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The Best Of The Frontstretch : TNT “F Bomb” Squad Snips Wrong Wire!

The explosion of an "F bomb" at last Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 in Sonoma, CA is a prime example of what seemed like a brilliant idea at the time go horribly awry. The idea was to have Kyle Petty be part of the race broadcast team, not from the booth, but actually while he competed in the race itself. Brilliant! So far, so good. This could be really cool. However, not long into the broadcast, a few problems began to manifest themselves. Initially, due to some technical gremlins, booth announcers Wally Dallenbach and Bill Weber were having some difficulty establishing contact with racer / analyst Petty. At one point, once contact was made, they broke in and surprised Kyle while he was leading the team in a pre-race prayer. Oops! But after the initial awkwardness, breaking in on the team prayer could seem like a great thing as far as ratings go. Read More »

Simple Solutions For The New “Cingular” Logo Problem

Simple Solutions For The New “Cingular” Logo Problem

It has often been said that I tend to see things a bit differently in comparison to most folks who call themselves normal. I do not consider that to be an insult, but more like a badge of honor, and it may, quite possibly, be the reason I like myself so much. Take this continuing stupid lawsuit nonsense concerning Cingular / AT&T and NASCAR / Nextel for example. In a nutshell, it goes something like this (for those casual fans that are just tuning in): In 2003, Nextel essentially "buys" NASCAR for the next 10 years (great, seven more years of this crap?!) to the tune of 700 million dollars, creating the Nextel Cup we know today - with the option to "rebrand" once during the life of the contract. Read More »

BSNews! Surprising Suspect Nabbed in Wallace Mugging

19-year-old Steve Wallace, son of 1989 Cup champ Rusty Wallace, reported earlier this week he was mugged outside a convenience store in Broad Ripple by a trio of thugs intent on stealing his watch. Veteran BSNews Super Sleuth Stu Padasso and intern Jack Sophalotte were immediately dispatched to investigate, and have reported that a shocking arrest has been made in the case. According to Wallace, he was entering the convenience store when three men made a comment to him about the watch he was wearing. While Wallace was a bit elusive about just exactly what was said, he did indicate that the watch in question was a gift given to him after winning a stock car race last year at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa - a track which his father's company, Rusty Wallace Inc., had recently built. Read More »

Rest Easy, Anheuser-Busch: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Did NOT Coronate Budweiser

A few days ago, my esteemed Frontstretch colleague and friend, Mr. Mike Neff, made the assertion that it is the driver that makes the sponsor. While that may be true for some lesser known products, I don't believe the separation of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Budweiser should prompt Anheuser-Busch to be searching through the St. Louis area Yellow Pages for a cheap bankruptcy lawyer _just_ yet. Contrary to popular cultural myth, Budweiser, the "King of Beers", did in fact exist long before the inception, conception, reception, and perception of NASCAR's Most Popular Driver. Truth be told, it predates him by some 98 years, back to 1876, when horsepower was actually rated by the number of road apples left in your wake. Read More »

Rest Assured, With Ten to Go, Teammates Know How You Make Your Bed!

Revealing what just may be the most profound look yet into the psyche of the mysterious enigma known as the Busch Brothers, big brother Kurt offered this bit of advice to his younger sibling after last Saturday's Pepsi 400 in Daytona. "For Kyle, the advice I would give is to understand that you're out there working as an individual," he said. "Hendrick is fielding your cars. There's not much you can do to help the other guys so therefore there's not much you should do to expect help from the other guys." That little bit of family wisdom was handed down on the heels of Kyle Busch's bitter defeat by .005 seconds to Jamie McMurray, a loss that ended with Busch none too happy about the way in which he was "pushed" to the finish line by his own organization. Read More »

BSNews! (Or Is It?) France Vows to Uphold Integrity of the Penalties, Not the Sport

*Daytona Beach, FL* - Speaking from his golden throne in a mahogany-paneled stall, just off his executive suite high above Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR CEO and self-appointed "King of Stock Car Racing" Brian France pontificated after hearing reports that recently suspended crew chiefs had been coaching their teams from surrounding high points at recent racing venues. "We just had a meeting about that," said France, forcing a grunt. "We will be, if that all is accurate, addressing that shortly." France went on to expound that, while he would prefer not to, the suspension of drivers may the next step in a rapidly growing list of consequences for inspection violations. "We'd like not to get to [suspending drivers]," he said while fidgeting with some paperwork. "We'd like to make the deterrent, a portion of the penalty, significant enough that it isn't necessary for us to do. But are we willing to go there? Of course we would. We're not hoping to do that [though]. That's sort of a death penalty." Read More »

TNT “F Bomb” Squad Snips Wrong Wire!

The explosion of an "F bomb" at last Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 in Sonoma, CA is a prime example of what seemed like a brilliant idea at the time go horribly awry. The idea was to have Kyle Petty be part of the race broadcast team, not from the booth, but actually while he competed in the race itself. Brilliant! So far, so good. This could be really cool. However, not long into the broadcast, a few problems began to manifest themselves. Initially, due to some technical gremlins, booth announcers Wally Dallenbach and Bill Weber were having some difficulty establishing contact with racer / analyst Petty. At one point, once contact was made, they broke in and surprised Kyle while he was leading the team in a pre-race prayer. Oops! But after the initial awkwardness, breaking in on the team prayer could seem like a great thing as far as ratings go. Read More »