Charlotte Race Picks: Uncle Max vs. 13th Place



Why is it that whenever you have a vacation coming up, everything ELSE in life has to happen at the same time?!?

In the past few days I’ve had to deal with a bunch of callouts at work, my car developing an oil leak, my refrigerator breaking, AND waking up today with a really stiff neck.  Granted, it’s nothing too terrible, but it’s still damn annoying.

On the plus side, we got a huge raceday on Sunday.  For the record, my picks for the two “preliminary” races are for the pole winners to win.


Friday Night TRUCK SERIES (2 wins) NC Education Lottery 200: BEN RHODES—the winner gets a year’s supply of education!


Saturday Afternoon XFINITY SERIES (3 wins) BetMGM 300: JESSE LOVE—breakthrough win for the latest RCR wunderkind to be held back because of Austin Dillon. 


Sunday CUP SERIES Coca-Cola 600: 13th Place Picks CHRISTOPHER BELL.  FAVORITE (1 win): WILLIAM BYRON—just about time to get on a hot early-summer run.  NEXT FAVORITE: MARTIN TRUEX JR.—although this is a home race for everybody.  DARK HORSE: TY GIBBS—about time for a breakthrough, but will he cry like Jeff Gordon did?



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Spade Racing Opens a Box of 2023 Panini PRIZM Cards, Pack 1 of 12



PACK 1: Justin B, Califor-nee, and Kev’s Victory


FIRST LOOK: And here we get our first look at the 2023 PRIZM cards.  Good news: They all look great, there’s twelve cards per pack, and have an extra-sheen to them.  Bad news: There’s not as many inserts, and that sheen makes it kinda hard to get a picture without making Justin look look he’s on the surface of the sun.


TO THE BACK: Well, that’s a bit of a bizarre fact to include on anything other than a town’s history page on its official website.


SAY WHAT?: “I look like this because I have years of Clint Bowyer’s inane jokes to look forward to.”


RATING: 3 pace laps out of 10




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NASCAR ROTY RANKINGS 1991: Ranking the Rookie of the Year Classes Through the Years



Bobby Hamilton
Join me as we take a look at every NASCAR Cup Rookie of the Year class from 1972 (the start of the modern era) through 2021, going from the worst to the first in terms of overall careers of each year’s rookie class.

1991

Winner: Bobby Hamilton (Tri-Star).  Runners Up: Ted Musgrave (US), Stanley Smith (Stanley Smith), Wally Dallenbach Jr. (Donlavey).  Aborted Attempts: Jeff Purvis, Sammy Swindell, Rich Bickle, Dave Mader III, Dorsey Schroeder

How their careers turned out: Bobby Hamilton (better known now as Bobby Hamilton Sr.) had a very good career, winning in all three national touring series and posting a Truck Series championship in 2004.  Beyond him its rather slim pickings, with a guy famous for not going for the win (Musgrave), a guy famous for crashing (Smith), and a guy famous for mentioning he raced whilst wearing his wife’s underwear (Dallenbach).

“Fun” “Fact” about the winner: Bobby Hamilton’s first Cup win was the first win for the 43 car in over twelve years, which is something else we can partially blame on Wally Dallenbach Jr.

Ranking: #28 out of 50



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As Seen on a North Carolina-area Classifieds Website


Note: This is a work of parody

FOR SALE—CHARTERS, EQUIPMENT, AND MORE!

Local race team is having a blowout sale for the rest of the year!  We can’t tell you who it is, but we’ll send you the address if you’re interested.  Check out all these items for sale—no reasonable offer will be refused!


—Two Nascar Cup Charters: Great condition, locks you into every points race in the 2025 season.


—Vintage Merchandise: Featuring motor oil, sandwich makers, pork processors, and watery domestic beer!  Many more may become available as the year progresses (possibly with blue ovals on them)!


—Like-New Equipment: We’re downsizing and this stuff is priced to move!  Springs, axles, carbon fiber, and plenty of tungsten!  None are stained by anything like grease, dirt, or victory lane confetti!


—Crew Members: Bring home your own properly-trained jackman, hauler driver, or engineer for cheap!  All arrangements must be made with team members before taking possession and BYOHT (Bring Your Own Hand Truck).


All this and plenty more is available—shoot us a message and we’ll arrange a time for you to come over.  Plus, order now and get a free box of fig bars (possibly expired)!



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Spade Racing Opens a Box of 2023 Panini Chronicles Cards, Pack 12 of 12



PACK 12: Standing on a Disc, Playing with some Risk, and a Walk that’s Really Brisk


FIRST LOOK: I have no clue why they thought that “drivers standing on a hovering chunk of asphalt” was a good look.


TO THE BACK: Well, there WAS room to spread out.  These days New Jersey is so overdeveloped you’re libel to run into a fence going for a pass.


SAY WHAT?: “Gotta keep walking or Bobby Allison will want to argue about that one missing win again.”


RATING: 7 post-race interviews out of 10.




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NASCAR ROTY RANKINGS 1990: Ranking the Rookie of the Year Classes Through the Years



Join me as we take a look at every NASCAR Cup Rookie of the Year class from 1972 (the start of the modern era) through 2021, going from the worst to the first in terms of overall careers of each year’s rookie class.

