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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. Before I give you a truthful and serious answer to the “rigged” question, allow me to address the following questions from the Daytona 500 weekend; Did Brian France really lose it during the drivers meeting? It’s...

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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 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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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
NASCAR Discovers Cure for Insomnia
Dennis Michelsen

NASCAR racing used to be known for great side by side racing and frequent passes. Last Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway we saw 600 miles of ho hum without a single pass for the lead during the race. Even the wonderful stat spinners at NASCAR couldn’t get excited about this box score that featured one driver leading 588 miles of the 600 raced. The good news is that NASCAR discovered a cure for insomnia and its called the Coke...

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Wednesday, 01 June 2016
Dear Mr. Brian France
Dennis Michelsen

October 12, 2015 Brian France c/o Chart House Restaurant 1100 Marina Point Drive Daytona Beach, Florida 32114 Dear Mr. Brian France, I just wanted to take time to formally thank you in advance for all of the time you will save me next season. Ever since ABC’s Wide World of Sports started televising portions of races I have been a big NASCAR fan. Since all of the NASCAR races have been broadcast on television live I rarely miss a NASCAR...

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