The Frontstretch: Voices From the Heartland: Leader Has Spoken. Product Doing Well! by Jeff Meyer -- Thursday October 13, 2011

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Voices From the Heartland: Leader Has Spoken. Product Doing Well!

Voices From the Heartland · Jeff Meyer · Thursday October 13, 2011


If you thought the above headline sounded a bit broken up or choppy, I will assure you now that there is good reason for it. It is to get you ready for what you are about to read and most likely, totally fail to understand. Yes, that’s right, Brian France recently graced the public ( ) by crawling out from whatever it is that he hides under or in and, of course, everything is just swell.

Let’s warm up with an excerpt from his opening statement…

BRIAN FRANCE: I’ll just get started real quick. I know we’re all short on time. As you know, from time to time I will take some questions for the record and elsewhere, and today is one of those days. Obviously I’m not sure we can be any more pleased with how the Chase is unfolding, and frankly how the season has unfolded, with the level of competition, the closeness in the Chase, some of the moves that we made, the wild card being one, and streamlining and simplifying the points system being another, to make it easier for people to understand how you qualify and of course add some additional drama. It’s done all of that, and if you look back, those were at the time viewed as small moves that we made, but they’re actually having a really big impact, and that’s terrific.

Short on time? Whatever else in the world would this man have to do? Has the France family finally realized that it is not flattering for him to speak in public and has put him on a short leash? Perhaps he slipped out of his padded office while no one was looking by feigning sleep on his nap mat? At any rate, we should all be grateful that he is here to answer our questions ‘for the record and elsewhere’. (Just where IS elsewhere, anyway? Perhaps he was talking about this column!)

Carl Edwards still has very viable hopes of securing the 2011 Cup title with only one race win…the same situation that the Chase was supposedly created to avoid.

As for their groundbreaking changes, trust me, NASCAR ‘wildcards’ Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski are no St. Louis Cardinals. (OK, maybe I’m being a little hard on Brad, but still) When it comes to simplifying the points system ‘to make it easier for people to understand how you qualify and of course add some additional drama’, does France even have a clue as to what he is saying? The additional drama must be the fact that under the old system, Carl Edwards would be out distancing the rest of the field by an almost insurmountable four points instead of the one point margin he now enjoys.

My wish is that Carl Edwards wins the championship overall, but does it not by winning anymore races, but by finishing just high enough to maintain his lead. What would that accomplish? Well, it would give us another NASCAR champion with just one win for the season and then….but wait! Didn’t Matt Kenseth do that back in ’03? Isn’t that why Brian created the Chase in the first place…so that would never happen again? Oh my! What a pickle that would create!

Here’s Brian on the recent (and planned) renovations to the Kansas Speedway and possible future night races there:

BRIAN FRANCE: Well, I’m sure that that will be a consideration, a fan favorite typically. You’ve got weather concerns in this area; being a particularly warm October I’m told but may be not indicative of how it usually is. But look, this whole facility and the surrounding developments are impressive, as impressive as any place that we go, and how fast they’re coming on line. I’m going to take a tour of the casino here after the drivers’ meeting. The soccer stadium is beautiful; it’s very additive to the complex here. So yeah, and they continue to take good care of their fans. It’s nice to see this track now hosting two events, two Cup events, and doing a great job with it.

A new soccer stadium? Must be part of NASCAR’s diversity plan. Lure them in or near with what foreigners mistakenly think is football! As for the casino, well, we learned all about that here in this space last week, now didn’t we? Good to see Brian is looking out for the family interests. Speaking of ‘family interests’, France was asked about his divorce lawyer…

BRIAN FRANCE: Well, relationship is very good. It’s a program that’s worked extremely well for them. They would, I think, tell you that. We’re in a time when we’re having those kind of discussions about extending the relationship. My hope is that we will. That’s always a goal when we have a really good incumbent sponsor who’s done such a good job. You obviously want to extend the relationship if you can.

