NASCAR Announces Modifications To NASCAR Hall Of Fame Eligibility And Selection Process
posted by Mike Neff
Thursday December 5, 2013
The Sanctioning Body Also Creates New Award For Outstanding Contributions
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2013) – NASCAR today announced a number of changes to the selection process for the NASCAR Hall of Fame (NHOF), including a modification to driver eligibility parameters and the creation of a new award to honor significant contributions to the growth and success of the sport.
In all, six changes and updates will be made starting with the selection of the Class of 2015 – all designed to improve upon an already strong process that has led to the selection of 25 deserving inductees.
“We’re very proud of how the NASCAR Hall of Fame has evolved and believe the first five classes reflect the strength of the nominating and voting procedures, with voices from every corner of our industry included in the selection process,” said Brett Jewkes, NASCAR vice president and chief communications officer. “Based on feedback from voters, industry leaders, media who cover our sport and the fans, we believe the changes announced today are a strong recognition of the uniqueness of our sport and will make the overall selection process even stronger in how we honor those who have driven NASCAR to great success on and off the track.”
Following is a summary of changes:
Currently, drivers who have competed in NASCAR for at least 10 years and been retired for three years are eligible for nomination to the NHOF. That will not change.
Moving forward, however, drivers who have competed for a minimum of 10 years and reached their 55th birthday on or before Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year are immediately eligible for the NHOF. Also, any competitor who has competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR competition by Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year is automatically eligible, regardless of age.
Drivers may continue to compete after reaching any of the aforementioned milestones without compromising eligibility for nomination or induction.
Nominating Committee Will Select Five Fewer Nominees for Enshrinement
Throughout its history, the NHOF Nominating Committee has selected 25 nominees each year to be discussed and voted on for NHOF enshrinement. That number will be reduced to 20 starting with the selection process for the 2015 class.
Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR
Beginning with the 2015 class, a new award – Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR – will be initiated to honor significant contributions to the growth and esteem of NASCAR.
Potential Landmark Award recipients could include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Award winners will remain eligible for NHOF enshrinement.
Five nominees will be selected by the NHOF Nominating Committee and then be voted on by the Voting Panel. To win the award, an individual must appear on at least 60 percent of the ballots and no more than one award will be presented annually. Voting for this award will occur immediately following the voting for the NHOF class and be monitored by the same independent accounting firm that oversees NHOF voting.
Nominating Committee to Meet, Vote on 20 NHOF Nominees / Five Landmark Award Nominees
For the first time, the Nominating Committee will meet in person to discuss, debate and vote to create two ballots – the NHOF ballot and the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR ballot. Previously, the committee submitted nominees via mail to an independent accounting firm that tallies the nominations in order to create the final NHOF ballot.
The Nominating Committee will meet during Speedweeks at Daytona on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, and the nominees for both ballots will be announced later that day.
Nominees To Be Recused From the Nominating / Voting Process
Any member of the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel who appeared on the previous year’s ballot or current year’s ballot will now be recused from participating in the nominating and / or voting process for as long as he / she appears on the ballot. If an individual who is currently on the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel is inducted, or is no longer included on a final ballot, he or she is immediately reinstated to active participation on the panel(s).
Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Added To Voting Panel
As was already announced on Nov. 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the annual NASCAR Championship Contenders Press Conference, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be added to the following year’s voting panel.
That means Jimmie Johnson, who captured his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, will be included in the selection meeting and can cast a vote for the NHOF Class of 2015 on Voting Day, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
NASCAR Purchases Iowa Speedway
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday November 27, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2013) – In a strategic move designed to expand its commitment to enhancing event experiences and fan engagement, as well as solidify the future of one of the premier racing and entertainment facilities in the Midwest, NASCAR announced today that it has purchased Iowa Speedway. The agreement, finalized today under a wholly-owned subsidiary, Iowa Speedway, LLC, is effective immediately.
“Iowa Speedway is a great entertainment facility with a very bright future,” said Eric Nyquist, NASCAR vice president, strategic development. “The facility has the support of the region, it’s positioned well in the heart of the Midwest, and year in and year out it provides great short-track racing action for motorsports fans.
“NASCAR ownership will allow us to draw on the entire resources of our company. It also provides us with the opportunity to execute first-hand a number of entertainment ideas and engagement opportunities with fans – much of which we have outlined repeatedly as the core of our Industry Action Plan.”
