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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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Making the Grade- NASCAR’s New Villain Edition- Dega 2
Dennis Michelsen

Making the Grade- NASCAR’s New Villain Edition- Dega 2 When the changes to the Chase format were announced NASCAR CEO Brian France said he wanted, “More game seven moments.” This week at Talladega Super Speedway he got more of a “July 24th” moment instead. That date refers to the infamous George Brett Pine Tar Incident in a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees that took place on July 24, 1983. Brett hit a home...

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Monday, 26 October 2015
NASCAR Never Gets Mad They Get Even
Dennis Michelsen

NASCAR Never Gets Mad They Get Even If anyone knows how the inner workings of racing works it should be Roger Penske. But a few weeks ago after a controversial finish at Richmond International Raceway in the final regular season NASCAR Sprint Cup Race the Captain could not contain himself with his displeasure. Roger Penske said NASCAR better start calling infractions on restarts or restarts will continue to get more out of hand. Roger you had to know this call...

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Sunday, 27 September 2015
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