1990

Rob Moroso's rookie car

Winner: (posthumously): Rob Moroso (Moroso).  Runners Up: Jack Pennington, Jerry O'Neil.  Aborted Attempts: Jeff Purvis

How their careers turned out: While Rob Moroso showed his talent in the Busch Series, it’s hard to say anything good about his time in Cup, which ended abruptly in a fatal drunk-driving accident.  Meanwhile, competition for the ROTY award was so thin that Moroso still clinched it despite missing the end of the season.

“Fun” “Fact” about the winner: By way of sponsor Crown Petroleum, Rob was dubbed “The Crown Prince of Racing”, easily the lamest nickname until “The Rainbow Warrior”.

Ranking: #50 out of 50



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Throwback Weekend: Sparky Plugg


In honor of Nascar’s annual throwback weekend, please enjoy this signed print of the concept artwork for the WWF’s Thurman “Sparky” Plugg, the first (and to date only) Nascar driving WWF Superstar!

I purchased this at WrestleCon in Philadelphia (during WrestleMania weekend) directly from Tom Fleming, the artist who designed and drew it way back when.  He didn’t have a copy to purchase right there, so he mailed this to me a few days later.  I’m guessing this is the first time anyone has spent put this much time into Sparky Plugg since the early-90’s (and even then it might be more now).

It just goes to show you that if you wait long enough, you can get proof of your obsessions crossing over!

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Darlington Race Picks: Uncle Max vs. 13th Place



Boom!  I have my summer vacation plans ready to go!  I’ll be taking my annual trip to my buddy’s shore house at the start of June, ready and willing to barbecue for the guests and any visitors we might get!

Of course now comes the tough part—muddling through four weeks of work to get to my vacation.  In a weird way this is when I hope to be busier than usual—give me a big organization project and the time will just fly by.  If not I have to make sure nobody catches me daydreaming about getting the perfect sear on a black n bleu burger on the grill.


Friday Night TRUCK SERIES (2 wins) Buckle Up SC 200: COREY HEIM—How long till Jimmie Johnson makes him Secretary of Partying Down?


Saturday Afternoon XFINITY SERIES (3 wins) Crown Royal 200: SAM MAYER—In the time it took you to read this, Crown Royal’s introduced five new flavors. 


Sunday CUP SERIES Goodyear 400: 13th Place Picks JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK.  FAVORITE (1 win): DENNY HAMLIN—will he exit the car and call The Lady in Black One Tough Mother?  NEXT FAVORITE: WILLIAM BYRON—he just knows how to win.  DARK HORSE: CHRIS BUESCHER—two words: Fuel Mileage.



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Spade Racing Opens a Box of 2023 Panini Chronicles Cards, Pack 11 of 12



PACK 11: An Autograph (Nice), Bubba Twice, and the Coliseum will Suffice


FIRST LOOK: Here’s our third autograph of this box, and it’s of Trucks & Xfinity mainstay Brett Moffit.  I’m hoping he eventually gets a decent shot in a Cup car, and not with some obscure backmarker team with a name like “Velocity Force Motorsports” or “Mach III Ventures” or “Rick Ware Racing”.


TO THE BACK: Double your Bubba, double your fun!  But these are pretty banal facts, aren’t they?


SAY WHAT?: “I don’t get why we’re racing inside a stadium either, but at least it’s nicer than Rockingham looks now.


RATING: 5 souvenir pieces of sheet metal out of 10.




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NASCAR ROTY RANKINGS 1989: Ranking the Rookie of the Year Classes Through the Years



Runner-up Hut Striklin
Join me as we take a look at every NASCAR Cup Rookie of the Year class from 1972 (the start of the modern era) through 2021, going from the worst to the first in terms of overall careers of each year’s rookie class.

1989

Winner: Dick Trickle (Stavola).  Runners Up: Hut Stricklin (Osterlund), Larry Pearson (David Pearson), Jimmy Spencer (Baker-Schiff), Rick Mast (Mach 1), Ben Hess (Hess).  Aborted Attempts: Chad Little (Donlavey), Butch Miller (Miller), Mickey Gibbs

How their careers turned out: This class was a real mixed-bag.  Dick Trickle saw FAR greater success on the short-tracks of the midwest, while Larry Pearson was a Busch Series champion.  Jimmy Spencer had two Cup wins, while Hut Stricklin seemed to always lose his rides (and sponsors) to Mr. Excitement.  Rick Mast famously won the pole for the inaugural Brickyard 400, while Ben Hess infamously DNQ’d for more races than he started.

“Fun” “Fact” about the winner: I met Dick Trickle at one of his final Cup Series starts—no wonder he retired.

Ranking: #33 out of 50



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Spade Racing presents The Hero Card Project 2024 Part 4



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On March 15th, I mailed out to every major, mid-major, and minor Nascar team in the three touring series for Hero Cards, the free glossy card-stock giveaways provided by race teams.  Last week I posted my first responses, but I got so many this past week I wanted to post what else I’ve received!  See what came in below, and click here to learn more about collecting Hero Cards 

Six cards (some of them autographed!) from the folks at Niece

A nice selection of cards (some autographed) from Front Row

Two one-sided cards from Trackhouse

A slew of cards from 23XI Racing

Two Brad Keselowski cards from RFK Racing

A BJ McLeod card from, well, BJ McLeod


Two cards from Xfinity Series stalwart JD Motorsports

ELEVEN different cards from RCR!




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