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Matt McLaughlin's Thinkin' Out Loud: Bristol Race Recap

Matt McLaughlin · Sunday March 21, 2010


The Key Moment: Chad Knaus’ questionable call to outfit Johnson’s No. 48 with four tires on the final stop paid off. Miraculous holes appeared before his Chevy like nothing I’ve heard of since Moses parted the Red Sea.

In a Nutshell: Good ol’-fashioned NASCAR racing with prolonged side-by-side battles for the lead and throughout the top 10, fenders rubbing, tires smoking, and the fans on their feet. Yeah, this is why even us cynical old son of a bitches keep watching every week.

Dramatic Moment: If your heart wasn’t pounding for those final ten laps, you may want to make an appointment with a cardiologist.

It was fun to watch Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards race side-by-side, lap after lap without contact after the mess at Atlanta. My guess is a whole lot more was said in the NASCAR trailer than fans will ever hear about.

What They’ll Be Talking About Around the Water Cooler This Week

Before the usual merriment, tsunami of cynicism, and general written mayhem, I must pass along my genuine and sincere get well wishes to Larry Pearson, who was seriously injured in a savage wreck during the “Old Timers” event at Bristol Saturday evening. The former two-time champ in NASCAR’s AAA series blew a tire, hit the wall, then got hit broadside in the driver’s side numbers by Charlie Glotzbach. Both drivers were knocked out cold by the incident, but Pearson suffered the more severe injuries, including a broken pelvis. This “Legends” race is supposed to be fun, but the severity of the wreck was sobering. If competitors from days of yore are to put on a show for the fans at a NASCAR-sanctioned track, there ought to be rules in place to help protect them including requirements for full-face helmets, HANS devices, and the energy-absorbing foam between the roll cages and the door sheetmetal on these cars.

Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about! There was a lot of discussion if the extension of the SAFER barriers was going to ruin racing at Bristol, but Sunday fans were treated to a Goldilocks moment. The racing wasn’t too hot, with an endless string of wrecks, nor too cold with single-file racing. It was just right. The track at Bristol has undergone countless revisions, but I think they’ve got it about perfect right now.

The new Bristol may lend itself to three-wide racing, but the fans showed their displeasure with the now multi-groove race track in the form of empty seats. Only 138,000 of 158,000 tickets were sold Sunday, a shocking end to Bristol’s sellout streak of 55 races.

Empty seats and vast tracts of them at Bristol, once the toughest ticket in all of sports to score? OK, it’s time to hit the panic button. Among those who weren’t in attendance were smokers who have been banned from the grandstands. This used to be called Winston Cup racing, right? As you reap, so shall you sow…

Carl Edwards, possessing a wry sense of humor, stole a classic line from movie reviews after emerging from his closed door meeting with NASCAR officials, Brad Keselowski, Roger Penske, and Jack Roush. “We laughed, we cried…” Edwards noted. But something tells me that when the moving picture is coming to an end, newly-minted best buds Edwards and Keselowski are still going to get in a fistfight over the last handful of popcorn.

At the site of the first “Car of Tomorrow” race (wherein winner Kyle Busch memorably said the car sucked) next week, the much maligned “new car” will debut in a new configuration minus its controversial rear wing, with that eyesore being replaced by a traditional “blade style” rear spoiler. But don’t get too excited just yet: the newest of the new cars will still feature that cowcatcher front end that has proven to be such a disaster for side-by-side racing. You can put makeup on a gorilla, but it’s still not going to look like Faith Hill…

Do you get the feeling if it wasn’t for the Edwards/Keselowski incident, the FOX pre-race show would have been sixty minutes of the three denizens of the Hollywood Hotel rendered fortunately mute, staring at each other muttering, “I got nothing… cue the gopher.” And any discussion of great NASCAR rivalries without mention of the Richard Petty-Bobby Allison feud that dominated the early ’70s in our sport is just a bunch of self-serving chatter. Those two cats flat out hated each other, seemingly at times more intent on wrecking one another than winning races. The fussing and feuding often continued off the track as well, in Victory Lane, in the garage area, and away from the track. It was two proud sons of the South refusing to back down an inch; and watching Allison and Petty heading for the checkers as the afternoon sun faded over the fourth turn, fenders bent, tires smoking, and steam coming out from under their hoods and helmets and was about the best racing this sport has ever seen.