Sorry! My bad! I guess he was talking about Sprint. After reading his response, you can understand my confusion. Oh, and while we’re on the subject of confusion, try this on for size…(in the interest of fairness, I must say that I’m not even sure what the next question was about. I think it was about the possibility of having some other types of motorsport ‘companion events’ during future NASCAR weekends so I will post the question along with Brian’s answer as per the official transcript)

Q. Are you looking at Nationwide? Are you looking perhaps at Cup in 2012, 2013? Are you looking to — what are your talks there? Are they coming to you, are you going to them?

BRIAN FRANCE: We are having conversations. We have conversations at one level or another with all the major motorsports facilities, and they’re no different. Remember, we’ve got Grand American Road Racing. We’re arguably the best road racing product in this country. When you look at how these events play out at Sears Point, Watkins Glen, I mean, by all accounts, there’s not a better road course show in this country for sure. Now, that said, obviously we’re not talking — the cup is full and all those things, we’re not having those conversations, but we have a lot of motorsports products, so we are speaking to them.

Amazing! In the space of one paragraph, we have, in order… ‘We are having conversations. We have conversations at one level or another’ to ‘Now, that said, obviously we’re not talking — we’re not having those conversations,—, so we are speaking to them.’

Yeah, me too! I’ve read it a hundred times and I’m still not sure who is talking to whom or even if anyone is talking at all!

I will say this though, even though he never makes any sense, I’m glad Brian keeps flapping his lips from time to time. Sure makes my job a lot more fun! Thanks Brian.

Stay off the wall,

Jeff Meyer

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Bill B
10/14/2011 07:20 AM

What a putz.

10/14/2011 08:00 AM

@Bill B
I fully agree, but you have unwittingly just insulted someone I cared about.

“Putz” was the name of my Grandparents’ last cat (an altered Tom who showed up one day and stayed for nearly 20 years) so named by my Grandfather (in some ways a truly charmingly sick old b*****d) so he could snicker into his Scotch whenever my Grandmother, a very proper Victorian, would go out on the back porch and call loudly for the cat (she pronounced it to rhyme with “boots” btw).

You’re forgiven, of course, since you did not know and I still agree with you.

10/14/2011 02:43 PM

Yep, all is well. Nothing to see here just move along.
(of course dont speak to the parts vendors who’ve gone under, or the employees of the teams that dont have a job now)

Any guesses which mega-team isn’t replacing any employee that leaves?

10/14/2011 03:45 PM

I’m really surprised they let Brian speak in public after he’s been drinking. Oh what? he was sober? Oh, my mistake

10/14/2011 06:43 PM

@Bill, I must second AncientRacer as my folks had a dog named Putz that they loved dearly and I too feel insulted although I agree with you.

10/14/2011 07:38 PM

Brian has tried to speak.

The “Product” is doing well. The racing sucks but the “Product” is doing well enough to keep me in the vault from nine to five counting the money, and recounting the money, and…

Tom Dalfonzo
10/15/2011 12:57 PM

It is mind-boggling that no one has stepped up and made an effort to kick Brian France out of NASCAR. They see what he has done to the sport, but no one is doing a damn thing to end his reign of terror. I can’t imagine how many times his father, his grandfather, and Dale Earnhardt turn over in their graves every day seeing what Brian has done to NASCAR.

The Mad Man
10/17/2011 05:52 PM

I’d have to say Brain Farce is a schmuck, not a putz. A putz serves a useful purpose.

The France family really doesn’t give a hoot about what Brain Farce is doing becase they’re planning on going in a whole new money making direction. You can bet that every ISC track in a state that allows gambling will have a casino. So what if NASCAR goes down the crapper? They won’t lose money on it. It’ll be the teams who lose money. Meanwhile, they’ll laugh all the way to the bank taking money from all the unsuspecting yutzes who gamble in their casinos. Or so they think. Of course, with the economy being the way it is, they’ll probably blame the lack of blue haired grannies playing nickle slot machines on the economy instead of on the fact that they don’t dye their hair blue any more.


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