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Voices From the Cheapseats: It’s On the Internet So It Must Be True

Voices From the Cheapseats: It’s On the Internet So It Must Be True

Don’t you just LOVE press releases? Here is my favorite from this week but be forewarned, the follow clinch scenarios were found on the BSNews editor’s floor so don’t be surprised if some of the information therein is erroneous. (That means "wrong" in case you were wondering)... Richmond Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Clinch Scenarios (corrected); Below are the 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup clinch scenarios for Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, the final race before the Chase field is set. Nine drivers have clinched top-10 spots in the Chase: Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick. Tony Stewart, currently 10th, has clinched at least a Wild Card spot. Read More »

Voices From The Cheapseats: Fans Prove Bruton Smith Wrong

Voices From The Cheapseats: Fans Prove Bruton Smith Wrong

As the fog that usually lingers a few days after a successful four-day camping trip to Bristol Motor Speedway continues to loosen its grip on my brain, I’d like to share a few thoughts on the "new" …or is it the supposedly "old" … aw, hell maybe even the "new old" track. In my opinion, and you all know what that is worth, I do believe that it was a good race and the changes that Smith made were probably beneficial. As I have said previously, the supposed shaving of the track to create two racing grooves instead of three was a compromise that I could live with. Read More »

You Can’t Play the ‘Blame Game’ When It Comes to Lightning

You Can’t Play the ‘Blame Game’ When It Comes to Lightning

NASCAR is one of the few entities left in this country that is not ashamed to actively honor God before each of it’s events. So unashamed, that even the invocation is televised before each race. I ask you; When is the last time you saw a televised prayer before a professional or college sporting event? You can’t remember if you ever have, can you? Having established the precedent that God is actively recognized in our sport, I am going to share a bit of scripture with you. Why, you may ask? Simply because I am sick and tired of any number of people out there that continue to assert that NASCAR, Pocono Raceway or anyone else is responsible for the tragic events that followed the rain-shortened event a couple of weeks ago. Read More »

Masters of Spin It Again

Masters of Spin It Again

You gotta hand it to them, when it comes to making excuses or putting a happy spin on a bad situation, anyone remotely associated with NASCAR are the masters! Take for instance, this little PR blurb from ESPN regarding the ratings for Sunday’s mega-exciting race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Read More »

Do You Think of NASCAR and Integrity In the Same Sentence?

Do You Think of NASCAR and Integrity In the Same Sentence?

Aside from not having any…but of course, that is my opinion. I want to know what you think. Counting the headline as number one, here’s a second question for you to mull over. Do you think AJ Allmendinger is a drug head? While you think those over, here are some quotes from some of the players involved and some who are not. "I don't see how any man, if he's got any (manhood) at all, can go and take what he's fixing to have to take — and that's going through the Road to Recovery for a guy who did not take drugs or did not do what they're saying he did," Jeremy Mayfield said, when asked about Allmendinger’s situation. "It'd be tough because you're basically living a lie to be a poster boy for NASCAR's drug policy." Read More »

Making Sense of Brian France and Urine Tests

Making Sense of Brian France and Urine Tests

As with most anything associated with NASCAR, I realize that this will be a futile endeavor but I will make an attempt none the less. WARNING! What you are about to read may cause any number of maladies to any human being who possesses even the tiniest shred of common sense. The reader assumes any and all risks should they choose to proceed. (Commercials for law firms dealing with class action lawsuits for those who have been exposed to the spoken word and reasoning of Brian France are already in the works and will be airing soon during all future NASCAR race broadcasts.) You have been warned. The author of this article may not be held accountable for any frustration it may cause. Read More »

BSNews! Phoenix Racing Welcomes Matt Kenseth

BSNews! Phoenix Racing Welcomes Matt Kenseth

With the announcement that the last REAL NASCAR champion, Matt Kenseth, will be leaving Roush Fenway Racing, speculation has run rampant as to where the 2003 series champion (back before all this Chase BS(News!...) will be driving in 2013. Of course, many who claim to be ‘in the know’ are sure that Joey Logano will be fired from Joe Gibbs Racing and that Kenseth will enjoy a revived career in the number 20 car. Others, who claim to be ‘more in the know’ then the ‘many,’ are just as adamant that the No. 22 of Penske fame is Matt’s new home, leaving poor (but handsome) AJ Allmendinger filling out un-employment papers. Even more ‘others,’ who claim to be ‘even more in the know than those foolish many others,’ have the 2003 champ displacing Stewart-Haas’s Ryan Newman in the No. 39! In the end, none of them had a clue. Read More »

With Bristol, Perhaps There Is Room For Compromise

With Bristol, Perhaps There Is Room For Compromise

As long time readers can attest, I have always been very vocal about changes made to the famed ‘Fastest Half Mile in the World’. It was, after all, the changing of the track to a three groove raceway a few years ago that prompted a heated exchange between the late David Poole and myself after I questioned his professionalism of his reporting of the first race after the change. To be honest, the ‘heated’ part was mostly on David’s side as I was quite cordial (OK, maybe a bit sarcastic) with my responses and never once called him any names as he did me, but that is neither here nor there. What sticks in my mind even more so is the call I received from our head honcho, Tom Bowles, who seemed to me, as best as one can tell over a cell phone, to be having a heart attack over the whole deal. Read More »

Voices From the Cheapseats: Has NASCAR Really Changed Your Life?

Voices From the Cheapseats: Has NASCAR Really Changed Your Life?

Sure, there is the now old (and not un-expected) meltdown of Kurt Busch, but seeing as how it really comes as no surprise and the fact that it has been written about to death already, as a writer, you can only stretch that out so far. Add to all that the fact that the racing action has really just been a series of digitally recorded left turns, it leaves you pining for a bit more. It does me anyway. And so it came about, given all the above, I found myself thinking…’How has NASCAR (or the act of being an avid fan) REALLY changed my life?’ Read More »

BSNews! NASCAR Defrocks Hall of Famer Wallace

BSNews! NASCAR Defrocks Hall of Famer Wallace

"I think it's OK for me to give my opinion. I don't think NASCAR would get upset about that,” said Rusty Wallace. So much for THAT line of thinking! After a recent interview in which Wallace said that NASCAR should shorten their nearly 11-month schedule, the recent NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee soon found out that he was in fact, wrong. NASCAR does get upset when someone voices a different opinion. Read More »