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Voices from the Cheap Seats: How Can There NOT Be An Asterisk?

Voices from the Cheap Seats: How Can There NOT Be An Asterisk?

The more I soaked in the shower and thought about it – yes, I do some of my best thinking when I’m all wet – the more I became convinced that this new format virtually invalidates all the previous Chase championships before it. Notice I said, “Chase championships.” I’m not even going to go down the road of NASCAR’s playoff versus the classic points system. No, this new format is so screwed up it makes me yearn for the days ... Read More »

Voices from the Cheap Seats: NASCAR Still Years Behind the NFL

Voices from the Cheap Seats: NASCAR Still Years Behind the NFL

While Brian France has made great strides to make auto racing akin to stick-and-ball sports, he still has a long way to go. Brad Keselowski, however, helped narrow that gap by quite a margin with his post race meltdown last Saturday night. As has been evidenced by the sports news, especially this past year, we all know the NFL is full of wife/girlfriend beaters, child abusers, murderers and dog fighters. What does NASCAR have? The odd druggie now and then, ... Read More »

Voices from the Cheap Seats: Can Matt Kenseth Repeat History?

Voices from the Cheap Seats: Can Matt Kenseth Repeat History?

The more I think about all this elimination crap, the more I hate it. On one hand, it could be a Godsend. On the other, it could show Brian France and the top brass in Daytona that they are indeed dumber than a box of rocks. I’m praying for the latter. Of course, it’s all been said before that surely, when it comes down to it, the true champion will be crowned at Homestead. But wait! Jimmie Johnson crashed? Dale ... Read More »

Voices From The Cheap Seats: Talk Of A Stewart/Ward Settlement Is Ludicrous!

Voices From The Cheap Seats: Talk Of A Stewart/Ward Settlement Is Ludicrous!

I know this is a controversial subject, but after reading some press releases by some so-called prominent lawyers, I refuse to remain silent. “I think he will end up settling,” said Greg Bloom, an attorney at the Miami firm Chase Lawyers, which represents athletes and entertainers, said of Tony Stewart and the potential outcome of the civil case following Kevin Ward, Jr.’s death in Canandaigua, N.Y., reports Beyond the Flag. “If I was to advise him, I would advise the ... Read More »

BSNews: Group Targets NASCAR For Offensive Use of “Injun”

BSNews: Group Targets NASCAR For Offensive Use of “Injun”

Not happy with just taking on the National Football League (NFL) and the Washington Redskins, Amanda Blackhorse and her legal team have set their sights on NASCAR. At the heart of the NFL battle is the use of the name Redskins by the famed Washington, D.C., football team. Blackhorse claims it is derogatory to Native Americans and probably to most of the customer support staff of any corporation in America that can afford to outsource such a department as well. ... Read More »

Voices from the Cheap Seats: Circus Tents Wrong Way to Go for Souvenirs

Voices from the Cheap Seats: Circus Tents Wrong Way to Go for Souvenirs

One change that is looming on the horizon, a change that I have given a lot of thought to but have yet to righteously pontificate about, for the NASCAR fans that are left is NASCAR’s planned replacement of the classic souvenir hauler for a exciting circus tent! I say “NASCAR’s plan” because, in case you did not know it, Motorsports Authentics (MA), the company who runs the business, is a subsidiary of none other than International Speedway Corp (ISC), which ... Read More »

Voices From the Cheap Seats: Chase Begins Countdown to the End

Voices From the Cheap Seats: Chase Begins Countdown to the End

As we descend into the depths of the 2014 season with yet another infernal change as to this sport’s definition of a champion, so begins the countdown to the end of this infernal column. Yes, that’s right, I’m really, really gonna do it this time. Why, you ask? Well, let me tell you! As I get older, I find my tolerance for stupid is declining at an alarming rate. I mean, you can rant and rave for years but no ... Read More »

Voices from the Cheap Seats: BSNews – Expounding Upon NASCAR’s Asterisk

Voices from the Cheap Seats: BSNews – Expounding Upon NASCAR’s Asterisk

Just before last weekend’s race at Atlanta, NASCAR President Mike Helton announced that, despite the fact that he missed three weeks of the regular season and despite what the rules say as to who can be eligible for the latest version of the Chase, Tony Stewart may participate in the Chase – should he qualify. “I’ll remind everybody back earlier this year when we announced the format for the 2014 Chase, that announcement included some responsibility about the routine participation ... Read More »

Voices from the Cheap Seats: At Bristol, The More Things Change…

Voices from the Cheap Seats: At Bristol, The More Things Change…

Well, the weekend has come and gone and all that is left is memories – albeit some a bit foggy – of a handful of soldiers who made it home alive along with the task of cleaning out (and repairing) the camper. I did not attend the NASCAR races as a member of the media this weekend. No, as I prefer to do at Bristol, I was a fan. Free to mingle, consume without worry, support my driver proudly and ... Read More »

Voices from the Cheap Seats: NASCAR Only Goes Halfway with New Rule

Voices from the Cheap Seats: NASCAR Only Goes Halfway with New Rule

Last week, I put out there that, while tragic, the death of Kevin Ward, Jr. was totally avoidable on two separate fronts. First, don’t do insanely stupid things like Ward did; and second, a sanctioning body could have had a rule that makes enraged drivers think twice about doing insanely stupid things when it is not obvious to themselves. I even gave said body a template to work with… “… unless threatened by fire or other perceived life threatening circumstances, ... Read More »