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#19 of 25 Re: washout [pf_flyer]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 27, 2012 (6:28 am)
I would have thought that the woman driver talk would have filled up 8 hours all by itself.
Nov 13, 2012 (6:12 pm)
Maybe it's the ticket cost, the cost to get to the track, the boring cars, the boring drivers. Whatever it is, attendence (and sponsorship) is down.
"Nascar, the nation's richest and most popular form of motorports, has experienced a fall-off so steep in recent years that the roaring ambitions of the past have been throttled down.
After a prolonged skid that many blame on the economy, this was the year Nascar had hoped to bounce back. Then again, so was last year. Now, careening into this Sunday's championship showdown, the last race of the season, Nascar's losing streak is looking more serious. Fans, viewers and sponsors seem to be continuing a multi-year defection to other sports. Suddenly it's possible to imagine the once-rocketing sport sputtering toward a halt.
As Nascar gets safer, its halo of danger has faded somewhat. Drivers use a homogenized "Car of Tomorrow," with aerodynamics that make passing tougher and mechanicals that leave less room for personalization. Nascar historian Dan Pierce points out that stock-car racing has moved away from the time when the cars on the track were cars you could buy—and the cars are less relatable. "It was so much a part of growing up, out there in the yard, working on a car on a Saturday afternoon," Pierce said. "Now it's all computers."
Nascar's Leaky Fuel Tank (Wall St. Journal)
Feb 18, 2013 (7:34 am)
"Winning pole position at the Daytona 500 is a big deal for any driver, in part because it is the best-known race of the season and also one of the fastest. For this year’s pole sitter, Danica Patrick, it could mean more.
Her decisive qualifying victory with a speed of 196.434 miles an hour showed that she belongs in Nascar’s premier racing league and has the speed and skill to win the big season-opening race. She may even silence a few naysayers."
What Does Danica Patrick Winning the Daytona Pole Really Mean? (WSJ)
Feb 18, 2013 (9:24 am)
I've heard a lot of criticism saying she's all hype, but she can drive and drive fast. So many factors go into winning. Even the best driver has to cope with parts failing, unexpected incidents on the track. She's good enough to win at any time. I just wish they stop focusing on the "first female" angle. That's not even a factor in my mind any more. You either cross the line first or you don't.
#24 of 25 last lap for Speedvision
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 05, 2013 (4:44 pm)
"It started as Speedvision in 1996, became the Speed channel in 2002, and this August 17 it will be gone. Gone, that is, at least as a cable outlet dedicated to motorsports and gearhead obsessions.
News Corporation, the Rupert Murdoch-controlled media empire that has owned Speed channel outright since 2001, today announced that it will convert into a general sports coverage channel to be called Fox Sports 1 (FS1)."
Speed Channel Bites the Dust