• NASCAR Birthdays

    Born in APRIL

    18 Geoff Bodine, Tyler Labonte, Kale Kahne, Melanie Self

    19 Robert Yates, Richard Yates, Jack Roush, Greg Erwin, Kevin Grubb, Al Unser Jr., Aaron Keuhn

    20 Frank Stoddard, James Barnwell, Ron Barfield, Adrian Fernandez, Dustin Skinner, James Barnwell

    21 Bruce Silver, Bill Ingle, Greg Zipadelli, Bob Varsha

    22 Raygan Swan, Stella Paysor, Wesley Gantt

    23 Brian Whitesell, Jason Keller, Phil Gould, Joe Keller, Skip Manning, Terry Glotzbach, P.J. Jones, Tommy Croft, Charles Gafrarar, William Shakespeare, Jacob Meetze

    24 Hermie Sadler, Harrill Hamrick, Stephanie Hillin, Amanda Lorenzen

    25 Alkie Cunningham

    26 Martha Oliver, Jimmy Kitchens, Eva Busch

    27 Shelly Bose, Jason Haynes, Jason Sheets

    28 Tyler Hmiel, Jeff Neuendorf

    29 Dale Earnhardt, Larry Frank, Angie Skinner, Chad Little, Jerry Schweitz, Alexandria Fennig

    30 Michael Waltrip, Elliott Sadler, Andy Hillenburg, Joe Millikan, Amelia Joy Smith, Chris Browning, Ashton Glover, Frank Kimmel

    Born in MAY

    1 Randy Dorton, Johnny Sauter, Jimmy Parrott

    2 Ed "Uncle Bud" Adamczyk, Kyle Busch

    3 Greg Ely

    4 Randy Tolsma, Bobby Burrell, Jennifer Eolin

    5 Larry Pollard, Bob Welborn

    6 Mike Borkowski, Tammy Jo Kirk, Jeff Hancock, Dean Mozingo

    7 Dave Steele, Danny O'Quinn Jr.

    8 Bobby Labonte, Nathan Buttke, Don Hume, Jay Stewart, Judy Childress

    9 Tim Fedewa, Scott Page

    10 Amelia Andretti, Andy Rueger

    11 Glenn Bobo, Tim Flock, NASCAR Hall of Fame

    12 Jabe Thomas, Debra Adamczyk

    13 Rich Bickle, Scott Eggleston, Bob Kennedy, Jim Spencer, Linda McReynolds, Kirk Almquist, Maggie Feeney Rossi

    14 Steve Letarte, Bill Brooks, Dave Munari, Danielle Del Corio, Scott Lynch

    15 Shane Hmiel, John Hubner

    16 Josh Walker

    17 Mike Shiplett, Craig Ferguson, Kevin Pennell

    18 Mike Motil

    19 Dario Franchitti, Jody Ridley, Danny Culler

    20 Tony Stewart, Steve Portenga, Dave Despain, Eric Norris

Stick and Ball Sports

This post is off topic for this blog but I had to weigh in. As most of you already know Pro Football team owners and the players and their union are at odds over how they’re going to split up the take(money). Many years ago I was an avid Football and Baseball fan, I’ve been a season ticket holder of the Dolphins and the Chiefs and went to countless baseball games. Spent thousands on all the garb (shirts,hats, and anything else that advertised my teams). I felt that I was an asset to my team because of my support. But not anymore, I won’t even watch a game on T.V. not even the Super Bowl, World Series, or the Stanley Cup. I don’t miss them a bit. Your probably thinking he wasn’t much of a fan. But that’s the point I was, 10 years ago I would have never thought of missing a game. But that’s how angry I was. The breaking point was another threat of a strike and it seemed to be happening every 3 or 4 years. I was growing very tired of every year ticket prices going up and every 3 or 4 years owners and players fighting over MY money. I know it sounds stupid but I likened it to me walking through the stadium and the players and the owners mug me and then they run back to their hideout and argue over how they’re going to split up the money they just robbed from me, both sides ready to put a bullet in each other over more money than they actually need..I know it’s crazy but that’s how I thought of it. Anyway the threat of a strike seemed to happening more and more. And I’d continually see where players were getting millions of dollars and the owners raking it in on merchandise and T.V. deals. As I said earlier ticket prices were going up, parking fees going up, and for god sake even the price of a cup of hot beer was going up. Then just when you think they’ve squeezed you dry, the city and team want to upgrade or build a new stadium by raising your  taxes.  In a sport that generates BILLIONS of dollars for team owners, players and their respective leagues it’s taxpayers that have to flip the bill for their workplace the place they make the BILLIONS of dollars. Wouldn’t it be great if you needed a building for your business and taxpayers paid for it ? Anyway that picture is why I said screw’em, You’ve got admit football and baseball teams stick it to fans. It’s just ridiculus for a player to make milllions of dollars a year or excuse me for about 7 months worth of work, I don’t care what he can do with a ball or how fast he can run.

