Smith: NASCAR needs dose of bad-boy a...

Smith: NASCAR needs dose of bad-boy attitude

There are 28 comments on the ESPN story from Dec 18, 2009, titled Smith: NASCAR needs dose of bad-boy attitude. In it, ESPN reports that:

The on-track battle between Tony Stewart and Juan Pablo Montoya at Homestead was fun to watch.

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WWE CRASHCAR 2009

Florham Park, NJ

#23 Jan 19, 2010
acrim wrote:
the series is as boring as watching paint dry. they need 225mph at Dega with cars cartwheeling through the infield.
I'd like to see 43 of those POS COTs reduced to scrap metal at Dega; with no injuries!
acrim

Manhattan Beach, CA

#24 Jan 20, 2010
now you're talkin! and throw in a good pit fire as well! Man, I used to love those methanol pit fires in the 80's in the once great CART series.
WWE CRASHCAR 2009

Florham Park, NJ

#25 Jan 20, 2010
acrim wrote:
now you're talkin! and throw in a good pit fire as well! Man, I used to love those methanol pit fires in the 80's in the once great CART series.
CART was a great series until Tony George destroyed it trying to follow the greedy NASCAR business model.
acrim

Manhattan Beach, CA

#26 Jan 20, 2010
WWE CRASHCAR 2009 wrote:
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CART was a great series until Tony George destroyed it trying to follow the greedy NASCAR business model.
You couldn't be more right about Tony (born with a silver spoon in his incompetent mouth) George. He simply ruined open wheel racing in this country. CART was sooo much more fun to watch than NA$CRAP in the 80's and early 90's. It's really a shame that one person could screw up everything so badly. His sisters finally came to their good senses and fired that incompetent moron. I wouldn't be surpirsed if George became the next partial owner in the Motormouth-POS Racertainment dynasty.

Since: Jan 10

Waterloo, Canada

#27 Jan 21, 2010
They do, they have tony!
jimie

Medowie, Australia

#29 Apr 24, 2011
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jimie

Medowie, Australia

#30 Apr 24, 2011
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jimie

Medowie, Australia

#31 Apr 24, 2011
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