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NASCAR’s Identity Crisis – The Ringer – The Ringer (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Welcome to The South Week at The Ringer. For the next several days, we’re celebrating — and reporting on — the richness of the region. You’ll find stories from all over the map, exploring topics such as the enduring legacy of Confederate monuments in Richmond and Montgomery, the evolution of Charleston barbecue, and the intersection of faith and football in Lubbock. We’re also ranking the best Southern rap albums, imagining the André 3000 mixtape…

Nashville Soccer Club to play inaugural USL season’s home games … – The Tennessean

Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Court Jeske talks about the future of pro soccer in Nashville. Joey Garrison Buy Photo First Tennessee Park, home of the Nashville Sounds, lies just south of the Germantown neighborhood.(Photo: George Walker IV / The Tennessean)Buy Photo Nashville Soccer Club, the city’s United Soccer League expansion club set to begin competition next year, will play its 2018 inaugural season at First Tennessee Park, home of the minor league…

Opinion: Unpopular Kyle Busch is one of NASCAR’s most powerful … – Autoweek

Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Love him or hate him, Kyle Busch is one of the most important figures in NASCAR today. The 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion swept the weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, reaching victory lane in all three national tours last week, but he also earned vicious jeers every step of the way. It was a reminder that NASCAR fans simply don’t like the 32-year-old. Sure, his success…

NASCAR’s Identity Crisis – The Ringer (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Welcome to The South Week at The Ringer. For the next several days, we’re celebrating — and reporting on — the richness of the region. You’ll find stories from all over the map, exploring topics such as the enduring legacy of Confederate monuments in Richmond and Montgomery, the evolution of Charleston barbecue, and the intersection of faith and football in Lubbock. We’re also ranking the best Southern rap albums, imagining the André 3000 mixtape…

Exclusive: Nashville Soccer Club to play inaugural season at First Tennessee Park – The Tennessean

Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Court Jeske talks about the future of pro soccer in Nashville. Joey Garrison Buy Photo First Tennessee Park, home of the Nashville Sounds, lies just south of the Germantown neighborhood.(Photo: George Walker IV / The Tennessean)Buy Photo Nashville Soccer Club, the city’s United Soccer League expansion club set to begin competition next year, will play its 2018 inaugural season at First Tennessee Park, home of the minor league…

The future of NASCAR is on display through the K&N East championship battle – Autoweek

Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

It’s not for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup championship but Harrison Burton and Todd Gilliland are treating their epic K&N Pro Series East duel like they are fighting to get into Homestead-Miami in November. In fact, it’s probably a preview of things to come for the highest level too. With three races remaining, Burton leads Gilliland by just four points. Between them, they’ve won seven of the first…

Opinion: Unpopular Kyle Busch is one of NASCAR’s most powerful assets – Autoweek

Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Love him or hate him, Kyle Busch is one of the most important figures in NASCAR today. The 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion swept the weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, reaching victory lane in all three national tours last week, but he also earned vicious jeers every step of the way. It was a reminder that NASCAR fans simply don’t like the 32-year-old. Sure, his success…

NASCAR’s Identity Crisis – The Ringer (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Welcome to The South Week at The Ringer. For the next several days, we’re celebrating — and reporting on — the richness of the region. You’ll find stories from all over the map, exploring topics such as the enduring legacy of Confederate monuments in Richmond and Montgomery, the evolution of Charleston barbecue, and the intersection of faith and football in Lubbock. We’re also ranking the best Southern rap albums, imagining the André 3000 mixtape…

NASCAR’s Identity Crisis – The Ringer (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Welcome to The South Week at The Ringer. For the next several days, we’re celebrating — and reporting on — the richness of the region. You’ll find stories from all over the map, exploring topics such as the enduring legacy of Confederate monuments in Richmond and Montgomery, the evolution of Charleston barbecue, and the intersection of faith and football in Lubbock. We’re also ranking the best Southern rap albums, imagining the André 3000 mixtape…

NASCAR Could Use More ‘Bad’ Guys (Like Kyle Busch) – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

