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NASCAR Talk! / I just gotta say...
« on: November 25, 2014, 01:09:31 AM »
"The Chase" is possibly the worst thing that has ever happened to any sport. Little Brian changed things up in order to keep anyone from catching or surpassing The King or The Intimidator. After a few years he realized that he really screwed the pooch by making "The Chase" really about "Chasing JJ". JJ got to 5 and Little Brian was like "WTF?!?!?!?! WHAT DO WE DO NOW?!?!?!?!?!"

"We make changes, that's what we do!"

Well, that kept JJ off balance for a couple of years, but then .... BOOM!  #6

"WTF?!?!?!?!?!  WHAT DO WE DO NOW?!?!?!?!?!??!?!"

"Oh yeah! We make changes!"

So 2014 saw the most bullshit, contrived "championship" ever. Don't get me wrong, Harvick had an absolutely phenomenal season. But let's be honest. Kevin Harvick's real championship came in 2010, to the tune of 5,274 points to JJ's 4,989.

Here are the facts:

YearReal ChampionPoints Margin# of Championships?Fake Champion
2004Jeff Gordon
Kurt Busch
2005Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart
2006Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson
2007Jeff Gordon
Jimmie Johnson
2008Carl Edwards
Jimmie Johnson
2009Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson
2010Kevin Harvick
Jimmie Johnson
2011Carl Edwards
Tony Stewart
2012Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski
2013Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson
2014Jeff Gordon
Kevin Harvick

So then, here is the legitimate Top 10 NASCAR Cup Champions of All-Time (ties are sorted alphabetical, by first name):
  • #1 (Tie) - Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty* (7)
  • #4 (Tie) - Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Jimmie Johnson, Lee Petty (3)
  • #8 (Tie) - Buck Baker, Carl Edwards, Herb Thomas, Joe Weatherly, Ned Jarrett, Terry Labonte, Tim Flock, Tony Stewart (2)

* Only 4 of Richard Petty's championships came in the Modern Era (1972-present).

It is flat out depressing as hell what Little Brian has done to racing. As if NASCAR didn't already have a bad enough rap, he's single-handedly turned it into an absolute laughing stock.

"Little" Brian France: THE reason I no longer watch NASCAR. It pains me greatly that he's stolen so much joy from so many people. His daddy must be awfully proud. NOT!

Off-Topic Lounge / Change your password
« on: October 09, 2014, 09:51:17 AM »
So, it seems that hackers got into the site and posted some nasty stuff (hidden from the main forums). While it doesn't seem they got into the username / password stuff, there's no way to be certain. As such, it is recommended that you change your password.

The nasty stuff was removed and the forums were upgraded, which allegedly addresses the security issue that allowed them access.

:: fingers crossed ::

NASCAR Talk! / Question about qualifying
« on: May 30, 2014, 06:02:15 PM »
My apologies if I've missed the answer to this in my blissful ignoring of Little France's destruction of a great sport, but can someone please explain to me how the *points leader* is positioned after someone sitting 14th in points when they tied in their qualifying time?!

7 JEFF GORDON 22.077

February 25, 2014
Daytona, USA - The annual Daytona 500 Champions Breakfast on Monday was one for the history books. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., eleven time winner of NASCAR's Most Popular Driver award, was toasted for his second career Daytona 500 victory. Earnhardt, Jr also won the "Super Bowl of NASCAR" ten years prior, six years to the day after his father took home his lone Harley J. Earl Trophy on February 16, 1998.

"This is better than the first one!" exclaimed Earnhardt, Jr., visibly moved after claiming the checkered flag on Sunday. "This is the greatest feeling in the world for a race car driver, other than holding the Sprint Cup Trophy at the end of the year."

On Monday, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France - well known for his cutting edge maneuvering and in-flux rules changes (in 2013 he inexplicably added a 13th driver, Jeff Gordon, to The Chase for the Sprint Cup as the result of a cheating scandal by Michael Waltrip Racing at the regular season ending Richmond race) made a surprise announcement during the Champion's Breakfast.

"Yesterday, we fought the rain all day long. The track officials, the safety crews, our race officials, the drivers, crew chiefs, the crewmen, the fans that braved the weather and came out to the track, everyone. Six plus hours of grueling filling of time. We even had numerous news outlets like Fox Sports and ESPN name Jimmie Johnson as the 2014 Daytona 500 Champ after a replay of last year's race during the rain delay. But at the end of a long night, the racing gods were victorious, and the true 2014 Daytona 500 Champion, now a two-time winner, is our very own Dale Earnhardt, Jr.!" France said.

