06 August 2009

Alpha Natural Resources and MMM to attempt Bristol race

According to this snippet posted on Jayski.com


Morgan-McClure and Wimmer to run Bristol: Morgan-McClure Motorsports and Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., a leading U.S. coal producer, will join forces with driver Scott Wimmer for this year's Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The one-race sponsorship announcement marks the beginning of a new chapter for both Abingdon, Va.-based organizations. Attempting to qualify the #4 entry for the Aug. 22 night race at the "World's Fastest Half-Mile" signals a possible rebirth for MMM, which has been on an approximate two-year hiatus from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Meanwhile, it caps off a monumental week for Alpha, one in which the company completed a merger with Foundation Coal Holdings to become the nation's third-largest coal producer. MMM, founded in 1983, is a three-time winner of the season-opening Daytona 500 and boasts a successful history that includes 14 wins, 63 top-fives, 146 top-10s and 13 poles. "Our team, much like Alpha's owners, was born in coal country; and the first few years we were funded by dealerships that make their income by serving coal miners," says Tim Morgan, MMM's co-owner and president. "We couldn't be prouder to represent a progressive company like Alpha a recognized leader in producing coal to meet the nation's energy needs, with an outstanding reputation for being good stewards of the environment while taking care of their customers and employees." With the Foundation Coal merger, Alpha now operates more than 60 coal mines and 14 preparation plants, maintains one of the most expansive geographic footprints in the industry, and controls reserves of more than 2.3 billion tons of coal.

Wimmer, who has experience in all of NASCAR's top three divisions the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series has collected 30 top-fives, 73 top-10s and one pole in his career. The 33-year-old Wausau, Wisc., native is currently 16th in the Nationwide Series point standings. For more info about Alpha Natural Resources see alphanr.com.(Morgan-McClure Motorsports)(8-6-2009)

First of all, I’m glad to see a coal company sponsor a team. Second, I’m glad that team is Morgan-McClure. MMM was born in coal country and I’m glad to see that Scott Wimmer and MMM did not burn any bridges.

05 August 2009

Gimme a break

Milwaukee Brewers’ Prince Fielder storms the Dodgers’ clubhouse? Gimme a break. Because he was hit by a pitch in retaliation?  I’ll remind readers of a quote by Tyrus Raymond Cobb:



Baseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men. It's no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It's a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.

Baseball is a man’s sport. The fact is if you’re going to stand over the inside of the plate, you better be ready to take a few for the team… and when you do, you handle it on the field and leave it on the field. These guys playing today are pansies…

04 August 2009

Obama General Hospital

Doug at Below the Beltway, has been on target on the Obamacare but I had to laugh at these logos