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 …

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 …

VIDEO/Tom Time: Why NASCAR Must Park Matt Kenseth and Danica Patrick

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Column by Race Chaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker — Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images photo — NASCAR put on a race at Martinsville yesterday, and two nasty things happened. First, Danica Patrick got all fussed, crashing David Gilliland for spinning her earlier in the race and then driving her car into the back of his car under the resulting …

Tom Time: Remembering The “Rapid Roman” Richie Evans

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Column By Race Chaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker – Howie and Mary Hodge/NASCAR and Jakessite.com Photos – Thirty years ago today, October 24th, 1985, I was sitting in front of the TV at my house watching the 6pm news.  Sportscaster Jack Morse talked about football, baseball and who knows what else as I half-focused.  Then he …

Tom Time: Tough to Watch Ambrose Step Back as DJR Team Penske Expands V8 Supercars Efforts

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Column By Race Chaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker — Robert Cianflone/Getty Images AsiaPac photo  — Ever since Marcos Ambrose went back to Australia to help Roger Penske take his newly-acquired V8 Supercars team to the next level, returning to his roots in the process, many American fans who followed him in NASCAR but don’t really follow …

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: It’s a Magic Time for Racing and Sport

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Blog by Race Chaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker — Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images photo — Spring has officially sprung, and we have entered what I believe is a most glorious time of year to be a fan of racing, or of sports in general. It hadn’t occurred to me until this morning, but you can really …

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 …