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.February 8, 2009 9:27 am UTC 16 Comments
Not only were the questions inane; the entire premise and execution of the show looked as if it were thrown together fifteen minutes before air. NASCAR Smarts producers couldn’t keep track of the score properly and the celebrity contestants, which included Kyle Petty and Rutledge Wood, took the entire production as a joke. At one point Petty started soliciting answers from the ever diminishing crowd.
This replacement for Trading Paint, was embarrassing for the fans of NASCAR to watch. Hopefully no one was seeing this show as their first exposure to NASCAR or SPEED because it reinforced every bad stereotype ever associated with the sport. Even the two contestants fit the bill; one a spacey bleach blonde and the other a refuge from overnights at Wally World, rarely had anything to offer.
Lets hope that NASCAR and SPEED put this one out of its misery in a hurry. Whoever thought up this debacle should be made to watch it over and over again non-stop until the end of speedweeks. If this show is supposed to be a farce in the Gong Show image, then make sure there is no doubt that is how it is taken. If, heaven forbid, it is supposed to be a serious game show then start over and take it seriously. The fans that watched it at the race track surely didn’t, as they were seen leaving in droves as the show progressed.
The kindest thing to do is proclaim this show an experiment gone bad and bring back Trading Paint. Hopefully Kyle Petty will disassociate himself from this piece of television garbage.
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