Having had an exclusive deal with NASCAR for over a decade and a half, wouldn’t you think that Goodyear could finally bring safe, competitive tires to every track?

Some unexpected fallout from the Carl Edwards/Brad Keselowski incident this week included Kevin Harvick saying Edwards was a “fake.” Edwards responded that he felt Harvick was “a bad person.” Jezum Crow, Auntie Em, I’m all for drivers settling disputes amongst themselves without NASCAR stepping in to slap wrists, but do they have to sound like two dumb kindergarteners fighting over a tasty cat turd in the sandbox?

You’ve got to love Jeff Hammond’s latest attempt at a column on the FOX sports site blasting internet writers for their take on the sport. This is the same guy who memorably appeared with Chris Myers in a hot tub during a pre-race segment, and he thinks we give a crap about his goat-roping abilities and offseason facelift so awful, he now looks Asian to complement his dime store tanning booth pigmentation? Yeah, that’s entertainment – sort of like root canal surgery without anesthesia in a Third World country. Hammond seems to think it’s high time that NASCAR internet writers have a Goldilocks moment and decide if they want “too hot” or “too cold” instead of “just right” (see above) when even his booth boy cohorts weren’t quite sure what to make of Carl Edwards’ move live on the air at Atlanta. Well, it does seem certain that most fans and internet writers would rather spend a night at the Bates Motel showering then spend another afternoon at the Hollywood Hotel listening to Hammond and his cohorts prattle on like a bunch of drunken men taken leave of their senses. I kid because I care.

For those of you anxiously awaiting the debut of the new Ford Mustangs and Dodge Challengers in the Nationwide Series, apparently the rolling out of the new cars is on hold until July at Daytona – not next weekend at Martinsville as originally planned.

Did I really hear Chris Myers, about the damnedest Yankee ever to be involved with the sport, use the term “Ya’ll” in his signoff?

Do you think presumably retired Ward Burton ever resents his brother Jeff ending up with the CAT sponsorship?

Jimmie Johnson led both Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch to the checkered flag, winning the race at Bristol in addition to the ‘Best Driver Intro Music’ Award on the day.

Far be it from me to suggest the fates would favor the driver who chose the coolest song for driver intros at Bristol in the race, but Jimmie Johnson’s selection of Led Zep’s “Ramble On” was clearly the best. Tony Stewart, who finished second, selected Eastbound and Down (better known as the theme song from the original Smokey and the Bandit movie) as his intro tune. Now, let’s see Stewart race a black car with a big screaming gold chicken on the hood, and maybe he’ll win another race. (Mine is available if the insurance coverage is right, and he can sneak the 462 cubic engine through tech.)

The Hindenburg Award For Foul Fortune

Clint Bowyer hadn’t suffered the indignity of a DNF since Darlington last May, but a blown powerplant ended his day early at Bristol.

Kurt Busch had the dominant car all day, and just like Johnson, his team chose to go with four tires on the final stop. But the breaks just didn’t fall his way in traffic, and Busch wound up finishing third.

Joey Logano won the pole, but right front tire issues ruined his day by Lap 100.

Marcos Ambrose had a competitive car, but kept falling afoul of the speeding cops on pit road. Maybe his tach is calibrated in the metric system? (For the record, Tasmania is a separate entity from Australia.)

Mark Martin had a contending car before getting hit by Greg Biffle, his former teammate and (presumably) friend.

Juan Pablo Montoya keeps threatening to win on an oval track but he, too, got caught up in Greg Biffle’s mess.

Kasey Kahne just couldn’t keep a right front tire under his car. Camber is like war. Too much of it isn’t good for children or other living things.

Robby Gordon’s team is now 36th in owner points, and will have to race their way into the field until such a time they re-enter the top 35 this season. Gordon has never been a great qualifier, so this is going to be quite a challenge.

