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NASCAR Talk! / New Hard Card Garage-Access Policy
« on: February 17, 2011, 11:25:46 PM »
ēNASCAR Revises Its Garage Access Policy: Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway not only opens up the 2011 NASCAR racing season, it also opens the garage gates to some very important fans. A revision in NASCAR's garage access policy allows an adult with approved access, either via annual credential (hard card) or a single event license (SEL), to bring his or her children in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series garages on race days. The policy is in effect only during the "cold" pre-race period. Each child will be issued a special credential. There is no minimum age requirement. Some "Need to Know" parameters for this new policy:
 ... blah, blah, blah.

What I want to know is where one gets this "annual credential (hard card)".  Is it the NASCAR-issued hard card only that they're talking about?  I'm sure each track issues their own individual version of a hard card.  Will those be considered an "annual credential" that would allow garage access?  If a track-issued hard card is acceptable according to these rules, then would one issued by Talladega be useable at Charlotte???  Who, other than NASCAR (or one of the other series such as IndyCar, etc) and the tracks has the right to issue a hard card that would allow access to the garages?  I think even the media have to obtain credentials either from NASCAR or the track that allows them in the garage.

NASCAR Talk! / NASCAR Superstore Hologram Codes
« on: December 18, 2010, 09:09:50 PM » Superstore used to have a deal where you could plug in the code off the hologram stickers on licensed NASCAR merchandise.  I don't know if that program is still going, but if it is, is anybody out there collecting the codes?  I occasionally get them (legitmately) but I can't in good faith use them.  I'll be glad to donate my codes for someone else's use.

NASCAR Talk! / Best Sponsor
« on: November 23, 2010, 10:40:00 PM »
Which sponsor do you think is the best and why?  I'm not even sure of my definintion of "best".  Most money to the car?  Best marketing of their driver/team?  Contributions to the sport?  Best use of NASCAR in marketing their product/service? 

NASCAR Talk! / Freak Accident at TMS
« on: November 10, 2010, 07:42:58 PM »
Did y'all hear about the brake pad flying through the window at the end of the Cup race at Texas last weekend? 

Apparently, just after Hamlin crossed the S/F Line on the last lap of Sunday's race, a brake pad from Sam Hornish's car dislodged from the 77 and flew up and broke through the windows on the 8th floor into the Speedway Club.  Jayski reports that the brake pad hit one guy in the chest and sent pieces of the glass window flying around the Club with one piece lodging in another guy's neck.  The brake pad was still so hot when it landed on the floor that it burned a hole in the Club's carpet.  The irony that I noticed was that the Cup race was the AAA Texas 500, and it was Sam Hornish's AAA #77 from which the brake pad broke. 

Talk about another freak accident at Texas.  I also read that TMS personnel are meeting with NASCAR officials to find ways of keeping things like this from happening.  I ask you, how could anyone have anticipated a brake pad flying off a car and breaking an 8th floor window???

NASCAR Talk! / Feeling bad for Jimmie Johnson
« on: October 18, 2010, 12:52:46 AM »
I'm feeling a great deal of sympathy for Jimmie Johnson right now.  He's stuck between a rock and a hard place.

On the rock side of the equation, he's a competitor.  He wants to win.  Races.  Championships.  Records.  Whatever it is, he wants to win it.  But on the hard side of his options, he may be yet another big nail in the NASCAR coffin.  I've spent 10 months hearing from fans that if he wins a fifth championship, they're done with NASCAR.

JJ48 fans may say this is just sour grapes from fans of drivers who can't get the job done.  And if I weren't hearing exactly the same "Five and we're done" sentiment coming from Johnson fans, I would have to agree that possibly the sweetness of the fruit has turned sour.

I'm not just reading the grousing in the media.  In fact, I'm not really seeing as much of this future abandonment talk in the media as I would expect to hear from independent sources.  I'm hearing it from the grass roots fans who buy the tickets, buy Kobalt tools, and keep the sponsors shoveling over the money.  I'm hearing it grumbled under the breath of nameless persons associated with the sport.  But the disgruntlement is most loudly proclaimed by the FANS.

So what's Johnson supposed to do?  Quit winning?  Get a 5th title then sit back and just ride along Ďtil heís ready to retire?   Is the Yankees line-up filled with rookies just because theyíve got 27 World Series Championships under their belts and theyíre facing a pathetic little team that hasnít even made it to the playoffs in over a decade?  Of course not!  What value is there in another driver winning a Championship when the dominant team doesnít exert itself to compete?