The facility, located 30 miles east of Des Moines in Newton, features a fast, .875-mile asphalt paved tri-oval designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace. The Speedway released its 2014 schedule earlier this month, encompassing three weekends, one each in May, July and August. The schedule will include two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, a combination NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and IndyCar Series weekend, plus two additional NASCAR K&N Pro Series support races. NASCAR has no plans for Iowa Speedway to host a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next year or in the immediate future.
NASCAR will host a special event in Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 12, to outline additional details on the purchase and plans for the future. Information on this event will be announced soon.
The 2014 Iowa Speedway season opens May 17-18, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West Challenge on Saturday night. The stars and cars of the NASCAR Nationwide Series then will battle on Sunday in a 250-lap, high-speed contest. The race marks the only Sunday afternoon event of the season at Iowa Speedway.
The new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series / IndyCar Series race weekend at Iowa Speedway is slated for July 11-12. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race Friday night and feature short-track racing action that has become synonymous with the series in the American Ethanol 200. The first-ever Iowa Corn Indy 300 will follow on Saturday night.
On Friday, Aug. 1, a second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West challenge race will be held followed by a second NASCAR Nationwide Series 250-lap event on Saturday under the lights.
Season ticket holders may renew their tickets for the 2014 season, and will have an exclusive right to secure their current seats until Dec. 14. All other seats are available for purchase immediately, with season ticket prices starting at $95. All season tickets will include a guaranteed seat location, complimentary Casey’s Fan Walk pass and an opportunity to participate in pre-race ceremonies. Season tickets, parking passes and onsite camping options are available online at www.iowaspeedway.com, or by calling the toll-free ticketing hotline, 866-RUSTY-GO (787-8946).
Iowa Speedway’s ticketing office, located at 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive in Newton, also will be open to assist customers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, holidays excepted.
2014 IOWA SPEEDWAY EVENT SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 17 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Friday, July 11 – American Ethanol 200, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Friday, August 1 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Stewart-Haas Racing announces reorganization of their Competition Department
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Stewart-Haas Racing is expanding to four teams in the Sprint Cup series for 2014. As a result, the organization is realigning some personnel into new roles within their competition department. The new assignments for 2014 include:
1) Greg Zipadelli has been named Vice President of Competition and will oversee all four Sprint Cup teams. The crew chiefs of the teams will report directly to Zipadelli.
2) Matt Borland has been named Vice President of Engineering. The role will involve Borland overseeing the organization’s technical initiatives and a myriad of research and development projects. As Borland moves into his new role he will become a mentor for the crew chief of the No. 41 Haas Automation team of Kurt Busch.
3) Race Engineer Daniel Knost is being promote to the position of Crew Chief for Busch’s No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet. Knost is an engineer with a Master of Science and PHD in Mechanical Engineering from VPI and Virginia Tech. Knost’s previous roles at SHR included running the team’s seven-post shaker rig, at-track race simulation support and race engineer for both the No. 10 and No. 39 teams.
4) Chad Johnston is going to take over the Crew Chief position for Tony Stewart’s No. 14. Johnston has spent the last three years as Martin Truex Jr.‘s Crew Chief at Michael Waltrip Racing. Johnston brings Hoosier roots to the organization like Stewart. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
5) The Crew Chief for Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 ride in 2014 will be Rodney Childers. Childers moved to SHR in October of 2013 from MWR where he was a Crew Chief for the No. 00 David Reutimann and then the No. 55 for multiple drivers. Childers Crew Chief resume extends back to 2005 when he was the head wrench for MB2/MBV Motorsports with Scott Riggs.
6) Tony Gibson will remain on top of the pit box for Danica Patrick in the No. 10 car for 2014.
Steve Addington is leaving SHR for other opportunities. The word is he will be the Crew Chief for the No. 51, working with his good friend Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion.
2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 12, 2013
Daytona 500 winner and Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) driver Trevor Bayne has announced today that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Bayne – 22 years old – has undergone extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to compete behind the wheel.
“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” said Bayne. “My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I feel good,” added Bayne. “There are currently no symptoms and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible. I will continue to trust in God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best.”
In 2011, Bayne became the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win the famed Daytona 500. He is currently sixth in the NNS standings, having accumulated one win, six top-five and 20 top-10 finishes in 2013. He will compete again full-time for the NNS championship in 2014, driving the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang.