The “Seven Come Fore Eleven” Award For Fine Fortune

Jimmie Johnson’s car was great on short runs but not so good on long runs. But he got a nice short stretch to the checkers there at the end and scored yet another win.

Given the radar screen, it’s a near miracle NASCAR and fans on hand got to see the entire 500 laps of racing at Bristol.

Kyle Busch won both Cup races here last year, but a blown right front tire just past the halfway point of the race put him hard into the wall. He still drove a severely damaged car to a top 10 finish (ninth).

Tony Stewart was barely mentioned all day, or in fact for most of this season, but he powered his way to a respectable second place finish in the final laps. He might have forgotten how to shave, but Stewart hasn’t forgotten how to drive when the chips are on the table.

Greg Biffle caused the big 13-car wreck that brought out the eighth caution, but drove away relatively unscathed to a fourth place finish. My guess is the line of drivers waiting to congratulate him after the race wasn’t too long… and most of them were swinging tire irons.

Despite being sickened by flu and fumes, Jamie McMurray scored a top 10 finish. Sickened by the smell from the jet dryers? That’s a new one for me.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. had to overcome a pit road speeding penalty and a tiff with crew chief Lance McGrew on the radio en route to an all-too-rare top 10 finish.

Justin Allgaier joined the ranks of Nationwide winners on Saturday, and was added to an even more select group of drivers… those Brad Keselowski hasn’t wrecked trying to advance his position late in the race. This is the guy I want to pick my lottery numbers this week.

Worth Noting

  • Joey Logano won his first career Cup pole on Friday.
  • Justin Allgaier’s Nationwide win at Bristol was not only his first series victory, but the first by any Dodge pilot since Kasey Kahne won there in August of 2007.
  • The top 10 finishers at Bristol drove five Chevys, three Fords, a Dodge, and a Toyota.
  • Kevin Conway in 28th was the top finishing rookie at Bristol. This year’s Rookie of the Year battle rivals Senior Citizen Tiddlywinks for drama and excitement.
  • Teammates Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth are the only two drivers to score top 10 finishes in all five of this year’s points-paying races. Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson are now the only two drivers with three top 5 finishes in those five races. All of Johnson’s top 5s have been victories.
  • Jimmie Johnson’s Bristol win was the fiftieth of his career, tying him for tenth on the “All-Time Victories” list with Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett. That’s pretty respectable company to keep.
  • Tony Stewart’s second place finish was easily his best of the season, and his best overall result since he won at Kansas last fall.
  • Kyle Busch (third) has strung together back-to-back top 5 finishes for the first time since Loudon and Daytona last summer.
  • Greg Biffle (fourth) is on his hottest roll since a period from Richmond to Sonoma in 2006, when he scored seven consecutive top 10 finishes.
  • Carl Edwards’ sixth place finish was his best of the 2010 Cup campaign.
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s seventh place finish was his best on a non-plate track since Bristol last August.
  • Jamie McMurray’s eighth place finish was his best since he won at Daytona.
  • Kyle Busch’s ninth place finish was his best Cup result in 2010.
  • Kevin Harvick’s eleventh place finish was actually his worst of the season. And the way Bristol started out for the No. 29 team (qualified 33rd, ran near the back most of the day), it could have been a whole lot worse.
  • Jeff Gordon (fourteenth) has now missed the top 10 in four of five Cup races this season.
  • 2009 Chase contender Ryan Newman (sixteenth) has yet to crack the top 15 in a points-paying race in 2010.
  • Gibbs Toyota teammates Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin have combined to score just one top 5 finish of a possible fifteen in the first five races of 2010. Maybe it’s the floor mats?

What’s the Points?

Kevin Harvick remains atop the standings, leading Matt Kenseth by just one point. If we were heading into the final race of the season, that would surely be “sumpin‘” but as it stands, the numbers are just a statistical anomaly. Jimmie Johnson, who has won three of this season’s five points-paying races, is third. Sorry, I don’t get it. Don’t bother trying to explain it to me. Consistency… yada, yada, yada.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. moved up five spots to eighth in the standings, and a lonely nation rejoices. Kyle Busch moved up five spots to tenth, but still had to endure a sitdown with Chris Pizzi, the most annoying non-rodent FOX has ever force-fed fans. Brother Kurt also got a nice bump, jumping from tenth to sixth despite those horribly yellow wheels. But Carl Edwards gained the most positions this weekend out of anyone, moving up seven to end up thirteenth – just 26 points out of the top 12.

