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Quote of the Week
"When Steve and I were done talking, I felt happier."
-Kenny Wallace, Who summed it up perfectly for every person who ever met Steve Byrnes.

By Carol Einarsson | 08/26/2015
The Pledge of Allegiance is a nice way to start.

I don't know how else to say this, but the invocation sucked. It was downright shameful. And the worst part is that we can't even blame it on nervousness or stage fright... it was prepared that way.

And the best Bristol choir we've had in a long while, complete with showing us some of the proud parents. We loved the unanimous head-turn at the rocket's red glare and bombs bursting in midair.

The BEST flag waving ever! From above it was just gorgeous.

Lambeau Field, Wrigley Field, and Bristol Motor Speedway. But you don't ever hear "It's Lambeau Field, baby!" Same with Wrigley Field. Only at Bristol, baby!

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Last Activity: 08/31/15
By Carol Einarsson | 08/19/2015
Very nice tributes to Buddy Baker, especially by Ryan Newman, putting his friend's name on the passenger side to ride shotgun.

Maybe someone should tell Kurt Busch there's nothing wrong with being single for awhile and focusing on his career.

I wish Martin and Sherry would just get married already. Clearly they're a permanent pair, so referring to them as boyfriend and girlfriend just seems to trivialize the relationship in a temporary short of way.

Interesting start that was.  And Kyle Busch is out of the Chase again? That's why we shouldn't be watching so closely. Update everything after each race, but this business of constant "he's in, no he's out, no he's in again" updates is just ridiculous.

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Last Activity: 08/21/15
By Carol Einarsson | 08/11/2015
Much better timing this week with the invocation and anthem on the main broadcast rather than the pre-race. Best quote I ever got from ESPN was in the Kansas media center when I was asked by their rep, "Why does it matter about the televised anthem and invocation? That's not part of the race."  

I don't know what kind of minister thinks it's okay to put the sponsor name in the prayer. David Fife is apparently one of them, though. I'm sorry, but the word CHEEZ-IT should never, ever be included in a prayer of any sort. Ever.

Is the flag we just saw during the anthem on a fan's RV? Pretty sure the flag at the track is on something more sturdy than a PVC pole.

Smiling Tony. That's a nice thing. Is anyone else watching the grey in his beard as it spreads year after year, and imagining that in another 20 years, he might be playing Santa? Greatest benefit to a Tony Santa, of course, is that he only needs a week's notice to grow the beard.

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Last Activity: 08/13/15
By Carol Einarsson | 08/05/2015

Always nice to have MRO at the NASCAR pulpit, and Billy Mauldin especially.

Anyone else find it amusing that someone whose last name is Golden was wearing a blue dress? Or was she?

Biffle's daughter definitely has one of the best heads of hair among NASCAR kids. Curly hair is just better.  

CV-22? Interesting aircraft.

If Aquafina is "For Happy Bodies", what kind of water are the unhappy bodies drinking? I wonder if anyone ever stood in aisle six and considered their mood before deciding which water to buy. Maybe a better idea is to say that your product produces happy bodies instead of implying it's a prerequisite for consumption.

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Last Activity: 08/06/15
By Carol Einarsson | 07/29/2015
NASCAR racing at Indy for twenty years?? No way. Can't be.

Tony's "It's not that hot!" sounded like Dale Earnhardt to me. Only thing missing was a reference to "candy ass".

I know 235,000 seats are a lot to fill, but with all the CGI available, why can't they CGI out the grandstands and put greenery there so we're not actually seeing the empty seats?

Quote of the week: "Balloons on the backstretch. We'll be right back." Even still, a couple of orange balloons at Indy got nothin' on the Tropicana orange at Chicago!!

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Last Activity: 07/31/15
By Carol Einarsson | 07/22/2015
I don't like New Hampshire. I'm not sure if it's because it's where Adam died, if it's the ridiculous lobster as a prize, or if it's the historically crappy racing. But we'll endure it again, and see if anything is better. And I'll admit, it's a good thing you already clicked the page, because that intro surely wouldn't make you want to read the rest, but... well, since you're already here, you may as well, right?

No anthem, no invocation... must have been on the pre-race that I don't record? Because I'm not already annoyed enough that the race deleted at least six hours of American Pickers from my DVR. Certainly nobody's fault but my own DVR-hoarding self. Maybe it would help if I'd get around to watching the F1 race from Monaco. Or the 13 episodes of Top Gear... yeah, definitely my fault.

Jeff Burton, you know I like him, but saying a guy that wrecks another has to apologize to the entire field -- that's just ridiculous. The whole field does NOT expect to be wrecked by a guy just because he wrecked someone else. They expect to be wrecked by bad drivers, but not by good drivers who get into someone while going for the win or because he has an open issue with someone.

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Last Activity: 07/23/15
By Carol Einarsson | 07/15/2015
Nice anthem. And look at that big American flat being held by the fans with nobody looking the slightest bit offended.

Tony's so clean shaven.. I saw a photo of him looking that way a few days ago, and I swear it looked photoshopped.

Oh my goodness... Little Harper Grace Allgaier! And Momma tells her, at just shy of two years old, "Put your hand over your heart." Top rate parenting right there!

And another giant flag. I wish we'd had a camera on those who were singing! "Everybody! ... And the home of the brave!" These are uncertain times, my friends, but the patriotism of NASCAR fans will never be questioned. 

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By Carol Einarsson | 07/07/2015

I like that Buddy was the first guy to win "the big four", races at Daytona, Talladega, Darlington, and Charlotte.

I like that he still gets to drive fast, sometimes testing cars for Nextel Cup teams.

And I also like that every now and then we get to hear him spotting for a young driver.

I like that he says so many charming things that I began a list of what I called Buddyisms, among them, such gems as, "You can see he lost two spots there in the time it took me to say absolutely nothing."

I like that when you do an online search for the real Buddy Baker, you also hit upon a guy by the same name that worked, and wrote more than 200 musical scores, for Disney.  I smile when I think about OUR Buddy writing little ditties like that, and the lyrics they might contain.

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By Carol Einarsson | 07/07/2015
I didn't watch ALL of the rain delay, but I heard the story about how delays like this were toughest on Mark Martin, having to be up past his 9pm bedtime. Unlike other delays, I've saved this one on my DVR, and have a feeling I'll watch it sometime just for amusement. Kyle Petty talking for six hours?

And sorry we're late with the recap column, but I had a choice Monday - watch the marathon broadcast for purposes of writing about it, or catch up with a dear friend. Three hour FaceTime call to Korea won. And I take that back... I'm not sorry at all.

Something about a guy singing "Bringing Back the Sunshine".... at Midnight. Please, don't bring back the sunshine or we'll all be a little bit freaked out.

Junior in the pace car to check the track. Very Earnhardt-esque.

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Last Activity: 07/11/15
By Carol Einarsson | 07/06/2015

I don't know why it's so upsetting, but it is. And I'm glad it is. We should never take something like that in stride.

If you haven't yet seen the wreck from last night, it's here

Thankfully, Austin Dillon walked away, waving to the crowd, but what's so upsetting is the visual reminder of a day at Daytona when things didn't turn out so well. 

What's upsetting is that there is a mom in North Carolina today who was promised she'd never see her son's car on the track again. Yes, I'm still harping on that. And the wreck last night is just one giant reason why that promise was so important. 

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Last Activity: 07/06/15

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