Odds and Ends- Hey Old Timer and NASCAR Media on Vacation Edition
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. 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…
Hey Old Timer
As soon as they showed the replay of 72-year old Morgan Shepherd crashing into Joey Logano I figured we were about to hear some smart-alecky comments about the old guy. But when Joey Logano lit him up about not being qualified to race any more because of his age I was surprised. The vicious attack by so many NASCAR fans and media members on social media stunned me. This is Morgan Shepherd! This guy has been part of the NASCAR family for over forty years. Morgan is the youngest 72 year old I have ever seen. The guy still has driving skills better than some of the rookies coming into the sport today. “NASCAR Sprint Cup should be about the best 43 drivers in the world,” shrieked some of the critics. NASCAR has never been about the top 43 stockcar drivers in the world it has ALWAYS been about the best 25 stockcar drivers in the world racing with and against 18 other drivers who can find the funding. NASCAR needs to have a rating system in place to prevent drivers who wreck several times every race from being able to continue their careers without suspension. But when was the last time Morgan Shepherd caused a wreck? Every week we hear drivers make the excuse that the air sucked my car around. We hear the experts say how much these cars are on the ragged edge and how if you could reach out the window and give that car next to you a push that driver would go around. We nod our heads and say that makes sense. But when a 72 year old driver or a pretty woman driver causes the wreck then that driver is a terror on the track! Stick a microphone in the face of a driver who just wrecked out and they will find someone to blame. How many other drivers wrecked passing Morgan Shepherd last Sunday?
NASCAR Media on Vacation
The NASCAR brass that wonders why such small crowds show up at Nationwide and Camping World Truck races should be paying attention this week. It is not about Kyle Busch or another Cup guy stinking up the show. It is not that ticket prices are too high. It is because nobody including the media cares about these series any more except for us racing junkies! Look at the NBC Sports Channel and Fox Sports 1 for further proof of this theory. The NASCAR Nationwide Series is the main event this weekend at the Chicagoland Speedway. Wouldn’t this be a great time to put the future stars of NASCAR in the spotlight to generate some buzz and to get a bigger crowd at Chicagoland Speedway and higher ratings on television for this event? Both NASCAR America and NASCAR Race Hub are missing in action this week while the NASCAR Sprint Cup series takes their last week off for the season. Yes I understand that the NASCAR season is a grind from February through late November and that the A-Team at these shows need a week off. But how about bringing in the men and women who cover the NASCAR Nationwide Series every week to let fans know what they will see this weekend? NASCAR is not on vacation! The NASCAR Nationwide Series is heading to Chicagoland Speedway and I will be there to cover the event. But the NASCAR media sure is on vacation this week.
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