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By Carol Einarsson | 10/20/2014
 

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 The Chase for the Sprint Cup. It seems fans either love it or hate it, but to be honest, I've not yet met even one fan that loves it. I'm sure there's someone out there that does, and I'm sure of that for two reasons. First, because while I've often been certain that a particular driver couldn't possibly have any fans, I'll sometimes see one in the team colors. Second, because Matt Kenseth has fans.

You may remember that Matt Kenseth is the reason we HAVE a Chase. After winning the Championship in 2003 with just one win, over guys like Ryan Newman and his eight wins, NASCAR decided they had to do something to fix what appeared to be broken - a points system that had been in place since 1975.

Lots of tweaks have been made to the Chase (the Jamie McMurray system introduced in 2011 after Jamie won the three biggest races of the year - Daytona 500, Indy, and Charlotte, but didn't make the 2010 Chase; and the Jeff Gordon adjustment allowing for a thirteenth chaser, just to name two), and now this year's tiered elimination that seems designed more for TV ratings than competition.

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By Mark Brune | 10/16/2014
 
TNN.

Those letters probably don’t mean anything to a younger demographic, but, for me and many in my age group, they symbolize the very essence of what was great about NASCAR in the 90’s and went a long way towards making a fan out of me.


The Nashville Network used to broadcast the “slower” races, or the races which typically extended beyond 4 hours, back when the tracks did their own marketing and negotiated their own TV deals. They also used to broadcast myriad other racing series which helped to keep viewer interest in motorsports consistently high.

They boasted an elite group of broadcasters who are now considered among the best ever to grace the airways as well as a supporting cast who continue to provide excellent coverage even today. I’m sure to have forgotten some but I especially remember Ken Squier, Eli Gold, & Buddy Baker in the booth, and Glenn Jarrett, Steve Byrnes, Ralph Sheheen, Dick Berggren, and Larry McReynolds in the pits. (I don’t want to forget to mention ESPN here as an influence as well. Their broadcast team which included Bob Jenkins, Benny Parsons, Ned Jarrett, and Jerry Punch was peerless.) These guys weren’t just a bunch of pretty faces reading a script (or an advertisement) but deeply knowledgeable folks with a keen insight into racing and a talent for talking about it in ways that enhanced the race experience rather than distract the viewer from it.

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By Carol Einarsson | 10/14/2014
 

Photo: Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing.


JEERS to ESPN and ABC and football. That was simply ridiculous. There are a hundred options they could have used, but didn't. Why? Because they had football on every other channel, too! Granted, all we missed in the race were 15 caution-free laps led by Kyle Busch, and no lead changes, but we didn't get to see the anthem or the invocation.

CHEERS to Allen Bestwick, though, doing a fantastic job of catching us up on what we missed, and to showing the military appreciation from the fans, but it still stinks that we missed the anthem.

CHEERS that I didn't have to complain about a competition caution, because we could at least pretend that restart was the first green flag, and it's somehow better to rejoin a race in progress when you don't just jump into it during green-flag racing.

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By Carol Einarsson | 10/08/2014
 

Photo: Carol Einarsson for Race Journal Online.


CHEERS to beautiful weather (by some accounts) for race day! Saturday was better than Sunday, in my opinion, but at least it wasn't raining.

JEERS to the invocation being inaudible on pit road. I'm assuming it's that way everywhere and not just Kansas, which  makes it all the nicer to see individual prayer huddles at some cars.

CHEERS to the KC Flight Team for a nice fly over against a perfect blue sky.

JEERS to the presentation of the anthem which was just.... bad.

CHEERS I guess to Ned Yost giving the command from afar. And whoever's idea it was to sing Take Me Out to the Ball Game, JEERS to you. It was lame.


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By Carol Einarsson | 10/05/2014
 
Yes, I'm in Kansas... so what's up with the lack of coverage from the track?

I've been asking myself that same thing. Usually I have all kinds of things to write about, and I do so every day. So what's different this time? I wish I had an answer. I didn't even make it to the track on Friday, which is very unusual for me. Yeah, it was raining (and by some reports, cold, though I disagree with that. The temperature was perfect both Friday and Saturday), but there were plenty of things I could have been doing. Instead, I stayed at my hotel and watched a baseball game on TV. Baltimore was playing Detroit, and though I hadn't watched a baseball game for probably two decades, I evidently picked a good one to watch. Honestly, I only stuck to the channel while surfing because I remembered Mike Rowe said he'd be there with his parents, and they were likely to show him on camera and plug his new show. He was right. But aside from that, the game was amazing! I may be a Baltimore Orioles fan now, despite having grown up in Southern California. And that's how I spent my NASCAR Friday.