But is it fair to suggest the other teams and competitors are not giving 100% of their effort?  That the 24, 88, 29, 11, 18 etc have courteously held back their competitive spirits in the face of the 48ís success?  Is it fair to those drivers and teams for us fans to pack it in when we tire of Johnsonís dominance? Absolutely not!

I donít know the solution to de-throning Jimmie Johnson.  Thatís the responsibility of greater minds than mine.  If I knew the answer, Iíd be relaxing in my new beach house right now wondering whether to winter in the Alps or the Italian Riviera instead of grumbling that I have to go to work tomorrow morning.  I do know, however, that Iím not going to let one competitorís dominance ruin my enjoyment of a sport thatís given me so much entertainment over the last seven years as NASCAR has.  In all likelihood, I will still grumble, grump and pout whenever the 48 team has success. 

All bubbles burst sooner or later.

NASCAR Talk! / Jeremy Mayfield
« on: October 07, 2010, 07:58:55 AM »
I see there's another court filing, series of affidavits, etc from Jeremy Mayfield in his lawsuit against NASCAR.  On the one hand, I admire Mayfield's unwillingness to give up when he feels he's wronged.  His battle is truly in the American spirit of the little man fighting against the Big Bad Corporation.  Ya just gotta cheer on the indomitable spirit of one-person-fighting-the-system.  On the other hand, I doubt Mayfield's efforts are going to get him anywhere.  He wants to get back into racing, but the problem is that there's not a team-owner out there who's going to touch this litigious twerp with a ten-foot-grille-cleaning-pole.  In addition to the fact that he wasn't that great of a driver in the first place, he's not really a great spokesperson for any potential sponsors unless it's some law firm who's agreed to sponsor a car team in the event that NASCAR is willing to agree to a BIG financial settlement on Mayfield.

Okay, I've put my soap box away again.  I just wish Mayfield would put his away, too.

I couldn't wait to post this but just got back from the trip to Infineon a few minutes ago.

So I get to the Bay Area on Wednesday before the Sonoma race weekend.  As I was walking through the hotel lobby on Thursday morning, I thought I saw Boris Said and texted Signspotter#19 that I'd seen him.  When I passed him again, the guy turned out to be someone who just looked like Mr Said, so I texted SS#19 that the guy just looked like Said.

Jump ahead a few days to Saturday evening.  Signholder, Signspotter#19 and I are on the hotel elevator going upstairs and some guy comes running thru the lobby asking us to hold the elevator.  Turns out to be The Real Boris Said.  SS#19, Signholder and I ride up the elevator with him from the Manager's reception in the lobby where they're serving popcorn.  Signholder comments on how good the popcorn smells, and Mr Said offers to share his with us.  As we were getting off the elevator, SS#19 comments on how much this guy looks like Boris Said.  Signholder and I bust a gut laughing when we told her it WAS Boris Said.  SS#19 started trying to figure out which way he went, then spent the rest of the time at the hotel watching for him.

Apparently, SS#19 thought the Real Boris Said was the guy I'd seen, and now it's all my fault that she missed a chance to say good luck to one of our favoites

NASCAR Talk! / IndyCar Race Tickets
« on: May 24, 2010, 11:52:52 AM »
I've got 4 tickets for the Firestone 550 IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway up for grabs if anybody wants them.  Tickets are free, parking is free--all I ask is that you pick up the tickets from me at the track on the day of the event.  Seats are frontstretch, grandstand on the turn 4 side of the S/F line.

If you're interested, do a public reply to this message then send me a PM to arrange details.


NASCAR Talk! / Show ME Somma The Money
« on: April 26, 2010, 09:55:55 PM »
I've read a handful of on-line articles in the past couple of weeks suggesting that DE Jr is a serious contender to end Johnson's championship streak. And I admit, it could happen.  But from watching where Jr's running during the races and looking at where Jr is finishing (two separate things), I'm thinking that someone out there is spreading a pile of money around to some journalists and bloggers to write these pieces of fiction.  If that's happening, let me know where to get some of this money.  I can write fantasy stories and fiction with the best of them, and I need the money! 

All you Jr fans who're gonna jump all over me for this opinion, tell me honestly that you think "consistency" is going to win a championship when apparently consistency is being called one top-5 and two top-10s in nine races.  Consistency, in my book, is the guys at the top of the leader board with five top-5s/six top-10s or three top-5s/six top-10s.  That's 66% of the season in the top 10 for #1 & #2, and 77% for #3.  Jr's 22% just doesn't measure up sufficiently for me to argue he's a real contender for this year's Cup.

But channel some of the cash that's paying for those articles my way, and I'm sure it will buy several articles' worth of Jr optimism, even from my fingers.