I’ve still got NASCAR, back when I became a dedicated fan(1980) of NASCAR  it was a sport that the competitors participated for ”the love of the game”. Today some of NASCAR is clouded by money but it’s truly a sport that the love of the sport is what drives most of the drivers. Most drivers struggle to get to a level where it pays the bills.

Sports, Christmas, and Sex has been ruined by Money.

More Danica and Reply’s to Damon and Paul

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In some sports I don’t deny that kind of ridiculous negotiating takes place where one guy says 10 mil then the team comes back with a $1.00 and they go back and forth almost endlessly because usually that kind of ridiculous negotiating reflects the parties true interest. In other sports the team owners are thought of differently than NASCAR team owners drivers don’t see the need to fleece someone that’s going to help them win, drivers understand there are limited dollars, sponsors pay, x amount of money, if the driver gets to greedy the engine program may suffer and make him look bad running in the back or even worse not qualifying. Sponsor pay a fixed amount, it’s up to the team owner to spread it out in a way he can remain competitive.

I’ve been very fortunate over the last 3 years I’ve works with several teams and their sponsors activations and venue marketing so I got to see how things work. Usually the dollar amount isn’t what’s negotiated, the things that are negotiated are the perks (cars,motorcoaches,travel), public appearances, branding, and commercials. The times I’ve been privey to contracts (which isn’t that much) the dollar amount is what it is, sponsor pay a fixed amount the team owner spreads it around the program to be competitive. but that’s not to say a big sponsor won’t comes along and want a specific driver giving that driver a little more bargaining power. I guess I just don’t think Danicas there yet.

Because of my marketing background I’m bias, I believe good marketing makes good drivers so I have to agree with Pauls comment she’s a star because of the marketing, she’s been fortunate her teams owners and sponsors are committed to the IRL so what ever driver they pay for they’ve got to get their moneys worth and to get their moneys worth they’ve got to market her. There have been other women IRL drivers in the same talent class as Danica but the difference is they wanted to be the one with the women driver to compliment their program instead the mindset with Danicas group which is the team and sponsors program compliment Danica which is good for the program at the end of the day. But because of my marketing background    I’m bias, I believe good marketing makes good drivers. Now that Danica’s got the opportunity she needs to raise the bar but is she committed?? Good drivers race on off weekends and in the off season. Look at Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards and actually many others they race whenever they can. Danica takes off to Cancun on off weeks which in IRL they’re are many off weeks.

Thanks Paul and Damon

Although we may disagree from time to time, I appreciate your opinion and comments because that’s why we’re here to voice them.

Sponsors aren’t Racers

 

  Red Bull is a perfect example why sponsors should not own race teams. Red Bull is probably the best at what they do, make and market energy drinks. But that’s it.
  They have no business making decisions on the drivers of there race teams. That should be Jaye Fryes job he’s the professional they hired to manage there NASCAR race teams. The big wheel(owner) in Austria made the decision to let A.J. Almendinger go and put Scott Speed in the drivers seat. It was a huge set back for the team, they had just started to turn the corner with A.J. he was qualifying well and had gotten into the top 35 which guarantees the team a starting spot. They were finally going to be able to run competitively and bam in one stupid decision the team was setback two years but thats only if all goes well and Scott Speed steps up his game which hasn’t happened yet.
  I was completely against the swap, I think A.J.’s the drive to be successful in NASCAR in the same breathe I think it just might have been the best thing to happen to A.J., he’s with an owner(Richard Petty Motorsports) that see’s his talent, he’s with an owner that wants to win as bad as he does, and he’s with an owner that has experience in the sport. Those combinations along with A.J.’s attitude is recipe for success.
   I really don’t think Scott Speed will be in Cup to long. Other than Red Bull teams can’t go a season and only run 4 or 5 races and right now thats all your going to get with Scott Speed unless you put someone in the car to get them back in the top 35 and then put Scott in to see if he can hold it there. But Scott is not going to get the car into the top 35.

