Sunday, November 18, 2012

Congrats to Keselowski on NASCAR Cup Championship

After 20 years in NASCAR, Roger Penske has finally won the NASCAR Cup Championship with his driver, Brad Keselowski. Congratulations to the Penske Racing team for this achievement!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Potty-Mouth Danica Not a Role Model for Kids

You know, I'm not a prude. I know and use my share of 4-letter words (usually when no one can hear me) and I understand swearing in the heat of the moment, TO A DEGREE. But, there is a point where that is just plain unacceptable. Like last season, when Kurt Busch's foul-mouthed post-race diatribe with ESPN reporter Jerry Punch went viral on the web. Kurt lost a coveted ride over that, and I can't say it wasn't deserved.

This past weekend, Danica Patrick, highly touted to be the 'greatest female racer ever' (yet to be proven, I might add) came on the radio during the race at Bristol and littered the radio feed with enough F-words to put her in an R-rated One Star gang movie.  This is the role-model I want my God-child to look up to??? This is a competitor who thinks that being treated like one of the boys means swearing like one of the boys? If Danica thinks that makes her the equal to the other drivers in NASCAR then perhaps she is missing the point completely. Granted, Lynn St. James, Janet Guthrie and Shirley Muldowney were not pinup gals trying to race--but they didn't even attempt to be. They burned with the desire to race because they loved the sport and were not worried about trying to attract sponsorship by any means other than sheer talent.

I'm trying to overlook Danica's sex-pot attempts in those shoddy Go-Daddy commercials where you start to wonder, watching those, how she was ever seriously considered as a true racer. Indeed, the Danica you see at the track is missing the lush hair-extensions, sexy makeup and star treatment you see in those ads. I can understand trying to capitalize for the sake of getting a sponsor--to a degree. I do not agree with her attitude that swearing like an R-rated gangsta is needed, necessary or even desirable in a racer. The only thing it proves is that she cannot control her vocabulary on a national broadcast. Especially since she is portrayed as a role model to young gals and (yes) guys who want to become racers. If you are taking your kids to the races, be careful which radio frequencies you let your kids listen to. You might just want to avoid Danica's channel.

Maybe she did good getting a competent finish at Bristol in the Nationwide race, but her foul-mouthed diatribe during the Cup race earns her an F (that's for "FAILURE") in my book.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

It's nice to be the QUEEN OF NASCAR...Introducing QUEEN DANICA

If ANY other driver in NASCAR had pulled the stunt Danica Patrick did after the last lap of the race at Talladega, running into Sam Hornish and deliberately punting his car into the wall, they would have been called to the NASCAR hauler, fined, penalized points and possibly suspended. Recall how NASCAR penalized Kyle Busch, who had FAR more provocation for retaliating against Ron Hornaday last season.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rick Hendrick Gets Away with Violations--Must Be Nice to Have a FRIEND Hearing Your Appeal!

Just when you thought NASCAR was getting a little credibility back, here comes Rick Hendrick once again. You remember Hendrick, the car-dealer/convicted felon who got his "Presidential Pardon" after a half-a-million dollar donation to the Clinton Library was made, after being indicted on 17 counts (he pled guilty to 1 count) of bribery in a $250 MILLION dollar case prosecuted by the federal government...who skirted prison by a very rare cancer diagnosis (which has been in remission for several years now), and who, most recently, refused to accept NASCAR's penalties assessed on his beloved #48 team after it was found to have an illegal C post on a car brought to Daytona in February.

The same car which was run 4 times last year.

The same car that Jimmie Johnson was told by his crew chief, Chad Knaus, that if he won at Talladega, he had better wreck the back end of the car (so as to keep post-race inspection from finding illegalities).

Hendrick appealed the penalties assessed (suspensions for crew chief and team manager and points deducted for car owner and driver, and fines) and his appeal was denied. So, of course Hendrick proceeded to appeal the case again. Only this time, the guy hearing the case just HAPPENS to be a very long time Chevrolet executive who is also an old friend (crony?) of Hendrick's.

It was announced today that the "Chief Appellate" for NASCAR, John Middlebrook, removed all penalties except the $100,000 fine assessed to Hendrick Racing. In case you don't know, that's chump change to these racing multimillionaires. Hendrick blows that much money on a single Corvette at Barrett-Jackson auctions (where he's been seen to purchase 10-20 Corvettes at a time for his collection or for 'gifts'). Oh, and by the way, guess who was one of the speakers at Middlebrook's retirement shindig from GM? You got it -- Rick Hendrick.

You would have thought for the appearance of impartiality and fairness that Middlebrook would recuse himself from the case. After all, it has been widely reported in the media that Hendrick and he have a long-standing relationship and friendship. Instead, all of the severe penalties that really mean anything against Hendrick's team were dropped. The biggest win for Hendrick was the removal of the 6-race suspension initially given to Crew Chief Chad Knause. Knause has been convicted of cheating at least 7 times that we know of.

So much for having rules and enforcement. When you have a few hundred million dollars invested in a sport though, it looks like that this takes precedence over right and wrong. When Clint Bowyer's car was found to be illegal at New Hampshire 2 years ago in post-race inspection by a miniscule, unmeasurable fraction of an inch, poor Clint was docked 100 points and effectively removed from the Chase for the Cup. A Chase that Hendrick's #48 team went on to "win." Guess it's all about "who" you are in the sport.

Hendrick has a stellar history of bribery and cheating. A public, convicted history. Wouldn't you think NASCAR would have just a wee bit of concern at how this all appears to the ticket-buying, race watching public? It looks more and more like young Brian France and his family are no longer running the sport, especially with the iron fist that his father, Bill France, used.

This type of travesty is not going to put any more folks in the stands at the races, you can count on that. Just like you could virtually count the empty seats at the Cup race this past weekend at Bristol. And I never thought I'd see the stands at that race so empty! NASCAR might love having a multimillionaire like Hendrick run the show--but the fans, well, not so much.