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NASCAR’s Fan Council Canceled by Fan

NASCAR’s Fan Council Canceled by Fan

A couple of days ago, I received an email from a reader that confirmed a couple of things for me. First, people are still out there reading, which is good, and second (my favorite part!), I think I'm right! The letter had to do with NASCAR’s Fan Council and, if true it merely confirmed what I had written "back in September of last year.":http://www.frontstretch.com/jmeyer/31499/ Back then, a good friend of mine had recently been accepted to the Fan Council and was eager to participate…until he got his first survey. As I stated back then, my friend was not pleased and wanted to quit the Council then and there but I, for some cold beverage clouded reason, talked him out of it. He was, for awhile, sending me the questions from the surveys for my amusement, but like most men with shiny objects, we soon lost interest. He tells me now that he rarely, if ever, even opens the surveys. Read More »

Calling It Like I See It: Contrived NASCAR Controversy

OK, here’s the deal. You want me to write about how good the state of NASCAR is in? You want me to write about some feel good crap that umpteen other writers have already written about this week? No, that ain’t my style. I’ve been doing this writing thing for awhile on this site…that and the Top Ten List…and I’m gonna tell you what… Read More »

Nearly Four Years Later, Judge Holds NASCAR Solely Responsible For Air Disaster

In May of 2008, after exhaustingly pouring over official government documents concerning the July 10, 2007 NASCAR-owned plane crash in Sanford, FL that killed a total of 5 people, I wrote an "article":http://www.frontstretch.com/jmeyer/16622/ outlining a few facts that the sanctioning body forgot to mention to the public. In February of 2009, I did a "follow up":http://www.frontstretch.com/jmeyer/22251/ and outlined a few of the finer points that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had to say after their investigation was complete. I strongly urge you to check out those two links, especially the second one, to get an understanding of just what the NTSB said. Read More »

In Some Cases, The Apple Does Roll Far From the Tree

In Some Cases, The Apple Does Roll Far From the Tree

We all know the old saying: “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” But this last weekend at Martinsville, stock car racing fans were given a rare glimpse of an apparent exception to that rule. Think back over the family history of NASCAR. You've got Lee and Richard Petty; Ned and Dale Jarrett; Coo Coo and Sterling Marlin, just to name a few, all father and son Cup stars in their own right. They each left their own legacy on the sport, yet with the son, you pretty much had the same driving style and ethic of the father. Not only on the track, but off the track as well. Read More »

“Yurnings” of ISC and NASCAR Denied

“Yurnings” of ISC and NASCAR Denied

This is one of those stories that seemed to come out of left or, maybe more appropriately, the infield. According to International Speedway Corporation (ISC) spokesman Lenny Santiago, many people have asked over the years about having their ashes spend eternity at Daytona International Speedway. Apparently, enough of these requests have come in during the past half-century that it got ISC and NASCAR thinking about how it could go about selling these crispy fried fans the ultimate season ticket. So much thought went into it, in fact that there was legislation going through the Florida House and Senate to allow the construction of a columbarium on the DIS grounds. Read More »

Toasting NASCAR Leadership: Cheap Tickets, Good Seats Now Everywhere

Yes, you read the headline correctly. I, Jeff Meyer, a staunch advocate of many years for the removal of our sport's leader, Brian France from all things NASCAR (hey, I’m being nice! I never once said he should be shot or anything ultra-insensitive as that) am now asking that you, the true race fan, be thankful for Mr. France and I pray that he remains at the helm for many years to come. Read More »

Voices from the Heartland: Women Should Have Their Own Series

Lately, so I am told, there has been talk about women stock car drivers having their own series. To be honest with you, the first I ever heard of it was during our Mirror Driving meeting this past week. To be even more brutally honest, I think that those who even bring up such an ide We interrupt this insignificant article for the following announcement…… Are you a long time NASCAR fan? Have you ever felt that you were “out of touch”? How you ever suffered from “What the Fu*k: syndrome? Read More »

Former Diversity Driver Wants “NASCAR Cash” One Way Or Another

Talk about your bad career moves. Former Drive for Diversity driver, Jesus Hernandez has probably given up on his dream of making it to NASCAR’s big leagues... if not, he should. This last week, Hernandez, whose most recent job was a test team mechanic (kind of like being a prestigious member of an NFL ‘practice squad’) for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, filed a wrongful termination suit against EGR. In his suit, Hernandez claims he was fired after he threatened to go to OSHA about working conditions at an EGR test tunnel. Hernandez seems to think that the tunnel does not have adequate ventilation and claims he suffered symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Read More »

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 »