PTC’s 2013 Pre Season NASCAR Picks and Predictions PTC’s Picks & Predictions: Daytona 500 Winner: Tony Stewart. Why? Because it’s the last achievement this guy has yet to have notched in NASCAR, and he’s due. Driver Most Likely To Shock Everyone By Winning This Season ( on a oval) : Marcos Ambrose. …
Dear Readers and Fellow Race Fans, This website has been neglected by me for most of this season. Most of my activity on the mission has been limited to Twitter and the Facebook fanpage this year. I want to apologize for that, and reassure the loyal amongst you that I am going to come back next season …
It’s no big secret…. NASCAR has been in decline since 2004. Growth dropped off that year in attendance and even bigger in TV numbers. This was a sudden and stark contrast to the years and years of steady growth in popularity. Some could argue the sport was on its way to becoming an …
SAVE NASCAR: Drug Policy or Drug Fallacy??AJ’s Guilt or Innocence Not The Real Issue… NASCAR has managed to sufficiently tick me off enough to bring me out of sport writing retirement. Another driver, another possible bogus drug test result. Everyone is so quick to buy into the positive results anytime a driver test …
PTC’s 2013 Pre Season NASCAR Picks and Predictions
PTC’s Picks & Predictions:
Daytona 500 Winner:
Tony Stewart. Why? Because it’s the last achievement this guy has yet to have notched in NASCAR, and he’s due.
Driver Most Likely To Shock Everyone By Winning This Season ( on a oval) :
Marcos Ambrose. One of the most talented drivers in mediocre equipment. This guy can be dangerous if he’s given a good enough car.
Driver who will win the most races during “regular season” :
2013 Chase/ NASCAR Sprint Cup Champ:
The number of races Dale Earnhardt Jr. will win this season.
The best news we can hope for?
Danica Patrick is out of NASCAR by season’s end… Will it happen? Probably not. Though her towing mileage will probably exceed her miles ran on the racetrack… This will probably be turned into a positive spin by the lapdog NASCAR media types, and be lauded as a great service to NASCAR’s green initiative, because tow trucks towing a car around the track is better for the environment than it actually running laps at speed….
You heard it here first PREDICTION OF THE YEAR….
I predict this NASCAR season will also have more cautions than any other season in the “modern era”, though not necessarily because of Danica… (see below for my reasoning…. )
My thoughts on the “Gen 6“ COT:
The Gen 6 COT won’t improve racing all that much, but it will improve the illusion of it…. due to the bumpers being built to help cause wrecks. NASCAR knew they had to do something to curb the criticism of the racing and bogus cautions… and since they wouldn’t dare actually change the bodies of the cars enough to really have a aero difference amongst the manufactures’ (because God forbid we actually have anything but a SPEC car series), they figured building the bumpers to cause more wrecks would entertain the indoctrinated masses, who believe everything NASCAR prints. The actual changes to the bodies of the cars was very slight, and mainly in the front bumper area, below the headlights. Most of the rest of the “alterations” are cosmetic, and mainly sticker induced, as has become customary in NASCAR since the “stock” car became NASCAR’s stock, instead of car makers stock. Another year of WWE hype, with little substance to improve the actual on track product. This car is all about hype, race manipulation (as the COT has always been), and a semi-clever marketing ploy by NASCAR and the manufacturers… and I fully expect it to race that way…
Are schedule changes on the way?
Could another successful truck race at Rockingham this season be enough to convince NASCAR to bring back Nationwide cars, and eventually the Cup series?My hunch says yes. NASCAR would never make the jump spontaneously because that would admit that leaving “The Rock” was a mistake in the first place… But I do expect the Cup series to be back at Rockingham within 3 seasons, and talks to bring the Nationwide Series to the track could begin as early as the end of this season.
Is Brad Keselowski NASCAR’s new “golden boy”?
