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2011 Shaping Up To Be Real “Feel Good” Season

2011 Shaping Up To Be Real “Feel Good” Season

As we head into only the third race of the 2011 Sprint Cup season, (notice I even mentioned Sprint? Something I rarely do…I hope that makes them feel good) many things have already transpired that could quite possibly make this the best "feel good" season since…well, since the last time Brian France told us how good things were. First off, NASCAR gave us a present that almost everyone had not even thought about in the form of a new, easier for the fan to understand points format. This system is so new and forward thinking that no one seems to mind the fact that all the winners of the Truck and Nationwide races to date, have no points. At least the fans won’t have to deal with those triple digit numbers every race anymore. Read More »

Voices From the Heartland: Now That We Got THAT Over With…

Voices From the Heartland: Now That We Got THAT Over With…

As the green flag flew, I thought…I prayed…”Please, DW, please don’t do it!” but alas there it came, the dreaded “Boogity, Boogity, Boogity! Let’s go racin’ boys!” Yes, that same old phrase that, while okay for a few races….(how many years ago now?)...is now so tired, so juvenile and yes, even almost painful to hear, that I almost turned off the television right then and there. How obtuse can a person and a network be? Has no one told DW? Has he become so rich and ‘ignurt’ that he doesn’t care how foolish it makes him look? Has FOX Sports, like Brian France and the Chase, never heard or read that my totally unscientific guess of probably 90 percent of the viewers are sick to death of this particular beginning to every race? Mind boggling, I tell you, simply mind boggling! Read More »

BSNews!: Possible Sanctions for Junior After Practice Crash

BSNews!: Possible Sanctions for Junior After Practice Crash

Sources have confirmed for BSNews that NASCAR officials are positively fuming after Daytona 500 pole sitter, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., crashed during Wednesday’s Sprint Cup practice session. “This is absolutely the last thing we needed at this point,” said a high ranking NASCAR official who wished to remain anonymous. “This thing has been scripted out for months. The directors and producers at FOX are screaming bloody murder and I don’t blame them.” Read More »

Getting the “Cheerleading” Out of My Journalistic System

Just because I am an upstanding member of the media, that doesn’t mean I don’t have a favorite NASCAR driver. Yeah, I know that I am not supposed to be biased but since, A) I write commentary and can say almost any darn thing I want and, B) it just so happens that my favorite driver actually won the last two races of the 2010 season, I am going to unashamedly share a fun little poem about Carl Edwards that a good friend of mine wrote. Besides, I don’t feel like getting too "heavy" on y’all until the season actually starts. Read More »

Be Prepared, The Real Hype Starts AFTER Homestead

Be Prepared, The Real Hype Starts AFTER Homestead

This is a public service announcement provided to the real NASCAR fan by the author of this column. Moments after the checkered flag flies this coming Sunday, you will be told what you have witnessed this past racing season. You will be told that you have been privy to perhaps the most exciting and thrilling NASCAR championship in modern history. You will be told that you, the fan, begged for this finish and that NASCAR, or more importantly, Brian France, has given you exactly what you have asked for. Read More »

NASCAR’s “Stupidity” Over Middle Finger Is Actually The Right Call

NASCAR’s “Stupidity” Over Middle Finger Is Actually The Right Call

I have a beloved colleague here at Frontstretch.com by the name of Mike Neff. You may have heard of him before. He does a lot of great writing for us, and he is _almost as popular_ as me. Mike and I usually agree on most things, right down to political candidates - let alone anything to do with racing - so imagine my surprise over "his latest article":http://groups.google.com/group/thefrontstretch/browse_thread/thread/888435f3651f24de calling the recently announced fine of Kyle Busch’s unauthorized flight pattern of his middle finger “a new level of stupidity” by NASCAR. Read More »

Voices From the Heartland: BSNews! Real NASCAR News Only Slightly Altered

*Trained monkeys will sell race programs at Texas*: Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage has decided to monkey around with the promotion of the redesigned "No Limits" program cover and special insert that can be found in AAA Texas 500 souvenir program. Gossage is enlisting the help of Brian and Mike, trained capuchin monkeys, to sell the race programs throughout the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR triple-header race weekend. Brian and Mike will make their first public appearance Friday, Nov. 5, from 2:30-4 p.m. CT at the infield Hot Rod Café. They will return and be stationed on the concourse at Gate 4 on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. prior to the start of the Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge and Sunday, Nov. 7, from Noon-2 p.m. before the start of the Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500. Read More »

Voices From the Heartland: NASCAR and Automakers Still Beating a Dead Horse

Voices From the Heartland: NASCAR and Automakers Still Beating a Dead Horse

Let me set this straight right off the bat. It is OKAY to beat a dead horse. Pointless, yes, but not socially unacceptable. Beating a LIVE horse is when people, not to mention the horse, get a little pissy. Now that we've cleared that up… The horse in question for the purposes of this article is, once again, the old adage of “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday." This carcass rears (if a carcass could "rear") its ugly head once again due to NASCAR’s recent announcement that they are looking to revamp the Cup cars... again. Read More »

Making A Mockery Of How The Chase Makes A Mockery Of Racing

Making A Mockery Of How The Chase Makes A Mockery Of Racing

Well kids, here we are once again. NASCAR’s season is over, evidenced by the fact that football has started! Oh, yeah I forgot. We still have this "Chase" playoff system thingy to suffer through yet so once again, I will extol the virtues of getting rid of it! Before I begin, though, let me say a few things (again) about racing in general. First of all, we all know the Chase is Brain Fart’s idea of competing against the NFL during this time of year. It came about because Matt Kenseth, throughout the course of the 2003 season, had the audacity to win only one damn race, while Ryan Newman won eight - yet Kenseth claimed to be the champion! Read More »

Voices From the Heartland: Look Around People, the Bubble Has Burst!

Voices From the Heartland: Look Around People, the Bubble Has Burst!

_Earlier this year a trusted colleague, who just happens to be more ‘connected’ than myself, told me to hold on. NASCAR as we have come to know it is in for some big changes. In the end, this particular colleague said that while these changes may sting for a bit, just like a child who gets a vaccination, it would eventually work out for the good._ _Now whether this prediction turns out to be as painful as it sounds, we simply do not know yet. However, it did give me a sense of déjà vu. Where had I heard that before? Ah yes! Here it is…from over 4 years ago! The following was written by me in May of 2006. Usually I just link stuff like this, but I feel it needs to actually be re-read. I have added some current commentary and/or quotes that will be in italics, just as this intro has been._ Read More »