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Randy Moss Is Going Japanese

With the economy going south and the big three automakers in Detroit possibly going under, it’s great to know that one of our true Patriots is doing all he can to help his country. Oops!

Randy Moss Motorsports announced Wednesday that it will partner with Toyota for the 2009 Camping World Truck Series season.

“We are extremely excited to be joining the Toyota team this season,” co-owner Randy Moss said. “Toyota has proven year in and year out that they are competitive on the track and can provide the resources to run for a championship. We are pleased to be a part of their camp.”

Moss’ team plans to compete full-time this season which is impressive in itself considering some teams had to merge or cancel cars altogether because of a lack of sponsorship. I guess that’s not the case for Moss whose checks keep rolling in from the Krafts. Would have been nice to see Moss’ team go American with their product, but then again, would have been nice to see an 11-5 team in the playoffs rather than a 9-7 in the Super Bowl.

Kevin Harvick: The All-Star Race Sucks

Kevin Harvick had a pretty good year for Richard Childress Racing, making the Chase as the 11th driver in the standings. He finished up the year as sixth in the Chase standings, 256 points behind Jimmie Johnson. Harvick ran well at the Ford 400 in Homestead, finishing second to Carl Edwards. Problem is Harvick and everyone else was already so far behind the points leader — Jimmie Johnson — that the race was practically meaningless. That’s why host Peter Brown said on Sporting News Radio that everyone loves the All-Star race, because it comes down to just one race — not an accumulation of points. Apparently everyone loves it with the exception of Kevin Harvick, who told Brown differently in an interview:

I think the All-Star race sucks. I think it has absolutely no meaning to anything that we do all year. There’s no points for it and you spend the same amount of money to go out race in a race that has absolutely no meaning. Everybody throws caution to the wind and takes a good chance of tearing everything up including themselves.

Harvick’s known for being a feisty one on the track, so to hear him make that comment really isn’t all that surprising. Thing is, how is the NASCAR All-Star race any different from an All-Star event in any other sport? They’re all spectacles purely for the fans, only this is more dangerous.

Tony Stewart Loves Him Some Women

Tony Stewart gave a pretty R-rated interview to Rolling Stone that Deadspin was kind enough to bring to my attention. I’ve already expressed my thoughts on Tony Stewart and his badass ways, so no surprise he was pretty revealing with Rolling Stone. Some of the highlights (beware, strong language):

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Video: Tony Stewart Goes Nuts on USAC Racing Officials

I’ve already expressed my feelings on Tony Stewart before. It’s no surprise that I’m a fan; the guy always speaks his mind and doesn’t back down to anyone or anything. What’s there not to like about him? Well, maybe incidents like the one that took place last week at a USAC race in Indiana. Jay Busbee provided the details via WTHR. Check out the video of the incident and keep in mind this is Tony wearing his owner’s hat after hearing his driver wouldn’t be let back onto the track following a wreck:

Busbee said that this incident didn’t receive any coverage over the weekend and wonders why. I’m not sure why it would be buried to tell you the truth, but now that the cat’s out of the bag, I expect Stewart to face the music at some point this week. And hello, Mark Cuban of racing!

Can Danica and Milka Just Get Naked and Topless Already? Was Fight Staged?

Last year when I first found out about Milka Duno, I wondered if she was on her way to becoming the next Danica Patrick. Well, judging by the cat fight between the two during practice at Ohio, Milka wants nothing to do with Danica, and the feeling’s mutual. Check out video of their delightful skirmish:

Video via Deadspin. One of my buddies said he thought the fight was staged when he first saw it. After piecing together a few details such as the fact that indycar.com created and distributed the video, and that the audio was crystal clear with nobody jumping in to break things up, I really have to wonder. Honestly, what sort of publicity had the IRL been getting recently? You think they’re going to make headlines with Ryan Briscoe winning races? Exactly. Something tells me they went Vince McMahon on this one.

Get Ready for Joey Logano Overload

In case you haven’t heard of him until now, let me bring you up to speed. Joey Logano is an 18-year-old race car driver for Joe Gibbs Racing. He’s currently competing in the Nationwide Series and won his first race on the series Saturday night. It’s pretty impressive when you consider it was only his third time racing in the series and that he became the youngest person to win a race on the series at 18-years-old and 21 days. The achievement becomes slightly less impressive when you realize that JGR has won 10 times on the series this year, and seven times with the No. 20 car (with four different drivers). Translation: stick any driver in the No. 20 car for JGR, and he’s winning the race. Any coincidence Logano has taken two poles in the last two weeks? I think not.

Anyway, getting back to it, the kid seems like a prodigy. A young, stud racer, who’s won at every level he’s competed. Now it appears as if we’re going to be dealing with a guy who will be overhyped like a Danica Patrick. He hadn’t even yet competed on the Nationwide Series when I first saw him making the rounds, getting pimped for no appropriate reason on ESPNEWS. It’s pretty clear the JGR is trying to develop a product here and market this guy as one of their racing faces. So while Logano seems to have earned some attention because he’s young and already has won, I’m advising you to be leery and to brace yourself for the overload. It’s going to come fast and furious and just keep in mind when you’re sifting through all the hype and attention that Joe Gibbs Racing is setting this guy up for success. After all, if three other drivers can win in the same exact car in the same exact series, how special can he be?

Oh yeah, and is this kid even old enough to have a driver’s license???

How is Danica Patrick Hitting Pit Crew Member News?

I was scratching my head trying to figure this one out on Friday afternoon. All of a sudden this story about Danica Patrick hitting an opposing pit crew member during Indy 500 practice started surging up the headline chart on all the major sports sites. ESPN, FOX, Sporting News, SI, pretty much all of them had this story way up at the top as being a “newsworthy” item. I really would like someone to explain to me why that is the case. I’ll give you my reasoning why it’s not.

First of all, it happened in practice, not a race — it has zero impact on her place in the standings or the actual race. Secondly, Danica herself didn’t get hurt. No disrespect to Mr. No-Name pit crew worker, but nobody gives a rats ass what happened to him, so long as he doesn’t keel over and kick the bucket. Lastly, this is by no means a representation of Danica’s lack of skill as a driver; she operates finely tuned automobiles at ridiculously high speeds for a living — she’s a better driver than any of us. She also proved that she can compete on this level winning her first race a few weeks ago. And to compound this fact, the crew member was where he wasn’t supposed to be, so it was on him.

Again, I’m still uncertain as to why this story has garnered any coverage, unless it’s the media’s way at trying to strike back at Danica Patrick and make her seem incompetent. Maybe that’s it. But let me ask you this: if Albert Pujols hit the Brewers bench coach with a ball in batting practice, would that make headlines? Exactly. Neither should this.