I've sorted through the proposals (sorry, to all you Southerners, but there won't be any reverting to the days when NASCAR ran primarily in the land of Dixie) and present to you, and to one
"The big four (Hendrick, Gibbs, Roush,
In fact, only once in the last 15 years has someone outside of those four teams won the title with Yates Racing's
"Up until the '90's, at least the outside of the car actually looked like one you could buy off the lot," wrote Scot Randall of Trussville, Ala.
Is it a coincidence that the American love affair with American-made cars began to dwindle when NASCAR moved to a standard chassis? It's difficult for fans to develop relationships with cars that are truly stretches to label Ford Fusions or Chevy Impalas. At this point, NASCAR may as well change that S in its acronym to "standard."
As confounding as the night was for Busch, he still finished eighth, bumping him up to 12th in the standings. It's the kind of production that Rogers was brought aboard for and the kind of mental frustration he was hired to help re-direct.
There's a reason that Busch has the nicknames "Rowdy" and "Wild Thing," it's the all-or-nothing mentality that's made him a real life Ricky Bobby, you know "If you ain't first, you're last." Rogers' task has been convincing Busch that consistency outweighs landing in Victory Lane and so far, it's hit home with Busch registering five top 15s in the first seven races; a year ago, it took him 17 weekends to reach that number.
Busch may not have liked the way things turned out in Phoenix, or Martinsville for that matter, but aligning him with Rogers, who has been able to curb his natural tendencies, is developing into a successful partnership, even if fate and the tire guessing game have kept them from a win.
So he drives with the family name on the hood, but when was the last time Menard actually saved big money at Menard's? In the latest edition of our video series I discovered the answer, along with the 'Jazz Singer' that was the inspiration for Menard's trademark sideburns and his love of heavy metal. For past Inside The Helmets, check out the