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Voices From the Cheap Seats: Chase Begins Countdown to the End

2014 Atlanta CUP Kevin Harvick Tony Stewart CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. © 2014)

As we descend into the depths of the 2014 season with yet another infernal change as to this sport’s definition of a champion, so begins the countdown to the end of this infernal column. Yes, that’s right, I’m really, really gonna do it this time. Why, you ask? Well, let me tell you! As I …

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Voices from the Cheap Seats: BSNews – Expounding Upon NASCAR’s Asterisk

Mike Helton Stewart Chase Eligibility Press Conference Atlanta Motor Speedway 2014 Chris Owens

(Credit: Chris Owens)

Just before last weekend’s race at Atlanta, NASCAR President Mike Helton announced that, despite the fact that he missed three weeks of the regular season and despite what the rules say as to who can be eligible for the latest version of the Chase, Tony Stewart may participate in the Chase – should he qualify. …

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Voices from the Cheap Seats: At Bristol, The More Things Change…

2014 Bristol II CUP Paul Menard Kyle Larson Joey Logano racing CIA

(Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography)

Well, the weekend has come and gone and all that is left is memories – albeit some a bit foggy – of a handful of soldiers who made it home alive along with the task of cleaning out (and repairing) the camper. I did not attend the NASCAR races as a member of the media …

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Voices from the Cheap Seats: NASCAR Only Goes Halfway with New Rule

2014 Daytona II CUP Landon Cassill crash damage CIA

(Credit: CIA Stock Photography)

Last week, I put out there that, while tragic, the death of Kevin Ward, Jr. was totally avoidable on two separate fronts. First, don’t do insanely stupid things like Ward did; and second, a sanctioning body could have had a rule that makes enraged drivers think twice about doing insanely stupid things when it is …

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Voices From The Cheap Seats: Reason Must Prevail Over Emotion

The recent events at Canandaigua Motorsports Park involving Tony Stewart and the death of Kevin Ward, Jr. are nothing short of tragic. What is even more tragic is that it all could have been avoided. Now, while what I have to say may seem callous to some, it needs to be said among all the media …

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Voices from the Cheap Seats: Social Media Exposes the Loyal and the Fickle

2014 Loudon I NNS race fans CIA

(Credit: CIA Stock Photography. Copyright 2014)

Now that the announcement has been made, a war has begun among some that are loyal, some misguided and some just plain fickle. While it has not been made public as to just who Carl Edwards will be driving for next year, it has been revealed that it will not be for Roush Fenway Racing …

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Voices from the Cheap Seats: After Giving It Some Thought…

2014 Kentucky I NNS Kevin HArvick trophy CIA

(Credit: CIA)

There have been a few issues arising recently in the world of NASCAR about which I have been loquaciously silent. Loquacious is sort of like deafening silence, for those of you still wondering what it means (or maybe the opposite… look it up!). However, as anyone who knows me personally will tell you, I don’t …

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Voices From the Cheap Seats: You May Be a NASCAR Fan If…

2014 Loudon I NNS race fans CIA

(Credit: CIA Stock Photography. Copyright 2014)

We are all familiar with Jeff Foxworthy’s trademark redneck jokes. In fact, you probably are one if you are reading this now. Now I not about to assert that I, even though we share the same first name, am anywhere close to Foxworthy’s status, but like him, I too have made a few observations over …

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Voices from the Cheap (or Not!) Seats: A Mixed Bag of Corporate Nuts

2014 Daytona Sprint Cup Brian France Press Conference Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

As you may or may not have noticed, I have been away for awhile. First was a four-day binge in Bristol with my two BFFs from high school, Brian and Brian, for the NHRA weekend and a refresher course on which one of us can consume the most beverages without being the biggest a-hole ever. …

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