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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
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NASCAR’s New Format Is Points Racing on Steroids
Mike Harper - SOZ

For the first time in a long time I was excited to hear NASCAR was making changes to their format. Yes, we’ve heard this song and dance before, but with the announcement last month of a new series sponsor my hope was this format change would be something significant…that would bring a competitive intensity back to the sport once again. I will applaud NASCAR for the effort. I will also admit – I like the idea of segments. It does...

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017
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Is NASCAR Losing Fans Like Me?
Dennis Michelsen

Is NASCAR Losing Fans Like Me? Every week we see the television ratings after a NASCAR race and it seems just about every week the news is bad. The pundits seldom talk about this but when they do they blame it on the hundreds of channels of stuff available and point out that other sports are also seeing their ratings drop. There is some validity to that but there also seems to be something going on with NASCAR that I...

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Saturday, 22 October 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
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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