Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Kurt Busch ranks eighth among America's Most Disliked Athletes

   Forbes released its 2013 list of America's Most Disliked Athletes and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch comes in at No. 8.

    The latest public surveys from Nielsen/E-Poll show Manti Te’o and Lance Armstrong in a virtual dead heat for the dubious title of America’s most disliked athlete (though we give the nod to Armstrong based on higher name recognition, which gives his score a bit more heft). Each appeals to just 15% of the public, according to Nielsen’s polling, which it conducts on a rolling basis with the help of E-Poll, an Encino, Calif.-based market research firm.

    See the story and whole list here.

Charlotte mayor proclaims Friday "Buck Baker Day"

   In anticipation of his induction to the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday night, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has proclaimed Friday "Buck Baker Day."

    In the proclamation, Foxx said Baker, a longtime Charlotte resident who died in 2002, had "established himself as one of NASCAR's early greats, becoming the first to win consecutive NASCAR premier series championships in 1956 and 1957."

Kyle Larson joins NASCAR Nationwide Series this season

   Kyle Larson, who won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship in 2012, is moving up.

    Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, which has Larson, 20, under a driver development contract, announced Wednesday Larson will compete in the 2013 Nationwide Series driving the No. 32 Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports.

    Before attempting to run in the Nationwide season opener at Daytona, Larson will first compete in the Daytona ARCA race and will also participate in the Battle at the Beach held on a temporary 0.4-mile short track on Daytona’s backstretch that features three non-points special events from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours and the Late Model division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

    “This is truly one of the happiest days of my life. I have been thinking about something like this since my very first days of racing," Larson said. "I am very proud to be part of Chip Ganassi’s organization and to be running with Turner Scott Motorsports. Daytona cannot come fast enough for me.”