Clint Bowyer’s engine woes dropped him seven spots to twelfth in the standings. Scott Speed dropped out of the top 12 and down six spots to eighteenth. Mark Martin was the biggest loser, falling nine spots to sixteenth.

If you’re really concerned about points this early in the season, I’ve got one word for you: “Prozac.”

Overall Rating (On a scale of one to six beer cans, with one being a stinker and a six pack an instant classic) – We’ll give this one five icy cold bottles of Corona served by a fetching lass of a bartender with the morals of a minx. It might have been a full six pack if Goodyear had managed to bring a decent tire to Bristol.

Next Up: Mr. Peabody, set the Wayback Machine for 1949 because the circuit heads back to the virginal short track at Martinsville next weekend. Gather your hot dogs whilst you may, because time, it is a fleeting…

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03/22/2010 12:19 AM

Jezum Crow, Auntie Em, you said TWO nice things about Tony in one article. You feeling alright Matt?

03/22/2010 01:13 AM

damn empty seats at bristol when they said they were going to the brickyard in 94 a buddy and me managed to get 6 tickets on a renewal basis in 94 our tickets were 75 dollars a seat not too bad once they brought f1 there our tickets went to 150 dollars a seat and they had to be renewed for next year a couple weeks after that years race then not only are they gouging you for ticket prices but you cant afford to eat or drink anything at a track either because they at least triple the price of everything then motels which are normally 40 a night jump to 200 a night if you are within 50 miles of the track this year i was going to try to get bristol night tickets but i had to buy spring tickets too so i decided no to that didnt want a set of tickets to a race i couldnt go to so instead of going to any cup race this year just gonna pick good dirt late model race to attend and will save alot of money and probably see a better race any way now as far as the race broadcast i dont know what happened to dw and hammond at some point in the past i used to really respect these guys now with the way they act on fox i have lost all respect for them every year i look forward to espn taking over so i dont have to hear about digger and boogity boogity boogity and whats up with a intro song are we in big time wrestlin well im done venting this week lol good article matt

03/22/2010 07:11 AM

Say what you want about Hendrick dominance, the chase, and NASCAR “rules” but in the era of the COT winged car – Jimmie Johnson flat out dominated. 23 wins, that’s something no one can take away.

That Green White Checker rule was instituted back in the days of single file restarts. Now that we have DOUBLE FILE RESTARTS (shoot-out style) maybe they should revisit the GWC policy instead of cramming multiple attempts down our throats. How about a 5-lap attempt to end the race under green. If atleast 3 clean laps are provided that will be the race. But let the drivers win a race – not a restart!

Note to DW: IBS stands for Irritable BROADCASTER syndrome.

03/22/2010 08:22 AM

good one dansmom about dw and ibs.

so jr and his crew chief had a spat. i was shocked to see where he finished. this man never looks happy.

race was ok, be interesting to see how dominant the 48 team is with the spoiler back.

i sure wished kyle busch would have taken the pizza and pied pizzi.

03/22/2010 08:33 AM

What is the writer talking about..saying the Nationwide mustangs..etc were to debut this week in martinsville?…Nationwide doesnt EVEN race in martinsville..Huh?

03/22/2010 09:05 AM

Best wishes to both Larry Pearson and Charlie Glotsbach. I sure am glad they put sponsership on Phil Parson’s car, would have hated to see a start and park in a celebrity race. I thought Martin was smarter then trying to run that fast with a blown tire. With the amount of empty seats maybe nascar will finally realize they have a major problem and should have been listening to the older fans who have followed the sport for YEARS and spent our money at the track, I live in middle TN and have been bombarded with commercials about the “tickets you never thought you could get” still being available. The weather was some of the problem, but for years BRISTOL WAS SOLD OUT in NOVEMBER not on raceday.

