Odds and Ends- Death Penalty for Parking Violation and Lack of NASCAR Love
Each week I take a random tour of the world of NASCAR (Mostly) and give my take on the latest news. I hope you bring your funny bone to the party and take the good natured jabs in a responsible way. Some of what you see below is satire and if you are looking to be offended you are in the right place! You will also find my “Fantasy Insight” predictions for this week’s race complete with the best computer analysis available for NASCAR racing.
And now on with the show…
Death Penalty for Parking Violation
I feel sorry for NASCAR. They have an epic and crazy post race situation after the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and no matter how they handle the penalties the fans will be upset. Fine someone $50,000 and fans cry, “That’s like five bucks to you or me.” Suspend a driver for a race and people hate you for life and criticize you any time you fail to suspend the guy they don’t like. Fans bitch every week that these guys don’t show emotion and then have a meltdown when drivers do react with more than a sponsor plug. There is a sign I have seen at more than one short track across the country that says, “Fight in the pit area- $100 fine. Fight on the front stretch- $50 bonus.” No we don’t need to see guys flying off the top ropes WWE style after every race. But what in the heck is wrong with the emotion bubbling over once in a while to the point that drivers go nuts? Now NASCAR is in even more of a bind at Talladega Super Speedway. If Dale Earnhardt Jr wins NASCAR will hear people scream, “He got the magic restrictor plate for sure!” If he loses then Junior Nation will claim they will stop watching until Daytona in February. No other sport in the USA faces as much criticism as NASCAR. Their dilemma is that no matter what they do more people will be upset than pleased. Brad Keselowski deserved a fine and probation for his reckless drive through the garage area. A $50,000 fine seemed to fit the crime since I didn’t see parts flying around as Denny Hamlin claimed. Also Hamlin was not purely innocent in all of this either. I am sure glad NASCAR fans are not in charge for other things in life. They would support the death penalty for a parking violation.
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Lack of NASCAR Love
Nobody expected ABC to leave a tied football game among ranked football teams to head to the NASCAR race but the lack of a backup plan by ABC Sports, ESPN and NASCAR was pathetic. These are the NASCAR playoffs yet ABC couldn’t get one of their ESPN channels to be free to cover the start of the race from Charlotte Motor Speedway. Even worse they sent NASCAR fans scurrying around like mice through the channel maze. The race will be shown on ESPN News. No wait, the race will be seen on ESPN3. ABC never had the nerve to let us know that non-ESPN events are NEVER shown on ESPN3.com! Every week ESPN tries to fit a 4 hour football game into a 3 hour window and then wonders why fans are upset. Other football fans are upset not just NASCAR fans that ESPN doesn’t care about after this season. Why didn’t NASCAR work with ABC and ESPN to have an online backup in place, such as their FansChoice.TV network? ABC didn’t even apologize for the delay that saw the first 39 laps of the race lost here in the Chicago market. (ABC said they switched 27 laps into the race but fans then saw several commercial breaks and show promotions and didn’t get racing until lap 39) ESPN built their network using NASCAR race fans as a way to cover live events added to their outstanding coverage of obscure sports 30 years ago. Now ABC and ESPN gave those same NASCAR fans the one finger salute! I am feeling a lack of love from ABC for us NASCAR fans.
Fantasy Insight-Talladega 2
Every week I break down the statistics for the upcoming race with my exclusive Pro Power Ratings. Here is this week’s fearless forecast for Dega.
Top Tier 92+
Second Tier 90-91.99
Driver Car # Last 5 Course Type PRO
Ky Busch 18 93.4 89.6 84.8 90.54
Third Tier 85-89.99
Driver Car # Last 5 Course Type PRO
K Harvick 4 93.2 83 87 88.9
J Logano 22 97.2 73.6 79.2 86.52
K Larson 42 96.2 74.2 78 85.96
J Gordon 24 91 80.8 80.2 85.78
M Truex 78 89.8 83.8 78.4 85.72
R Newman 31 89.2 80.8 83.4 85.52
B Keselowski 2 88.8 83.6 79.8 85.44
M Kenseth 20 86.4 87.6 78.8 85.24
J Johnson 48 86.6 82.4 85.6 85.14
Win- Matt Kenseth- Led 190 more laps in last 5 Dega races (12 to 1 Odds)
Place- Kyle Busch- Top rated driver this week (20 to 1 Odds)
Show- Dale Earnhardt Jr- Needs the magic restrictor plate (10 to 1 Odds)
Longshot- (20 to 1 or More) David Ragan- Best track rating last 5 races (50 to 1 Odds)
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