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: 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: Reflecting On Buddy Baker’s NASCAR Legacy

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Column By Race Chaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker — ISC Archives via Getty Images photo — I was probably 7 or 8 years old when I first became aware of NASCAR. I was a 1970s kid in Central New York state, 750 miles from NASCAR country. Until the end of that decade, we got parts of some …

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 …

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 …

Tom Time Blog: Why Shortening NASCAR Cup Races Is A Good Idea

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Column by Race Chaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker — Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images photo — Over the past month or so I’ve heard some rumblings that some within the NASCAR circle are quietly pondering the question of whether or not to shorten the length of some of their Sprint Cup Series races. I’ve also been a …

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 …

Tom Time Blog: NASCAR Points Races Heating Up as Season Begins to Wind Down

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Blog by RaceChaser Senior Editor Tom Baker – Sean Gardner/Getty Images North America photo — NASCAR fans across the globe will be focused on the “Windy City” this weekend as the action descends upon Chicagoland. Most of the talk has been centered around the Sprint Cup Series “Chase”, but all three of the national series are competing there and …