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Carbon SuperSport 2003 – 2017
Dennis Michelsen

  Official RaceTalkRadio Press Release Chicago, IL: It is with great sadness that RaceTalkRadio.com announces the passing of one of our original broadcast partners Carbon Super Sport. Carbon grew up as a young pup with wise guidance from his sister Miranda and his...

Friday, 10 November 2017
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Does Joe Gibbs Racing Hate Roush Fenway Racing?
Mike Harper - SOZ

For years NASCAR has experienced an uneventful silly season. For those new fans that have no clue what I’m talking about – in a nutshell, it was a time during the season when drivers lost their seats and moved to other teams. Rumors floated and speculation ran...

Thursday, 03 August 2017
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Will You Watch This Weekend’s Race?
Mike Harper - SOZ

To watch, or not to watch, that is the question. I believe NASCAR made a huge mistake when they decided to move the XFINITY Series race from Lucas Oil Raceway across town to the “big track” Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) back in 2012. At the time former NASCAR...

Wednesday, 19 July 2017
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Should NASCAR Ban Heckling?
Mike Harper - SOZ

Booing and heckling has been a part of sports for as long as most of us can remember. Heck, as a young sports fan in Houston, I did my fair share of heckling and while it never got personal, I did try my best to get inside the mind of an opposing player in an attempt...

Wednesday, 14 June 2017
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NASCAR Invents New Definition for Insanity
Dennis Michelsen

NASCAR Invents New Definition for Insanity The new and improved (?) NASCAR schedule for 2018 is out and the folks in Daytona have sure shaken things up. Even stranger than all of the strange changes are the fact that so many covering the sport are applauding NASCAR for...

Wednesday, 24 May 2017
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Is NASCAR Still Bigger Than The Drivers?
Mike Harper - SOZ

I remember the days when the very first thing to do each morning was to visit the JAYSKI web site to find out what the latest rumors were in NASCAR. Back then the “Silly Season Site” was truly the must read for driver rumors. Even drivers used the site to find out...

Tuesday, 23 May 2017
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Why Does NASCAR Cake Taste Bad?
Mike Harper - SOZ

It happens all of the time to bakeries and restaurants – they start off small and the baked goods or food taste out of this world. As they grow in popularity they are forced to make changes to meet the demand and somewhere down the road a decision is made to change...

Tuesday, 09 May 2017
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Are NASCAR Drivers Good Role Models?
Mike Harper - SOZ

It’s the 2017 Rap Crap List! A role model as defined by Dictionary.com is “a person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people.” At every NASCAR race you will find children in the stands. And for many adult...

Wednesday, 26 April 2017
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But Does Dale Earnhardt Jr Qualify as a Legend?
Dennis Michelsen

But Does Dale Earnhardt Jr Qualify as a Legend? Over the past few weeks I have seen headlines about a “Legendary Comic” and “Legendary Musician” who had passed away and while I do not live in a cave I had never heard of either man. In this day and age we do...

Wednesday, 26 April 2017
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Bubba Wallace Could Lose Ride… So What
Dennis Michelsen

Bubba Wallace Could Lose Ride… So What This week we heard that NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Darrell Bubba Wallace Jr’s season might be in jeopardy if the team doesn’t find additional sponsorship very soon. Also this week I learned the effectiveness of...

Sunday, 23 April 2017
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Would Carl Edwards Replace Darrell Waltrip at FOX?
Mike Harper - SOZ

For NASCAR, it has been a tough path to gain traction in the television ratings this season. For FOX Sports, the same path has led them to experience this season three of the lowest rated Cup races dating back to 2001. Texas, Fontana and Phoenix provided historically...

Tuesday, 18 April 2017
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NASCAR Spring Break Report Card
Dennis Michelsen

NASCAR Spring Break Report Card Couch Potato Corner It sure seemed strange not to see a NASCAR race on a weekend. After seven weeks of action and occasional inaction we have been programmed like our television remote to tune into a NASCAR race every weekend. Of course...

Monday, 17 April 2017
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Should NASCAR and Texas Motor Speedway Apologize?
Mike Harper - SOZ

Sadly a new chapter in NASCAR was opened this past weekend at Texas Motor Speedway and without the watchful eye of a fellow Texan, we may not have even heard about it. The sad reality is NASCAR and my home track Texas Motor Speedway lost a small group of fans who...

Tuesday, 11 April 2017
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Disappointment in NASCAR is Bigger in Texas
Dennis Michelsen

Disappointment in NASCAR is Bigger in Texas Couch Potato Corner- Texas Motor Speedway They always say that everything in bigger in Texas and this weekend they really were proven to be right. Every time a race track is repaved we have seen uncertainty and often single...

Tuesday, 11 April 2017
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Did Earnhardt Call NASCAR Boring?
Mike Harper - SOZ

No sport or industry focused on entertainment wants to be called boring. For NASCAR and track promoters, the biggest challenge is keeping fans entertained before and during the race. And sadly, when the race itself is struggling to entertain fans people begin to do...

Wednesday, 05 April 2017
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NASCAR and Martinsville Put on a Show
Dennis Michelsen

NASCAR and Martinsville Put on a Show Couch Potato Corner- Martinsville Speedway This has been a weird year for NASCAR so far. While the racing has been average at best the entertainment value of the shows has been pretty good. Finally we got great racing to go with a...

