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By Carol Einarsson | 12/09/2014
 
CHEERS to Krista Voda and Mike Joy, our two favorite hosts of any awards show.

CHEERS Edwin McCain's narration, summing up NASCAR in words and pictures. Everything we love in one spoken paragraph: "Glory is why they compete. It's why they race. It's why they put everything on the line. That alone has created moments that last a lifetime. They are forever moments. The first photo finish. And the fight that unveiled a sport to the masses. A receiving line 20 years in the making. A million dollar bill where a moment became a nickname. A President on the edge of his seat applauding a King's final triumph. That pass in the grass. That walk off win. That closest finish, ever. Every so often it happened. And you treasured it."

JEERS to the giant list of people that are going to be part of this. I didn't recognize 95% of the names, but one I did was Guy Fieri. We've got a list of musical artists and others who have nothing to do with NASCAR, but a guy who won a cooking contest and got himself some Food Network fame? Let me just say up front, this may be a shorter column, but I'm going to skip through the non-NASCAR talent. However... in the time it took me to write that paragraph, ironically I've been quite enjoying whoever this first singer is. Yes, I know it's rife with contradiction that I'm against all the superfluous performances, yet here I am enjoying one. CHEERS to Aloe Blacc for that.

CHEERS to Jay Mohr. Given the past hosts we've endured, and if it can't be Jeff Foxworthy, I think he's one of the better ones we've had.

Comments: 8
Last Activity: 12/15/14
 
By Guest Writer John Ferguson | 11/25/2014
 

It was a beautiful day in Naperville, Illinois on Wednesday August 27, 2014 at 2:15pm.  The sun was shining, the sky was blue, and the temperature was very nice.  I was on my way to do a little shopping, with my wife in her own car just ahead of me, on her way to another store.  I was travelling south on Illinois highway 59, a very busy four-lane road with two lanes each way and a median in the middle.  I was going 45 mph in the right lane, travelling the speed limit and minding my own business.  That’s when it happened.
 
My first memory is waking up to realize I'm in a very bad crash.  My vehicle is rolling; I'm being tossed about.  I had no idea how I got in this situation, I blacked out upon impact for a few seconds.  I knew I was rolling, so I said to myself several times “please land on your wheels, please land on your wheels,..."  I knew I might be trapped if my car landed on the roof. Then I twice hit my head hard to my left and wondered why it didn’t hurt.  Amazing how much stuff can go through your mind in such a short time during a crash.  Looking to my left and seeing a giant air bag, I thought, “Oh, I reckon that’s why my head didn’t hurt.”  As I saw the windshield caving in, I hoped it would hold together and not cut me to death.  

Comments: 3
Last Activity: 12/09/14
 
By Carol Einarsson | 11/20/2014
 

Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesforNASCAR.


CHEERS to Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin. I don't know how they've managed to sleep this past week, and one of them likely won't sleep tonight, either.

CHEERS to the Pledge of Allegiance, a very nice prayer, and a great anthem by Caleb Johnson.

CHEERS to the curls of little Miss Newman. Curly hair rocks.

CHEERS to the guys who get to drive UNDER that massive American flag. With the sun out, and shining through it, there has to be an amazing patriotic glow in their cars!!

CHEERS to F-16s flying over Homestead. Yes, old-timey planes are nice, but there's just nothing like fighter jets roaring by!!


Comments: 28
Last Activity: 11/25/14
 
By Carol Einarsson | 11/12/2014
 

Photo: Eddie Laub for Race Journal Online.


CHEERS to most of the invocation, but JEERS to including the Chase in any part of a prayer.

JEERS to people singing the national anthem simply to plug a TV show. Oh, and it's on ABC? At least the bombs bursting managed to block out some of her bad singing.

CHEERS to Luke Air Force Base and the flyover, as well as the military presence at the track, and all the heroes past and present being honored over the weekend in addition to Tuesday. Is it just me, or does Veterans Day seem to be more celebrated this year than other years?

Comments: 11
Last Activity: 11/14/14
 
By Eddie Laub | 11/11/2014
 

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After a morning “date” with my wife to Wal-Mart and Starbucks, I made it to the track and am ready to go.  I decided to start my day off with a hike, and join the common folks (haha!) in the stands for a bit.  I ran in to my sister-in-law and nephew working the concessions stands and, while that was pretty cool in itself, did they offer me a free Coke Zero??  NO!  How rude!

On a similar  note, I did find Coke Zero in the Media Center today!  Someone listened to me!!!  What's actually more likely is that it was there all the time; I just happened to look in the right fridge today.

