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NASCAR knows it has to innovate. But it’s not that easy – Charlotte Observer

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017

When he was a kid, Marcus Smith would get out of school early on the Thursday before the 600-mile NASCAR race held at the racetrack his family owns in Concord. He and his brothers went to watch not only the qualifying races, but the boxing matches staged near the front stretch grandstands. “Those were my favorite,” said Smith, now the CEO of Speedway Motorsports, the company that owns Charlotte Motor…

DraftKings Rankings: Charlotte – Nascar

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017

Rankings below are based on a mixture of expected output and DraftKings’ NASCAR salaries for that day. The ordering is not based on highest projected fantasy totals, but rather by the value of each driver. (fppk = average fantasy points per $1,000 of salary. The typical median fppk for a 2016 race was in the 3s. Plate tracks tend to be lower and short tracks tend to run higher due…

Top athletes compete at NASCAR Drive for Diversity National Pit Crew Combine – Nascar

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A select group of former college football, basketball, softball, and track and field athletes from across the country will put their pit crew skills to the test in the second annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity National Pit Crew Combine presented by Goodyear on Friday, May 26. The 17 athletes earned invitations to compete as part of a nationwide talent search. They will be evaluated based on…

Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders is more than just a soccer rivalry – MLSsoccer.com

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE: With Seattle Sounders FC and the Portland Timbers set to square off in another Cascadia Cup rivalry match this weekend. it seems a good time to revisit this 2016 piece from Prof. William Lang on the roots of the rivalry — not just between clubs, but between the cities and states they call home. A lot has changed since then — Seattle winning their first MLS Cup last…

NASCAR knows it has to innovate. But it’s not that easy – Charlotte Observer

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017

When he was a kid, Marcus Smith would get out of school early on the Thursday before the 600-mile NASCAR race held at the racetrack his family owns in Concord. He and his brothers went to watch not only the qualifying races, but the boxing matches staged near the front stretch grandstands. “Those were my favorite,” said Smith, now the CEO of Speedway Motorsports, the company that owns Charlotte Motor…

Bruce: 2018 Hall of Fame class a wide range of NASCAR history – Nascar

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017

RELATED: 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class unveiled | NASCAR.com’s ballot CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A nod to the past and to the not-so-distant past. Red Byron. Ray Evernham. Ron Hornaday Jr. Ken Squier. Robert Yates. NASCAR’s Hall of Fame class for 2018. Announced Wednesday in the Great Hall of the Hall of Fame, next year’s group of five inductees spans the history of NASCAR. From Byron, NASCAR’s first Modified (1948)…

Why NASCAR has an image problem it can’t fix because of money – Charlotte Observer (blog)

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017

If the men who run Charlotte Motor Speedway approached NASCAR now and said, “Five-hundred miles is not enough, we want to race 600 miles every Memorial Day weekend,” you know what the answer would be? Drugs are bad. The more technology pushes us forward, the more our patience declines. Drive 600 miles from Charlotte and you’re almost at New York City’s Times Square. But distance is the quality that distinguishes…

NASCAR’s 2018 Hall of Fame class announced – AL.com

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017

NASCAR has announced the new members of its Hall of Fame. The 2018 members are NASCAR first champion, Red Byron; one of the sport’s greatest innovators as a crew chief, Ray Evernham; a premier engine builder and champion team owner, Robert Yates; the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series record holder for victories and championships, Ron Hornaday Jr.; and a broadcaster who was instrumental in putting the sport on the map,…

Judah vs. the Machines: Robots are still laughably awful at playing soccer – TechCrunch

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017

Robots may have the upper hand on math and science, and pretty much everything else we learn using computers, but when it comes to athletics, no one can kick around a ball quite like a human can. In this installment of Judah vs. the Machines, actor Judah Friedlander heads to the University of Miami to see how the school’s RoboCanes robotic soccer team fares in a challenge against his own…

Social media reaction to NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 announcement – FOXSports.com

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017

The NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 has been selected and what a class it is: Engine builder and team owner Robert Yates; the first Strictly Stock champion Red Byron; three-time championship crew chief Ray Evernham; legendary announcer Ken Squier and Ron Hornaday Jr., the greatest Camping World Truck Series racer of all time.  Selecting the five was difficult, but in the end the choices were extremely popular….

