The Frontstretch: Voices From the Heartland: Notes from the BS Newswire (and other stuff) by Jeff Meyer -- Wednesday March 2, 2005

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First we had Kurt Busch, a.k.a. Alfred E. Newman, now this"¦

BS News – Quiznos to share Tide car
Calvin Wells, III, owner of the #32 Tide ride, driven by Bobby Hamilton Jr., announced today that a new associate sponsor has been signed for the remainder of the 2005 season. Quiznos Sub, makers of toasted sub sandwiches, signed a multi-million dollar contract to co-sponsor the #32 for a limited number of races. Sources say that a new paint scheme featuring ‘Baby Bob’, the national spokesbaby for Quiznos, is in the works.

“This is really exciting,” said Hamilton Jr. “It’s my understanding that the car will have a big picture of Baby Bob on the front hood. I just love that little guy! He cracks me up. What? Why are you pointing at me? What is everybody laughing about"¦.?”

Come to think of it, I never have seen Baby Bob and Hamilton Jr. in the same place, at the same time. I hope they make a die cast of that car.

BS News – NASCAR announces greatest ‘Diversity’ achievement to date
NASCAR head-honcho Brian France, proudly announced at a Daytona press conference today that NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity campaign will achieve its greatest goal this weekend.
“The stands at the Busch Series race this weekend will be filled with the greatest number of Hispanic and Latino race fans to ever attend a single NASCAR event at one time,” said France. “I hope, for groups like NAMRF, this shows that we are seriously addressing some of the concerns they raised.”

I realize it’s called ‘Drive for Diversity’, but c’mon! Did they really have to drive that far? (For those of you who have been napping in the back row, the Busch race this weekend is in Mexico City.)

BS News – FOX announces longer pre-race show
Citing a 13 percent rise in ratings over last year’s final race at Rockingham, FOX officials said today that the pre-race program for all future races will now be 2 hrs long.
“Looking at the ratings, I’d say the fans have spoken,” said a top Fox spokesman.

Yeah, we were talking Fox! Apparently y’all didn’t hear what we were really saying over DW’s mouth!

Remember folks, news from BS Newwire is just that, BS!

*Two sides to every story"¦*

“Showing up for a day at the racetrack for two laps is kind of pointless. It’s not laid out with the competitor in mind. It’s turned out to be a big waste of time really. I haven’t seen anybody with a smile on their face, really throughout the entire weekend. We’re spending an entire day doing nothing.”
-Ryan Newman on the new qualifying rules.

“I never liked really just working on qualifying setup all day on Friday and qualifying Friday afternoon. To me, it almost seems kind of silly because it’s just a starting position and you’re not really working on the race. But this was kind of fun because you can come out and work on the race setup all day Friday and basically go tape it up and qualify it. So that part is fun.”
-Matt Kenseth on the same subject.

Ryan Newman’s 2004 average starting position – 7.5
Matt Kenseth’s 2004 average starting position – 21.6

Who’d have thunk it!

Stay off the wall (but keep your hip waders on),


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03/03/2005 10:02 AM
Nascar is so caught up in this DRIVE FOR DIVERSITY that it seems as though they are ashamed of the fans they have. I’m sorry but aren’t the current fans the one’s that have made Na$car a success. They need to wake up and look at their real problem and thats the large teams ( hendricks & roush ) that are domanating the sport. I bet after 10 races 9 of the winners will be from one of these two teams.
03/04/2005 11:31 AM
It’s a matter of angles. Who is researching the right stuff at the right time? Who gets a hold of the new packages sooner? Dynasty is what makes this sport sometimes.

No one really complained when DEI ruled restrictor plate races?

And let’s really face it, I hate Roush racing, but they have some good drivers in their stable, as does Hendrick.


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