On the off chance that you're one of those NASCAR types, you should know there's some interesting new menu items that will be available at the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Joel Pena, the executive chef at the race track is planning on doling out some serious bacon abuse. Cotton candy will be ... More >>
File this one under things we're surprised to learn didn't happen 50 years ago: the folks at Texas Motor Speedway announced today that the National Rifle Association -- as in the rabidly pro-gun lobbying group -- is now the title sponsor of the NASCAR race there this spring. But no. This is new. So ... More >>
Helllloooo summer! While some of you might go out this weekend and celebrate the last handful of days to be outdoors comfortably until sometime in mid-October, I'm going to do my best to enjoy what is traditionally the best season for leisure. And while some people (the smart ones) view grilling as ... More >>
Animated franchise stalls out.
We're almost sure it was a coincidence.
As you guys have probably figured out, I'm not a big fan of NASCAR the sport. But I dig NASCAR the scene. During this weekend's annual spring visit to Fort Worth -- capped by Saturday night's Samsung Mobile 500 -- there will be female roller derby, pig races, white trash, blue collars, ... More >>
Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Coming to you today live from the Daytona 500. Literally. I awoke this morn -- as did hundreds of thousands of NASCAR fans -- to the public address blaring first, at precisely 6 a.m. "We ... More >>
For Fans Who Want to Belly Up to the Bars and Those Who Inhabit Them
A year ago the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles bowed the do-it-yourself personalized-plates-maker known as MyPlates, and only a few weeks it rolled out some proposed plates that include one for Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. Well, just this morning MyPlates sent word that it's in ... More >>
Wild weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. I saw girls in checkered-flag bikinis, monkeys selling programs, a rare pit-crew substitution and even a NASCAR fight. Delicious.
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Roy Williams can hyperbolize(?) about winning nine consecutive games all he wants, but the only drama left in the Dallas Cowboys' failed season is not if - but when - head coach Wade Phillips ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Not only should Dirk Nowitzki be on the first-team All-NBA squad and a legit MVP candidate, he'll be unstoppable against the Spurs. San Antonio has its nucleus back - Tim Duncan, Manu Ginob ... More >>
For those of you - both of you - not consumed by Cowboys-Eagles this weekend, NASCAR comes to town in the form of the Dickie's 500 Sunday at.Texas Motor Speedway. Driving. Racing. Wreckin'. Watching. Drinking. Eating. Bowling? It's the events surrounding the race that actually make NASC ... More >>
It's been two months since Texas Monthly's president, Evan Smith, announced he was leaving the magazine to go into the virtual newspaper business as CEO of Texas Tribune. In the October issue of the Monthly, Smith offers his adios: "What I've Learned." And among those myriad lessons is this one: ... More >>
I realize we are a society of cheaters: Steroids and corked bats in baseball. Spying in the NFL. Fudging our taxes. Speeding. Rosie Ruiz in the Boston Marathon. Foot wedges in golf. NASCAR crew chiefs altering specifications. Ponzi schemes. Our spouses. I get it. Cut a corner here or tell a ... More >>
Preston Jones of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting that, go figure, it looks like Foreigner has kinda, sorta, maybe named its upcoming three-disc release, Can't Slow Down, as a nod to Texas Motor Speedway, where the band played its first NASCAR gig.Either that or the band's just playing... w ... More >>
The home page for Diandra Leslie-Pelecky's research group in the Department of Physics at The University of Texas at Dallas isn't altogether exciting -- though, late some nights, I will feel absolutely qualified to discuss the studying of nanostructured magnetic materials to understand their fundame ... More >>
Today in the 5 o'clock hour 105.3 The Fan will announce a new five-year contract extending its exclusive partnership as the official radio home of NASCAR and Texas Motor Speedway through 2013. As part of the new agreement, The Fan will broadcast live all seven major racing events held annually ... More >>
NASCAR hits TMS for some serious fuel-burning
Holding up my arm during this photo? 'Bout as athletic as Dale Earnhardt's driving.In this week's column in the dead tree version of Sportatorium I maintain that NASCAR drivers aren't athletes. Conversely, Texas Motor Speedway grand poobah Eddie Gossage counterpoints that not only are drivers ... More >>
This is by far the most difficult post I've ever written. But it's time. I can continue this charade no longer. Over the past 11 months on this blog I've spewed forth a plethora of radical opinions, most of which this morning I'd like to officially denounce. I admit, most of them didn ... More >>
Texas Motor Speedway announced today it's ditching some 21,022 seats on the backstretch, which'll put the track's total number of butts allowed at right around 138,000. ESPN says it's because of "the economic recession that has affected most tracks which play host to NASCAR events." But TMS presiden ... More >>
Only a few months after The Dallas Morning News ran its piece on the Hope Fellowship Church in Irving -- novel because it's housed in an old bar and some of its congregants are bikers who've served a little time -- The Christian Science Monitor offers its take on the "motorcycle ministry." Among the ... More >>
Sung in the key of Redneck major
NASCAR team owner Jeff Milburn might never win a race, but there's more to life than a checkered flag
Let's end this. Now.
Upscale steak houses feel the economic pinch
NASCAR invades North Texas
Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach's Hall of Fame Racing team finally broke through on the NASCAR circuit yesterday. Wonder how Quincy Carter's racing team's doing. On the football field, that would be disastrous news. But on the NASCAR track, it's a breath of better-late-than-never air. Giving hope to ... More >>
On Sunday The Dallas Morning News ran a piece reiterating the myth that NASCAR was once a regional--specifically southeastern--sport that has suddenly expanded into the major urban markets. Strangely, even NASCAR officials adhere to this and other myths (such as the disregard for non-southern drive ... More >>
If you like NASCAR... you might be a redneck
Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, at Main Street and Griffin Street
Cash It In
Cotton candy and corn dogs have nothing on the Carnal Carnival
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Smackdown offers a Wrestlemania souvenir
Why do NASCAR drivers go fast in circles? Cuz they're all insane.
March 25 - 31, 1999
Buckle your seat belts, Dallas: NASCAR is coming