by Clance' McClannahan, Special To NASCAR commentary and driver pictures, 2012 NASCAR schedule, video, Bench Racing With Steve and CharlieJuly 30, 2010 10:21 pm UTC 2 Comments
Hiya! I understand you had a rough day on the wallet, as well as has Ryan Newman.
Ryan Newman handled his disappointing fine with the grace and acceptance of The Rocketman. His Boss, tongue in cheek, ( I believe) felt the penalties were correct. As usual Mr. Smoke coming out of his ears blamed the media for the role they have played in blowing things out of proportion and encouraging the fans to believe negative things about NASCAR. I received a tweet from Ramsey Poston, regarding some of the negativity that you were complaining about.
I had sent a tweet/twit/twirp to Ramsey Poston that ”Protecting NASCAR & airing grievances privately is one thing, fining drivers just brings more negative light to the sport”. My opinion regarding both Ryan and yourself.
Then you began to go off about it being the fault of Twitter and Media and secret logs, etc….PUHLEEZE! Did you think things were confidential on Twitter? Take some responsibility, whether you agree or not with the outcome.
Mr. Poston’s reply to me was “”He’s not frustrated w/ NASCAR-he’s frustrated that drivers have been so supportive of the policy – and have been since Jan.” Hmmmm.
I retweeted his reply, and Lo and Behold!!!! It was amazing how many NASCAR Journalist’s and so called Journalist’s took credit for being the person that Ramsey Poston was referring too!
My advise? Listen to Tony Stewart… Or blame each and every writer who has become a Twitter Cluck and gained their hours or days or seconds of fame there, instead of through good writing skills. Skills most of them have, had, or lost somewhere since they started writing in 140 characters or less.
Remember…Twitter has become the new “News Media”. There are a lot of fans who now read the tweets and twits as gospel truth from the people they see tweet the most. He who clucks loudest wins and becomes most influential. There are a lot of fans that don’t even take the time to read articles any longer. They read Twitter.
I did think it was pretty funny how many Clucks jumped to take credit as the person upset since January, to be so mentioned personally by the Master Ramsey Poston.
Too funny. Laugh it off. Don’t stop tweeting. Your fans love it. Continue to engage in banter just don’t let certain people suck you in for their own fame. I know you know who I am talking about, but just in case there is confusion between those who are taking the most credit for your demise, DM me. Maybe they can split your fines.
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 @onpitrowMarch 1, 2009 10:49 pm UTC 40 Comments
I am four weeks into the extra six weeks of winter that some ground hog promised us, after seeing his shadow, and I have revenge on my mind. Maybe that’s why Fox Sports Digger-cam darlin’ is bothering me so much. The fact is, after watching today’s Sprint Cup race – the Shelby 427 – from sunny, warm, summer-like Las Vegas Motor Speedway, I’d say that Fox TV execs may have been impressed by the amount of anger their little Track Rat brought on after the California race. Unless I missed something, Digger appearances were down this week.
I don’t mind Fox using the cartoon to brand their Digger-cam, track level camera. In fact, I agree with Bruce at NASCAR Bits that a piece on the technical aspects of the actual camera would be interesting. Bruce has his own rant about the Race Rodent that was his part of our Tight in Turn Two blog last week.
I’m with you on the tech aspects of the Digger-cam Bruce. That would be worth a look. Maybe Fox could do a segment during the Simpsons. You know – a NASCAR segment during a prime time Fox cartoon show. Just imagine the reaction of Simpsons’ fans to a NASCAR show breaking out in the middle of their favorite Sunday night television.
Nah. They’d never make that kind of programming mistake.
And since we’re talking about Vegas, if you are thinking of doing any actual NASCAR betting you would be well served by finding actual NASCAR odds at a service that is involved in online wagering or something. We, most assuredly, are not.
by Art Almond, Special To NASCAR commentary and driver pictures, 2012 NASCAR schedule, video, Bench Racing With Steve and Charlie
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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 @onpitrowSeptember 7, 2008 7:10 am UTC No Comments
First baseball had its “Pennant Race”. You can take those words – “pennant race” – and put them on your car or in the name of your bar and nobody in a three-piece and cleats is going to show up with a cease and desist order.
