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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 retaining fans would be an important component to the success of the sport, which has me perplexed (I said it) on why NASCAR would allow employees and the sport’s paid media to...

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Thursday, 23 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 obituary reads; “A shrewd businessman who was fiercely protective of his family-owned company, France always acted in NASCAR’s best interests. His decisions often riled car owners, drivers, sponsors and fans,...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017
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Where Have the NASCAR Critics Gone?
Mike Harper - SOZ

Statement about the future of the Thunder Crew Radio Show is at the bottom of this column… If you’ve followed NASCAR over the past five years you know without a doubt the times have changed. As I mentioned in ‘Did NASCAR Push Carl Edwards Away?’ the industry will continue to get smaller.  It’s not all bad and it’s not all NASCAR’s fault.  For example, the Internet and economic challenges from several years ago killed print media.  This caused the job...

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017
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Did NASCAR Push Carl Edwards Away?
Mike Harper - SOZ

The Carl Edwards situation should be a wake-up call for the sport.  We’ve all been hearing from some of the sport’s top drivers including Carl’s former teammates that everyone is surprised by his decision.   This reaction from insiders has me asking a very simple question, did NASCAR push Carl Edwards out of the sport with their decision to partner with Monster Energy? The timing of Carl’s departure and Monster’s sponsorship announcement is either coincidental or significant and since mystery still...

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017
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Is NASCAR Losing Fans Like Me?
Dennis Michelsen

Is NASCAR Losing Fans Like Me? Every week we see the television ratings after a NASCAR race and it seems just about every week the news is bad. The pundits seldom talk about this but when they do they blame it on the hundreds of channels of stuff available and point out that other sports are also seeing their ratings drop. There is some validity to that but there also seems to be something going on with NASCAR that I...

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Saturday, 22 October 2016
Motorsports Writing for Dummies
Dennis Michelsen

Motorsports Writing for Dummies Recent events in motorsports reporting have informed me that it is vitally important to publish training advice for aspiring motorsports writers. Somewhere along the way some of the reporters covering our favorite sport have thought they were the story not the action on the track. Since anyone can become a motorsports writer nowadays if you are willing to work for next to nothing I figured some free advice might be needed. If you follow these five...

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Wednesday, 05 October 2016
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