The Frontstretch: Top Ten NASCAR Things For Which We Give Thanks(giving)! by Jeff Meyer -- Wednesday November 21, 2007

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Top Ten NASCAR Things For Which We Give Thanks(giving)!

Jeff Meyer · Wednesday November 21, 2007


10. The season is NOT 37 races long!

9. There is (as of the day this is published) only 87 days till it starts all over again!

8. Someone other than Jimmie Johnson won a race.

7. The final episode of Budweiser, the No. 8, Dale Jr., and TEI has been aired – repeats are now in syndication.

6. The nations of Gordon and Earnhardt are now officially allies. Perhaps we should send Rick Hendrick on a diplomatic mission to the Middle East.

5. Brian France vows to still be around to amuse us media types with his mindless, grammatically broken illusions.

4. Bookies are once again accepting bets on what will be the "Official NASCAR" reason California Speedway does not sell out in February.

3. No more seven minute tributes to Aerosmith before each race.

2. Ricky "Iron Man" Rudd, for thrilling us fans with 906 Cup races – 788 of which were consecutive, a NASCAR record! Enjoy your retirement, Mr. Rudd. You've earned it.

1. We won't have to hear one of the following announcers for at least 87 days: Darrell Waltrip, Bill Weber, or Rusty Wallace!

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11/21/2007 09:14 AM

#1 is only true for Rusty Wallace…couldn’t stand him as a driver and hated him more as an announcer!

And sorry, but Darrell is my favorite (as well as the rest of the FOX guys)!

11/21/2007 10:32 AM

Boy , lets add to the list at # 1 . I agree with the three you have for sure . Here’s some more . NO MORE LARRY MAC . , NO MORE JEFF HAMMOND . These two love to talk , and talk , and talk . But they are loud , boorish ,completly unprofessional as anouncers, and an embarassment to a sport that doesn’t need any more embarassments .

Ron D
11/21/2007 11:04 AM

87 more days?…..Come on Bud Shootout and Twin 150’s….the three best races of the season, next to the Truck Series…!!….

11/21/2007 12:21 PM

This is another mark in response to mark’s comment on the announcers. He is absolutely right, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Jeff Hammond will spend the first half of the season singing praises of the Hendrick organization along with Toyota. He is dead on, this sport doesn’t need anymore embarrassment. My prediction for next seasons outcome, even more empty seats and even lower tv ratings yet.

11/21/2007 12:24 PM

I think the Aerosmith opening has been the highlight of most of the races this season.

I’m thankful that we won’t have to hear the words “Racing their brains out.” or “Draft lock” for quite a while.

Kevin in SoCal
11/21/2007 03:56 PM

Why does CA get picked on for not selling out? There were several other race tracks that didnt sell out, this year and last year.

Answer: Because ya’ll are still bitter about losing the Southern 500. Get over it!

11/21/2007 06:07 PM

Thank God the ESPN races are over. It sickens me to realize that they have the chase races every year. I can’t wait to have the Fox guys again.

I’m SO sick of the Nascar Overlords kissing the asses of the west coast. To hell with ‘em!

And Nascar STILL going to friggin’ NYC to celebrate the championship.

I swear, sometimes it’s like Nascar WANTS to kill the sport.

Well, at least we have the truck series. Shhh! Don’t tell Nascar it’s great racing.

11/21/2007 09:34 PM

Why get picked on for not selling out a race? Hahaha That’s a good one!

Uh maybe because y’all can’t sell out a race that’s the only one for 500 miles in any direction?

Or maybe it’s because there hasn’t been a decent party in CA since Jerry Garcia died. Come to Bristol or ‘Dega and see how us dumb rednecks have fun.

I’d drive from here in TN to see a race at Darlington or Rockingham. Even if I were in SoCal on race week I’d rather spend the day getting out of the place. By Greyhound if necessary.

11/21/2007 10:25 PM

The only way to watch a race at home is with the TV volume off and the Radio on MRN! I love listening to them at Track during the commercial breaks.

J. Meyer
11/22/2007 02:50 AM

I was going to respond to Kevin in SoCal, but what can I say after what you said?! Well done!

I will say this however…I have nothing against S. Cal per se. I was born there, I have family there.

It is nothing personal against the S. Cal fan. There are NASCAR fans the world over. We are all brothers/sisters. The problem is this…

The move of the Southern 500 had NOTHING to do with geographic location. Sure, Darlington may not have sold out all the time, but it was TRADITION!

The one and only sole reason that that race is held in S. Cal is because it is THE 2ND LARGEST MARKET in the country. It was all about more profit pure and simple.

Southern (and other fans) around the country have nothing personal against S. Cal fans, its just that we can gloat when the motive (profit) totally fails and it is conclusively proved time and time again that Brian France himself, by his very existance, is in violation of 12-4-A!

Kevin in SoCal
11/22/2007 03:24 AM

Its ok, I know you’re just jealous of our smog, high housing costs, and illegal immigrants. :)


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