Monday, 03 April 2017
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C’Mon NASCAR: Is the car really a weapon?
Mike Harper - SOZ

Lost in all of the controversy of the Austin Dillon – Cole Custer incident from the Xfinity race at Phoenix is NASCAR’s use of a new word to describe the act of retaliation.  After Custer wrecked Dillon, an angry Dillon retaliated on the track with his car....

Thursday, 30 March 2017
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Who do you trust more: NASCAR on FOX or NBC?
Mike Harper - SOZ

In the life span of NASCAR, broadcast partners have come and gone.  Some have even come back and left again. If you’ve watched NASCAR over the past 10 years you’ve seen ESPN, FOX, FS1, NBC, NBCSN, SPEED Channel/TV and TNT, all have taken their shot at covering the...

Monday, 27 March 2017
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Monster Slip of the Ahem
Dennis Michelsen

Monster Slip of the Ahem Couch Potato Corner- California Speedway About the only thing predictable in NASCAR nowadays is that there will be nothing much that is predictable. The racing on the track has been OK; just OK not terrific but worthy enough of our attention....

Monday, 27 March 2017
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Dale Jarrett Didn’t Get NASCAR’s Memo
Dennis Michelsen

Dale Jarrett Didn’t Get NASCAR’s Memo Have you ever noticed that when NASCAR makes a big change that most of the NASCAR media quickly falls in line? This year when NASCAR made the largest rule changes in the history of the sport these changes were sold to...

Tuesday, 21 March 2017
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Is NASCAR Being Trained Like a Puppy?
Dennis Michelsen

Is NASCAR Being Trained Like a Puppy? Couch Potato Corner- Phoenix Raceway This week I actually feel sorry for NASCAR. Over the weekend at Phoenix Raceway they put on two fairly interesting races and wake up this morning to zero attention in the sports world. Most of...

Monday, 20 March 2017
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Is it Really What NASCAR Fans Want?
Mike Harper - SOZ

Have you noticed during the Brian France era in NASCAR when a major change in format or policy is introduced, it’s done because NASCAR said the fans asked for it or it was done for the fans? It’s the go to line for NASCAR to help persuade us on whatever their...

Friday, 17 March 2017
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NASCAR Embraces Their Stereotype
Dennis Michelsen

NASCAR Embraces Their Stereotype NASCAR just sent a dangerous precedent by not having some sort of punishment against Kyle Busch. They also made a statement about how the value of the entertainment is more important than having law and order at the race track. Its...

Wednesday, 15 March 2017
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Does Kyle Busch Have Friends?
Mike Harper - SOZ

I’m watching an angry Kyle Busch walk down pit road to find Joey Logano. Kyle is fuming that he was wrecked going into the last turn on the last lap by Joey.  Once found, without hesitation, Kyle throws a punch at Joey and Joey’s crew pounces on Kyle. This picture...

Monday, 13 March 2017
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Should NASCAR hire a VP of Common Sense?
Mike Harper - SOZ

Have you found yourself over the past few years, especially this season, shaking your head at some of the decisions being made by NASCAR and their driver and owner counsels? I have and even though some NASCAR insiders and media like to paint a rosy picture of the...

Tuesday, 07 March 2017
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Was That Good NASCAR Racing?
Dennis Michelsen

Was That Good NASCAR Racing? Couch Potato Corner- Atlanta Motor Speedway Over the years when I have turned on NASCAR racing I knew right away if I was seeing a good race or not. I better schedule an eye Doctor appointment for myself this week because after watching the...

Monday, 06 March 2017
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Should Danica and NASCAR be Nervous?
Mike Harper - SOZ

Buried underneath the controversies of stage racing and Monster Energy girls we find one of NASCAR’s most popular drivers stuck in the middle of a confusing lawsuit. Without getting into all of the legalities – Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) sued Nature’s Bakery for...

Wednesday, 01 March 2017
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Was the Daytona 500 Rigged?
Mike Harper - SOZ

Social media went crazy after Kurt Busch won the 59th running of the Daytona 500. Surprisingly it wasn’t because angry fans dislike Kurt Busch, but because his sponsor Monster Energy is also the title sponsor for the Cup Series – NASCAR’s elite racing series....

Monday, 27 February 2017
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Is Shaming Fans Good for NASCAR?
Mike Harper - SOZ

Call me crazy but I thought fans were important to NASCAR. How many times in the past did we hear “without the fans we couldn’t do what we love to do” when drivers or other NASCAR personalities talked specifically about the fan base? I would imagine having and...

Thursday, 23 February 2017
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NASCAR Fans Whining Worse Than Democrats
Dennis Michelsen

NASCAR Fans Whining Worse Than Democrats What has become of the NASCAR fan base? We used to complain about things that really mattered but this week we seem to be turning into a bunch of whiners. After weeks of moaning about the new sponsor Monster Energy Drink not...

Wednesday, 22 February 2017
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Is NASCAR Scared?
Mike Harper - SOZ

Have you ever read the obituary of Bill France Jr., from the Associated Press? It’s actually a very good read. It reminded me of how great of a job he did…but it left me wondering if today’s management at NASCAR is scared to make a decision. A part of the...

Wednesday, 15 February 2017
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NASCAR Screwed Up Again
Dennis Michelsen

NASCAR Screwed Up Again Good, Bad and the Ugly: Preseason Edition Over the years as a NASCAR fan I have gotten used to changes. The cars change, the driver lineups change and the rules change from year to year. But the changes before this upcoming season have been...

Wednesday, 08 February 2017
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