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By Carol Einarsson | 07/19/2016
 



JEERS to me for no column last week. Not only didn't I write about the race, or record the race, I didn't see one bit of the race. I understand that Martin Truex got screwed by NASCAR, though, and having seen just that smidgen of the race, I agree. I've seen guys all year (and last year, too) pulling up that way, something we all know NASCAR said was no longer allowed a couple years ago, but then they stopped enforcing it. Now suddenly it's enforced?? Did he pass on the left? Yes, but once you stop enforcing something, as NASCAR had, I think you have to make it a rule again before you randomly start penalizing guys. It would be like black flagging a guy for throwing a water bottle out of the car. Rules clearly state you cannot throw anything out of the car, but they do, we watch them, NASCAR watches them, and nobody is penalized. I hope Martin's team has told him not to throw any water bottles out, too. But last week was a busy one, and it just didn't get done. I checked for a Monday morning replay, but evidently NBC isn't so much into that like FOX was. By now it's online in full-race video, but now it's so late that it's pretty unlikely (okay, not even remotely likely) that I'll watch and write about it.

JEERS to Kyle Busch's facial hair experiment. Didn't he used to have a sponsorship with Pedigree? I wonder if they make mange medicine. Seriously, that's the kinda thing you do in the off season, or at the very least, when there's an off-weekend and you have two weeks until you have a TV camera in your face. (Unless you're Tony Stewart and need a mere five-minutes notice to produce a full-face of hair.)

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Last Activity: 07/23/16
 
By Carol Einarsson | 07/05/2016
 



CHEERS to driver introductions. We love seeing driver dads with kids hanging off their hips and sitting atop their shoulders. And we're pretty sure the kids love that, too!
 
JEERS to Daytona Rising, a $400 million investment to basically reduce the number of seats at the speedway so it doesn't look as empty. And there's the added built-in excuse that with all the "neighborhoods" they built below the grandstand, that when the seats are empty, it's because race fans are visiting with each other down there. Right. And they're shopping at Fontana.
 
JEERS to the sync being off with NBC's sound. It's tempting to excuse it as their first race of the season, but it's not like it's their first day doing a live sporting event, right? 
 
CHEERS to the possibility of Junior tying his dad for plate wins. It's always hard being the offspring of one so wildly successful in his profession, so for Junior to catch ANY of his dad's records would surely be a special day. I'm reminded of how competitive they were together, each claiming to be just a hair taller than the other. I think if Junior tied the old man's record and he were here to see it, we'd see a mix of ornery dismissive smirk, and a father bursting with pride.  


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Last Activity: 07/09/16
 
By Carol Einarsson | 06/28/2016
 



CHEERS to Bryson Byrnes in his dad's old studio, with a giant pic of joy behind him in Steve's smile, naming Chris Osborne as the recipient of the second annual Byrnsie Award. Look out, Mike Joy, the kid's comin' for your job!

JEERS to makeup overdone. When you have THAT kind of shadow on your face, you may have overdone the mascara.

CHEERS to Sherry Pollex for her strength and her example to others. Behind every man...  We just love everything about this couple!

CHEERS to Denny driving in San Francisco with Larry McReynolds riding shotgun, but JEERS to the obvious rip-off of Jerry Seinfeld's web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. That said, we love when Larry makes a joke, because it's so infrequent -- "There's STILL no line!"

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Last Activity: 07/01/16
 
By Carol Einarsson | 06/15/2016
 
So I was away from home Sunday, and watching the race elsewhere. As it happened, by the time church was over, we were about 40 laps into the race. No worries, I thought, I have it recording on my DVR at home.

I watched what I could of the race, making some notes, writing some snarky comments here and there, all with the intent of rewatching at home and filling in the gaps. I had maybe half the race written, still missing the first part of it, and having not written anything about the finish. I could complete it Monday morning or afternoon, not unusual for me, and still be on schedule.

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Last Activity: 06/18/16
 
By Carol Einarsson | 06/08/2016
 
JEERS to rain on Sunday and racing on Monday. If history holds true, this should be an "efficient" race. There's always a different feel to a Monday race, as it's apparent that drivers want to just get it done and go home.

CHEERS to a magnificent flag waving as I think all flags ought! I'd say the way that one is waving, it rivals Talladega's in beauty.

JEERS to no anthem or invocation. I understand it's hard to hold over talent, but if it was performed yesterday, it's on tape and can be replayed today before the race.


