Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Spade Racing Opens Classic “Blaster Boxes” and Premiere Sets


Recently I acquired a collection of Nascar cards from the past thirty years.  Most of it was unopened “Blaster Boxes” (those things you see near checkout at big box stores) as well as a few early-90’s “Premiere Sets”.  Lets open them and see what’s inside!


Tracks 2007 Box 3 Part 2—Late period Sterling, playing out the string, and a CART thing


FIRST LOOK: It kinda stunk that Sterling Marlin didn’t get to end his career racing for a winner.  On the plus side, its better than Rusty Wallace retiring a contender and then whining about it for years on end.


TO THE BACK: Speaking of drivers at the ends of their careers, I still have no idea why Ricky Rudd came back after a year off to race for a declining Robert Yates Racing.  Maybe he really, really, REALLY liked Snickers?


SAY WHAT: “For the last time I’m NOT Paul Tracy!”


RATING: 1 side skirt out of 10


Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Spade Racing Opens Classic “Blaster Boxes” and Premiere Sets


Recently I acquired a collection of Nascar cards from the past thirty years.  Most of it was unopened “Blaster Boxes” (those things you see near checkout at big box stores) as well as a few early-90’s “Premiere Sets”.  Lets open them and see what’s inside!


Tracks 2007 Box 3 Part 1—Double A, the other way, and Labon-tay


FIRST LOOK: Pictures taken moments before disaster. (Helicopter hovers over track)


TO THE BACK: I always thought that the Bass Pro Shops 1 car was the best example of Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s preference for car numbers that “leaned forward” instead of being italicized back.  Either way its better than the current Ganassi “standing 1” which looks like it had either five months or five seconds of planning.


SAY WHAT: “Its LabonTEE, not LabonTAY—no wonder you guys haven’t won anything in a decade.”


RATING: 3 scuffs out of 10


Saturday, December 18, 2021

Spade Racing: The Interview!



Hey, ever wanted to learn more about Spade Racing?  Yeah, yeah, I know, but its near the end of the year, everyone’s running out of content, and we all have long car rides.


So listen to THIS PODCAST, starting at the 13-minute mark, for my interview discussing my background, my experiences outside and, uh, outside Nascar, and my book!

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Spade Racing Opens Classic “Blaster Boxes” and Premiere Sets


Recently I acquired a collection of Nascar cards from the past thirty years.  Most of it was unopened “Blaster Boxes” (those things you see near checkout at big box stores) as well as a few early-90’s “Premiere Sets”.  Lets open them and see what’s inside!


Tracks 2007 Box 2 Part 3—Dinger, through the wringer, and the sponsor bringer


FIRST LOOK: It would be hard to find a driver with a stranger career than AJ Allmendinger.  And strange isn’t bad—I mean, that’s what my girlfriends tell me.


TO THE BACK: Juan (Pablo) Montoya was a modern-day Mario Andretti or AJ Foyt, even if he didn’t see a ton of success in a talent-heavy Cup Series.  And he’s still worlds better than Jacques Villeneuve.


SAY WHAT: “Why do these sponsors keep leaving me?  Maybe its my hair.”


RATING: 4 sticker tires out of 10


Thursday, December 9, 2021

Spade Racing Holiday Update

Cards will continue to be posted
throughout the offseason!

Well, the holidays are fast-approaching (or, if you’re part of the tribe, already here).  While the 52 Pickup Situation remains up in the air (they’d better honor my PR contract through the end of 2022!) here’s a few things to count on this December:

NEED A GIFT?  Buy my book HERE.  But some Spade Racing merch HERE. Spend your money THERE.


WANT TO GET INTO NASCAR?  If you’re new to the sport and want to get caught up before the bizarre 2022 Clash, visit my NASCAR FOR NEWBIES series HERE.  Everything you need to know to become a fan in an easy-to-read ten-part series.


PLANNING A NASCAR VACATION?  Yeah, most of the race shops are still closed, but plan ahead for when they reopen at Race Shop Reviews!

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Spade Racing Opens Classic “Blaster Boxes” and Premiere Sets


Recently I acquired a collection of Nascar cards from the past thirty years.  Most of it was unopened “Blaster Boxes” (those things you see near checkout at big box stores) as well as a few early-90’s “Premiere Sets”.  Lets open them and see what’s inside!


Tracks 2007 Box 2 Part 2—Soul patch, a bad batch, and “got a match?”


FIRST LOOK: What’s more difficult to fathom—that a journeyman driver like Martin Truex Jr. would wind up a Cup Series champion?  Or that anyone thought that soul patches were a good idea in the 00’s?


TO THE BACK: Yikes—RoushFenway wasn’t exactly the best at finding development drivers, were they?


SAY WHAT: “If one more ‘fan’ makes fun of my buzzcut I’m gonna sic the Mears Gang on them.”


RATING: 3 roof flaps out of 10