From the Marbles - NASCAR

Every weekday morning, we'll run out four NASCAR stories to get your day started right.

The Daly Report caught SpeedTV revealing just a bit too much on Monday night: "After the first commercial, [Trackside] returned but something was just not quite right. What fans were seeing at home was the casual conversation between the panelists and Crawford as he was leaving. There was little doubt that this content was not intended to be on the air. What happened next was amazing. The panel was addressing the real problems NASCAR was about to experience. For some reason, this type of content has been banned from SPEED so far this season. Polite talk and softball questions have been the order of the day since SPEED returned to the air with NASCAR programming. ‘When we get to California, I have a feeling it might look like a ghost town,' said Darrell Waltrip. ‘Everybody that's broke drags everything they got down here (Daytona) because they know they can make a buck if they can get to start the race.'"

Sam Hornish won't be doing the Memorial Day doubleheader: "Don't expect Sam Hornish Jr. to attempt the Indianapolis 500/Coca-Cola 600 double on Memorial Day weekend. Hornish, a former open-wheel driver who returns to Penske Racing for a second full NASCAR Sprint Cup season in 2009, said during Monday's Sprint Media Tour presented by Lowe's Motor Speedway that the logistics of trying to get to Lowe's Motor Speedway in time for the Coca-Cola 600 would likely to prevent him from attempting to run IndyCar's biggest race earlier that same day in May."

Track presidents discuss the difficult economy: "[Texas Motor Speedway's Eddie] Gossage talked about the $20 tickets his track is selling for some of the backstretch seats for its Cup races, saying he knows it would be infinitely harder to get fans to come back once they decide they can't come any more than it would be to give them a ticket they can afford and keep them ‘from losing touch with the sport.' It's hard to argue that, but it's also true that the business of cutting ticket prices when sales are ‘soft' right before a race is a tricky proposition. If I paid $100 for my seat last year and then renewed it for this year at that same rate, I don't want to hear that the guy sitting next to me waited until two weeks ago and got his seat for $50."

Richard Petty is sidestepping the alcohol-sponsorship issue: "Team owner Richard Petty has traditionally avoided any link to an alcohol-company sponsorship. But following a planned merger with Gillett Evernham Motorsports, the newly named Richard Petty Motorsports will feature a Budweiser-sponsored car. Still, while the group will have the company logos on Kasey Kahne's No. 9 NASCAR Sprint Cup entry, Petty is still trying to stay a step away from endorsing the sponsor.  ... ‘We bring in the [Nos.] 43 and the 44 ... You won't see any Budweiser decals or any beer deals on those particular cars because my mother would come back to haunt us all [if she saw that] on our car. This is more of a corporation situation.'" 

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