Amen to that. None of the garbage of “I am going to go slow so you can’t go fast” qualifying.
Michael Waltrip will be partnered with the lovely Emma Slater on Dancing With The Stars which premiers on Monday, September 22nd. Tommy Chong will also be dancing this season. Wow. Just when you wonder if they can keep coming up with not so good “stars.” Well, Waltrip could be the DWTS version of Cheech Marin I guess. Far out man.
One reason I am a Jeff Gordon fan is his effort in ending senior citizen hunger. He will be driving a different paint scheme #24 in three races this month to promote Hunger Awareness Month. Check out the link below to see the car.
I am intrigued by the business side of sports and not just auto racing. I subscribe to a site called Ballpark Digest that delivers about 30 baseball articles each week. This week’s email had 16 different stories on minor league baseball clubs setting attendance records. I admit that these records are set over 70 games and may be only 300,000-500,000 in attendance, but more fans than ever are coming out to MINOR LEAGUE baseball games, while major league auto racing tracks are removing seats by the tens of thousands.
Perhaps auto racing marketing directors should attend minor league baseball meetings to see just what the baseball teams are doing right. For those of you who laugh at such a suggestion, well, what auto racing has done in the past 10 years hasn’t exactly been working out the best.
Of course NASCAR doesn’t worry much about problems like dropping attendance and lousy TV ratings. For some reason some businesses are willing to spend big bucks for the opportunity to work with the racing sanction. I forgot to mention in yesterday’s blog that the 10 year deal between Comcast and NASCAR for title rights to NASCAR’s #2 series-in 2015 it will be the NASCAR XFINITY Series-is worth $200,000,000 to NASCAR. The France family can buy a few new private jets with that kind of cash.
The 2 and 24 cars will sit on the front row of tonight’s Federated Auto Parts 400 from Richmond, Virginia. Neither Keselowski nor Gordon came close to the record Gordon set last fall. While it is an advantage to be upfront, the two drivers are followed by Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, and Joey Logano, and all five of these drivers would like to enter The Chase off the momentum of a big win. All but Harvick have three wins this season and would be tied with Dale Earnhardt Jr. as points are reset for NASCAR’s play-off.
It should be a hot night in Richmond tonight-there are plenty of drivers who want to win, but there are even more who have to win to get in The Chase. Oh, and the highs in the Virginia capital today will be in the 90’s, certainly hot enough to set off some tempers.
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