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Last Activity: 07/01/16
 
By Dave Clark | 06/06/2016
 
In this day of social media, the common man has greater access and opportunity to share his thoughts and opinions with the world. From a computer, phone, or tablet, a person can thrust his wisdom or mental vomit upon a wide-scale audience. Suddenly, people who know nothing but think they know something have a platform, and they are using it to its fullest capacity. In this society, we are lightning fast to point out the faults of others, while at the same time, we expect grace anytime we stumble.
 
Following the Coca Cola 600 last week, I was perusing Twitter, Facebook and the web for reactions to the race. What I found was a whole lot of hate being spread around. Hate for the race itself, the winning driver and the TV coverage. It’s the latter that I want to address here. Let me be perfectly upfront here -- I am a broadcaster. For the past 29 years I have made my living in broadcast media. Yes, I am standing up for my fellow broadcasters, because it’s HARDER THAN YOU THINK!

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Last Activity: 06/08/16
 
By Carol Einarsson | 05/31/2016
 
CHEERS to the military presence at the track. I know much has been written this week to correct those who think Memorial Day and Veterans Day are to honor the same set of people, but they are different. However, this morning in church, our pastor asked any who have served, to stand. And with them standing, we prayed for the families of those who had lost loved ones. As he explained, those who are still among us and have served, are representatives for those who didn't come home. I think that's a wonderful way to tie them together. How many of those who are still among us, at one time in their service, may have been responsible for carrying a wounded brother out of the bloody situation that ultimately took his life? I think all those who served consider it an honor to stand as representatives for those who didn't make it home. 
 
CHEERS to the greatest day in racing, but JEERS to me missing the first 2/3 of it. How did I forget about Monaco?? 
 
CHEERS to Mark Martin in the pace car, but JEERS to no camera and microphone in that car so we could talk to him before the race. I didn't even hear FOX mention his presence at all! Poor form, FOX. (Disclaimer: I didn't see any but the last couple of minutes of the pre-race, so if they had a spot on him before the race, I stand corrected.)
 

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Last Activity: 06/03/16
 
By Carol Einarsson | 05/24/2016
 
SPRINT SHOWDOWN: 

CHEERS to a nice shout-out to Len Wood, NASCAR's Thomas Edison. I think that museum might well be on my racing bucket list. What a very nice thing to have them racing full time this year, and we're looking forward to Ryan Blaney's first win, taking the Wood Bros back to Victory Lane! 

CHEERS to Kyle Larson, Trevor Bayne, Chase Elliott, and Ryan Blaney for the great group of Young Guns 2.0, and racing well enough to get TV time. It seems week after week, we're watching these four, and it's refreshing! Someone asked me recently when the last time we had a rookie class the likes of Elliott and Blaney, and I honestly couldn't remember when. 

CHEERS to Michael McDowell not hitting anything, but more importantly, keeping that car moving through the grass! Get stuck there, and you'll be waiting for the wrecker -- or a row boat. Not to mention, if you do get a wrecker, you're gonna have to get out of your car and stand in that swampy grass! 

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Last Activity: 05/26/16
 
By Dave Clark | 05/22/2016
 

Saturday night’s NASCAR All Star race seemed to have everything: great racing, a spectacular crash where no one was injured, and a down-to-the-wire finish.  Great, right?  Not so much.   Over-shadowing what should have been a terrific night for the drivers, the fans and NASCAR in general was the incredible confusion over the special format rules.  

Interestingly enough, I remember hearing ESPN's Bob Pockrass talking about the new format in the media center during the Kansas race.  I also remember thinking to myself, "Well, now that's confusing."  Apparently, I'm a prophet. The drivers were confused, the crew chiefs were confused, the FOX TV team was confused, and as a viewer, I was confused.  NASCAR, by its very nature, is controlled chaos at 185 miles an hour.  Add in mass confusion about the rules of engagement and what you have is a big ol’ mess. 


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Last Activity: 05/24/16
 
By Carol Einarsson | 05/17/2016
 
CHEERS to a very nice invocation and a great anthem! Tom Dixon did a fine job, and paired well with "bluegrass day" at church! Yes, we had a fiddle, a harmonica, and a bunch of bluegrass-hymn-singing guys in plaid flannel this morning. What a great day to watch a race!

CHEERS to that monster jump by Kevin Harvick -- WOW!!  It was like he was the only one that saw the green flag, OR the only one with an extra cylinder in his car! THAT's the way to start a race right there!

JEERS to still no full-coverage of SAFER barriers at Dover.  WHY???

CHEERS to 36 laps in, and Harvick SIX SECONDS ahead of second place!

JEERS to a competition yellow. They're professional drivers and teams, and can manage their own pit stops without NASCAR mandating a caution period.

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Last Activity: 05/18/16
 

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