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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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NASCAR Fans Whining Worse Than Democrats
Dennis Michelsen

NASCAR Fans Whining Worse Than Democrats What has become of the NASCAR fan base? We used to complain about things that really mattered but this week we seem to be turning into a bunch of whiners. After weeks of moaning about the new sponsor Monster Energy Drink not doing enough to engage with NASCAR fans, the first time they do ANYTHING some fans felt obligated to whine. JAYSKI the Gold Standard for NASCAR websites changes its format and that is...

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Wednesday, 22 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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NASCAR Screwed Up Again
Dennis Michelsen

NASCAR Screwed Up Again Good, Bad and the Ugly: Preseason Edition Over the years as a NASCAR fan I have gotten used to changes. The cars change, the driver lineups change and the rules change from year to year. But the changes before this upcoming season have been Silly Season on steroids! This year RaceTalkRadio is also undergoing plenty of changes and one of them is the return of the famous (Or is the right term “infamous”) “Good, Bad and...

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Wednesday, 08 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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Hey Dale Jr Stick to NASCAR Not Immigration
Dennis Michelsen

Dale Earnhardt Jr and Immigration: An Open Letter After President Trump signed an executive order restricting travel for foreign nationals from seven war torn countries many celebrities and sports stars added their two-cents to the debate. Similar to many of the voices from Hollywood or sports, NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr tweeted the following. “My fam immigrated from Germany in 1700s escaping religious persecution. America is created by immigrants.” The Tweet was innocent enough but the interview following the Tweet storm was...

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017
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