There's also quite a bit of  Starbucks in the fridge this morning, but none of us know if it's up for grabs or if it belongs to someone specific, so we're all afraid to touch it.  Is it ESPN Starbucks? NASCAR Starbucks?  Starbucks belonging to some other all-caps-named organization?   We’re not sure, but nobody's willing to risk it.

Comments: 3
Last Activity: 11/13/14
 
By Eddie Laub | 11/07/2014
 
Observations from the day:

I got up early this morning, and for the first time since I started coming to the track for RJO, I had to get my wife and son up to go with me.  After some bribery, they didn’t grumble too much about leaving at 5am.  The promise of giant breakfast burritos and Starbucks on the way out of town can calm a lot of tension.  But now I can’t help but wonder how well a mixture of giant burritos and Starbucks will be later in my day. Guess I will find out…

After a slight issue with the car not starting first thing this morning, we got to Phoenix in record time: not much traffic; no blinding haboobs; and no Weather Channel professionals headed this way because of impending flood-storms.  And no mother, I was not speeding.

Comments: 3
Last Activity: 11/10/14
 
By NASCAR | 11/04/2014
 

NASCAR Penalizes Crew Members And Crew Chiefs

From The No. 5 and No. 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Teams

 

DAYTONA BEACHFla. (Nov. 4, 2014) — NASCAR has assessed penalties to crew members from the No. 5 and No. 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams for their involvement in post-race incidents on Nov. 2 at Texas Motor Speedway. In addition, the crew chiefs from those two teams also have been penalized.

 

Jeremy Fuller, a crew member with the No. 5 team, along with Dwayne Doucette and Jason Ingle, crew members with the No. 24 team, each have been fined $25,000 and suspended from NASCAR through the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points races. All three were found to be in violation of:


Comments: 12
Last Activity: 11/07/14
 
By Carol Einarsson | 11/04/2014
 

Photo: NASCAR on ESPN.


CHEERS to Texas Motor Speedway for the "bigger in Texas" production they always make. A great anthem, a wonderful invocation, the Harlem Globetrotters, a pre-race concert, and an EAGLE!! Texas still gets what it is to be American.

JEERS to nearly-immediate strung-out racing.

JEERS to mentioning Martin Truex and Sherry Pollex as she fights the battle of a lifetime, but not mentioning Steve Byrnes. Are the two necessarily linked? No. But would it have been a classy thing to at least mention? Apparently ESPN can't cross party lines and mention a guy from FOX. It just would have been a nice gesture.

Comments: 22
Last Activity: 11/05/14
 
By Carol Einarsson | 10/28/2014
 

Photo: Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing.


CHEERS to track chaplains. We love MRO, but when a track has (and utilizes) their own chaplain, we like that best.

CHEERS to little Miss Kenseth with her hands folded in prayer. That's good parenting right there!

CHEERS to a fantastic anthem!! Until today, I've weighed all marching band presentations the same. I don't know exactly what was different, but there was something in that presentation that was better than any other band we've heard. CHEERS to the UNC Marching Band, the Marching Tarheels.

CHEERS to the PERFECT amount of wind to keep every flag waving perfectly!!

CHEERS to old timey planes flying over, too.

CHEERS to DJ's advice from the booth. When he said there were two things most important, I was certain one would be patience. Nope. No patience required. Just use strategy and your front bumper! Yes, we do love Martinsville!

Comments: 15
Last Activity: 11/06/14
 
By Carol Einarsson | 10/21/2014
 

Photo: Brynn Anderson/AP forNASCAR.


CHEERS to Marty Smith. Just can't say this enough. The pieces he brings to us never disappoint, but that's not saying nearly enough. Just not disappointing isn't much of a compliment. Rather, his interviews and his stories consistently elevate the sport, the people in it, the network he represents, and journalism as a whole.

CHEERS to "What was my father like then?" Resting on his legacy and his last name... we appreciate the honesty we get from Dale Jr. that we don't often get from any other driver in the sport.

CHEERS to an acre of ploughed garlic being at least more appealing than a kidney stone.

CHEERS to the montages put together illustrating the pressure of it all. I'm not sold on the manufacturing of the pressure, but anything that includes the Matt Kenseth ambush of an unsuspecting Brad Keselowski is a feel-good video for me!

CHEERS to the piece Allen Bestwick did with David Hoots. Let's get this cleared up BEFORE the race so there isn't a mass outcry after the checkers when cars are strewn all about.

Comments: 18
Last Activity: 10/23/14
 

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