Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Spade Racing Opens a Box of Panini PRIZM Cards, Preview



On Wednesday December 21st Panini released its upscale PRIZM line of Nascar cards.  On Friday December 23rd, a hobby box arrived at my place!

Over the next three months I’ll be opening all twelve twelve card packs of this box—and you’ll get to see what’s there! 





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Monday, December 26, 2022

SPAD3 RACING DISAPPEARS; RETURNS CHARTER


The successful yet tumultuous 2022 season of Special Protective Advance Defense Department Detachment (SPAD3) Racing, NASCAR Cup’s newest team, has abruptly come to an end, with the team disappearing completely from its Northern Virginia headquarters overnight.

“Yesterday I was here for a competition meeting, and today—POOF, its gone”, said crew chief Mike Henshaw.  “Everything—the six-post shaker, the tires, the torture room—all gone in a matter of hours.”

Henshaw stood outside the now-vacated building of the apparently now out of business race team, as NASCAR confirmed that the team’s Cup Series Charter was returned to the sanctioning body.

“Its a little strange that a team would just return one of these Charters, but I guess there were plans bigger than money for them”, said NASCAR spokesman Paul Roselle.  “We’ll be glad to auction off this valuable Charter to the highest bidder and return a portion of the proceeds to the SPAD3 Racing team, assuming they can be found.”

Nobody in the NASCAR community was able to give an explanation for the team’s actions—several rival team members said they knew little about the organization, other than their stealth-like behaviors and lack of fingerprints.  Other than the team’s statistics, it appears little remains from the group’s year-long experience in NASCAR.

“I’ll never be able to forget what happened behind those doors”, Henshaw said, gesturing to the dark building where a “FOR RENT” sign was being posted.  “The horrible experiments, the bizarre stories, the memory wipes they tried on me.  Was it worth it to the team just to do better than their forebears, 52 Pickup Racing?  We may never know."


Sunday, December 25, 2022

November 17th, 2032: Dover Announces Track Resurfacing Project



Dover Motor Speedway—Nascar’s oldest racing surface—announced today that they will finally be replacing their concrete track surface for the 2033 season.

“All good things must come to an end—hey, even Jimmy Means finally shut down his Xfinity BrainVision team”, said Dover Motor Speedway spokesperson Anita Gordon.  “After 37 years of service and countless patchings and re-patchings, the concrete at Dover will be torn up and replaced for the 2033 Nascar NaniteCo Cup Series.”

Gordon said that the new surface will feature numerous state-of-the-art road surface technologies, including:

—Aggregate made from torn-down Dupont buildings

—Acid-rain-repellant sealant

—“Self-healing” seams in turn 2, negating the need for multiple in-race replacements.

“We see this as the best way to keep our date on the NaniteCo Cup Series schedule”, said Gordon.  “And we’re moving as far away from the Monster Bridge Disaster of ’29 as we can—its still amazing that the only injuries were to some part-time writer from Wilmington.”

The tearing up of the current surface is expected to begin next week, with chunks of it available for purchase for just 299D’s per square inch.


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Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Spade Racing Opens a Box of 2022 Donruss Nascar Cards, Pack 24 of 24



Join us (well, me) as we/I go through a box of 2022 Donruss Nascar Cards.  New teams, new drivers, new subsets, and of course some corny commentary by me.


Pack 24—An Autograph, some Easy Math, and the End of the Path


FIRST LOOK:
An Optic autograph from Brittney Zamora!  And a reminder that the rainbow you see is from the Optic finish, not any sort of tribute to Jeff Gordon’s CromaLusion colors.


TO THE BACK:
You don’t need to wait for the end of the season when you just put all the Playoff drivers in the “Round of 16” subset!


SAY WHAT:
“Let me finish off these cards with a simple message: BRUNT.”


RATING: 8 post race penalties out of 10



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Monday, December 19, 2022

Musically Declined: Stock Car Racing’s Entertainers of the Year, I’m Always a Winner with You


Stock Car Racing and Country Music—two pillars of culture in the Southern United States.  And the two have mingled throughout the years.  So put on your racing shoes, make sure they match your cowboy hat, and settle in for a look back at some of Nascar’s biggest stars turned Nashville wannabes!


