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 enthusiasm surrounding the return of ESPN to the sport this season might be a surprise to new fans, but for those that have been around awhile, expectations were high for good reason. When no one else was clamoring to put NASCAR on TV back in the 1980s, it was ESPN, then a fledgling sports network, who embraced the sport and developed the formula for successfully broadcasting auto races. As ESPN carried NASCAR, the sport grew into a national phenomenon, creating a broadcasting standard that would be hard to reach for those who would attempt to in the future. And the suitors looking to develop NASCAR’s TV future would eventually come in droves; with NASCAR’s success, the sport was a highly sought after property for networks by the end of the 1990s. When the contract ran out for ESPN in 2000, they lost out to NBC and Fox for the rights to continue broadcasting the sport. It took ESPN six years to win those rights back, but they have them once again, earning the right to seventeen Nextel Cup races as well as the entire Busch Series schedule. Unfortunately, it appears that during those years away from broadcasting the sport, they forgot what made them so successful in the first place.
One of the things that made ESPN so good at covering racing what the fact that they did just that; they covered the race. No matter what, the most important thing about the show was always the action on the track. If something happened, you saw it, no matter how deep in the field the action was; if there was a battle going on for 15th place, and it was the best racing on the track, then that was what they showed to the fans. Even when it came to commercials, the race took priority; if a caution flag flew during a break, ESPN would break out and come back to show what was happening on the track every time. It was an automatic.
Well, that devotion to the racing doesn't seem to be a priority anymore. Already, on two separate occasions this year, ESPN has actually gone to commercial as a caution flag was flying on the track. Apparently, the folks who are calling the shots are from the same Columbia School of Broadcasting as the people at NBC and Fox. The focus is no longer on the racing…just like so many of us have seen with the sport itself, the focus is now on the almighty dollar. It’s now become more important to fulfill the sponsor obligations at the exact point that they are scheduled rather than worry about letting the fans see what is going on at a critical point during the race.
Justifiably, NASCAR fans are getting tired of this mindset. The reason the fans watch the races is to see the action on the track, to understand the strategies that are unfolding, and to know both when and why a caution occurs. The fans want to see the action as it unfolds; they don't want to see a tape delay of something that happened while they were being told about natural male enhancement for the fifth time. They'd rather see a pass for the lead than watch Dale, Jr. hocking DirecTV for the 20th time during the race.
It is a simple concept, really, when you think about it: spectators watch racing to see racing. For those watching on television, they want the same thing; show them what is going on and let them see the best action on the track. It would be refreshing to once again see a tight race for 15th instead of a strung out parade at the front of the pack. Surprisingly enough, it’s actually OK to show the frontrunner who was caught back in traffic picking his way through the field instead of talking about the leader and his commitment to the adoption of orphaned dogs or his charitable work.
Bottom line, ESPN needs to do some serious soul searching. They laid the foundation for stock car race coverage in the modern era, and they were the first to do just about everything when it came to the sport of NASCAR. Now that they have it back, the fans deserve to see what they used to see… only better. Give spectators the action, show them who is having the best race on the track, and give them the best product possible…just like they used to receive. This sport is fantastic to watch: it can take so many twists and turns, and the fans should get to see every nuance of the event. ESPN, remember what made you the best at race coverage…give it to us again.
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“the focus is now on the almighty dollar”
The almighty $$ is the whole purpose of the broadcast! ESPN broadcasts NASCAR so you will watch the commercials!You’ve got to remember back when ESPN was showing NASCAR, they probably got a tenth of the advertising revenue as they are getting today. Because of that, the expectations of the sponsors was smaller. Now they pay big $$ for the advertising space, and they want it as scheduled. Just like NASCAR wants a truckload of Almighty $$ for the rights to the broadcast. It sucks for sure. But that’s reality.
I wish the sponsors would understand that showing the same ad at every single break during race coverage is actually counter-productive. NASCAR fans are THE most loyal to their sponsors, but after the GM President’s Day commercial ran a zillion times, I never want to see any GM car or truck again — EVER.
ESPN is bringing a lot of big issues with them this time. I was thrilled when I heard we were getting them back, only to be so disappointed at what they are doing. It must be true about a statement I heard, the more coverage a certain team gets, the more kickback the station gets. Hm-m-m-m-m! Also, where in the world did Brent Munsberger come from? He is a wonderful football commentator, but PLEASE not NASCAR!!!!!!
I have been saying all along that the fans who thought ESPN would be perfect were viewing the past through a rosy haze.
There is almost no difference between ESPN football coverage and Fox football coverage. Why would there be any significant difference in their race coverage?
You hit the nail right on the head with this one Mike!!! I, along with all of us that watch Nascar, were happy to see ESPN return. That however was short lived. I finally thought that we would be watching the racing like you said. but no, gotta show those commercials before anything else. I watched the Busch race on Sunday (what’s up with that anyway ), and had to turn the sound down for all the yammering.What’s up with the non stop talking? And Rusty, JUST SHUT UP ALREADY!!! I guess we just have to get used to a little bit of racing interupting the commercials again
NASCAR, like every other mainstream sport in America is now a avenue for revenue and not entertainment. Those who dump the bucks in the sport don’t view it as I do. I increasingly getting frustrated on Sundays, but do you really think anything will change?
