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Is it Really What NASCAR Fans Want?
Mike Harper - SOZ

Have you noticed during the Brian France era in NASCAR when a major change in format or policy is introduced, it’s done because NASCAR said the fans asked for it or it was done for the fans? It’s the go to line for NASCAR to help persuade us on whatever their selling. Let me give you a few examples. In 2004, Brian France’s first full season as NASCAR’s top executive, the sport introduced the Chase. At the time Mike Helton...

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Friday, 17 March 2017
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Should NASCAR hire a VP of Common Sense?
Mike Harper - SOZ

Have you found yourself over the past few years, especially this season, shaking your head at some of the decisions being made by NASCAR and their driver and owner counsels? I have and even though some NASCAR insiders and media like to paint a rosy picture of the sport, we know if you’re being honest with yourself, it’s certainly not rosy. It’s not the end of the sport – but rosy it’s not. Colin Cowherd, host of The Herd on...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017
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Should Danica and NASCAR be Nervous?
Mike Harper - SOZ

Buried underneath the controversies of stage racing and Monster Energy girls we find one of NASCAR’s most popular drivers stuck in the middle of a confusing lawsuit. Without getting into all of the legalities – Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) sued Nature’s Bakery for $31 million for a breach of their contract. In return, Nature’s Bakery has submitted a counterclaim providing details on why they terminated the contract. I find those details surrounding the case interesting and somewhat troubling. First, to keep...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017
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Was the Daytona 500 Rigged?
Mike Harper - SOZ

Social media went crazy after Kurt Busch won the 59th running of the Daytona 500. Surprisingly it wasn’t because angry fans dislike Kurt Busch, but because his sponsor Monster Energy is also the title sponsor for the Cup Series – NASCAR’s elite racing series. Before I give you a truthful and serious answer to the “rigged” question, allow me to address the following questions from the Daytona 500 weekend; Did Brian France really lose it during the drivers meeting? It’s...

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Monday, 27 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
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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