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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 to get his mind off the game. Yes, every once and a while I was the beneficiary of a death stare from a player....

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Wednesday, 14 June 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 NASCAR fans, sharing the experience of race weekend with their children is a beloved tradition, passed down from their parents. According to Nielsen Scarborough, one of the country’s largest marketing research firms, 2...

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Wednesday, 26 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. Since the incident the media has concentrated on Dillon’s non-penalty and scolded NASCAR for not acting after one of their executives said a day before the race, “We’re very clear that we’re not...

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Thursday, 30 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 almost as if NASCAR brass decided that the best thing for their brand is to go 100% World Wrestling Entertainment. NASCAR is embracing their stereotype in an attempt to boost ratings and attendance. What Happened...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017
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Knee Meet Jerk Reaction in NASCAR Media
Dennis Michelsen

Knee Meet Jerk Reaction in NASCAR Media Once Austin Dillon’s car sailed into the catch fence I could already predict the headlines. “Restrictor Plate Racing has to Go” “NASCAR Dodges Potential Death Trap” “Daytona Crash Shows Changes Needed” Don’t we see these reactions every time there is a particularly nasty accident in NASCAR? The late great David Poole once suggested the way to fix Talladega was with a bulldozer. The ironic thing is that many of the same writers who...

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Tuesday, 07 July 2015
Making the Grade- Fireworks at 3AM Edition
Dennis Michelsen

Making the Grade- Fireworks at 3AM Edition After each NASCAR Sprint Cup race weekend I hand out one grade for each letter grade and a review of the television broadcast and event too. Race fans seldom agree with my opinion but it is hard to get 10 race fans to agree on whether it is partly cloudy or mostly sunny most days. Let’s get the red marker out and grade the race at Daytona. And now on with the show…...

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Tuesday, 07 July 2015
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