Harvick Exploring NHRA Opportunitys

Kevin HarvickBob Vandergriff jr.

NASCAR racer and Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick and his wife, DeLana, have teamed with NHRA Drag Racing veteran Bob Vandergriff Jr. to explore the option of fielding a Top Fuel dragster in NHRA competition. The proposed Harvick-Vandergriff Motorsports will specialize in offering its sponsors marketing opportunities in NHRA, NASCAR Sprint Cup, Craftsman Truck, and the Nationwide Series.

“I think we have a unique opportunity to provide unprecedented reach for companies looking to achieve their objectives through motorsports,” Vandergriff said. “As this deal evolves, we want to offer the companies aligned with Harvick-Vandergriff Motorsports the chance to use the best of NHRA and NASCAR through the same program. We’ll have the capabilities to provide something no other team can offer.

“I’m extremely excited about this opportunity with Kevin and his wife, DeLana. Our ideas of how to market our motorsports programs and our long-term goals are the same.”

This would be an unprecedented alignment of teams in the top two motorsports sanctions in the United States. Vandergriff also believes that having a team car to run alongside his championship-contending UPS dragster would be a huge advantage.

“The response from the companies we’ve spoken to already has been tremendous,” Harvick said. “Everyone at Kevin Harvick Inc. and Richard Childress Racing has become extremely interested with what’s happening in the drag racing world through our friendship with Bob. The more we come to understand what is happening in the NHRA series, the more attractive it’s becoming as a whole.

“It’s my belief that NHRA could provide a great marketplace for us to grow our business by providing unmatched opportunities for interested sponsors. We view this as something that would be a natural extension of our current Craftsman Truck and Nationwide Series programs. Bob’s a proven leader and innovator, and DeLana and I are happy to be here as his guests. The future looks very exciting.”

Vandergriff and Harvick plan to begin assembling a race team and all of the necessary components and people within the next two months as they prepare for a 2009 debut. Announcements regarding the driver and sponsors will be forthcoming

NASCAR, Is There too Much at Stake ??

 Roush Says Toyota Team Stole “Proprietary Part”

  ESPN the Magazine has an interesting and explosive quote from Roush Fenway Racing co-owner Jack Roush as part of its 10th Anniversary issue, which is on newsstands this week. Two weeks ago at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the magazine quotes Roush as saying, “We had a proprietary Roush Fenway part go missing from one of my race teams, and we recovered it from a Toyota team. I’m not going to say which team it is, but we are considering legal action, or getting NASCAR involved.” If Roush’s allegations prove to be true, this could become NASCAR’s version of the recent spy scandal that rocked Formula One racing, in which the McLaren-Mercedes team was caught with confidential, proprietary test information belonging to rival Ferrari.

  Is there so much at stake that teams will start spying on other teams, stealing parts, and video taping test sessions ? Is this what you get with the COT (car of tomorrow) ? I know NASCAR is 50 years old and to say NASCAR grew to fast might not be completely accurate but I think it would be accurate to say in the last 10 years they’ve have grown a little to fast, and since Dale Sr.’s death the growth has exploded now I know you can’t stop the fans but long ago maybe 15 years ago NASCAR should have in some way limited what a teams need to spend on cars, testing, and Research and Development, teams have had to drag in BIG Sponsors to help with costs, its a vicious circle you need more from sponsors so sponsors want wins which every year costs more, I don’t know what the answer is now but early on NASCAR should have limited what a team can do to a car, NASCAR does beleive they have the answer now it’s the COT car. Only time will tell whether they’ve really contained cost for teams and made things better.