03/22/2010 10:08 AM

Tim- This raising prices and adding races to raise prices even more, caused us to give up season ticket to Texas and we have never gone back. In fact, we have given up attendance due to prices at most tracks.

03/22/2010 10:51 AM

5 Beers??????
For that race???
Matt, how many beers did you drink during the race to come up with that total?????
I would guess at least a twelve pack of old dog piss at room temperature!

03/22/2010 10:59 AM

I think it was a okay race definitely not a great one. I think it was in the 3 cans area.

Darrell Waltrip is one of the most annoying announcers in the history of broadcasting and he helps bring every race that he covers down a couple of notches.

It would have been neat to see a little closer finish as Johnson pretty easily scooted away while Busch got caught up in that traffic.

NASCAR can’t seem to catch a break in any substantial coverage as the Bristol cup race was swamped by the NCAA tournament and Tiger Woods (again).

03/22/2010 11:00 AM

As far as I’m concerned, along with thousands of other nascrap fans, every single race is a zero!!! What a joke nascrap has become! It gets worse every single week!

03/22/2010 11:08 AM

I just like the Jeff Hammond part. I never saw that column of his (can you blame me?), but I just had to follow the link. Jeff did a great job. What better way for him to get a point across than to alienate and patronize the people who his job depends on, because he expects us to let NASCAR’s sorry excuse for a racing series be shoved down our throats without complaint. What a class act.

03/22/2010 11:17 AM

NON-rodent” ?!?!?

03/22/2010 11:24 AM

Matt , i have to say i’m shocked . You DID mention Tony Stewart ! Of course by doing so , you are the automatic enemy of FAUX Sports who are still nursing some real or supposed snub by Tony .
Not a bad race , other than the almost constant spectre of Goodyear tires exploding . Heres an idea . NASCAR needs to stay totally out of the race tire decisions . Goodyear knows how to build race tires . Let their engineers design and build the proper tire for todays NASCAR racing . If they determine it needs to be 14 inches wide on a 17 inch diameter wheel , then so be it . Keep the NASCAR officials away from the process .
Every NASCAR fan should do themselves a huge favor and simply mute the tv while tuning in to the MRN radio broadcast of the races . You can’t imagine how much information you’re missing by listening to the three stooges in the booth , and the two even bigger stooges in the hotel .

Managing Editor
03/22/2010 11:24 AM

Hey j22pa,

Matt was being sarcastic with that statement … he’s indicating that everyone WANTS those new cars in the Cup Series, not just some silly new spoiler, but we’re not going to get them until the Nationwide Series proves they’re better over the next year or so.

Matt, correct me if I’m wrong but that’s how I read it!

Jimbob Schwarzenheimer
03/22/2010 11:34 AM

Well Tim… Still haven’t master the fine art of punctuation or capital letters, have we?

03/22/2010 11:38 AM

I had a couple of friends watching the race with me , and they commented on the empty seats . I have a feeling we can no longer blame the economy , the weather , the ticket prices , etc . I think the fans have simply lost interest in the current Nascar , or maybe auto racing in general . Its officially time to panic if you are a racing series in America .
We were also a little curious about what looked like a very odd caution flag at the end . I could see instantly that the debris was obviously a brake duct ( short piece of small diameter plastic dryer hose ) that couldn’t possibly affect anyones car or create any kind of hazzard for the racers . . My friends also recognized it immediatly . So i know for a fact that the NASCAR officials recognized it for what it was , they are much closer than the fans , yet still chose to throw a yellow . Its nice to laugh at conspiracy theorys , but it sure makes you wonder .

03/22/2010 11:47 AM

trust me i wished i could get a mrn station here in atlanta that carries the race. the radio stations here don’t carry racing any longer, and the one that did last year, was, i swear, a basement set-up in someone’s house. signal was so weak.

i thought i did good myself, i fell asleep during the pre-race stuff this weekend and woke up when they were already 50 laps into the race. for a good part of the race i didn’t think earnhardt jr was even running, as no one made the obligatory comments about him on tv. saw more of his nationwide commercials with his sister and tony eury sr., than i did of race coverage of him. maybe they showed him when i was asleep.

i knew johnson was going to win cause he was fastest in happy hour and leading up to the race kept hearing how he hadn’t won at bristol.

