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Quote of the Week
"When Steve and I were done talking, I felt happier."
-Kenny Wallace, Who summed it up perfectly for every person who ever met Steve Byrnes.

By Carol Einarsson | 10/07/2015

Sorry about last week... and about what seems to be a permanent move to Wednesdays for this recap column. Last week on the night I usually put this together, a certain someone (the adorable Miss Kaylee) had a birthday party. This new job of mine (and by "new" I mean a year old) is just sucking the life out of me and might be at least be 20% responsible for the changes (downfall?) of RJO. But every day, and every week, I keep the hope that I'll be able to carry on. I will, however, again be skipping Kansas. I had hoped when I hung things up that I'd do it more at the top of my game and less like Darrell Waltrip, but so it goes.

Pastor Dan Shafer, great invocation!  And a crowd that's paying attention with a big Amen in the middle of it!

Sam Harris. Didn't he used to be a short "musical" guy that won Ed McMahon's old school talent show back in the day?

Wow, what happened to Jeff Gordon? He looked horrible in that pre-taped sound-bite spot. Like he had the flu and had been crying and couldn't shave, and hadn't slept.

35mph on pit road? Wow.

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By Carol Einarsson | 09/23/2015
Spectacular invocation. Not for prayer structure, but just the multiple use of the word "spectacular". And what an anthem!! I'm sort of at a loss, so let's just stick with "What an anthem!" We did enjoy the Hooligan Flight Team.

I wonder how long it will be until Jeff Burton figures out that Brad's last name is just three syllables.

Rows 16-22 are like the Professor and Marianne in the early days of Gilligan's Island, no announced names, just "and the rest." At least they got their pictures on the screen so they can prove to their friends they really are NASCAR drivers.

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By Carol Einarsson | 09/16/2015
The short story is this: I sometimes neglect reading my email, and when a credit card number changes at the same time your domain registry auto-renew is due, it can be kind of important that you read your mail to see their THREE disconnect notices. Yes, three. So it doesn't mean anything ominous, I swear. And I renewed for two years, even. So... we'll see what is to come. I was able to post this yesterday on Facebook, so maybe a good idea to click LIKE over on our page there, so if anything else happens, you won't miss a thing. My apologies...

Now here's the Richmond run-down...

Michael McDowell doing the invocation? Very cool! It's not on his suit right now, but if you want to feel uplifted instead of burdened by the heaviness of the world, tune in your local K-LOVE station and see if you don't feel better.

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By Carol Einarsson | 09/09/2015
CHEERS to the Southern 500, and not just the day of the race, but the two weeks leading up to it. Like the Daytona 500 deserving two weeks of preparation, so does this historical race! Some of us didn't truly appreciate the tradition of this event until it was gone, and weren't yet race fans in the 70s or 80s. But this promises to be possibly the best race day in recent memory, because it's the first time that NASCAR, a race track, teams, drivers, sponsors, and network TV have worked in unison for RACE FANS. There's just no way this can fail to be the best we've seen from NASCAR in many, many years.

CHEERS to Kyle Petty raiding his father's closet. Suede pants!

CHEERS to the voice of Ken Squier narrating the history lesson to bring everyone up to speed, whether they've long-since forgotten, or are new to the sport.

CHEERS to that lineup right there... Bill Elliott looked like a kid up there with Cale, Ned, Junior, and Len Wood. Bobby Allison, David Pearson,... and Dale Jarrett looks out of place, too.  Hearing Kyle Petty say, "For me, this is my childhood..." I have to admit, I got a little teary there for a minute.

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By Carol Einarsson | 08/26/2015
The Pledge of Allegiance is a nice way to start.

I don't know how else to say this, but the invocation sucked. It was downright shameful. And the worst part is that we can't even blame it on nervousness or stage fright... it was prepared that way.

And the best Bristol choir we've had in a long while, complete with showing us some of the proud parents. We loved the unanimous head-turn at the rocket's red glare and bombs bursting in midair.

The BEST flag waving ever! From above it was just gorgeous.