"This is a historic moment in our sport," he continued, "a moment for all of Junior Nation and NASCAR Nation at large to stand and be proud of. There is no more fitting way to begin - and end - our season than to have Dale Earnhardt, Jr. winning the Daytona 500! I know his daddy is smiling proudly! That is why today we are announcing a new twist in the rules for 2014," France said with his patented wry smile.

"Late last night, the NASCAR world became almost perfect. Today, we declare perfection! For the first time in NASCAR history, the winner of NASCAR's Super Bowl, the Daytona 500, is in fact the Champion! Congratulations, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., your 2014 Daytona 500 and Sprint Cup Champion!" boomed France.

And with that, a shocked Dale Earnhardt, Jr., the newly crowned 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion took the podium and officially accepted his second Harley J Earl Trophy and his first Sprint Cup Trophy. "Man, when I said 'This is better than the first', I had no idea! I don't even know what to say. Daddy, I hope you're proud of me!" said Earnhardt to thunderous applause.

Asked by reporters after the ceremony what that meant for the rest of the season, France quipped, "It's all down hill from here! We'll take the show to cities and towns all across this great land and parade our 2014 Sprint Cup Champion for all to see! In November, we'll award our new Silver Medallion Award for the second place finisher after Homestead. This is the most exciting season in our history!"

Off-Topic Lounge / It's Been a Wild Ride ......
« on: March 14, 2013, 01:32:16 AM »
It's been a crazy 6 years. Roughly 2500 members; nearly 100,000 posts. Lots of laughs. More than enough tears. Through it all, it was still about the Nascardiacs. :-)

Unfortunately, neither Scott nor I have the time to invest any longer, and so, with yet another renewal approaching, we've decided to pull the plug and let rest in peace (seems appropriate after losing a few of our founding members). Come March 27, 2013, will enter into the Interwebs Pearly Gates. It's a bittersweet pill to swallow, but it is what it is. :-(

Thanks for the ride, Nascardiacs. You guys have never ceased to amaze us. And MASSIVE thanks to Signholder and Signspotter for helping us with an epic rocket launch at Texas Motor Speedway, on SPEED Channel, in April 2007.

Quack & Scott

(P.S. Should someone wish to take over hosting and management, Scott and I would be happy to oblige. We hate to see it come to an end; we just simply do not have the time any more. Feel free to PM me if you are interested.)

Off-Topic Lounge / Registration Temporarily Disabled
« on: June 11, 2011, 09:18:11 PM »
After today's massive bombardment of spam, I have temporarily disabled registration.  If you have a friend or family member that you want to have registered, send a PM to me with all of their information.  For now, no one is allowed in without a referral from an existing *trustworthy member.

*If you are known around here, you're trustworthy.  That comment is not directed toward you.

There is only one solution that I can think of where NASCAR could (maybe) put an end to the practice of one driver intentionally wrecking another.  A new rule:

"Every driver in NASCAR must compete in a car that he or she owns as a true independent, and no affiliations are permitted between any two teams."

That is, the 43-car field is comprised of 43 independent teams where the driver is *the* owner, each having no affiliation of any kind with another.  No chassis support.  No engineering support.  No engine support.  No shared sponsorships.  Nothing.  Nada.  In other words, the only way to keep drivers from intentionally wrecking other drivers is if it costs them in a big way where it hurts the most - the wallet.

Sure NASCAR could dole out fines, but history proves that those are meaningless.  But if the drivers had to pay for their cars in order to make a living, they might not wreck someone else, since they know that it'll come back to them in due time.

NASCAR Talk! / It's Way Past Time
« on: February 28, 2010, 07:13:47 PM »
Another race-winning car.  Another horrific call by Steve Letarte to give the race away.

1. You utterly dominate the race.
2. You're still in the lead, and no one can do anything with you.

What do you do?

"Two tires.  Let's take two."

WTF????????  Unbelievable.  I don't even have the words.

It's way past time for a crew chief change on the #24.  Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy past.

NASCAR Talk! / How Much Longer???
« on: August 09, 2009, 05:18:41 PM »
Wow.  I just took a glance at the Busch Series points and an alarming stat jumped out at me.

In 22 races so far this season, only 15 drivers have been in each one.  A sixteenth driver has been in all but one.  After that, no other driver has been in more than 18 races.  Here's how the numbers break down.

Races Entered
Number of Drivers

So in a field of 43 cars, only 32 drivers have entered half or more of the events.  Only *half*!!  WTF??

This made me curious, so I went and checked the Truck Series stats.  Sadly, it looks very similar.  In 14 races, only 17 drivers have entered all of them.

Races Entered
Number of Drivers

So in a field of 36, only 33 drivers have entered half or more of the races.