In 117 career Nationwide Series races Bayne has two wins, 18 top 5s and 50 top 10s with six poles. Bayne also has 45 career Sprint Cup series starts. In those starts he has the one win in the 2011 Daytona 500, one top 5 and three top 10s.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and, in extreme cases, paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, and each person diagnosed with MS experiences the disease in a unique way.
Penalties Issued Following Sledgehammer Throw
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 31, 2013
Last Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway will likely be best known for Darrell Wallace, Jr.‘s historic victory. However, late in the race, a crash involving Ty Dillon and Kevin Harvick, along with the pit road actions afterward, also made headlines.
Dillon got in the back of Harvick in Turn 2, spinning the Sprint Cup regular out, who then ran into the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet. Dillon then responded with a number of unsuccessful attempts to spin out Harvick. When both drivers got to pit road, Harvick blocked Dillon’s stall and threw down his window net, prompting a scrum where a sledgehammer was thrown by a member of Dillon’s team at Harvick’s truck.
On Friday morning, NASCAR responded with penalties stemming from the pit road altercation. Marcus Richmond, crew chief of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, has been fined $10,000 for failing to maintain control of his crew. Meanwhile, crewmember Adam Brown was judged by NASCAR to be the person who three the sledgehammer at Harvick and was suspended indefinitely.
In their press release, NASCAR cited violations of multiple sections of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series Rule Book. The sections cited were 12-1 (Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing) and 9-4A (Crew chief resumes responsibility for the actions of his driver, team owner, and team members in addition to himself).
There is no word as of yet from Richard Childress Racing as to whether they plan to appeal the penalties.
Marcos Ambrose to have new sponsor for Dover Cup race in September
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday October 29, 2013
The current economic environment has seen sponsors cutting back and even leaving the sport. Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Tuesday evening that they will have a new sponsor on the hood for the Dover Cup race and an associate sponsor for half of the season. Stanley and their associated brands Mac and Dewalt will also be back for 2014 on the No. 9 Ford for Marcos Ambrose.
Brian Moffitt, the CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports noted that the company is willing to run an alcohol sponsor on the No. 9 but will never do it on the No. 43. “Richard promised his parents that he’d never run an alcohol or tobacco sponsor on his car and that will hold true as long as we’re an organization.” When he was asked about how this came about he said, “This just kind of happened. There are relationships out there in the marketplace that are always talking with each other. We ended up going to Boston and having a discussion with the company and the next thing you know we are partners.”
Twisted Tea is a division of Boston Beer Company, most famous for the Samuel Adams beer brand. Jon London, the Boston Beer Director of Brand Development was on hand and loves the marriage between Twisted Tea’s customers and NASCAR. “We look at NASCAR and think that they, along with Marcos Ambrose, are just a great fit for the brand. Our drinkers love NASCAR and Marcos is a little bit different, our drinkers are a little different and Marcos is a lot of fun so he’s a great person to represent our brand.”
Moffitt also confirms that, while there are a few openings left on the 2014 calendar for RPM, both Ambrose and Aric Almirola will be back in 2014 and should have all of their races covered by the start of the season.
Darrell Wallace Jr. Scores Significant Victory at Martinsville
posted by Mike Neff
Saturday October 26, 2013
Darrell Wallace, Jr. etched his name in the NASCAR history book under two different columns on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace took the checkered flag first to become the second African-American driver in the history of NASCAR to win a National touring series race, and the first to win a Truck Series race. He is also the second graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity to win a national touring race, following Kyle Larson’s victory at Rockingham Speedway earlier this season.
Wallace led a race-high 96 laps en route to his win. He led three times including the final 50 laps. Wallace outran Brendan Gaughan, Jeb Burton, Ben Kennedy and Ryan Blaney to secure his win. The average age of the top 5 at Martinsville was 23.8 with four of the five drivers being under 22 years of age. Wallace is the second non-Cup driver to win in a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck following Brian Scott’s win at Phoenix last season.
Hamlin Picks Up a Pair of Poles in Martinsville
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
Denny Hamlin will start on the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway after setting a new track record with a lap time of 19.013 seconds, good for a speed of 99.595 MPH. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch ran identical second-place times of 190.61 seconds. Johnson will start on the front row after winning the tie-breaker, car owner points, where Johnson currently sits first. Busch will start third, and Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer round out the top 5. Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, David Ragan, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick complete the top 10.
