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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 »

Bristol Motor Speedway Earns Some Redemption For One NASCAR Fan

Bristol Motor Speedway Earns Some Redemption For One NASCAR Fan

This past week, I was contacted by a long-time, irate reader of this column. No, it wasn’t the reading, my column or even that she had been irate for a long time, but rather she was pissed at Bristol Motor Speedway. This is her story. Earlier this year, this young lady and her significant other had purchased their first home together. Needless to say, money was tight. Being ardent race fans for a long time, and now living within a couple hours drive of their favorite track, she did manage to scrape up enough to buy, for the first time, season tickets to BMS. Read More »

NASCAR Missing a Golden Marketing Opportunity

NASCAR Missing a Golden Marketing Opportunity

Once you realize that the world has gone completely, stark-raving mad around you, it will save you an immense amount of stress, not to mention therapy bills, if you simply shrug your shoulders, say ‘what the hell’ and just go with it. In that light, I am going to present an idea here (or possibly spill the beans?) that could possibly make Brian France and family move up from being ‘insanely rich from the pockets of the little man’ to ‘I can buy my own little world if I want to’ rich. Read More »

BSNews! Bits and Pieces of BSNews From the Mayfield’s Yard

BSNews! Bits and Pieces of BSNews From the Mayfield’s Yard

*Bruton Smith vs. Humpy Wheeler* After his recent announcement that he does in fact, endorse gay marriage, President Barack Obama jumped at the chance to bring two men from the stock car racing world together as one in the form of Bruton Smith and Humpy Wheeler. Bruton and Humpy, as they are affectionately known to their friends, have been at odds recently over which one of them first had the idea to run a race under lights, 20 years ago, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. While Bruton and Humpy had been in a relationship that lasted nearly 33 years, they have for the most part, been separated for almost four years now. Read More »

Voices From the Cheap Seats: Is NASCAR Slapping Your (Pale) Face?

Voices From the Cheap Seats: Is NASCAR Slapping Your (Pale) Face?

Recent comments by NASCAR attorneys are once again forcing me to write about the subject of race and/or ethic origin in the NASCAR world. I didn’t want to do it, hadn’t even thought about it, really, for a long, long time. However, when I read something that I think you should know about, I cannot remain silent. Before I begin, let me just issue one little apology to Mr. Brian Z. France… Dear NASCAR, EXCUSE THE HELL OUT OF ME FOR BEING WHITE! At the heart of the matter is NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, a slighted driver and Access Communications, the former administrator of said program. Read More »

Voices From the Cheap Seats: “Al Gore Effect” Grips NASCAR

Voices From the Cheap Seats: “Al Gore Effect” Grips NASCAR

Sometimes, when reading just about anything that passes as ‘media’ nowadays, all one can do is simply shake one’s head and wonder how people can be so stupid. Some I am sure, feel the same when reading this column, but hey, no one is making you stay here if you don’t want to. Take for instance, a snippet from my recent morning local newspaper about a fishkill that occurred in a local creek, the cause of which has been run off from efforts to put out a week long fire at, of all places, a tree/brush recycling plant that produces mulch, which we all know is a much better product for the environment than say, trees/brush piled up and left to rot! Read More »

Whaddahyado When You’re Losing the Faith? On NASCAR Overload

Whaddahyado When You’re Losing the Faith? On NASCAR Overload

No! I’m not talking about losing faith in God, that’s just absurd! What I am talking about is NASCAR overload. While Frontstretch’s very own Professor of Speed, Mark Howell is in Boston trying to convince a slew of highly educated folks, the type of folks who attend conferences to hear other highly educated folks orate about highly educational stuff, that NASCAR is a really cool thing, here I sit wondering who or what is gonna save me. What is it gonna take to make it ‘special’ to me again? Read More »

Ride Buyers: NASCAR’s Necessary Evil

Ride Buyers: NASCAR’s Necessary Evil

On Monday (Mar. 26), Nationwide Series regular Kenny Wallace revealed a troubling truth to his fans on Facebook. Though the 48-year-old, who finished seventh in 2011's points standings, does have some sponsorship to run other races in 2012 for RAB Racing's No. 09, it is not nearly enough to support a full-time effort in the series. "We need money to keep paying our employees at RAB Racing," wrote Wallace in a status update. "If another driver comes along and HAS MONEY to drive MY CAR i will support that because we need to keep our employees." His post stands as a sad commentary on the current state of NASCAR racing. Over the past few seasons, an increasing amount of drivers are obtaining rides in the sport's top three series not necessarily by their achievements in lower series, but as part of the money they can bring to a team. Read More »