03/22/2010 12:24 PM

wcfan said: “I sure am glad they put sponsership on Phil Parson’s car, would have hated to see a start and park in a celebrity race.” That was some funny stuff right there!

Kevin in SoCal
03/22/2010 12:26 PM

Matt said: You can put makeup on a gorilla, but it’s still not going to look like Faith Hill…

No, instead it looks like Nancy Pelosi…

Matt said: •Kyle Busch (third) has strung together back-to-back top 5 finishes for the first time since Loudon and Daytona last summer.

Shouldnt that be Kurt? Kyle finished 9th.

Matt said: •Justin Allgaier’s Nationwide win at Bristol was not only his first series victory, but the first by any Dodge pilot since Kasey Kahne won there in August of 2007.

The first by a Dodge in the Nationwide series, or at Bristol? If you mean at Bristol that was only 5 races ago.

03/22/2010 12:31 PM

I not a fan of goodyears and do not like the blown tires anymore then anyone else, but is it really goodyears problem when the same teams have trouble every week while other teams have no problems? If everyweek it was different teams I would say it was goodyears problem. These guys are suppost to be the best of the best, being able to identify and fix this problem helps separate the good teams from the rest.

Bill B
03/22/2010 12:38 PM

Amen on using the MRN broadcast for the audio instead of Fox. Too bad for me that there isn’t an MRN affiliate in Baltimore. Last week I watched the IRL race and was jealous of the professional broadcast. I never realized how much the tone of the coverage could make a difference. I’m tired of the yuk, yuk, folksy, buffoon approach that Fox takes. I want the race covered in detail from 1st to 43rd and to lose the BS banter that adds nothing but frustration.
PS: Hammond is a jackass.

03/22/2010 12:40 PM

I thought this was a very good race 4 1/2 cans could have been a 5+ if JJ and HMS had not won. lots of side by side racing with few cautions, not the demo derby I was expecting.

03/22/2010 12:42 PM

Is THAT what happened to Hammond’s face???? Yikes…

Carl D.
03/22/2010 01:05 PM

Kevin in SoCal…

In my scariest nightmares Nancy Pelosi is a GoDaddy girl.

03/22/2010 01:09 PM

Michael Waltrip must have a massive headache today….Ambrose has a top 10 car even after multiple speeding penalties,and gets taken out in the Biffle/Martin mess.. Reutimann was running 2nd and running down the 2 when his engine gives out. Not a good day considering MWR had great cars at bristol.

03/22/2010 01:36 PM

No smoking is the reason for low attendance at Bristol? That is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. I was at Sebring again this last weekend, and it was the smallest crowd I’ve seen there in well over a decade. It’s the economy, not very complicated. I’ll be at the St. Pete Grand Prix this weekend, real racing, real speed and no fake caution flags.

03/22/2010 02:02 PM

for the comments on the smoking..i think it could be ‘part’ of the reason ‘casual’ fans stop a non-smoker (but, actually feel govt. should stay out of it and let business decide)..anyway..many of my friends (casual fans) i used to take to the races for the ‘party’ atmosphere…will not go with me now…because of the smoking ban at various tracks (Michigan being the latest)…tho i think this would not stop any ‘hard-core’ fans from attending.

03/22/2010 02:23 PM

To me the biggest point is how FOX can treat the NFL and MLB so professionally and then DUMB DOWN it’s NASCAR coverage so much. DW leads the bunch but Meyers and Hammond are right behind. NASCAR will never reach higher levels like the NFL as long as FOX continues to insult it’s NASCAR fans with this type of coverage.

03/22/2010 02:25 PM

Hey JimBob, maybe we could all chip in and buy Tim a new keyboard. I must admit that that was the longest sentence I have even seen.

03/22/2010 04:55 PM

Matt, NWide doesnt run Martinsville so uh whatcho talkin’ bout Willis?

