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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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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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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: Kentucky Slipping and Sliding
Dennis Michelsen

What happens when you have a newly paved and reconfigured race track, a mystery tire nobody tested, a low downforce package, and limited practice due to weather? You get the Quaker State 400! This will not go down as an instant classic but there was no short of carnage with ten cautions due to crashes. Let’s get our red marker out and hand out some grades. Race Grade: C+ This was another tough race to grade but other than the...

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Monday, 11 July 2016
Making the Grade: Smoke is Tough Act to Follow
Dennis Michelsen

They say there is no cheering in the press box but unless you lack a soul you couldn’t help but cheer when Tony Stewart won at Sonoma to break a winless drought that lasted more than three years. Some sad souls of course were quick to claim that Denny Hamlin gave the race away but I almost feel sad for those people. What we saw on Sunday at Sonoma was a finish for the ages and perhaps the final win...

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
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