The Frontstretch: Becca's Big Six : Chicagoland Edition by Becca Gladden -- Tuesday July 11, 2006

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Becca's Big Six : Chicagoland Edition

Becca Gladden · Tuesday July 11, 2006


Each week, Frontstretch Staff Writer Becca Gladden looks at the prior weekend’s NEXTEL Cup race from a reporter’s point of view, covering the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” of the race, the drivers, the TV coverage even the commercials. Check back every Wednesday for Becca’s fun and thought provoking commentary.

Who ... gets my shoutout of the race? This week, it’s rookie Clint Bowyer. He converted a 38th-place starting spot to a 9th place finish at Chicago, and it was the second time in as many weeks that Clint started 30th or worse and finished in the Top 10.

What ... is one of the bright spots of NASCAR coverage on NBC/TNT? While I generally prefer FOX, I really appreciate the “Through the Field” feature, which provides the only airtime that some drivers get all day. I also like the graphic showing the fastest lap times within the Top 10, particularly in the closing laps of the race.

When ... is Tony Stewart going to stop climbing fences to celebrate his wins? Apparently it won’t be any time soon, as had been widely speculated after the Pepsi 400. Stewart was on stage after driver introductions in Chicago and commented, “I’m already looking to see where the gate is for the fence.” To climb, that is. It didn’t happen this week, but now we know for sure that he still plans to do it.

Where ... will the next round of the Jeff Gordon/Matt Kenseth feud play out? No telling, but it’s going to be fun anticipating each driver’s next move. Gordon justified the hit in part by saying he was hungry for a win at Chicago, one of only four tracks where the four time champ had not won a Cup race. Overall, however, Gordon has a lot more to lose than Kenseth at this point. Matt has been solidly in the top three in points since the second race of the season and is almost guaranteed to make the Chase, while the 24 team has struggled to stay in the Top 10.

Why ... do some drivers need to be reassured of their talents and abilities over and over again during a race? I have especially noticed this on the 48 team’s in-car radio, with Chad Knaus frequently telling Jimmie Johnson things like, “You’re a great driver,” and “you’re the best driver out there.” I am not sure if it points to ego or insecurity, but either way it is puzzling.

How ... many people understood what Bill Weber meant when he said the following about Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch: “Like Elwood and Jake, they hope to break out of Joliet and make some noise.” Weber again proved himself to be the undisputed master of obscure references.

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07/12/2006 05:55 AM

Nothing any other network does can be as obnoxiously offensive as the Tower of Babble’s Bx3.

07/13/2006 03:23 PM

I enjoy the NBC coverage,.. but kinda got fed up with the announcers ‘defending” Gordon after he obviously spun Kenseth. If it had been Johnson in front of him,.. I am sure he would of found a way to slow down and NOT spin him. The crew at FOX just gets on my nerves and try to “play up” to much stuff, and treats everyone like total idiots. I’ll have to ask,.. Did anyone miss “Boogity boogity boogity” at the drop of the green??

07/14/2006 03:10 AM

Webber’s comment was a sad, pathetic attempt at referencing an all-time classic movie that begins at the Joliet prison…”The Blues Brothers”


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