Ok, so for the last week or so, a lot of different things have been happening...or not happening...in the world of Motorsports. I've been asked what my opinion has been and well, here ya go.
Petty on Patrick
Boy do I have an opinion on this one. Before I start on that, I have one question for Kyle. What gives you the qualification to say Danica is not a race car driver and just a marketing machine? Your 8 wins in over 800 starts? What is that, like one win in every 100 starts? Also, didn't you finish below the top 25 in points a good percentage of your seasons? Yeah, really qualified there dude. Anyway, the article, and his comments, really hit a nerve with me. I'm going to chalk it up to him just wanting to get ratings up for a sinking TNT. It was inevitable that Danica was going to get asked about it during her presser at the track and her answer was perfect. (Watch the full presser here) Danica said quote, "I just think that it's funny how he said that I can qualify but I can't race, because those of you who actually watch what I do would know that I can't qualify for crap, so it's a little bit funny." She's right, anyone who actually watches her knows that Danica+Qualifying does not mix well. She took Petty's criticism in stride and said that she is never going to silence the naysayers but she doesn't really care because its the people that stand beside her that really matter. Kudos to you girl because I don't think I would have been that nice if someone would say something like that about me. That is my thought on that situation... well, my thoughts that I could actually share anyway.
I know that I am not the only one who thinks the road course races are pretty exciting. It only happens twice a season that we get to see our favorite drivers try and tackle turning right and it is pretty funny to see how many actually struggle with this. It's like their mind is competing with their arms saying "NO YOU AREN'T SUPPOSED TO TURN RIGHT! YOU ARE A NASCAR DRIVER! YOU DRIVE IN A CIRCLE!" Ok, so maybe not, but I still find road course racing very exciting. You have your usual drivers running up near the top but then you have your road course specialists, and I am not talking about those that they bring in JUST for the road courses. Drivers like Juan Pablo Montoya and Marcos Ambrose who run well at all of the road courses. I thought for sure JPM was going to end up in victory lane at the end of Sonoma but instead, he ran out of gas and just barely made it across the finish line. It was really nice to see Martin Truex Jr in Victory Lane after coming so close earlier this season. I have a feeling that we won't have to wait as long this time to see his next victory come about.
Fox Sports 1
Yeah.....not happy about this at all. I LOVE SPEED!!!!! I'm referring to the channel but I also mean that is the literal sense too. As of this morning, the @NASCARonSPEED twitter handle went dark and everything is now going to go through @FoxSports1 in an attempt to get fans to follow the new network before they completely take over our beloved SPEED Channel in August. Reading through their last few tweets last night, it was clear to see that there aren't too many people happy with this change. For me, this merge and closure breaks my heart. Ever since I fell into this sport and decided I wanted to pursue a career in the broadcasting side of motorsports, it had been a dream of mine to work for SPEED. That dream is gone, kaput, flushed down the drain. No, I'm not giving up on my broadcasting dream, but working for SPEED is no longer an option....it's Fox Sports. I know I will probably get used to the idea of Fox Sports but right now, the fact that they are taking SPEED Channel away from us fans is brutal. With the programming schedule already released to the public, its clear to see that we are going to get less of what we love. RaceHub will be cut to half an hour and Wind Tunnel and SpeedCenter will be gone completely. In other words, here is to less motorsports coverage and more football.... yay.
Ok....rant over, for now at least. Keep checking back, I'll have a complete rundown of what you need to know for the next road course race at Watkins Glen, language wise, and so much more! And hey, if you have an idea or something you think I need to cover, comment below because I'd love to hear your ideas!
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