NASCAR Talk! / Texas Race Tickets
« on: April 06, 2010, 03:24:57 PM »
I've got one pair of tickets for the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway up for grabs.  The race is on Sunday, April 18th, green flag at 2 pm. Tickets are grandstand, frontstretch on the Turn 1 side of the S/F line.

If you're interested, post your reply in this topic thread first then send me a personl message.  Even if you're interested but it looks like the tickets have been taken, go ahead and post just in case something doesn't work out with the first poster.  One of the greatest tragedies I've ever experienced was cleaning off my desk on the Monday after a Sunday Cup race and throwing away tickets because the person who'd asked for them wasn't able to get here.

These are the conditions:
- Tickets are free but you must pick them up from me at the track on race weekend; I won't mail or deliver them.  I'll do everything in my power to make you secure in believing that I'm not trying to dupe anybody or waste your time by making you drive to the track only to find there are unexpcted strings attached
- Offer includes only grandstand/frontstretch tickets -- no VIP upgrade, no suite access, no Pit Passes, no hot or cold garage passes, no VIP Parking, no lodging, no transportation, no free concessions or souvenirs, etc.   For any of those, you're on your own.
- Please respect me and my job--don't eBay, scalp or otherwise sell the tickets.

If you have any questions, send me a personal message.

NASCAR Talk! / Just a pretty pic
« on: April 02, 2010, 09:42:36 PM »
Texas Motor Speedway at sunset

Off-Topic Lounge / IndyCar at Sao Paulo
« on: March 15, 2010, 10:08:12 PM »
Congrats to Will Power for his win in the first IndyCar race of the season at Sao Paulo, Brazil.  I'm thrilled to see Ryan Hunter-Reay and Vitor Meira finish 2nd and 3rd as well.  One of these days Meira is gonna get his first "W". 

The great Danica Patrick, back in her IndyCar comfort zone, finished 15th in a 23-car field and was the first car not on the lead lap. 

Seriously folks, I think I could argue that Michael Waltrip has a better record in his NASCAR career than Danica Patrick has in her IndyCar career.  I know it's an apples-oranges comparison, but I think I could make a case.

Off-Topic Lounge / ARCA comes to Texas Motor Speedway
« on: March 09, 2010, 03:21:22 PM »
Cars on the track!  That is THE most awesome sound, and it puts a smile of my face every time I hear cars on the track.

ARCA is testing at TMS in preparation for their April 16 race date, the first time (to my knowledge) that ARCA has raced here.  I haven't had a chance yet to go up to the track and see the cars, but they sound great from my office!  If I get a chance, I'll see if I can get a couple of pics to post here later.

Off-Topic Lounge / In Defense Of....
« on: March 08, 2010, 10:34:18 PM »

...Bloody Marys:  for me, one is not enough and two is too manyÖeven the virgin ones Iím working on tonight.
ÖCarl Edwards:  we all (or at least many/most) knew he had it in him. 
...Brad Keselowski:  we all (or at least many/most) knew he had it coming to him.
...Quack:  thatís a toughie

Quack's fully capable of defending himself, so he doesn't really need me to make any of these comments.  But that rarely stops me, and it won't this time either.

Quack's invested a WHOLE bunch of time in this site that we all enjoy.  Along with Scott, Quack co-created and co-manages this forum.  In this capacity, he HAS run off a whole bunch of people--lots and lots of people who, some time back, created problems and weren't welcome here.  In addition, he contributes his honest opinions to our discussions, and for all who do that, I thank you.  It makes things a lot more interesting.

Iím not willing to go out on a limb with many real opinions on NASCAR topics.  Sure, Iíll make observations now and again, but thatís all they are and they rarely contain much of my real opinion.  Any who know me understand that thereís a fine line Iíd prefer not to cross.  Thatís part personality and part ďotherĒ.  But I do respect that openness in others.

I appreciate that, among others here, Quack is willing to go out on that limb and say what he thinks.  I also appreciate all that Quack's done to get up-and-running and to keep it going.  That is not to say that I always agree with him on topics of NASCAR.  Which I rarely do.  Okay, very infrequently.  Well, maybe never.  He's bombastic, opinionated, and in person, monstrously condescending.  He's like a broken record with his favorite driver.  Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.  But if nothing else, heís honest.  (In reality, heís a pretty doggone cool guy whoís got a heart of gold, a sense of humor, great taste in music, and has saved my computer from more than one disaster.)