The Song: I’m Always a Winner with You by Vince Matthews & Betty Fisher


The Star: Joe Ruttman


The Clip: 



The Review: “OK, lets slow it down a little bit”…Joe Ruttman (of all people) gets the slow dance romantic song.  Anybody else find it ironic that he talk-sings about being close to someone when he infamously showed up at a track without a pit crew?


The Verdict: The kind of music you’d expect to see two 70-somethings dancing to.


Sunday, December 18, 2022

5. October 30th, 2027: Nascar Launches All-Electric NASCER Series



It was a banner day at Nascar’s Daytona Beach headquarters today, as CEO Ben Kennedy confirmed long-standing rumors that Nascar will launch a brand-new all-electric series next year, the National Association for Stock Car Electric Racing, or NASCER.

“The future is now here at Nascar with NASCER”, Kennedy said.  “We will offer a variety of races, from road courses to short tracks to speedways, all powered entirely by renewable electric energy.  And unlike Formula E, this will NOT be a dumping ground for unsuccessful second or third generation racers—if it was, I’d be racing in it!”

While all teams will use a common chassis, the powertrain and power unit will be designed by the teams and their manufacturer partners.

“Much like when we launched what is now the SmogClearer Truck Series in 1995, we’re bringing the folks at Dodge back into the sport”, Kennedy proudly said, before quickly adding, “granted its from their Stellantis Electric Fiat division, but Dodge nonetheless.”

The series will kick off as the first race of Daytona Speedweek, and is expected to host a minimum of 24 entries in its inaugural season.

“As long as the retaining wall keeps the ocean off of the track, we’ll be here introducing the newest, most-exciting technologies to the fans from Daytona Beach”, Kennedy exclaimed.  “We’re proud to have NASCER joining the Truck Series, Xfinity DreamView Series, and Nascar Cup Series here in Daytona—and even with gas prices back below $10 a gallon, we all know that electric cars are the future.”


IN OTHER NEWS: Michael Waltrip Fired for Offensive “Martian” Comment


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Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Spade Racing Opens a Box of 2022 Donruss Nascar Cards, Pack 23 of 24



Join us (well, me) as we/I go through a box of 2022 Donruss Nascar Cards.  New teams, new drivers, new subsets, and of course some corny commentary by me.


Pack 23—A Young’un, Oval Fun, and the Infinite Pun


FIRST LOOK:
I almost wish that someone could get Ty Gibbs some facial hair so he didn’t look twelve.  Hey—worked for Jeff Gordon (no, wait…)


TO THE BACK:
Clever use of the oval-shape of a majority of the tracks Nascar races on here.  And from the looks of things early-October was the cut-off for copy.


SAY WHAT:
“Last week there was a punny driver name, initials DD.  Now there’s me.  Coincidence?”


RATING: 4 victory lane hats out of 10


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Monday, December 12, 2022

SPAD3 RACING CREW DESPONDENT OVER “FAILED MISSION”


Although Special Protective Advance Defense Department Detachment (SPAD3) Racing has been surprising the NASCAR world all-season with its on-track performance, the team arrived to the track despondent over an apparently failed “mission” off-track.

“All those months of planning.  All those days of work.  All those hours of interrogation.  Gone.  For nothing”, said car chief Phil Brown.  “Operation Raven was an unmitigated disaster.  Where we go from here, nobody knows.”

The team arrived to its most-recent race in a noticeably down-beat mood, seemingly distracted by whatever the so-called “Operation Raven” outcome was.

“There’s no other way to put it—we failed”, said public relations director Stacey Fox.  “We’re still proud of what we’ve accomplished on-track this year, but its all for naught.  MOXOC, our robot driver, won’t be able to get its laser upgrades anymore, and all the brain—er, I mean, coaching that we’ve given to (crew chief) Mike Henshaw was a waste in the long run.”

While details of Operation Raven’s demise are still unknown, the future of the team appears to have been thrown into question, despite contending for top-tens all season and occasionally challenging for wins.

“Nobody’s happy with how things have turned out”, said team principal Dave Graham, “so there’s lots of reevaluation going on team-wide.  If we wind up regrouping and trying again next year, so be it.  But if I wind up taking that role in South Ossetia, that will be my destiny.”