The reason ESPN isn’t what it used to be:
NA$CAR/Bri Bri France/Mike Hellton now control what ESPN puts on the screen and when. I always liked Dr. Jerry Punch but Sunday I was ready to “Punch” him in the mouth..I got so sick of hearing JPM! Be Quiet Already, we know his name!
I’ve pretty much given up on NA$CAR and so have alot of my friends. We have been watching and attending races for 20 years+. Brian has urinated away most all of what his predecesors had built. Pure greed sure brings out the best in folks. What people need to realize is that there is other and alot better racing out there. I’ve started following the Dirt (WoO) cars, what a blast! If you want to see real racing then check them out. Folks that want to complain should do it with their wallets. That is the only thing NA$CAR will understand. Remember that ESPN is a casualty of this situation, they do what the big money tells them to do. Just my 2 cents.
One thing that didn’t happen when Bob, Ned and Benny were in the booth was additonal attention paid to Dale Jarrett by Ned. I know about the first Daytona 500 win but that was understandable. Why would Rusty’s son command soo much coverage. And the Montoya coverage annoyed me to no end and I like Juan Pablo. I’m tired of the whining about commercials. These networks paid big money for the priviledge to televise these races and they have to recover some of it. The new fans just don’t understand the way it was when there was no coverage of NASCAR on the tv. Be thankful for any that you get now.
Maybe now all the NASCAR faithful will realize the good racing is open wheel not the commercial driven NASCAR parade. Why is it every week we get 2 hours of prerace (or more). Couldn’t the commercials be shown at that point instead of seeing less than 50% of the actual race.
ESPN used to show the race as things were. Not candy coated for the sponsors and mission control. There were little frills and filler, just the racing, and they remembered it is after all just another race.
I actually listened to Sundays busch race on ESPN spanish, just so I wouldn’t have to listen to the announcers who absolutely drove me nuts. I finished listening in the car which was kinda exciting!
At least the television coverage doesn’t change the race. Last Sunday I attended a college basketball game and the television timeouts nearly ruined the experience for those in the seats.
What was up with ESPN showing Juan Montoya’s wife/girlfriend on half the screen for the last two laps? This is maddening and makes me want to turn on the radio and turn off the tube.
This is just another example of sports broadcasting today. Anyone who had a chance to see the ESPN of the old with the best Nascar announcer crew ever, got to see something great. But this is no different than the difference of coverage in any other sport. I had a chance to watch some old superbowl games before this years superbowl and it was amazing the difference. There were no “Bigger than the game” announcers and there was so much more on the screen. No million miles an hour graphics everywhere or graphic overlays. Just not what we get anymore. Heck I am in my mid 30s and miss that old coverage. But that is what some exec thinks we need and it allows them to get there revenue. So that is the way it is going to be with whomever is over the broadcasts.
I’ll tell you what I remember, a lot of people complaining about ESPN when they had it the first time. It was the best out there because it was the only one out there for quite awhile.
ESPN went to commercials during key points in the races just as much as NBC , TNT, CBS and FOX did. ESPN showed Kim Burton crying her eyes out every time Jeff Burton was leading. ESPN was the first to show a stinking glowing red brake disc for several racing laps during every Bristol and Martinsville race. Of course, a lot of you weren’t on the internet at the time so you didn’t know that you were supposed to get all indignant about it.
I remember people complaining BECAUSE espn would show the drivers that “didn’t matter” like Dick Trickle, Dave Marcis and Buckshot Jones, in the back of the field.
What I’ve seen is that it doesn’t matter who shows the races, there’s always something for someone to complain about if they really want to.
I agree with the comments and want to add one more > where did we get the broadcast crew from and what the heck is that on top of Tim Brewer’s head ? I ain;t seen that kind of “do” since espn was a baby…
I despise the announcing crew. I long for Buddy Baker- Eli Gold- Ned Jarrett over a basketball player any day.
KW has it right. If you want to watch racing, watch the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. Or the Lucas Oil Series, or the NALMS, or the SAS, or the MACS, or the MARS, or the BoB. All of these are ultra competitive, fun to attend, and feature drivers that do not begin every sentence with a dumb-ass sponsor reference. Two of these series are on Speed T.V. (Lucas Oil and WoO), and the Lucas Oil guys are actually on this week. At least one of the venues these series visit are within driving distance for most people. They race hard, they have personality, and when there is a caution you can be damned sure what caused it and why it was thrown. NA$CAR is a joke, and not worth watching anymore. ESPN is no better than FOX, and is a shell of its former self. The FOX guys are all yes men; you never hear a word of dissent from them about NA$CAR. Bring back Eli Gold and Buddy Baker if you want good announcing; if you like shameless promotion of MIKEY/TOYOTA, stick with DW.
Can SOMEONE tell me why Rusty Wallace gets paid to speak about ANYTHING? The man is a tool as well as spiteful and a bit unintelligent. I agree Musberger must go, too but there are a number of great non-race sports anouncers who could do a great job in the sport. That said, WHY is Allen Bestwick not anchoring either Fox or ESPN’s race shows? the man is perfect for the job; poor guy must have a really bad agent.
My opinion; probably doesn’t smell good to anyone but me. Feh.
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