Michigan

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
WEEKEND WINNER: Kyle Larson
Lori Munro

Is there anyone who follows racing who didn’t feel some sort of happiness seeing Kyle Larson win his first ever NASCAR Cup race? With his recent win in the Pure Michigan 400 at MIS, Kyle has now won in the truck, Xfinity and of course, now the Cup series. Not bad at all. As for the cartoon, unless you’ve been in a news blackout you know all about the connection between many NASCAR drivers and in this case Larson, and...

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Making the Grade- Fool Me Twice Shame on Me Edition
Dennis Michelsen

Making the Grade- Fool Me Twice Shame on Me 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 Michigan International Speedway. And...

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015
Fantasy Insight- Michigan Sweet Corn Race Edition
Dennis Michelsen

Fantasy Insight- Michigan Sweet Corn Race 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...

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Fantasy Insight- Michigan Strawberry Race Edition
Dennis Michelsen

Fantasy Insight- Michigan Strawberry Race 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...

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Wednesday, 10 June 2015
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