Compare this to the Cup Series, where 33 drivers have entered ALL of the races, and 40 drivers have entered half or more.

My question to all you wonderful NASCARdiacs out there is: How much longer can the Busch and Truck Series survive with such dismal numbers???

Off-Topic Lounge / Go Brandon Ash!!!!
« on: June 20, 2009, 06:52:06 PM »

Okay folks, I have been quietly working on something for a couple of weeks now, and I was not going to say anything about it yet, but seeing the race lineup for Sunday's Cup race at Sears Point has changed my mind, completely.  So, here goes...

One of the things that I have learned over my years in business is that you can never "put all of your eggs in one basket".  Holding fast to this rule is an absolute must for long-term financial health and wealth - especially in an economy like we have right now!  Knowing this, I have looked at countless direct sales opportunities, but have only been involved with three of them.  Why so few?  Because they were not viable opportunities.  Anyways, a friend recently asked me to evaluate a new company with him, so I did.

When considering any business or investment opportunity, there are really only two things that matter:

1) Is it ethical and legal?
2) Is the ROI (Return On Investment) high enough that it warrants the investment in the first place?

It did not take us long at all to realize that the answer to each question was a resounding ‘Yes!’, so we made the decision to get involved and see if we could, in fact, prove our ROI calculations.

When it comes to a business investment, the odds are typically stacked against the business owner.  Statistics show that over 50% of businesses fail within the first 12 months.  Over 95% fail within 5 years.  Even those that succeed typically don't see a profit until their 5th year.

Well, when we studied this particular opportunity, we believed that we could break even somewhere around the 6 month mark, and start turning a profit in 7-8 months.  This thing has blown our minds, however.  In less than 60 days we have already broken even, and will be into profit within 90 days.  Stunning results, to say the least!

So what the hell does that have to do with Brandon Ash racing at Infineon?  EVERYTHING!  ;D

You see, the business is the Efusjon Energy Club, which is the primary sponsor for Brandon's car this weekend!  Folks, these people are serious about business!  The company was formed in September last year, and did not launch until January (2009).  The company is growing by leaps and bounds, but is still so young and so new that the ROI is next to impossible to beat, and we are proving it!!

Anyways, based upon my own studies and what we are proving out, I would highly recommend to anyone that they clear their mind and take a serious look at this opportunity.  You can get a quick ten minute overview by watching this video.  After you've done that, if you want more information, shoot me a PM and I will be more than happy to discuss it with you.

We are building an awesome team here of people helping other people, and it is working!!  If you would like to add your talents and strengths to the team, we would certainly love to have you on board.  After all, teamwork is all about taking advantage of each teammate's strengths while minimizing each one's weaknesses.  In other words, together, we are all stronger!

All I can say is: GO EFUSJON!  GO BRANDON ASH!  YEAH BABY!!!!!  :) :) :) :) :)

Off-Topic Lounge / Post Your Kitty Pics
« on: May 17, 2009, 06:19:49 PM »

NASCAR Talk! / David Poole: 1959-2009
« on: April 28, 2009, 04:59:29 PM »
One of the very few good writers in motorsports today, David Poole (Charlotte Observer) died today of a heart attack. source >>

RIP Mr. Poole

NASCAR Talk! / The Difference Between a Champion and a Loser
« on: November 17, 2008, 02:42:17 AM »
In the first 22 races of 2008, Kyle Busch won 8 times.  In the final 16 races?  Zero.  Zilch.  Nada.  Shrub had a 242 point lead over then second place Carl Edwards, and 244 over then third place Jimmie Johnson.  In the final standings - the real standings - Busch was in 3rd, a distant 252 points behind the 2008 Real Cup Champion, Carl Edwards.

Building a 242 point lead in the first 22 races of the year?  Pointless.
Losing 494 points over the final 16 races of the year when it's time to collect the big check?  Loser.

Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson, with six wins apiece down the stretch, won 12 of the final 17 races of 2008.  Edwards outscored Shrub by 494 points.  Johnson, 478.

Winning when it counts?  Champion.

NASCAR Talk! / 3 for 5 = 60%
« on: November 17, 2008, 12:18:38 AM »
For the third time in just five seasons of "The Chase", the record books will list the wrong champion.