So, for any whom he may have chased off, give the guy the benefit of the doubt.  In the big picture, his aim has ALWAYS been to build this forum, not undermine it.  And heís nothing if not honest in expressing his opinions about NASCAR, racing, and motorsports generally.  Thatís something every single one of us is welcome and encouraged to be.  And I hope we will continue to be so.  In the spirit our discussions are intended:  fun and camaraderie.

By the way, Quack, youíre full of crap about the Chase.

NASCAR Talk! / I Wouldn't Want To Be...
« on: March 08, 2010, 03:44:49 PM »
Fill in the blank...

"After the Atlanta race and the 4th race of the season, I wouldn't want to be __________________."

My answer is:  Tony Stewart's dog.

NASCAR Talk! / DE Jr & Danica Got A Thing Goin'
« on: February 24, 2010, 10:28:21 PM »
...and it ain't got nothin' to do with racin'.

Rumor has it that Dale Jr and Danica Patrick have been comparing a LOT of notes.  After hours.  And not about racing.  If you know what I mean....

Okay, that isn't true and I just made it up.  But the thought occurred to me this afternoon that it's only a matter of time before that rumor starts going around (if it isn't already) about the two having a extra-racing relationship.  And don't even go to "she's married" unless you've never heard of Ray Evernham and Erin Crocker.

Anyway, I'm not trying to dis Jr or Danica....  My comments stem from cynicism about what the rumor mill grinds out.

NASCAR Talk! / Danica wants $8m for 8 races
« on: October 09, 2009, 02:18:59 PM »
Just read on that Danica Patrick is asking for $8 million to run eight Nationwide races next year.  That is one of the better laughs I've had in a long time.  In something like five years of IndyCar competition, she's won ONE race (I think it's only one, still), and she thinks she's worth a million bucks a race in the Nationwide Series?  Has she lost her mind?  That's more than the base pay for a lot of Cup drivers for a full season!  Last thing we need in NASCAR is Danica Patrick.

NASCAR Talk! / ISC 3rd Quarter, MA
« on: October 08, 2009, 05:00:50 PM »
Just read on Jayski that ISC's 3rd Quarter is showing an 89% decrease--probably over last year.  Okay, I know that the economy is bad and that all of the tracks were hit really hard like every other sector, but holy cow!  89%!?!  That's outlandish!  I'm sure their 1st and 2nd quarters weren't much better but I don't recall reading anything about that.  I haven't read anywhere that the independent tracks or SMI's are down anything like that 89% for any quarter.  I'd love to know what's going on behind those numbers, if they have any explanation for it other than "it's the economy, stupid".  Anybody wanna go in halfsies on a race track?  Maybe we could pick up California or Homestead for cheap.

Also read on Jayski that Motorsports Authentics isn't doing too well.  The "B" word is being used in conjunction with them (bankruptcy).  And since ISC is part owner of MA, I wonder if there's a correlation between ISC's 3rd quarter numbers and MA's problems. 

NASCAR Talk! / Atlanta Report
« on: September 09, 2009, 12:44:46 PM »
I was there!!!  I finally got to attend my first NASCAR race as a spectator!!!  And it was awesome.  I could really get to like going to races.

Signholder, Signspotter#19 and I had seats at the exit of turn 4, right above the entrance to pit road.  My thanks to Shell/Pennzoil for these.  Lots of action down at that end of the track so that was great.  I think Atlanta has hit on something great with this Labor Day weekend night race.  The crowd looked good--there weren't more than just a couple open seats where we were sitting.

I cheered like a woman possessed when Biffle got the free pass.  And I cheered like a crazy woman when Harvick took the lead.  And I cheered every time Kenseth moved up a position.  And Biffle (which wasn't very often 'til the end of the race).  I cheered for Stewart's free pass.  I cheered for a couple things I probably shouldn't have cheered for and which I won't mention here.

One of the funniest sights was a guy sitting a couple rows in front of us.  Every single time Jr went past, this guy would stand up, take his hat off and hold it out for Jr to see.   Then when Jr was gone, the guy would put his hat on and sit back down only to stand up 30 seconds later, take his hat off and hold it out.  Every single lap.  Three-hundred-and-twenty-five times!

Someone asked me after the race if the racing was exciting.  I couldn't answer the question.  I have no idea if it was exciting or boring, but I was so thrilled to be a spectator...that for me, every single lap was exciting, even the pace laps.

NASCAR Talk! / Back to Charlotte Motor Speedway
« on: August 06, 2009, 07:35:04 PM »
Confirmed on today that Lowe's is not returning as sponsor for the track at Charlotte.  Wish I owned a sign-manufacturing company in Charlotte.

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