Tag Archives: Michael McDowell

Talking NASCAR TV: Some Thoughts About In Car Cameras In Between Spotty Darlington Coverage

Hello, race fans. Hope you enjoyed this weekend’s racing from Darlington Raceway. I thought it was pretty good as well. Maybe a few too many cautions for my taste, but that’s okay. I cannot control that facet of races. I'm still kind of surprised that Sam Hornish’s spin late in the race did not cause a caution despite the fact that he slid nearly the entire length of the front stretch. Oh well. Enough about that stuff, let’s get to the review. Normally, I just critique the TV coverage of the races themselves, but I’ll start this weekend with coverage of Sprint Cup pole qualifying. I have two issues that I want to address here.

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Five Points to Ponder: 2009 Southern 500 at Darlington Edition

*Tweet, tweet* Just when you’ve thought you’d seen it all, professional athletes are giving fans more access through social networking sites and blogs all across the internet. Scrolling through Twitter (a real-time short messaging server that many celebrities toy around with) the other night, I stumbled across the page of Nationwide Series driver "Michael McDowell":http://twitter.com/mmcdowell47. To my surprise, I noticed that McDowell was giving updates throughout Friday night’s race from… his race car? There were six updates on McDowell’s page during the duration of the race from "TwitterBerry" -- a service that allows Twitter users to update their page from their BlackBerry phone -- leaving me wondering if he is actually updating his Twitter page under caution from his race car.

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NASCAR News for Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Penalties Come Down For Earnhardt Jr., Mears On Tuesday, NASCAR announced penalties for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Casey Mears from their antics on Saturday night. NASCAR has placed both drivers on probation for the next six races, decreeing that both Earnhardt, Jr. and Mears had violated Article 12-4-a of the …

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Tom Bowles Mouths Off: Five Middle Tier Drivers Making Waves

Matt’s stuck at home with a nasty case of the flu this week, so I’ve been pressed into service as a last-minute replacement for his column. Usually, I try my best to match his sarcasm when I sub in (although in reality, no one can even come close). But this week, in terms of Mouthing Off … I’ve pretty much already done it on a variety of subjects in my weekly version of "Did You Notice?":https://frontstretch.com/tbowles/22961/ on Wednesday. So, I thought that instead of spewing more venom at the NASCAR powers that be this week, I’m going to play around with the term “Mouthing Off” in a different way. All too often, the drivers at both extremes in NASCAR are the ones who make the news these days.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas

The Nationwide Series doesn’t tackle the high banks of Bristol until March 21. Apparently that message didn’t get through to the drivers Saturday. The Sam’s Town 300 opened with four wrecks in the first 28 laps, becoming a demolition derby that featured 12 cautions and two red flags while ending with only ten cars on the lead lap.

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The Track Too Tough To Watch: How To Change The Boredom At California With One Simple Fix

As you've likely read plenty of places over the past 48 hours, the Auto Club Speedway is a much maligned venue - arguably the least popular of the twenty-two tracks on the Sprint Cup circuit. Interest is sparse, attendance is -- to put it politely -- “not the best,” and in general fans breathe a sigh of relief when the haulers pull out of the West Coast circuit and head for the dubious delights of Sin City. There are many miles to be run and many races to scratch off the slate (thankfully) before we return to Fontana; but like it or not, the Auto Club Speedway is going to matter much more than ever before in 2009.

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Ten Points to Ponder: 2009 Auto Club 500 at Fontana Edition

This is not how the No. 88 team hoped to start 2009. After the controversial accident with Brian Vickers and 27th place finish in the Daytona 500, Earnhardt struggled off the trailer in California and succumbed to engine failure just as the team seemed to be heading towards the front, finishing 39th. There was talk of Junior feeling the pressure to succeed following Daytona and last night he had the look of a broken driver. It’s still WAY too early in the season to count Earnhardt out and Junior Nation needs to realize that the No. 88 team is still strong. His confidence may be rattled, but you've got to think there will be some good runs ahead.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Stater Brothers 300 at Fontana

As if following up Daytona with Fontana wasn’t enough of a letdown, Kyle Busch made sure that there would be no last lap fireworks this time around. Leading over 140 of the 150 laps run Saturday night, Busch followed up his Truck win earlier in the day with a dominant performance that saw the JGR No. 18 team lay waste to the Nationwide Series field. The win was the first for the No. 18 team with Jason Ratcliffe on the pit box since his suspension at Michigan last August for tampering with a NASCAR chassis dyno. Kyle Busch also became the first driver in NASCAR history to win two national touring division races on the same day.

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In Case You Missed It: Friday, February 6, 2009

MSRP Motorsports To Field Two Nationwide Teams MSRP Motorsports, sister company of Prism Motorsports owned by Phil Parsons, has announced it will be fielding two teams in the Nationwide Series in 2009. Parsons has admitted that the teams will be mostly start and park for the beginning of the season, but …

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2008 Driver Review: Michael McDowell

*2008 Ride:* No. 00 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota *2008 Primary Sponsors:* Aaron’s Dream Machine, Brain Cancer Action Week, Microsoft Small Business, Champion Mortgage, NAPA Auto Parts *2008 Owners:* Michael Waltrip / Rob Kauffman *2008 Crew Chiefs:* Bill Pappas (Feb. - July), Peter Sospenzo (July - Nov.) *Stats:* 20 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 0 Top 10s, 1 DNQ (Kansas), 40th in points. *Best Finish:* 20th, Richmond (September). *High Point:* How about simply being alive? McDowell will forever be remembered for walking away from one of the most violent-looking crashes in NASCAR history. Just moments after qualifying was restarted following cleanup for David Gilliland’s blown engine, the rookie took to the track at Texas Motor Speedway.

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