Well… the answer appears to be a resounding “yes”. The media has went to extreme lengths to get Brad to appeal to the “young” crowd that NASCAR is championing. I expect plenty of talk and TV segments about Brad this year. Another guy that’s going to become a “NASCAR poster child” is Denny Hamlin. They will hype these guys a lot this season. Every time the chance arises …
Is Dale Jr.’s career on the verge of collapse?
Jr. has had three concussions. (Although, last years concussion wasn’t really a concussion by medical definitions, despite what NASCAR media led the fans to believe….) That is what the NFL considers grounds for retirement. One has to wonder since racing requires even quicker reflexes and cognitive thinking skills, if that doesn’t mean Dale Jr. is just one hard hit away from peddling potato chips and selling Chevy’s for the rest of his life. This year will determine Jr.’s fate. He either re-emerges as a serious title threat, or his career is all but over….
Thanks for reading and here’s hoping for some watchable racing action…
Dear Readers and Fellow Race Fans,
This website has been neglected by me for most of this season. Most of my activity on the mission has been limited to Twitter and the Facebook fanpage this year. I want to apologize for that, and reassure the loyal amongst you that I am going to come back next season with a vengeance and continue to call out NASCAR on their inconsistent officiating, bias, media fluffing, and general bull. This sport needs to be led back on the path to being respectable and fair again. Competition needs to be improved. The sport still has many issues that need to be addressed. The Chase still needs to be dropped or receive a major overhaul. The COT is still garbage, and I don’t think the new body styles in 2013 will fix the issues the car has in traffic. NASCAR brass needs to be more honest and transparent. And Brian France still needs to get the hell out of the sport and go pretend to know something about owning a football team in the NFL…
That being said… I am working on a little project in hopes that I can finish it by mid 2013. I’m looking for past NASCAR members, ex drivers, ex officials, people who know Brian France personally… I would like to interview anyone with NASCAR ties who is willing to break their silence in the name of honesty, respect of the fans, and in the name of exposing the corruption that has plagued this sport for many years… I know this will not be an easy task finding people willing to squawk. But I’m sure someone out there has a bone to pick…. I’m offering you a sharp cleaver and a carving knife….
Let’s get the NASCAR skeletons out of the closet.
The media protection of this farce has to stop…
“Have fun storming the castle… “
READ Isaiah 13:4-5
It’s no big secret…. NASCAR has been in decline since 2004. Growth dropped off that year in attendance and even bigger in TV numbers. This was a sudden and stark contrast to the years and years of steady growth in popularity. Some could argue the sport was on its way to becoming an international sport with it venturing as far as to run a races in Japan at one point. So what happend?
There’s no one specific thing logistically that you to attribute NASCAR rapid fall from a sporting powerhouse. The sport changed in several aspects, and all of them played a small part in the bigger picture of its fall from grace. Schedule changes, car changes, rule changes, driver deaths, sanctioning body ruling scandals…. But there is one central theme that you can peg as overall root cause: Greed. It’s a small word. It’s not hard to spell, say, or understand. But the sanctioning body is blind to their addiction to it. And that my friends is what is ultimately killing the sport.
How? Let’s examine.
Track Schedule Problem:
Fans have been complaining about cookie cutters tracks for a LOOONG time. But why are we subjected to them and why won’t NASCAR remove one or two from the schedule? Well, to answer that, you have to look at the big picture. At some point in the late 80‘s and early 90‘s, NASCAR’s “sister” company ISC (International Speedway Corp) decide that 1.5 milers were going to be built and centered as the bread and butter of oval racing. Why? Well because you can pack the most fans into them and spend the least amount of money to operate. By making tracks “homogenized” upkeep and operating procedures could be better streamlined. It made track management a “color by numbers” experience for ISC. It’s became so simple a monkey could do it. (And depending on who you ask, some fans are convinced by their experiences ISC does have some apes running a few of their race tracks….)
