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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 Indy: Three Bears and NASCAR
Dennis Michelsen

Let me tell you a little bed time story about NASCAR and the three bears of downforce packages. The first attempt to liven up the racing was a strong downforce package but the cars handled so well it led to single file racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The brilliant minds at NASCAR got together and decided a low downforce package would be better but again the race was less than memorable. This year a medium downforce package was used...

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Making the Grade- New Rules at the Brickyard Edition
Dennis Michelsen

Making the Grade- New Rules Failed at the Brickyard 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 Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And...

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Fantasy Insight- Brickyard 400 Edition
Dennis Michelsen

Fantasy Insight- Brickyard 400 Edition Handicapping a NASCAR race is very similar to handicapping a horse race. Some drivers are “Horses for Courses” performing better at certain lengths or styles of tracks. By incorporating three basic ingredients in a special formula based on statistical analysis of 15 years of racing data the Pro Power Ratings have been developed. Just like Beyers Figures in horse racing the best pick is not always the highest rated competitor but reaching threshold values narrows...

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Thursday, 23 July 2015
Making the Grade- Very Large Lobster Summer Edition
Dennis Michelsen

Making the Grade- Very Large Lobster Summer 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 New Hampshire Motor Speedway. And now...

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Monday, 20 July 2015
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