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Mojo Race Report: The NASCAR Curse

There’s something gamers call the Madden Curse and it guarantees if an athlete appears on the cover of the EA Sports Madden NFL video game, their season will be plagued with bad luck. The Curse has been traced back to 1999, but does the curse exist for the drivers on the cover of NASCAR video games? Dale Jr. will appear on¬†NASCAR The Game: Inside Line next month and spoke to USA Today about the curse. Jr. shrugged it off and said as long as Activision is developing the game, not EA Sports, the curse shouldn’t be an issue.

Unlike Madden which is released before the NFL season starts, NASCAR video games have been traditionally released towards the end of the race season in September. As a result, we’ve taken a look at how the drivers featured on the cover of the video game fared in races before September and those after to really see if the Madden curse affects NASCAR too. At the end of each segment we have a verdict for each year. Please note, the year of the game does not coincide with the race season. For example NASCAR 1998 was released in 1997, NASCAR 99 in 1998 and so on. [keep reading]

Putting it into park: Weekend Linkage

As November closes in towards Thanksgiving, a couple of things have to happen. First, lots of delicious turkeys have to be brutally killed for next Thursdays festivities. Second, the finale of the Nascar Sprint Cup season will culminate in a battle between Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards this Sunday. Until these two things happen, check out the links below this picture of an Alfa Romeo American roads will never see.

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- For more pictures of all the cool cars America rarely sees, check out Simon’s Car Spots

- Consumer Guides Auto created a gallery of the “weird and wild” cars from SEMA

- Edmunds InsideLine’s intel report on the the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7

- What’s really better for the environment: diesels or hybrids?

- Jimmie Johnson is going to come out on top in the 2012 Nascar season

The Monday Grind

Have you started hearing Christmas music yet on the radio? If so, we apologize. In other, non-Christmas music related news, we’ve provided a tidy set of links from across the web below.

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- A proposed license plate with the confederate flag was rejected by Texas

- Izod IndyCar announces a race scheduled in China for 2012

- The Nascar Sprint Cup Chase between Edwards and Stewart is about to be epic

- Mojo Motors is now on Google+ posting auto news, pictures and other sorts of silliness

- Five concept cars that the world will see in 2012


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