Lambeau Field, Wrigley Field, and Bristol Motor Speedway. But you don't ever hear "It's Lambeau Field, baby!" Same with Wrigley Field. Only at Bristol, baby!

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By Carol Einarsson | 08/19/2015
Very nice tributes to Buddy Baker, especially by Ryan Newman, putting his friend's name on the passenger side to ride shotgun.

Maybe someone should tell Kurt Busch there's nothing wrong with being single for awhile and focusing on his career.

I wish Martin and Sherry would just get married already. Clearly they're a permanent pair, so referring to them as boyfriend and girlfriend just seems to trivialize the relationship in a temporary short of way.

Interesting start that was.  And Kyle Busch is out of the Chase again? That's why we shouldn't be watching so closely. Update everything after each race, but this business of constant "he's in, no he's out, no he's in again" updates is just ridiculous.

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By Carol Einarsson | 08/11/2015
Much better timing this week with the invocation and anthem on the main broadcast rather than the pre-race. Best quote I ever got from ESPN was in the Kansas media center when I was asked by their rep, "Why does it matter about the televised anthem and invocation? That's not part of the race."  

I don't know what kind of minister thinks it's okay to put the sponsor name in the prayer. David Fife is apparently one of them, though. I'm sorry, but the word CHEEZ-IT should never, ever be included in a prayer of any sort. Ever.

Is the flag we just saw during the anthem on a fan's RV? Pretty sure the flag at the track is on something more sturdy than a PVC pole.

Smiling Tony. That's a nice thing. Is anyone else watching the grey in his beard as it spreads year after year, and imagining that in another 20 years, he might be playing Santa? Greatest benefit to a Tony Santa, of course, is that he only needs a week's notice to grow the beard.

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By Carol Einarsson | 08/05/2015

Always nice to have MRO at the NASCAR pulpit, and Billy Mauldin especially.

Anyone else find it amusing that someone whose last name is Golden was wearing a blue dress? Or was she?

Biffle's daughter definitely has one of the best heads of hair among NASCAR kids. Curly hair is just better.  

CV-22? Interesting aircraft.

If Aquafina is "For Happy Bodies", what kind of water are the unhappy bodies drinking? I wonder if anyone ever stood in aisle six and considered their mood before deciding which water to buy. Maybe a better idea is to say that your product produces happy bodies instead of implying it's a prerequisite for consumption.

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By Carol Einarsson | 07/29/2015
NASCAR racing at Indy for twenty years?? No way. Can't be.

Tony's "It's not that hot!" sounded like Dale Earnhardt to me. Only thing missing was a reference to "candy ass".

I know 235,000 seats are a lot to fill, but with all the CGI available, why can't they CGI out the grandstands and put greenery there so we're not actually seeing the empty seats?

Quote of the week: "Balloons on the backstretch. We'll be right back." Even still, a couple of orange balloons at Indy got nothin' on the Tropicana orange at Chicago!!

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By Carol Einarsson | 07/22/2015
I don't like New Hampshire. I'm not sure if it's because it's where Adam died, if it's the ridiculous lobster as a prize, or if it's the historically crappy racing. But we'll endure it again, and see if anything is better. And I'll admit, it's a good thing you already clicked the page, because that intro surely wouldn't make you want to read the rest, but... well, since you're already here, you may as well, right?

No anthem, no invocation... must have been on the pre-race that I don't record? Because I'm not already annoyed enough that the race deleted at least six hours of American Pickers from my DVR. Certainly nobody's fault but my own DVR-hoarding self. Maybe it would help if I'd get around to watching the F1 race from Monaco. Or the 13 episodes of Top Gear... yeah, definitely my fault.

Jeff Burton, you know I like him, but saying a guy that wrecks another has to apologize to the entire field -- that's just ridiculous. The whole field does NOT expect to be wrecked by a guy just because he wrecked someone else. They expect to be wrecked by bad drivers, but not by good drivers who get into someone while going for the win or because he has an open issue with someone.

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