YearCup Champion"The Chase" Champion
2004Jeff Gordon (by 47 points over Jimmie Johnson)Kurt Busch (by 8 points over Jimmie Johnson)
2005Tony Stewart (by 215 points over Greg Biffle)Tony Stewart (by 35 points over Greg Biffle)
2006Jimmie Johnson (by 4 points over Matt Kenseth)Jimmie Johnson (by 56 points over Matt Kenseth)
2007Jeff Gordon (by 353 points over Jimmie Johnson)Jimmie Johnson (by 77 points over Jeff Gordon)
2008Carl Edwards (by 16 points over Jimmie Johnson)Jimmie Johnson (by 69 points over Carl Edwards)

Hey, Brian, everyone knows that you created "The Chase" to keep Jeff Gordon's name from being listed in the record books as a 7-Time Champion, but you'd better hurry and rethink things.  You've only got four years left before it's Jimmie Johnson that's listed as a 7-Time Champion, even though he's really only won 1 championship.

Congratulations to Carl Edwards for his first Cup Championship!

NASCAR Talk! / Atlanta - October 26, 2008
« on: October 26, 2008, 03:02:27 PM »
Let's go racing!

Off-Topic Lounge / Life on Mars
« on: October 24, 2008, 01:17:52 PM »
Has anyone else been watching this new show?  If yes, are you hooked?

I rarely watch TV - other than racing, but a friend of mine was telling me about the show last night, and so I went back and watched the first two episodes (not realizing that the 3rd was aired last night).  I gotta say, I'm hooked.  Shocking.

Anyways, was just wondering if anyone else was diggin' it.  ;)

Off-Topic Lounge / Trolls
« on: October 06, 2008, 09:25:20 PM »
Folks, seriously, have we not learned our lesson?  Don't respond to the trolls.

(Note the period at the end of the sentence above.  There are no exceptions to the rule.  Don't respond.)

Off-Topic Lounge / The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act
« on: October 01, 2008, 11:23:44 PM »
I do not post forwards, nor do I make political posts.  With this post, however, I am making an exception, because, well, quite frankly, I am mad as hell, and I believe that we as citizens of the United States of America can actually do something this time.  I strongly urge you to consider its merit, and if you agree with what I have to say, please be sure to send an email to your friends and family encouraging them to do the same thing.  Also, please do not forget to contact both of your Senators and your Representative(s) in the House.

I was greatly encouraged on Monday (9/29/08) when the House of Representatives for the first time in a very long time actually represented the very people they were sent to Washington to represent, and defeated the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act.  I pray that it continues to be met with defeat.

The American populace as a whole in an overwhelming majority - 65% vs. 35% - are against any bailout of Wall Street, in every poll that I have researched.  As a matter of fact, not only are Americans as a whole overwhelmingly against it, but the only people that I can find that are *for* it are those with direct ties to banking.  Folks, the USD (U.S. Dollar) is already very weak.  If Congress rips us off by flooding the market with another $700 Billion to $1 Trillion (or more), it will crush the USD.  On the other hand, if we allow the market to take care of itself, and we go back to a cash-first economy, the USD will be drastically strengthened.

What it boils down to is this: we either have a short-term gain that is deceptive in nature and a long-term catastrophe (if the bill is passed), or we have a short-term tough row to hoe in exchange for long-term stability (if the bill fails).  I am voting for the long-term!

So what can you do about it?

1) Contact your State's Senators.

2) Contact your Congressman in the House of Representatives.  Near the top left of the page, you'll see "Find Your Representative by ZIP".  Enter your Zip Code into the box, and you'll be taken to your Representative's page.  Alternately, if you know your Representative's name, you can go to their website by selecting their name in the "Representatives' Web sites" drop-down list at the top-center of the page.

3) Visit and sign the petition.

4) VOTE!  Make sure that your Senators and Representatives know that if they do not support you, you will not be supporting them with your vote!

It doesn't matter if you're Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian, Nazi, Communist, Green, or have any other party affiliation.  It is time that Americans as a whole be heard and be represented in Washington, and not just the banking elite!

A good friend of mine is a pollster, and over the last 25 years has worked for major campaigns from various parties in both national and local elections.  In 1992, he was hired by Ross Perot's campaign to handle their polling.  In a private poll conducted *after* the election in November 1992, sixty-three percent (63%) of those who voted for someone other than Ross Perot stated that had they believed Perot had a legitimate shot at winning the election, they would have voted for him.  Sixty-three percent.  However, since they believed that only someone on either a Democratic Party or Republican Party ticket could get elected, they opted to cast their vote for one of those two parties.

So what is the importance of this 63%?  Let's break down the election results from the 1992 election (source).

Total ballots cast:    104,423,923
Number of ballots cast for someone other than Ross Perot:    84,680,102
Number of ballots cast for Ross Perot:  19,743,821
Percentage of ballots cast for someone other than Ross Perot:  81.90%
Percentage of ballots cast for Ross Perot:  18.91%

So what would have happened had people voted with their gut rather than their belief that only a Democrat or a Republican could win??

