I on NASCAR: New Sprint Cup Package a Huge Improvement; Richard Petty Motorsports Unveils New Chassis

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Column by Race Chaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker — Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR photo — Going into this weekend’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, there has been a lot of buzz about the new Cup downforce package. The drivers all seemed to love it after last week’s Atlanta race, judging from their …

I on NASCAR: Personal Reflections on Black Sunday, The Intimidator & the Impact of his Death

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Column By Race Chaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker — Jonathan Ferrey /Allsport via Getty Images photo — It has been 15 years since Mike Joy told the nation on a special FOX broadcast following the 2001 Daytona 500 that “NASCAR’s compass has lost its true north.” Those words still grip me. I’m not sure if he was …

Tom Time: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Charter System is Good For Present & Future Teams

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Column By Race Chaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker — Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR photo — Having watched the NASCAR press conference to announce the new Sprint Cup Series team charter system, my first thought is that this is going to be a very good thing for the long-term sustainability of the sport. I know it’s …

Last Lap: Everyone Gets A Chase And The Trucks Get Clocked

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Column By Race Chaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker – NASCAR Media Photo I got the distinct impression that NASCAR designed day one of their 2016 Media Tour to be “let’s see if we can break Al Gore’s Internet before noon” day. After all, you just don’t casually announce that you’re adding a Chase format to your …

Tom Time: Cue the Wish List; Five Things I’d Like to See in NASCAR’s Near Future

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.- – Column By Race Chaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker – Photo Credit   – The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series banquet took place last Friday, and with the final words from the stage came the checkered flag both on the season and on Jeff Gordon’s “transcendent” (thank you, Tom Cruise) career. There is still the matter of …

Tom Time: The Beginning Of Championship Season Kicks Off the Final Drive Towards Glory

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Column By Race Chaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker — Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America photo — If Labor Day Weekend in motorsports is known for its special events, it is also known for the proverbial “turning of the page.” Spring signals the start of the racing season, while summer becomes the time of year where “blood, …

Tom Time: IndyCar Needs More Racing Like Fontana

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Column By RaceChaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker – Photo By Chris Jones/IndyCar Media – This past Saturday, I watched what I believe to be the single most electrifying, thrilling and enjoyable motorsports event in my nearly 48 years on God’s planet.  The IndyCar Series rolled into Fontana and showed the world for the very first time …

Month of May: 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder Revving Up Charlotte Motor Speedway

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The following story is part of Race Chaser Online’s special ‘Month of May’ series both building up to Memorial Day weekend’s runnings of the Monaco Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 and paying tribute to several special dates during the month along the way. CONCORD, N.C. — Blog by Race Chaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker — Nick Laham/Getty …

Month of May: Racing’s Grandest Four-Week Stretch Off to a Thrilling Start

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Blog By RaceChaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker — Photo courtesy Joey Gase Racing — If you’ve been paying attention to the weather this last 30 days or so, we’ve had more than our share of “April showers”. We’ll loosely apply the saying “April showers bring May flowers” to the motorsports landscape as we note that the …

Tom Time Blog: Why NASCAR Struggled With the Kurt Busch Incident

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Blog by Race Chaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker — Sarah Glenn/Getty Images North America photo — I’m not a person who runs around complaining about every decision NASCAR makes, because I’ve been involved in the sport for almost 30 years now — personally and professionally — and I am able to look at things both from previous …

Tom Time Blog: Screw You Groundhog! It’s Time To Go Racing!

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Blog By Race Chaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker — Scarlett Inkwell photo — I don’t care what that groundhog says. I’ve had enough cold weather for one winter, and I know all my fellow Race Chasers in the Northern half of the nation would agree…it’s time to go racing! The “Sunshine State” is buzzing with activity …

Tom Time Blog: Dear NASCAR…Please Keep This Chase Format!

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Blog by Race Chaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker — Getty Images for NASCAR photo — I’ll get right to the point.  Assuming we’re going to have a “Playoff” format, I believe this format worked as well as any that you could possibly concoct. Dear NASCAR:  Please do it again next year! All you fans that are …