The other issue is ISC being unwilling to close race tracks due to losing revenue. Fontana is the most gross example of this. I believe the track is still on the schedule simply because it’s more cost effective for ISC than shutting it down and paying taxes on a huge vacant piece of property in California.
To truly fix the sport, NASCAR and ISC need to be willing to realize that they need to go back to independently owned short tracks around the country. Tracks not owned by ISC/NASCAR. This sport is more TV driven these days anyway. NASCAR needs to change with the times. Move to smaller venues. Take the hit in gate attendance in favor of better racing. The TV revenues would make up the difference and by making seats harder to come by, each event would become a playoff style frenzy for race fans. You’d get record TV numbers, better racing action, and you could actually legitimately say you’re selling out crowds again.
The only reason ISC won’d do this? Greed.
Give up some of the control NASCAR. Your fans deserve better than this!
Thanks for reading.
Sincerely From Your Fellow Racing Fan,
Read (This means YOU too, Brian)
SAVE NASCAR: Drug Policy or Drug Fallacy??AJ’s Guilt or Innocence Not The Real Issue…
NASCAR has managed to sufficiently tick me off enough to bring me out of sport writing retirement. Another driver, another possible bogus drug test result. Everyone is so quick to buy into the positive results anytime a driver test positive…. Why? Do you all realize how broken NASCAR’s drug testing program is?
NASCAR has the most secretive testing program of any pro sport I can think of…. (a testing system that is virtually “in house”( since NASCAR only uses Aegis Labs and then hides the results from public knowledge.) Which, I guess should not come as a shock to me since NEARLY EVERYTHING NASCAR DOES is overly secretive and non-transparent. Why should something that effects the livelihood and good public reputation of a living breathing human being be any different? If NASCAR brass says it’s true, it’s gospel right???
Mad Mikie published an article that contained some very poignant points about how NASCAR’s system of drug testing is borderline incompetent. Flawed procedures? Check. Non Accredited Lab for the perimeter being tested? Check. Shady ways of revealing results and re-testing? Check. Check. Check!
I don’t know if AJ is guilty or innocent of using drugs. What I do know is that NASCAR’s drug testing procedures could be improved dramatically. And dragging out another driver to be publicly flogged is not proving anything toward validating this shaky “drug testing program” to the in the know fan base….
The mindless NASCAR fan boy drones may be impressed, but those of us who understand sports (and especially racing) on a intimate level, are not!
I would suspect that the last thing NASCAR wants is the Fed involved to examine their procedures…. I’m sure that would be interesting and eye opening for the fan base. NASCAR avoided that happening during the Mayfield trial due to a technicality… (Mayfield signing the drug testing agreement when he applied for his NASCAR license….) And now that the precedent has been set, NASCAR probably feels that their policy is bulletproof. What if they are wrong and mess with the wrong people though? Only time will tell…
Thanks for Reading….
SAVE NASCAR: COT Body Changes Won’t Be Enough To Solve NASCAR’s “RACING” Problems
NASCAR is subtly trying to correct its mistakes with the design of the COT. The tweaks coming in 2013 to the car are meant to do couple different things: They are trying to fix the car’s aero dependency issues and also give back some of the “manufacturer identity”. These changes are being made in order to try to salvage the COT’s public perception, as well as its low opinion with the race drivers themselves.
The car is notorious for its aero tightness in traffic. It has been the main cause of the single file lap parades that have become all too common in the Cup series. And while public perception seems to be that the lack of cautions are cause by “points racing”, the reality of the situation is this: How can cars wreck if they can’t get close enough to each other’s bumpers to touch?… So what are we stuck with? Boring single file racing, and FAKE debris cautions that serve to tighten back up the fields, courtesy of a sanctioning body who is so arrogant that they think you are too stupid to notice. Isn’t it ironic that stupid people in power always seem to be the ones who are the first to tell you that your knowledge of things is not important?