63% of ballots cast for someone other than Ross Perot:    53,348,464
Number of ballots cast for Ross Perot + the 63% of those who wanted to vote for Perot:  19,743,821 + 53,348,464 = 73,092,285
Percentage of ballots cast for Perot had the 63% voted with their gut:  70%


I hate to admit it, but I am one of those 63%.  In my gut, I believed that Ross Perot would be much better for our economy back in 1992, but I resigned myself to the belief that only a Democrat or a Republican could win, so I didn't cast my vote for Perot.

"Who cares?" you say, "This is 2008, not 1992."

And you are correct.  Here we stand in 2008, with an economy in ruins, and a foreign policy that is a complete disaster.  During the primary season, in my gut I felt like the only candidate that was honest and open and was making good, sound fiscal and foreign policy decisions was Ron Paul.  However, when it became clear he had no shot at his party's nomination, and he subsequently decided not to run on another ticket, I resigned myself to voting either Democrat or Republican in November, because, as we all "know", only someone from those parties can win, right?

That's certainly what the news media wants you to believe.

Last night, as I sat at my desk working - my mind wandering about this Wall Street bailout plan, I remembered that story from 1992, and I realized that I was on the verge of making the very same mistake again!  If we do not learn from our mistakes, we are destined to repeat our failures!

If you support the bailout plan, then by all means vote Democrat or Republican.  After all, both parties' nominee fully support the bailout plan.  If, however, you are opposed to this bailout, why would you vote for someone who clearly does not have the general American interest in mind?

Let's look at Barack Obama's banking ties.

In just 4 years as a Senator - nearly 3 of which has been spent campaigning for President, Obama somehow made it to #2 on the list of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac campaign contributions (source).  The #1 recipient?  Senator Chris Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, and a supporter of Obama (source).  The same Chris Dodd that has direct ties to Countrywide (source).  Oh, and Obama's National Campaign-Finance Chairwoman?  She was in charge of failed subprime lender Superior Bank, and also sat on the board of its holding company (source).

What about John McCain's ties to banking/Wall Street?

McCain's National Campaign General Co-Chair, Phil Gramm, was being paid by a Swiss bank as a lobbyist while simultaneously advising McCain on his economic policy (source).  Another of McCain's chief economic advisors?  Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard, who walked away with a $21 million severance package after being fired (source).

The list of banking/Wall Street ties for both candidates goes on and on and on and on.  And make no mistake about it, both candidates are 100% FOR a Wall Street bailout, in spite of the fact that they both know full well that the American public is overwhelmingly against it, and that it will destroy the long-term health of the US economy.

As I sat pondering all of this, it suddenly hit me: Why on earth would I cast my vote for one of these two characters, knowing full well that they are both just corrupt politicians catering to big banking/business dollars?  Am I really going to allow myself to repeat the same mistake of 16 years ago?  At that point, I suddenly realized that I cannot and must not give in.  So I decided to write this email today, in an effort to get people to understand that someone other than a Democrat or a Republican *can* be elected, if people will just get mad as hell, vote with their gut, and not listen to the media pundits!

So what other option do we have?  Bob Barr, former Member of the House of Representatives from Georgia, current Libertarian Nominee for President of the United States.

Where does Bob Barr stand on the bailout?

Where does Bob Barr stand on spreading war throughout the world and ignoring our issues here at home?

Where does Bob Barr stand on personal privacy and liberties?

Where does Bob Barr stand on health care?

For more information on where Bob Barr stands on the issues, visit the following sites:
Bob Barr on YouTube

My friends, it is high time that we have fiscal responsibility again in the United States of America.  Clearly, as evidenced by their public record, neither Democrat Barack Obama nor Republican John McCain are going to provide it.  They're both going to continue the same "politics as usual" - which is to cater to the banks and businesses of Wall Street who pour millions of dollars into their campaigns and personal wealth coffers.  We do indeed need change in America, and unfortunately neither of these two candidates is capable of delivering.

According to most national polls that actually include candidates other than Obama and McCain, Bob Barr currently garners anywhere from 3-11% of the vote.  If people will band together and get mad, and say "NO!" to politics as usual, and the assassination of our economy put on by both the Democrats and the Republicans, 2008 can truly be the year of change.

It is time to get mad as hell!!

Let's not be doomed to repeat the history of the last 16 years.  Don't be part of 2008's 63%.

Off-Topic Lounge / 30 Seconds of a Man's Thoughts
« on: September 25, 2008, 04:52:36 AM »

Off-Topic Lounge / Cactus Cuties
« on: July 09, 2008, 02:35:02 AM »
Here are a couple of videos from the Cactus Cuties.

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