Thursday, April 11, 2013

NASCAR NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees announced

By David Newton of ESPN

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A mixture of champions, engine builders and innovators highlight the five newest nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The new nominees announced on Wednesday are 1999 Sprint Cup champion and ESPN analyst Dale Jarrett, engine builder Maurice Petty, Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith, 1960 Cup champion Rex White and five-time NASCAR weekly series national champion Larry Phillips.

Jarrett is the son of two-time Cup champion Ned Jarrett, a member of the 2011 Hall of Fame class. Dale Jarrett won 32 times, including three Daytona 500s.

Petty was the chief engine builder for Petty Enterprises. He is the brother of Hall of Famer Richard Petty, a seven-time Winston Cup champion and NASCAR's all-time winner with 200 victories.

Smith built Charlotte Motor Speedway and is known as an innovator among track owners, introducing condominiums, VIP suites and club-like restaurants to the sport. As the chairman of SMI, he owns eight tracks that host 12 Cup events.

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Severed goat head delivered to Wrigley Field

By Mark Towesend of Big Leauge Stew (of Yahoo)

We've all heard the story before. During the 1945 World Series, Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis placed a curse on the Chicago Cubs  when the team denied his pet goat Murphy entry into the famed Wrigley Field. Since, the Cubs have not appeared in another World Series, let alone won one, so the "Curse of the Billy Goat" is still referenced to this day.
It's ridiculous, I know, but the urban myth lives on and on and on, sometimes thanks to the Cubs themselves.
Sadly, I think too many people buy into the idea of a curse to begin with. And even sadder, I think too many people take the idea way, way too seriously. That has to be the only way to explain what happened at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, when a package containing the severed head of a goat addressed to owner Tom Ricketss was dropped off at the ballpark.
Yes, the severed head of a goat. Your eyes did not deceive you.
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