Trading Paint : 101 Great NASCAR Debates

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  • Copyright: 2010-08-09
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Top NASCAR writer and Sirius NASCAR radio personality Jerry Bonkowski answers the questions that get fans most fired upWho was the greatest driver of all time? Are crashes good for NASCAR? How will Danica fare? How has money changed the sport? What are the best and worst rules?In Trading Paint, veteran NASCAR writer Jerry Bonkowski gets inside the sport's most contentious issues and gives you fuel for the debates that drive NASCAR lovers around the bend.So the next time you're arguing with your friends over whether NASCAR races should be shorter or whether double-file restarts are good for the sport, read Trading Paint and you'll be ready to argue-and win. Covers 101 NASCAR questions that get fans revved up the most-about rules, drivers, car design, money, and more Written by NASCAR expert Jerry Bonkowski, on-air personality on Sirius NASCAR Radio and former NASCAR and motorsports columnist for USA Today, ESPN.COM and Yahoo! Sports Takes a comprehensive look at the sport, from the present and the future of the NASCAR to concerns on and off the trackWhether you're new to NASCAR or a longtime fan, this insider's guide will get you up to speed on controversies and concerns of your favorite sport.

Author Biography

Chicago native JERRY BONKOWSKI has covered motorsports for over twenty-five years. He is currently an editor for America Online's FanHouse sports site and a regular host of The Back Stretch and other NASCAR-related shows on Sirius Satellite Radio. Previously, he was the National NASCAR Columnist for Yahoo! Sports and the lead NASCAR columnist for ESPN.com. Prior to that, he spent fifteen years with USA Today covering all forms of motorsports. He has won numerous awards, including from the National Motorsports Press Association and the Associated Press.

Table of Contents

Foreword (Dave Moody).



NASCAR's Best and Underrated.

Who Was the Greatest NASCAR Driver Ever?

Who Does Richard Petty Think Is the Greatest Driver Ever?

Who Are the Most Beloved NASCAR Drivers of All Time?

Who Was the Best Crew Chief Ever in NASCAR?

Who Is the Most Underrated Crew Chief in NASCAR Today?

What Was the Most Important Race in NASCAR History?

What Two NASCAR Records Will Never Be Broken?

Who Does Richard Petty See as a Potential Challenge to His Career Wins and Championships Records?

Who Are Currently the Best Team Owners?

Who Were the Five Most Important Individuals in NASCAR's Modern-Day Development?

What's Right with the Chase for the Sprint Cup?

What Are the Best Racetracks in NASCAR?

What Is the Best Track for Ingress and Egress?

What Are the Best Cities in NASCAR?

What Were NASCAR’s Five Biggest Comebacks?

Who Are the Most Underrated Drivers in NASCAR Today?

When Jeff Gordon Retires, What Will Be His Legacy with NASCAR?

Which Drivers Made the Biggest Leap to Stardom by Jumping to Another Team That Led Them to Greatness?

What Are the Five Biggest Off-Track Developments to Change NASCAR in the Last Twenty-five Years?

What Are the Best NASCAR Movies of All Time?

What Were the Best Tracks That Are No Longer Used by NASCAR?

Who Are the Five Most Underrated Front-Offi ce People in NASCAR?

Whose Rookie Season Gave Us the Best Hint of What Was to Come?

What Are the Best Tracks for Tailgating and Partying?

What Were the Greatest Daytona 500 Races?

What Are NASCAR's Best Rules?

Who Is the Best NASCAR Driver to Never Win a Points-Paying Cup Race?


NASCAR's Worst and Overrated.

Who Are the Most Overrated Drivers in NASCAR Today?

Which of Today’s Drivers Have Been the Biggest Flops?

Who Is the Most Overrated Crew Chief in NASCAR Today?

Who Are the Most Hated Drivers of Modern Time?

Who Are the Worst Team Owners and Organizations?

What Was the Worst Race in NASCAR History?

What Are the Worst Racetracks in NASCAR?

What Are the Worst Tracks for Ingress and Egress?

What Are the Worst Cities in NASCAR?

Why Would NASCAR Be a Flop in New York City?

