for the AC Delco 200 NASCAR Busch Series race.
I guess “have at it, boys” expires when you reach the age when you are eligible for Social Security.
I have spent the better part of this week reading about the conspiracy that NASCAR went out of its way to ensure that Dale Earnhardt Jr. would win the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte last week.
Random thoughts while trying to get my car to 128 mph.
Random thoughts while trying to get my car to 128 mph.
Male terrier mix found at Swant Coffee shop in downtown Southern Pines
NASCAR races aren’t going to be interrupted by commercials anymore!
So I had this whole column written on Friday night after the Nationwide race at Darlington.
I may be a bit of a redneck. I’ll admit it.
I do this every time.
From its inception in 1987, drivers have had a love-hate relationship with restrictor-plate racing.
Random thoughts while basking in the absurdity that is Matt Kenseth in a cowboy hat.
When Dale Earnhardt Jr. gave Kyle Busch a little nudge last Sunday and powered under him to take the lead on lap 480 of the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway, about 10 media members in the press box violated the major unwritten rule of journalism — no cheering from the press box.
I dare anyone to ever say that racecar drivers aren’t athletes, because my inability to hoist myself out of my bed last Monday says otherwise.
Sometimes I forget exactly why I love racing.
There is this really catchy video that has been on YouTube for several years about former University of Michigan, now Miami Dolphin, quarterback Chad Henne.
Random thoughts while trying to figure out if it is worse that Charlie Sheen is on drugs or acts that crazy sober.
This was supposed to be so much easier for fans to understand, right?
Now this is the NASCAR that I know.
As I sat down to write my annual obligatory NASCAR season predictions column, I did some research about drivers and their outlook on 2011.