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Sunday, December 11, 2022

December 1st, 2024: 23XI Racing Expands to Four Teams, Enhances JGR Partnership



A year after their best-ever Nascar Cup season, 23XI Racing has announced that they will double their entries to four full-time teams, while also enhancing their partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing.

“We really get the best of both worlds by running our maximum four teams AND benefitting from our partnership with JGR” said team co-owner Denny Hamlin.  “I’ll be piloting the new #32 car with Dominos sponsorship, while we’re proud to bring Sam Mayer on board in the #46 Toyota Camry.”

Hamlin explained that the team is in the best position possible to grow.

“Once JR Motorsports put their Cup team plans on hold again, the available Rick Ware Racing charters were ours for the taking”, Hamlin said.  “Besides, with top-quality equipment coming in from my old team at Joe Gibbs Racing, why not take advantage?”

While fans have complained that 23XI is “gaming” the system by running as a JGR sister team for years, Hamlin refutes such claims.

“I’m sick and tired of people on HoloTwitter posting Holograms bashing us for ‘not following the rules’, Hamlin explained.  “If you have something to say, say it to our faces, not to our pre-programmed holographic promotional videos.  Besides, its not very appropriate to be making fun of Kurt Busch right before his fifth wedding.”

Hamlin said that plans have been in place for years to expand 23XI, but that recent changes at JGR put those plans into motion.

“Look, I know how things go—Ty Gibbs won 12 Xfinity races last year”, Hamlin said, “and you’ve gotta move a guy like that up to Cup.  So now I can move to my own team and keep chasing my first Cup championship—with JGR’s help, of course.”


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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Spade Racing presents: The Hero Card Project—Overtime



Well I thought I was done with Hero Cards for the year—then I got two late submissions in late November!


An autographed Ross Chastain hero card from Trackhouse

Four hero cards from RFK


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Monday, December 5, 2022

Musically Declined: Stock Car Racing’s Entertainers of the Year, I’m Doing the Best with What I’ve Got/T-Bone


Stock Car Racing and Country Music—two pillars of culture in the Southern United States.  And the two have mingled throughout the years.  So put on your racing shoes, make sure they match your cowboy hat, and settle in for a look back at some of Nascar’s biggest stars turned Nashville wannabes!


The Songs: I’m Doing the Best with What I’ve Got by David Gillon & T-Bone by Ross/Hanna


The Star: Dave Marcis & Richard Childress


The Clip: 



The Review: Hey Dave—nice attempt at singing!  You’ve always been good at doing more with less.  Just one word of advice—enunciate on “Chevy” or it’ll sound like a descriptor of most of your cars in the late-90’s.  Oh, and what’s with “I eat dill pickles”?  Hey Richard—nice voice!  Just one word of advice—I’m not a racer, but wouldn’t “the greatest fear of a racer’s life” be a fiery wreck, not just a “T-Bone”?  Oh, and wouldn’t YOUR greatest fear be Ricky Rudd strangling you?


The Verdict: Surprisingly good songs here—and that’s not the “Tangential Earnhardt Factor” talking.


Sunday, December 4, 2022

May 22nd, 2024: Chase Elliott Changes First Name Back to Clyde



In response to his slow start to the 2024 Nascar Cup season, Chase Elliott has informed the media that as of this weekend’s Coke Molecular 600, he would like to be referred to by his given name, Clyde Elliott.

“Its time for a change”, Elliott told the assembled media at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  “All my life I’ve been going by another name that’s not really my own.  Well, that changes today—call me Clyde.”

Since narrowly missing out of the 2023 Nascar Cup Championship to teammate Kyle Larson, Elliott has had a dreadful start to the year.  While sponsors Napa and HootersBlockchain have pledged their support, Elliott has taken responsibility for a turnaround on himself.

“With my new—or should I say, REAL—name, there’s no more excuses”, Elliott said.  “As far as I’m concerned, the 2024 season starts now for Clyde Elliott and everyone on this team—the buck stops here, and the winning starts now.”

Hendrick Motorsports CEO Jeff Gordon pledged his support to Elliott as the season goes forward.

“Everyone at HMS is behind Clyde 100%”, Gordon said.  “The only downside is that Geoff(rey) Bodine is taking credit for doing this first.”


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