The pole is Hamlin’s 17th in 288 races. It’s also his fifth of 2013, a career-best for Hamlin, whose season was interrupted by a back injury earlier in the year.
In all, 18 drivers broke the previous track record, set in the spring race this year by Johnson. Bowyer broke the 100 MPH mark in practice, but no driver was able to duplicate that in time trials. The Sprint Cup drivers will have a pair of practice sessions on Saturday before Sunday’s 500-lap event.
Seven Chase drivers qualified inside the top 10, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Carl Edwards clocked in in 12th and 14th, respectively. Other Chase drivers include Ryan Newman (17th), Kasey Kahne (25th), and Greg Biffle (33rd).
Hamlin wasn’t done after his Sprint Cup qualifying effort. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers took their time trials after the Cup teams had their shot, and Hamlin duplicated his earlier effort, snagging the pole for the Kroger 250 in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry. Johnny Sauter, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ron Hornaday, Jr., and Ty Dillon round out the top 5 for Saturday’s race.
2014 Camping World Truck Series Schedule announced
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
NASCAR announced the 2014 Camping World Truck Series schedule today at Martinsville Speedway. The series will run 22 events in 2014 starting at Daytona on February 21st and concluding at Homestead on November 14th. The schedule includes stops at New Hampshire Motorspeedway and Gateway Motorsports Park next year. The series will once again turn right and left at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park along with slinging mud for the second consecutive year at Eldora Speedway.
2014 Camping World Trucks Series Schedule
Feb 21 Daytona
Tweet Lands Another Driver In Trouble
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 24, 2013
NASCAR announced on Wednesday that Corey LaJoie has been placed on probation after posting an inappropriate tweet on Twitter last week. He will have to attend sensitivity training as prescribed by NASCAR.
In their statement, NASCAR stated that LaJoie is being penalized for “an insensitive and intolerable communication” posted on Twitter on October 15. The tweet, which has since been deleted, suggested that the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) should conduct a cavity search on a man wearing a turban.
Wednesday afternoon, LaJoie tweeted out a statement.
“I am very sorry for those offended by my recent remark,” LaJoie tweeted. “It was an immature & insensitive comment. I am upset with myself and how this has affected what has been a very positive year in my career.”
This incident marks the second time this season that NASCAR has penalized a driver for comments on social media. Earlier this season, Nelson Piquet, Jr. was forced to attend sensitivity training after using a homophobic slur in the comments section of an Instagram picture that Parker Kligerman posted.
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The Race For Ratings Points : Critiquing NASCAR TV · John Potts · Tuesday March 11, 2008
Starting this week, The Frontstretch asked me if I’d like to try writing a TV column.
OK. My policy has always been to try anything once, and twice if it was fun the first time.
I’m not sure I’m the right guy to go criticizing TV coverage of racing, though. Why? Because I go back to the days when we didn’t get anything on the tube… even before the highlights on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports.”
Now, we even get practice on TV. Go figure.
However, since there’s more coverage now than we can wrap our hands around these days, I do have some thoughts to start what will become a roundup around the NASCAR TV circuit each Tuesday …
My main displeasure with FOX as of late isn’t with the talent, or even the barrage of sponsors; instead, it’s their personnel’s contention they brought us the new invention of “Gopher Cam” (with the cartoon mascot now being called “Digger”).
Don’t they know that the Lingner Group — a production team based in Indianapolis — pioneered that concept in the ’90s, when they were televising “Thursday Night Thunder” from what was Indianapolis Raceway Park? They have to; as a matter of fact, when a driver tried to mention that in an interview a week or so ago, the commentator cut him short.
Well, let’s state the truth. For the record, the in-track camera was the brainchild of a Lingner Group technician and cameraman named Jamie Fishman, and he’s got the Emmy to prove it.
The thing was, Fishman didn’t put the camera on the inside of the track. He put it square in the middle of the low groove, where the cars couldn’t miss it. In the beginning, that led to some fine tuning. During the Busch race at the track the first year it was used, Kenny Wallace got in a tangle on the front straightaway, and dragged a wheel over it after the tire had blown. Ripped the camera right out… needless to say, that led to bigger and better improvements down the road.