Who Are NASCAR’s Biggest Enemies?

What Are the Worst NASCAR Movies of All Time?

Who Were NASCAR's Biggest One-Hit Wonders?

What Are NASCAR's Worst Rules?

What's Wrong with the Chase for the Sprint Cup?


Things to Make You Think.

Why Do I Hate Dale Earnhardt Jr. So Much? (I Really Don't)

What Were the Biggest Tragedies to Befall NASCAR?

How Will Danica Patrick Fare Long-Term in NASCAR?

Why Is It So Hard for Open-Wheel Drivers to Make It in NASCAR?

Is the Winner of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Really the Best Driver That Year?

Has the Chase for the Sprint Cup Been Worth It?

What At-Track Innovation Has Made Life Significantly Easier for the Competitors?

Which Event Created More New Fans for NASCAR?

How Would NASCAR Be Affected by an Openly Gay Driver?

Why Do Fans Love and Hate the Busch Brothers?

Which Drivers Should Retire?

Where Do You Find the Two Most Disparate Race Crowds in NASCAR?

Could a NASCAR Race Ever Be Held Indoors?

Who Was the Most Important Man in Shaping Modern-Day NASCAR (and the Only Person Who Could Strike Fear in Bill France Jr.)?


Things That Should Be (or Finally Were) Changed.

Should Restrictor Plates Be Taken Away from Daytona and Talladega?

Should the Races Be Shortened?

Should a Race Have Fewer Cars in It?

Who Would Be the Best Replacement If Brian France Stepped Down as Head of NASCAR?

What Would I Change If I Ran NASCAR?

Should a Team Owner Be Limited to No More Than Four Teams?

Why Aren't There More Black Drivers and Participants in NASCAR?

Why Aren't There More Female Drivers in NASCAR?

What Existing Tracks or New Markets Most Deserve a Sprint Cup Race?

Have Double-File Restarts Been Good for the Sport?

What Should the Nationwide Series Really Be?

Does NASCAR Need to Be Franchised?

How Effective Is NASCAR's New Drug-Testing Policy?

What Changes Could Improve Pit Road?

Are Driver Contracts Hurting NASCAR's Financial Situation, and Should They Be Reduced?

What Are Five Rules That NASCAR Should Have?


The Final Lap.

Which Is the Better Race: the Daytona 500 or the Indianapolis 500?

Are Race Car Drivers Really Athletes?

Should NASCAR Run Races on Other Days of the Week?

Was Teresa Earnhardt Right to Let Dale Earnhardt Jr. Leave Dale Earnhardt Inc.?

Are Crashes Good for NASCAR?

Which Track Is Currently in the Direst Need of Reconfiguration?

Which Three Drivers Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda Been Huge Successes but Were Tragically Stopped by Fate?

Should There Be Do-Overs in NASCAR Racing?

Are Some Drivers and Owners Just Not Destined to Win Championships?

How Has Money Changed Stock Car Racing?

What Are the Most Coveted and Most Unique Trophies in NASCAR?

Which Drivers Stayed Around Too Long Before Retiring?

How Can You Not Feel Sympathy for Mark Martin?

Should There Be Minimum Requirements to Compete in the Sprint Cup?


NASCAR's Future.

How Did Dale Earnhardt's Death Change NASCAR Forever?

What Will NASCAR Look Like in Five to Ten Years?

What Track Was NASCAR’s Best Save?

Are Today's Young Guns Not as Good as Young Drivers from Past Eras?

Where Should NASCAR Go Next, Globally?

Why Has the Media Snubbed NASCAR in Recent Years?

Should "The Double" Be Brought Back?

Should the Sprint Cup Schedule Be Reduced?

Is NASCAR Still a Redneck Sport?

Which Driver Would Make a Good Politician After He Retires from Racing?

Does NASCAR Really Need Road Course Races?

Should There Be a Second Stock Car Racing Organization to Compete with NASCAR?

If NASCAR Were to Host a Dirt Race, Which Cup Driver Would Be Best Suited for It?

Will Anyone Ever Top Ricky Rudd’s "Ironman" Record?

Who Should Have Been in the First NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Class?



A Final Note.


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