BRISTOL, TN – AUGUST 19: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota, celebrates after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 19, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images) Even before Kyle Busch was handed a broom and playfully swept off the top of his racecar late Saturday night, polishing off a week in…

NASCAR Could Use More ‘Bad’ Guys (Like Kyle Busch) – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

BRISTOL, TN – AUGUST 19: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota, celebrates after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 19, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images) Even before Kyle Busch was handed a broom and playfully swept off the top of his racecar late Saturday night, polishing off a week in…

Column: NASCAR needs to speak up amid US turmoil – News & Observer

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fans turn to sports for entertainment, a respite from the stress of the real world. They say they don’t want politics mixed in with sports, they just want to enjoy the show. NASCAR, unfortunately, cannot sit on the sidelines and simply watch the cars go round. The top racing series in the country lost the luxury of staying above the fray two years ago when Chairman Brian France said he…

NASCAR Could Use More ‘Bad’ Guys (Like Kyle Busch) – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

BRISTOL, TN – AUGUST 19: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota, celebrates after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 19, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images) Even before Kyle Busch was handed a broom and playfully swept off the top of his racecar late Saturday night, polishing off a week in…

NASCAR Could Use More ‘Bad’ Guys (Like Kyle Busch) – Forbes

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

BRISTOL, TN – AUGUST 19: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota, celebrates after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 19, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images) Even before Kyle Busch was handed a broom and playfully swept off the top of his racecar late Saturday night, polishing off a week in…

Among NASCAR fans, there’s a divide over Trump – The Boston Globe

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Walk around the sprawling campsites at the Bristol Motor Speedway here in the green hills of Tennessee, and you know you’re deep in Trump country. Cars buzz around this half-mile track, practicing for the night NASCAR races here. National Rifle Association signs are omnipresent, as the track hosts the only race in NASCAR’s top circuit with NRA branding. A pop-up city of RVs sprawls outside the speedway,…

NASCAR interested in expanding the use of TrackBite traction compound – Autoweek

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

After another successful application of the PJ1 TrackBite traction compound at Bristol Motor Speedway over the weekend, NASCAR is interested in implementing the substance at other venues this season and beyond. That is the claim of NASCAR’s senior vice president of competition, Scott Miller, who addressed the topic on Monday morning during a radio segment on SiriusXM’s “The Morning Drive.” “We’re looking at it at some other places,…

46000 fans a game: Atlanta United’s strange success far from soccer’s heartland – The Guardian (blog)

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

Two Major League Soccer expansion clubs first took the field in March 2017, both bearing the moniker United. One in Minneapolis, the other in Atlanta – a city in that lower-third of the American map which, conventional wisdom holds, stands in stark opposition to the globalist concerns of either American coast, and could therefore never deign to care about a sport as preposterously effete as soccer, where flopping is rewarded….

Among NASCAR fans, there’s a divide over Trump – The Boston Globe

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Walk around the sprawling campsites at the Bristol Motor Speedway here in the green hills of Tennessee, and you know you’re deep in Trump country. Cars buzz around this half-mile track, practicing for the night NASCAR races here. National Rifle Association signs are omnipresent, as the track hosts the only race in NASCAR’s top circuit with NRA branding. A pop-up city of RVs sprawls outside the speedway,…

Sunday’s motor sports: Jones, young guns changing face of NASCAR – The Detroit News

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

At 21 years old, Erik Jones is one of the drivers bringing a youthful charge into racing.(Photo: Brian Lawdermilk / Getty Images) Bristol, Tenn. — It could have gotten very uncomfortable as Erik Jones and Matt Kenseth sat side-by-side shortly after an intriguing NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Both drivers wanted to win for very different reasons, both came up short , then circumstances put them together in…

46000 fans a game: Atlanta United’s strange success far from soccer’s heartland – The Guardian (blog)

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

Two Major League Soccer expansion clubs first took the field in March 2017, both bearing the moniker “United”. One in Minneapolis, the other, in Atlanta— a city in that lower-third of the American map which, conventional wisdom holds, stands in stark opposition to the globalist concerns of either American coast, and could therefore never deign to care about a sport as preposterously effete as soccer, where flopping is rewarded. Five…