Also, why in the name of everything reasonably sane were these legends in crappy late model cars? What do you have against saftey? I understand this wasnt NASCAR sanctioned but FFS half the field DNF’d due to their crappy car breaking. Get this race NASCAR sanctioned. HANS, full face helmet, driving gloves..and for petes sake let them break in the new NWide COT if they say it sucks then im sure it does suck

03/22/2010 05:52 PM

I guess Matt was watching a different race than I was. Either that or maybe his race was going on when I fell asleep. I’m just glad I went to Bristol back in the 80’s.

03/22/2010 06:31 PM

Joe , i had exactly the same reaction . Why can’t the legends race be run with top shelf race cars ? Year old Cup cars , or Nationwide cars or even ARCA cars . There is no excuse for having those guys compete in cars that aren’t top of the line in safety . I realize that the cars they were in are well constructed , but ex Cup cars and the like are far safer construction . Why not give them the best . Now they don’t need Cup car engines to put on a good show , but they sure deserve the safest cars possible .

03/22/2010 09:28 PM

Biffle’s excuse was his headset came unplugged and he couldn’t hear his spotter. Yea, right. How about it’s more like he couldn’t see with the brown colored face shield. The one stained from having his head up his ass. Typical “Biff”, just McGooing it around the track and never catches crap for it. Would love to see Mark man up at Martinsville and give him the ‘ole “NA$CAR gloves off” move.
“You can put makeup on a gorilla, but it’s still not going to look like Faith Hill…” Yea, she may not look like one, but she sure acts like one. Got Tim’s balls buried deeply in her purse.

03/22/2010 09:43 PM

Well Jimbob didnt know I was being graded on my ability a form a sentence.I will try harder from now on with my english class skills.

old gal from socal
03/22/2010 11:19 PM

“I got nothin’…cue the gopher”

Classic, Matt! Bravo!

Stephen HOOD
03/23/2010 07:47 AM

The old fans may hate the new NASCAR, and that might explain the empty seats at Bristol. But, when I looked at the forecast on Thursday, the weather service was predicting a 90% chance of rain. Any chance that the speedway had of selling out was rebuked by a smart fan looking at the weather. I’m not shelling out $95 at the last minute to possible have to wait until Monday to see a race from the TV at work.

I also think the economy is still a big factor. Has anyone looked at the unemployment statistics for the counties within a 500 mile radius of Bristol. Here in Birmingham we’re pushing 12%. I know the Atlanta metro area isn’t doing much better, and eastern Tennessee has been hit especially hard as well. Plus, the average NASCAR fan is the poster boy/girl for job loss in the new economy. Maybe NASCAR should add jobs for the working man to its litany of prayers for the drivers and the “troops” at the beginning of NASCAR events.

I always enjoy D. Waltrip when he’s on Wind Tunnel or does a long form interview, but I’m with many of you that I cannot stand him on the Fox broadcast. When Daryl has time to think, interesting things come out of his mouth, but when he’s forced by the medium to speak off the cuff, he is hard to endure.

03/23/2010 09:51 AM

I was at the race, lots of side by side racing through the field. But, if TV coverage was like usual the people at home probably saw none of it.

03/23/2010 12:17 PM

Carl D “In my scariest nightmares Nancy Pelosi is a GoDaddy girl.”

In my scariest dreams she’s speaker of the house… oh wait she is… someone wake me up.

speaking of naps.. heh. NAPSCAR

I’m with Wayne. Bristol was the 1st race I’ve watched live in about a year. It’s also my last. We all seem to agree that the coverage is less than desirable, the commentators are usually either biased, boring or just plain incompetent but what about the repeated bombardment of asinine commercials? Next Sunday Afternoon I’ll be off doing something other than having my intelligence assaulted by talking Jack-asses. Again, thank God for DVR.

03/23/2010 12:22 PM

I agree that Waltrip, Myers and Hammond are a bunch of bozos. I really miss the professional job that was done in the past by Ned Jarret and Buddy Baker. Fox should hire these two guys and s—-can the three stooges they have broadcasting now.

03/23/2010 08:40 PM

FOX does not care about the quality of their broadcast. It’s not just NA$CAR, MLB and NFL coverage is just as full of commercials and boobs (not the good kind) in the booth. Try listening to Joe Buck during baseball season. It’s all about the $$$$ for FOX.