NASCAR calls their deal the “Race to the Chase”. That’s not bad I guess, but the France family is pretty protective of their branded properties. Try calling your Swedish Spa, Olga’s Race to the Chase and Brian Francewill own your ass. I need something that I can play with in relative, judicial safety.
But baseball still has its “Pennant Fever”. The suits in Daytona haven’t put the yellow, red, purple and blue striped logo on anything like that yet. So what would the, uh, stock car version of that saying be?
Something like “Road Race Rash”? Nah, no road courses in the Chase. Maybe the “Homestead Trots”.
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by Steve Wronkowicz
I am co-host of the syndicated radio show: ON PIT ROW. Over ten years on the air and three on the net; see what can happen when I don't let the facts get in the way of my opinions.August 25, 2008 6:58 am UTC 1 Comment
Busch dominated this race. Leading 415 of the 500 laps, the Toyota driver was not thrilled by the bump that allowed Edwards to slid past the out of shape M&M’s ride. Kyle let it be known that he wasn’t happy with the way he was treated by the race winner:
”If that’s the way he wants to race, we’ll race him in the Chase that way.”
Of course Edwards wouldn’t back down. During his post race news conference Edwards had this to say in rebuttal to Busch’s statement:
“Okay. Here’s the deal. That doesn’t mean anything. He’s raced me that way and that’s the reason it went down like that. That’s it.”
Whether anyone was done wrong here is the biggest question. The replays of the incident that has everyone talking wouldn’t even have ruffled the feathers of most drivers pre-2000. “The Move” was barely a tap and with the design of the new car, Busch wasn’t in imminent danger of losing his hold on the car.
The press and the fans may make more out of this than the drivers. ESPN pre-race showed clips of many famous Bristol confrontations. Bristol has had its share of driver moments and that is what fans have come to expect from the half-miler.
But, in rank of the famous Bristol moments this one between the Roush-Fenway and Joe Gibbs Racing drivers is minute in comparison.
And that leads to this week’s BUZZ ON PIT ROW:
Was Carl Edward’s bump and run really as big of a deal as Kyle Busch has made it out to be?
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by Steve Wronkowicz
I am co-host of the syndicated radio show: ON PIT ROW. Over ten years on the air and three on the net; see what can happen when I don't let the facts get in the way of my opinions.July 4, 2008 6:21 pm UTC 2 Comments
Mark Martin will rejoin his DEI teammate, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at Hendrick Motor Sports.
After weeks of speculation it was made official today that Mark Martin, NASCAR’s annual retiree, will move from part time status at Dale Earnhardt Inc to a full time ride in the recently vacated #5 out of the Hendrick stable. Martin will run full time in 2009 and then again become a part timer in 2010 with a yet to be named co-driver.
The part time shared ride deal was “exactly what he needed” when he “retired” from Roush Racing a couple of years ago. The ability to pick what races he participated in was to be a great transition to retirement. Even though he had retired twice before moving to DEI.
What exactly does Martin bring to Hendrick Motor Sports? Is it a calming veteran presence? No, it can’t be. This isn’t a group of young guns needing a mentor. Hendricks other three drivers are as experienced as Martin and more successful. Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon are both multiple champions. Junior hasn’t been the last guy introduced at the Waldorf Astoria yet, but he is a many time winner on the Cup circuit. Is Martin being brought in to shore up a sagging win total? Again, not likely–wins haven’t been a problem for the Chevy team historically.
Martin’s signing with Hendrick is a totally one sided endeavor. Rick Hendrick is throwing Martin a bone to try and win a championship, pure and simple. Martin was never able to seal the deal while driving the #6 at Roush. He went to DEI to win races and hasn’t been successful at that. Now he will latch on to the fourth car at Hendrick and try to make it into a team capable of winning a championship. Will his abilities, again driving on all types race tracks enable him to win the ellusive championship?
It isn’t bloody likely. The Kellogg’s/Carquest Chevy has been a pig over the last couple of years and adding Martin to the seat won’t turn it around enough to give him a shot at the championship he obviously still craves. A craving that Martin claimed was gone when he moved into the part time situation at DEI.
You have to wonder if Mark has signed a contract with Tony Stewart yet to drive for his race team in 2011 and 2012. Someday, Mark, your prince may come.
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