But while FOX is struggling to give credit where credit is due, I like the way both networks are handling the technical stuff. Jeff Hammond’s explanation about Carl Edwards’ oil tank cover was extremely enlightening this weekend, and gave fans a true glimpse into the advantages such a setup would pose.
I’ll tell you what, he certainly set me straight. When I first heard about the penalty, I had this vision of a cap off an oil reservoir, with oil spraying all over the inside of the car. You have to realize, I go way back; last time I was actually on a pit crew, we had side windows all the way around — with hand cranks — as well as wing vents. And we communicated with blackboards, not radios. Boy, it’s a whole different racing world today …
A final note before I take off. One of the more interesting parts of the TV coverage is the way they’re trying to make the commercials more “viewable,” for want of a better word. Because of that push, there have been some outstanding spots over the past year, including Dale Jr.‘s bit with the camel, the radio-controlled Toyotas (lots of fun watching Tony run from his race car), the Craftsman robot pit crewman, Kasey’s new Allstate spots, and so on.
But in particular, I have two favorites that stand out…
I really like the NAPA spot where the guy dumps his “replica” of Michael’s 1990 Bristol car on the table. Priceless; for those that remember what happened, it’s a humorous way to look back on one of the biggest wrecks in NASCAR history. But more recently, the one that’s caught my attention is Aflac’s spot where Carl has the duck in the car. The feathers all over the place get me every time …
Wonder why they didn’t show the nude duck at the end?
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With Faux Sports the whole day is nothing but one big commercial from the “In Car by- insert paying sponsor here-” to the nonstop focus on the teams with the big paying sponsors. Faux Sports will do everything in their power to get the sponsors who pony up the big bucks on the screen to the detriment of any action on the track. I always look for at least one and maybe two Tri-Fectas’ from Faux during the race when we get a shot out the back of the “In Car By……..” looking back at two of the big money players with great shots of the sponsor logos all the while we have a spirited battle somewhere else on the track for position.
Another good one used a few years back was with Dale Jarret and UPS. Dale would be riding around in about 25-30th place all day when suddenly DW would yell out that DJ is zooming up through the field and we would be treated to a couple of minutes watching DJ run around the track all by himself at the back of the pack. Gotta get those sponsers on Tee Vee.
How about DW this week. For 5 laps we heard nothing but how that was tire smoke coming off Carl Edwards car, then Mc Reynolds had to chime in about low air pressures causing the smoke off the front tire. That DW, he knows it all.
TV coverage is so bad I refuse to watch it any longer, never mind about the poor quality of “racing” good ole’ NA$CAR puts on these days! I often have complimented the announcers, must be hard trying to sound enthusiastic for 500 miles of crap!
Turned on TV after the race Sunday, watched Tony on his tirade against GOODYEAR, and rightly so, then Hammond comes on and says “I disagree with Tony, GOODYEAR supplies a great product”!! (or something like that anyway)!!
Tony just drove 500 miles on their, GOODYEARS crap! And Hammond thinks he knows better! Wonder if Hammond was in the car with Tony when he took his ride at Vegas due to the disaster of a tire they call GOODYEARS?
How is that for credibility Hammond??
I think you have none! ZERO!
I simply don’t know how anyone could ever watch a race start to finish on the current TV coverage!
It really sucks!
i agree get rid of the gopher cam. to much of this. mike joy is just to happy about this. whats up with that.
I think that Mike Joy is about the only thing on the broadcast worth listening to. But People I know HOW to cure it quick!!Just don’t watch the race for a couple of weeks, listen on MRM or Sirius and watch the sponsors put the heat on fox. DW and company will be gone in a hurry!!
I have no problem with the camera itself. It’s the naming of it and the constant references they make toward it that get old. It seems so forced and “gimmicky”. Just show the stupid shot like any other camera and stop patting yourselves on the back.
What next? They name the wall cameras that have been used at Indy for 50 years and call it their own?
I also missed the actual naming apparently. The first time I heard them say “digger” I thought they were speaking of either Digger Phelps or the largest fine in FCC history was about to be levied.
There is only a few things about the Fox broadcast worth watching besides the racing. Mike Joy is a total professional, hands down. As is Dick Bergren and Steve Byrnes. That’s about it. Please get these good ol’ boys out of that booth. I don’t watch the start of the race anymore because I’ll have to hear “Pull dem belts tight!” and “Boogity Boogity Boogity.” Yeah, the boogity thing was cool and clever about 5 years ago. It’s time to let that go.