So, why do I believe the COT’s body style changes won’t fix these issues? It’s simple. The adjustments to the body are being made in the wrong places. The thing that has hampered the COT’s race ability from day one has not been the rear,sides, or side skirts of the car. The problems lie in the design of the nose and windshield/ roof area. The car stands too tall from the ground to the center line of the roof. It’s a engineering error for sure. You can’t take something with a high center of gravity and expect it to turn at 180+ mph. I’m not an engineer, but you don’t have to be a Ryan Newman to figure that out. It’s common sense. And the brilliant people who run NASCAR right now don’t have any of that attribute apparently, so… here we go again…. More lackluster efforts to mask (READ: HIDE) a problem rather than actually address it. I can’t wait to see how this works out for em’….
Thanks for Reading….
“The Shady Bunch” (aka The NASCAR Management Theme Song)
(Sung to the tune of “The Brady Bunch Theme”)
This is the story/ of racing series/ who was on the verge of beating the N-F-L/
Till Along Came A Wanna Be Marketing Genius/ Who screwed it all up making “The Chase”/ that makes the fans all want to hurl…
It’s a story/ of a man name Helton/ Who claimed to be a friend to the legend know as Dale Earnhardt/ But As soon as Earnhardt had passed away/ he joined in all the bullsh*t / …..the same garbage that’s tore our series all apart….
Till the one day when this team put there heads together/ and found a way to sellout even more/ They let Toyota help design the COT/ and turned every race into a advertising whore…
Yes I know this… and it’s much more than a hunch/ now our races are filled with manipulations/ and that’s the way they’ve all became THE SHADY BUNCH
THE SHADY BUNCH! THE SHADY BUNCH!
That’s The WAYYYY THEY ALL BECAME THE SHADY BUNCH!!!!!
Editors NOTE: Please Feel free to add verses in the comments section!
SAVE NASCAR: Sponsorship Woes Mean Our Sport May Soon Need Life-Support
Don’t look now, but there is a dark grim reaper hanging over NASCAR’s bed. The sickness has come so slowly that the average fan probably still doesn’t see the plague overtaking the sport. It’s the elephant in the room when it comes to corporate NASCAR and NASCAR’s teams. But the sports health is showing signs of declining . The issue? Major NASCAR teams are starting to have sponsorship issues.
This week on both TheFrontstretch.com, and in the SceneDaily emails, were articles making mention of Matt Kenseth acquiring 5th/3rd Bank as a new primary sponsor for several races. While this looks good on the surface, the truth of the matter is it’s actually a very telling sign of how dire things are when you look at the overall health of the sport. When a former Cup Champion driver who is currently sitting 2nd in the Cup standings is having to hodge podge together sponsorship (in Kenseth’s case using 4 different primary sponsors thus far this season) , something is not right in the world of NASCAR.
Sure, the economy’s bad. Blah, Blah,Blah…. I already hear the sheep bleating! But let’s get real here for a second: If the sport was still the marquee form of auto racing in America, as it was in the 90’s…. Do you really think we’d be seeing this issue occurring?
For all the things NASCAR is trying to do to distract from the poor state of the sports health, including the “not so green….green initiative” with the “Ethanol” in its fuel, to the much ballyhooed EFI chips that are 20 years outdated, it seems that NASCAR media and majority of its fans seem oblivious to the fact the Brian France’s poor decisions are finally catching up with the entire sport. I would suggest that you all stop watching out for your paychecks and start speaking up about the problems you see… before it’s too late to save the sport. Otherwise, the disgruntled among us are going to start reaching for that plug….
Thanks For Reading,
Read Psalm 48:14
Along with the increase in media criticism of NASCAR’s “mystery cautions” following Richmond, I discovered a fan taking it to NASCAR via a banner he is going to display at races to protest NASCAR’s insistance on trying to keep Red Vogt from getting his rightful recognition as the true founder of “NASCAR”…. (It was NOT Bill France who incorperated or came up with the name)…. It was Red Vogt… and yet, Vogt’s name has yet to be found on a NASCAR HOF ballot… Why?