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Carl Edwards vs Mark Martin
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By Carol Einarsson | 03/17/2016
Category: News and Views
 




Wow, what a week at RJO!  We are in full-swing! Thanks to Eddie for his work at Phoenix this past weekend, and he took tons of photos. I hope you saw them posted yesterday. If you missed them, you can click here and see your favorite drivers and even your non-favorites, too. 

In case you haven't yet noticed the link at the top of the main RJO page, we're doing a podcast now, at least once a week (as a preview to the next race, and that link will usually be updated Friday evenings), but we're hoping to always do at least two. The second one (or first?) will be Sunday evenings after the race, and that's our feature, "How'd He Do That?", which will summarize a few key points that we believe were instrumental to the victory. We considered a more gender-neutral title, or maybe a logo that we could then cross out "He" and make it "She" in case Danica wins. This idea, of course, was followed by laughter. Pretty sure we can ink the logo.  The podcasts are short and won't take a lot of time, just a couple of minutes. Hopefully you'll enjoy them, and keep in mind, we're in the early days of the audio endeavor, so once we get rolling and more comfortable, we'll be including more and more content in that format (but not to replace the written articles!).

So what's new in NASCAR this week?

I saw a news article with the most audacious headline I've ever read. "Why You Should Be Thankful There's Still NASCAR in Fontana" I have to be honest, I didn't read the article. I was so taken aback by the title that I knew whatever was written inside was likely to annoy me even more. I'll be the first to admit, titles are a great challenge to me, and to be air to the speedway, it was not authored by them. Maybe that's what I should have kept more in mind. It wasn't the speedway saying we should be thankful for them, but a journalist. Even still... I'm thankful for my health, for my family, for lots of other things, but to tell me I should be thankful there's still NASCAR in Fontana, as if the sport would fold if they pulled the date and gave it to another track (where people actually care about NASCAR, even). Sorry, I just can't find it in my heart to be THAT thankful that they're still racing at a track where the racing is dull, the residents don't care, the Hollywood folks are bought to come to the race, and the track bribes people with gimmicks to get them to show up.

And speaking of strange titles, the best (or worst?) naming rights I think I've ever seen turned up in email this week.  TreatMyClot.com. Yes, that's the title sponsor of the Xfinity race at Auto Club Speedway. This is a great week not to be a race broadcaster, I'd say. Can't we just stick with the product name of Xarelto? Treat my clot?? Ugh.

I also wonder if having a spokesman that has relapsed so many times is the best idea. Granted, he's not on the medicine right now, but wouldn't you hope one of the effects of this product would be to help prevent future episodes? Maybe by virtue of the website name, it doesn't. It only treats it when it shows up again, but does nothing to prevent it. Maybe that would be a better pharmaceutical venture.

Kenny Wallace said this week that he's going to be using Facebook as his main social media platform more than Twitter, now. This seems to be due to some fan complaints. I'm not sure what the fans main issue was over on the tweet side, but my guess is it may have been complaints about his high volume of updates. I asked someone this week if he followed Herman on Twitter, and the reply was, "Yes, but I'm not sure how much longer I will..."

We all know the drivers have sponsor agreements with sunglass companies, but last week it finally dawned on me why they do. Sure, free shades is a great perk, especially when they're so overpriced, but have you considered how much harder it would be to read a note card being held out for you in victory lane, listing all the sponsors you're to thank, if people could see your eyes? Wear the dark glasses, and with your PR guy off camera, the TV viewing audience is none the wiser! Genius!

Someone this week compared Carl Edwards' style of racing to that of Mark Martin. I like Carl well enough, and I think my memory lapses are well-documented, but I'm failing to see the similarities. There are reasons Carl didn't wreck Harvick there at the end of Sunday's race, but don't think for a second he wouldn't have wrecked someone else. Mark Martin's failure (in my opinion) to win a championship may be related to his unwillingness to play a harder game (and by harder, I mean more physically aggressive, and taking out a guy here and there for a win), but Carl certainly doesn't seem to exhibit that same gentlemanly quality across the board.

Eddie noted at Phoenix that while every team was using leaf blowers and brooms to clean up their brake dust, the 48 team was using a hand-vac. I'm not sure what you thought of that, but the first thing that came to my mind was Chad wanting to inspect the dust for anything metal. You can see it, right? Dr. Knaus in a white lab coat, eyes stuck to a microscope as he's inspecting slides? Of course you can! Now the collection of the brake dust verses the dispersal of it makes sense, doesn't it?

Did you see Dale Jr. on Treehouse Masters last Friday? It wasn't what I thought it was going to be. I thought Pete Nelson was involved in the build, but evidently Junior bought plans from the website and built it himself. Well, by "himself", of course, I don't mean on his own. Pretty sure he had help. But wow, what a spectacular place it is! I know there was talk of it last year, but I hadn't seen video until it was featured on the show. And of note, one report said that while Junior is a fan of Pete Nelson and his talented tree house ways, the reason he didn't hire Nelson was because he's too expensive.

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Comments:
BNP
03/16/2016 7:07 pm (1)
About the Fontana article. You really should read it if you haven't yet. It is not really about being thankful for Fontana. It's about the history of the area and the result is paving paradise and the only thing left is Fontana.
KBTOYS
03/17/2016 3:04 am (2)
Well with the party atmosphere that Junior and the future Mrs. like to put out constantly, why not add another party central area to his property. This Bud's for you! Or whoever else he is hawking at the moment. 40+years old. Live it up Peter Pan!
a different Bill
03/17/2016 5:29 am (3)
My guess was that the title "Why You Should Be Thankful There's Still NASCAR in Fontana" was directed towards a Fontana/California audience. It's not that NASCAR should be grateful for Fontana, but that California should be grateful NASCAR hasn't packed its bags yet.

But BNP's comment indicates my guess was wrong.

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