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By Carol Einarsson | 09/29/2014
 

Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Imagesfor NASCAR.


JEERS to "The track with the nickname, 'The Monster.'" No, that's not its nickname. It's called The Monster Mile. You don't say of Darlington, "The Track Too Tough," do you?

JEERS to the wardrobe team that picked that suit for Brad Daugherty. Wow.

CHEERS to DJ, "Pressure makes drivers do irrational things." Flashback to the race that my assistant and I will always refer to as "Desperate DJ."

CHEERS to Dan Schaefer, his tie, and his invocation.

CHEERS to the USO Show Troupe. The kids at Bristol have some real competition here. That was simply fantastic!! And the raising of the flag while it was being sung was the icing on the cake!  Bring on the Bandit Flight Team, too! The whole thing was perfect.

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By Carol Einarsson | 09/23/2014
 

Photo: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty ImagesforNASCAR.


JEERS to ESPN putting the anthem and invocation on the "Countdown" side of the hour. It's literally three minutes that is a perfectly nice start to the actual race coverage. It's not like (nor ever has been) the green flag falls at the top of the hour. Invocation, anthem, and command to start are all technically "pre-race", but so are the pace laps. It all belongs after coverage starts for the race. And yes, ESPN did once ask me, "What difference does it make?" Well, the difference is that some people like to see it, and if it's on the pre-race show that everyone doesn't care to watch, they'll miss it. But even more importantly, for night races when some local markets don't carry the pre-race when it's on ABC, there isn't even an option to see it at all. However, it is for this reason alone that I record the pre-race even if I don't exactly watch it.

CHEERS to a very nice invocation by Graham Siemon of Crossway Christian Church. That hand thing he had going on, though... just another good reason to pray with your eyes closed.

CHEERS   to a speedway contest winner singing the anthem and not a big-headed  recording star trying to sell a new CD.  Whitney Doucet did a perfectly nice presentation, and likely knows a thing or two about NASCAR, as well!

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By Carol Einarsson | 09/16/2014
 

Photo: Paul J Bergstrom/AP forNASCAR.


CHEERS to Glenn Spoolstra for his invocation.

JEERS to trying to use the track sound system for TV. The echo completely ruined the anthem, though it seemed the fans at the track quite enjoyed it. And that's quite a ring he's wearing!

CHEERS to Hooligans flying overhead.

CHEERS to the look on a driver's face after kissing his girlfriend. Did you see what I saw? It's the little amusements that make up for the lack of quality racing on the track.

CHEERS to Kyle Busch's fire hood that makes him look like he's about to go SCUBA diving rather than racing.

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By NASCAR Media | 09/13/2014
 
 


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Richard Petty Motorsports announced today that Marcos Ambrose will not return to pilot the No. 9 Ford Fusion following the 2014 season. Ambrose spoke with media members after the morning practice session Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway to address the announcement and discuss his future plans.

 

MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 9 Stanley Ford Fusion -- “First of all I need to thank everybody at Richard Petty Motorsports, it has been a great four years together. It has been incredible to drive for the King and Stanley DeWalt and Ford Racing and everybody. The time is just right for me to stop. I feel like the timing is right for myself and my family to return to Australia and that is what we are going to do.”

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By Carol Einarsson | 09/09/2014
 

Photo: Steve Helber/AP forNASCAR.


CHEERS to the crowd of fans packed in to RIR,

JEERS to being unsure if the pastor's eyes were open and staring right at the camera, or if they were closed, and coincidentally looking right at us. Probably time I got new glasses.

CHEERS to the TRADOC Herald Trumpets, even if I had to watch extra close after suspecting it wasn't performed live. Did you catch the one guy with the horn up to his mouth, but not blowing? Guess it just wasn't his turn.

CHEERS to the North American T-6s! Has anyone else noticed that since Obama pulled the plug on military fly-overs and tracks had to rely on the public sector, they've just been better? Funny how once you do something for yourself, you realize you don't need what you thought you had to have before.

JEERS to Brusty... Did the one on the right really say the "light bulbs" were flashing? I think those are actual flash bulbs, sir.

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