by Charlie Turner
Thanks for stopping by OnPitRow.com and the Bench Racing with Steve and Charlie blog. The best NASCAR and IndyCar news and opinion, exclusive pictures and video. I'm Charlie Turner. Follow me on Twitter @onpitrowFebruary 25, 2014 9:34 pm UTC No Comments
Today we began a new phase of the On Pit Row NASCAR saga. I stated at the beginning of our first live NASCAR Hangout today that this was the 14th year of On Pit Row. I was corrected by Steve-O, who told me that this is year 16 of our weekly NASCAR nosh.
We talked about the 2014 Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Danica, Richard Petty, Davey Allison and Jeff Gordon’s chances to retire.
Watch the replay below. Tell us what you think, what you want to know, who you want to see and how much you want to join us on the show. Anything is possible. apparently. I mean we’ve been doing this for 15 years after all…
by Charlie Turner
Thanks for stopping by OnPitRow.com and the Bench Racing with Steve and Charlie blog. The best NASCAR and IndyCar news and opinion, exclusive pictures and video. I'm Charlie Turner. Follow me on Twitter @onpitrowFebruary 20, 2014 6:43 pm UTC 2 Comments
I don’t know. It may end up that Danica goes winless, forever. She wouldn’t be the first driver to get blanked in NASCAR’s big series. But I think that she has a chance – maybe just a puncher’s chance – to leave Daytona some day with a win. Or more.
Restrictor plates make anything possible. The end of the Daytona 500 is like one of those electric, card shuffling machines. put the car(d)s in, push the shuffle switch, and who knows what gets dealt.
Then there’s The Kingdom of France. The Magic Kingdom, where dreams, or at least those of NASCAR itself, often magically come to reality.
A DEI car wins the race immediately after the tragic Daytona death of Dale Earnhardt Sr.
The driver who replaced Sr, in the #3/#29, wins the next race after that.
Dale Earnhardt Jr wins in the return to Daytona, a few months later.
The new #3 wins the pole at its first race back from semi-retirement, in 2014.
Would it be so surprising, really, if NASCAR’s first Sprint Cup win by a woman, happened at Daytona? Would you be shocked?
Not me. Maybe King Richard would.
I hope I’m wrong, and probably I am. That is nothing new. I should check the Vegas odds. There must be a prop bet and those guys in in the dessert know their stuff.
Right now Danica’s over/under is 17.5. That does not include the France Family vig.
Photo credit: Bethanne Heisler – OnPitRow.com
by Bob Ellis, Special To NASCAR commentary and driver pictures, 2012 NASCAR schedule, video, Bench Racing With Steve and Charlie
Hey There, I'm Bob (aka 4ever3) Ellis and I used to run my own NASCAR Blog (NASCAR Ranting & Raving) but now I'm happy to be at my new home, OnPitRow.com with Charlie and Steve! Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @4ever3 and I'm also on FB as Bob Foreverthree! In case you haven't caught on yet I was, and continue to be, a huge Dale Earnhardt fan!February 18, 2014 10:35 pm UTC 5 Comments
Given my blogging pseudonym, 4ever3, it’s kind of fitting that RCR’s #3 car returned to NASCAR’s premier racing series (and is on the Pole for the Daytona 500 no less) the same week I re-entered the blogging world of NASCAR.
In 2006 I created the NASCAR Ranting and Raving Blog which went on to become a fairly successful mainstay in the NASCAR Blogosphere until the end of the 2012 racing season. NASCAR Ranting and Raving was a jumping off point for several writers, including myself, who went on to bigger & better things. Several of them are currently working as PR people for race tracks or NASCAR teams, I got at job as a weekly columnist for a Canadian Newspaper (circulation 200,000) for 2 years, and one of us went on to become a NASCAR television host on SPEED (now FOX1). I’m proud of the accomplishments my Blog achieved, and of the people who wrote for it, just as much as I’m proud to be here at my new home, OnPitRow.
I’d like to thank Charlie & Steve for giving me a home here at OnPitRow. When I decided that I wanted to get back to writing about NASCAR I approached Charlie & Steve about perhaps teaming up with them instead of going out on my own again and I am pleased that they were receptive to my idea. I am so looking forward to hanging out here at OnPitRow on a weekly basis.
Just as most fans are ready to see the #3 back on the track on a regular basis in Sprint Cup, I’m ready to get back to writing. Writing without the headaches of running a blog, without the issues of managing a continual turn over of writers – hey it was a blog, not The Sporting News – and writing with a renewed passion and enthusiasm about one of the greatest sports in the world, NASCAR!
Time for me to get back writing again. The last time I wrote something of significance about NASCAR was September 2012.
Time to see the #3 back on the track. The last time the #3 sat on the Pole for the Daytona 500 was in 1996.
Time for a new generation of drivers and fans to experience the sight of the fiercely slanted RCR #3 on the track again. Joey Logano was 10 years old in 2001.
Time for NASCAR and fans to move on and put the Legend of Dale Earnhardt and the #3 into perspective. Dustin Long posted on his Facebook page, “Did you know only 10 of the 49 drivers entered in this year’s Daytona 500 were in the 2001 Daytona 500 – Dale Earnhardt’s last race. Only 3 of those drivers who remain in the series finished in the top 20 that day — Michael Waltrip, who won, Dale Jr, who was 2nd and Joe Nemecheck, who was 11th.“
Coincidentally enough I’m posting this on the anniversary of Earnhardt’s death. It was thirteen years ago today that we lost Dale Earnhardt and as much as we must remember The Intimidator, and what he brought to NASCAR, we must move on.
I for one am looking forward to the 2014 racing season with a renewed enthusiasm and will watch that #3 car on the track with an anamnesis of the past and an anticipation for the future – just like what I’ll be doing with my writing at OnPitRow.
So make sure to stop by and hang out with me every week and we’ll ‘move on’ into the 2014 racing season together.
by Charlie Turner
Thanks for stopping by OnPitRow.com and the Bench Racing with Steve and Charlie blog. The best NASCAR and IndyCar news and opinion, exclusive pictures and video. I'm Charlie Turner. Follow me on Twitter @onpitrowOctober 12, 2013 9:10 am UTC 1 Comment
Are we now down to two, or is there still time for a late Sprint Cup Chase run for someone? Darrell Waltrip told us it always WAS, just a two man show - Jimmie Johnson vs Matt Kenseth. We think it is now too. How about you though? What do yo think!
by Charlie Turner
We love road course racing. In fact, Charlie thinks that the NASCAR Nationwide Series should be PRIMARILY a road racer’s series, ala international Touring Car Series. But we digress. NASCAR said no – or at least not yet to Road America in Cup. Here’s what we think. What about you?
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by Charlie Turner
Steve thought the third Race in the Sprint Cup Chase sucked. Charlie blamed the suckiness on the TV coverage. Michael Annett says the racing there is exciting as hell for the drivers. What did you think?
Photo credit: Glenn Bure – OnPitRow.com