The old NBC/TNT crew was awesome. I’m referring to way back in 2003 when it was Allen Bestwick, Wally Dallenbach, and the late Benny Parsons. All were awesome. Even the pit crew was good. Bill Weber was tolerable as the head pit road reporter. As was Dave Burns and Marty Snider. The biggest mistake they made was switching Bestwick and Weber. No wonder Bestwick jumped to ESPN.
Which reminds me, why am I listening to dumb and bumbling idiot Brad Daugherty. What credit does he have? Nothing. He’s a former basketball player who once owned a team years ago. That doesn’t make him an expert. It makes him rich.
I don’t like to listen to the country folk in the booth, but hell, I’d like some quality. Let’s bring back Buddy Baker, Ned Jarret, and Bob Jenkins. At least there was something to be learned.
P.S. For all the stations. Stop “teaching” the viewers every week. I know what the draft is. I know what marbles are. You don’t have to tell me every week about it. I get it. We’re not experiencing that many new fans every week that you have to shove it down our throats.
Johnboy60 has it right. The racing generally sucks so there’s really nothing of interest to watch. At least on MRN the announcers call the action on the track with excitement and genuine enthusiasum due to their physical location in the corners of the track.
It is very apparent to most race viewers that you only need two individuals in the booth calling the race. Three is overkill. I think Mike Joy and Dale Jarrett would be a perfect team. Dale is really good and easy on the ears like his daddy was. If we need the Crew chief’s perspective, they can go to Tim Brewer for that. I assume that is why he is on board. So Larry Mac can go. And DW? He couldn’t shut up when he drove, and sure can’t shut up now. Boogety indeed!
You and I must come from the same time, back when we use to BEG for TV coverage, any TV coverage, even a report on the nightly news telling us who won the race. Personally, I’m getting sick and tied of everyone continually blasting the TV coverage. Just be thankful you have something to complain about. Sure, there are things I’d like to see changed like getting rid of the Bogity, Bogity, Bogity, but I’m willing to put up with that in order to be able to see the race!
The buried camera has been in use for over twenty years by a number of networks . I watched it many times on Saturday Night Thunder . Fox should try something they haven’t had to steal .
DW is nothing but a 4 hour Toyota commercial and I’m sick of hearing it!!! All he talks about is Toyota and his stupid brother’s bottom feeding team!!!
My 2 cents. Most of what I read I agree with, except D.J. cant stand him as TV anouncer. How about R.W.and his “driving his brains out“L.M.“yeller flag”. I could go on & on and they dont know whats the reason for lower ratings???? JMO
Mike Joy can’t seem to stop himself from trying to make us believe he is the reigning expert on nascar and racing in general . He keeps giving the viewers the same information over and over and over . Who does he think hasn’t heard his” deep insight” five hundred times . And his other on – air buddies are just as bad . They seem to think that we have forgotten everything about stock car racing from last week . Come up with some fresh information and stories instead of the same old voice modulating tripe . Most fans know just as much as you do about stock car racing . According to the ratings , over 90% of us are not new to Nascar , so stop pretending you have to explain everything everyweek .
The thing that drives me the craziest is how DW acts like he was a clean driver and says stuff like, he doesn’t need to move him like that or that’s how a pass is supposed to be made, cleanly. I miss the chrome horn, the once to let you know I’m here, twice to let you know I’m faster, Third time I’m moving you. Also, if I hear “I kid because I care” again, I may just have to shoot my tv.
Thanks for pointing out the disastrous results that the older camera you talked about had, and you are wrong that Fox has said they invented the concept.
1. That camera is and was a standard def camera. Gopher is native HD.
2. The audio with the old camera was primitive, listen to the clips on their website. Not so with Gopher.
3. Nascar Media Group is the one behind the camera, not Fox. Don’t be surprised to see it on Turner and ESPN.
4. The only similarity in the 2 systems is that they include a camera. Every other part of the system is different. I have seen pictures of both.
5. Last year for the tracks that Gopher visited the location was in the track, not on the edge. Remember Texas’s, Charlotte’s and Dover’s coverage? I guess not.
Maybe it would be useful to do a but of research before you criticize something again.