Why NASCAR has an image problem it can’t fix because of money – Charlotte Observer (blog)

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017

If the men who run Charlotte Motor Speedway approached NASCAR now and said, “Five-hundred miles is not enough, we want to race 600 miles every Memorial Day weekend,” you know what the answer would be? Drugs are bad. The more technology pushes us forward, the more our patience declines. Drive 600 miles from Charlotte and you’re almost at New York City’s Times Square. But distance is the quality that distinguishes…

Eclectic class of five luminaries voted into NASCAR Hall of Fame – ESPN

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment The 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame class is an eclectic group but all five members share at least one thing in common. They all are responsible for monumental contributions to the sport of stock car racing. The 2018 class includes NASCAR first champion, Red Byron; one of the sport’s greatest innovators as a crew chief, Ray Evernham; a premier engine builder and…

Why NASCAR has an image problem it can’t fix because of money – Charlotte Observer (blog)

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017

If the men who run Charlotte Motor Speedway approached NASCAR now and said, “Five-hundred miles is not enough, we want to race 600 miles every Memorial Day weekend,” you know what the answer would be? Drugs are bad. The more technology pushes us forward, the more our patience declines. Drive 600 miles from Charlotte and you’re almost at New York City’s Times Square. But distance is the quality that distinguishes…

Why NASCAR has an image problem it can’t fix because of money – Charlotte Observer (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

If the men who run Charlotte Motor Speedway approached NASCAR now and said, “Five-hundred miles is not enough, we want to race 600 miles every Memorial Day weekend,” you know what the answer would be? Drugs are bad. The more technology pushes us forward, the more our patience declines. Drive 600 miles from Charlotte and you’re almost at New York City’s Times Square. But distance is the quality that distinguishes…

Darrell Waltrip says NASCAR is at a crossroads, but offers a 4-point plan to fix it – Charlotte Observer (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Darrell Waltrip has never been afraid to speak his mind, which is why he was nicknamed “Jaws” during his hall of fame career as a driver and why he has starred for 17 straight seasons in a Fox Sports broadcast booth as part of the network’s NASCAR coverage. I had an entertaining, 45-minute conversation with the man most everyone calls “DW” in his office near Charlotte Motor Speedway this week….

Here are the five newest members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame; Class of 2018 announced – Charlotte Observer

Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Robert Yates, Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ken Squier and Ron Hornaday Jr. are the five members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Class of 2018, announced Wednesday night in Charlotte. Robert Yates: Won NASCAR Cup series championship as both an engine builder and owner. Red Byron: First NASCAR Cup series champion, in 1949. Ray Evernham: Three-time NASCAR Cup series championship crew chief. Ken Squier: Radio and television broadcaster, namesake of…

2017 National Soccer Hall of Fame Nominees Announced – U.S. Soccer (press release) (registration) (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

CHICAGO (May 24, 2017) – Ballots have been finalized for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2017 elections and voting will begin immediately for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories. The results of the voting and induction ceremony details for the Class of 2017 will be announced at a later date. Players in their first year of eligibility include the following: 2006 FIFA World Cup participant…

Several Athletes Have Defective Medals From Rio Olympics – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Why NASCAR has an image problem it can’t fix because of money – Charlotte Observer (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

If the men who run Charlotte Motor Speedway approached NASCAR now and said, “Five-hundred miles is not enough, we want to race 600 miles every Memorial Day weekend,” you know what the answer would be? Drugs are bad. The more technology pushes us forward, the more our patience declines. Drive 600 miles from Charlotte and you’re almost at New York City’s Times Square. But distance is the quality that distinguishes…

How to Be Mindful While Swimming – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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