An all new 4-part reality series from HBO Sports. This time the cameras are following NASCAR superstar Jimmie Johnson as he prepares for the Daytona 500
Now here’s a guy who knows how to drive. -TO
The life of NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. has turned into a train wreck, and pals fear he’s headed for an emotional breakdown. The 35-year-old driver is feuding with the owner of his racing team, he’s burned through a string of girlfriends, and he’s still haunted by the tragic death of his legendary father, sources say. Now the troubled bachelor may be turning to booze to cope, insiders say. “Dale Jr. seems almost in a death spiral,” disclosed a close pal. “He’s locked himself away from his closest friends, and he’s upset all the time. “Those closest to him are concerned about his mental health and well-being. No one wants to see him do something stupid. We’ve suggested that he get help, take some time off and regroup, but he won’t listen.” Another source divulged: “Dale tries to downplay his reputation as a hard drinker, but he’s lived his life like a frat boy at a kegger. But now he’s drinking not for the fun of it, but to heal deep wounds that are eating away at him. We’re all worried about him.” – National Enquirer
If I couldn’t live up to my father’s name I would be pretty upset as well.. Most likely drink myself til I crash and burn..figuratively speaking. -TO
“Dancing with the Stars’” Kelly Osbourne won’t likely wave a white flag any time soon on the hit dancing show, but next Saturday she will wave the green flag at Auto Club Speedway. From dancing circles with partner Louis Van Amstel to cars racing in ovals, Osbourne has shaped up in recent months to capture America’s heart. She will serve as Honorary Starter for the Copart 300 race on October 10. The racetrack is attracting Hollywood’s biggest reality stars next weekend. The following day, on October 11, “The Hills’” Audrina Patridge will wave the green flag for the Pepsi 500 race. – E! Online
NASCAR must really be hurting if they’re going after Z list reality stars. -TO
Danica Patrick agreed to a three-year contract to remain at Andretti Green Racing and stay in the IndyCar Series, according to a report in the Indianapolis Star. Patrick, the first woman to win a major open-wheel race in last year’s Indy Japan, is finishing her fifth season in the IndyCar series and is fifth in points. She’s been rumored to be considering a move to NASCAR and still could compete in a limited number of races. Jeff Belskus, the president and CEO of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, said the 27-year-old driver is important to the future of the series. “I know she has said winning the Indianapolis 500 is important to her and that it’s a lifelong dream to win that race,” Belskus said at the Indy Japan 300. Patrick finished sixth at this year’s Indy Japan, which was won by Scott Dixon. NASCAR star Tony Stewart said this month that he has no doubts that Patrick will eventually make the jump to stock cars. They’ve talked frequently about what it would take for Patrick to go form open-wheel racing to the heavier cars. -AP
I was hoping Danica would take her slunty ass to NASCAR..She probably will in three years. -TO
As school gets started across the country, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart and Juan Pablo Montoya share a motivational message for America’s students.
We all know rednecks get home schooled. -TO
Jeremy Mayfield told a television station in Charlotte, N.C., late Friday that an independent test shows no trace of methamphetamines and that he believes NASCAR spiked his urine sample. Mayfield, who was suspended indefinitely on May 9 for failing a NASCAR drug test, has denied ever using the illegal drug. Earlier this month a federal judge granted Mayfield a temporary injunction lifting the suspension, a decision NASCAR is appealing. “We’re very excited about the results,” Mayfield told WCNC NewsChannel 35 after LabCorp sent test results to Mayfield’s attorneys showing he tested negative for meth. The results, Mayfield said, are from a urine sample he gave within an hour of giving a sample to NASCAR, though NASCAR’s lab results claim Mayfield tested positive for the drug. Mayfield also wondered how there could be two samples that give two different results. “That’s what we’d like to know and that’s what we’re gonna find out,” Mayfield told WCNC. Mayfield’s attorney also told the TV station he believes NASCAR might be “spiking” the sample. “They are hell-bent on proving Jeremy Mayfield is wrong,” John Buric, who is representing Mayfield, told WCNC. “They keep digging themselves a hole [and it] keeps getting bigger and bigger.” Mayfield wants to prove his innocence although he doesn’t think he will drive on the NASCAR circuit again.”I’m in this for the long haul,” he told WCNC. “We’re gonna fight it out.” “Now that I don’t have to worry about going back racing — because obviously they are not going to let me — I don’t have to worry about what I say. It’s like the bully in school [who] got ahold of the wrong little guy.” NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston responded to Mayfield’s test. “They seem to be light on details don’t you think?” Poston told WCNC. “It’s all pretty transparent. We will continue to let real science and sworn affidavits do our talking.” -ESPN
After seeing a pic of your wife, I don’t blame you for taking the meth…I would also if I had to hit that shit..-TO
Danica is arguably more famous for being Danica than she is for being a race car driver, hence why, if you listen to her, her next move will be more about brand management than about racing.Amidst reports that she’s in talks about a possible move from the IRL to NASCAR, Patrick was asked Tuesday if she’s had contact with any NASCAR teams.“I’m not sure,” she said. “That’s not for me to handle. That’s what I leave up to my agents, and as they tell me, which is the best thing, is that all I have to do is go out there and perform and they’ll take care of the rest, so that’s what I’m gonna do.” Notice that Patrick isn’t telling her agents where she’d rather race, but rather waiting for them to tell her what her options are. And there will be plenty.
In February, Patrick signed with IMG, the massive brand management firm that has represented the likes of Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning and Jeff Gordon. The change in representation came a month before Patrick entered the final year of her contract with the IRL’s Andretti Green Racing. Coincidence? Probably not.
Either way, it’s clear through Patrick’s own choice of words that her move to IMG is about more than just pitting one race series against the other in a bidding war for her services. Whenever she’s asked about her future plans, Patrick inevitably talks about managing her “brand,” a word she used seven times on Tuesday. More than once, she used the phrase, “As a driver and as a brand.” Now it’s IMG’s charge to figure out how to maximize the potential of both.
Undoubtedly, making the move to NASCAR would provide an initial boost to Patrick’s already high profile. On average, around 10 million households a week have tuned in this season to watch NASCAR races, broadcast predominantly on network television, while the IRL has vanished from the top of the dial, relegated to Versus, where the viewing audience has topped out around 450,000 households. -YAHOO
Danica to NASCAR would be a great move..If she thinks she raking it in now, just wait til she’s racing against the big boys..-TO