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Cheers and Jeers

The First Time is the Best Time!
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By Carol Einarsson | 08/30/2016
Category: Cheers and Jeers
 

CHEERS to the invocation and anthem on the "right" side of the hour. Thank you, NBC! 


CHEERS to Owen Larson, AGAIN removing his own hat at the appropriate time. Proper training starts young and no matter the sun, four minutes hatless won't harm a toddler. 

CHEERS to the US ARMY Chorus Quartet who looked and sounded great. Still seems to be mixing issues in the booth, but you could tell that left on their own, they sounded fantastic! 

CHEERS to the giant American flag held by fans, and look -- Denny's daughter almost looked self-conscious about the camera on her during the anthem. Do you think she knows she's an Internet sensation? 

CHEERS to the NBC production team this week, "Rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air" (on screen we see rockets and "bombs"); "Flag was still there" (perfect flag shot!); and for "Land of the free and the home of the brave", there's the fly-over by those beautiful machines piloted by the brave to keep our land free! 

JEERS to highlighting where the track really is, and the celebration of graffiti. Was some of it commissioned? I'm sure it was, but much of it isn't. "Murals and artwork," we called it. 

CHEERS to Jeff Blashill for the PERFECT command to start!! 

JEERS to a competition caution today because it rained yesterday. And they had a truck race AFTER the rain, didn't they? 

CHEERS to Rick Allen's description of speed being far better than even Casey Mears' bumper cam. The signs are 100 yards apart?? Wow! And they're covering one football field a second. You just can't see that on a front-mounted camera like you can on a side stationary cam on the wall. 

JEERS to 37 cars on pit road -- because safety still matters to NASCAR, right? So let's create an artificial caution to make a riskier situation on pit road than normally exists with the added bonus of more opportunities to penalize drivers and send fast cars to the back in order to further the artificial "excitement" of the race. 

JEERS to the Fruit Striped Gum Toyota spinning himself. Then again, maybe another effect of that fake caution -- an extra restart. 

JEERS to trouble for the 88. What a shame. 

CHEERS to Michael McDowell's victory on Saturday and to mentioning it today. He might have shelved it in his mind for the day, but the rest of us think it was pretty cool. Even though this is his full-time job, winning on Saturday must surely give him confidence as a driver that will pay off on Sunday. 

CHEERS to PRISM TV! Did you know that you can record the race downstairs in the basement, and then come upstairs to the bedroom and not only watch it, but you can go back downstairs if you want and pick up where you left off upstairs?!

CHEERS to 50-Cent Corndog day at Sonic on Wednesday. If you've never taken advantage of that deal, it's a great time to buy two dozen corn dogs, eat what you will, and freeze the rest. When you want more corn dogs, put them in a cold oven, turn to 400°, come back in 20 minutes, and you have even better corndogs than when you bought them fresh! Trust me on this!

CHEERS to naming plays in the pits like other sports do. But with all the teams monitoring all the other teams' radios, I wonder how effective that will be without having to rename your plays every single week. And we like that they aren't predictable, either. If it were me, a play that I had named "Miller Light" would have been a two tire change rather than four. 

JEERS to no idea why we were talking about the bad timing in the 48 pit, all the while looking at the 15 car on track, and then their crew in the pits. Anything you want to tell us about Biffle?

CHEERS to the "Water Cooler Dale" commercials. Even though he can't race right now, I wish they would make more of those ads, because I bet he's well enough to do that!

JEERS to rain in the area!

JEERS to four months without back to back top 10 finishes for Jimmie Johnson. Then again, why does he need top 10 finishes when he's already in the Chase?

JEERS to bug splat on Joey Logano's windshield but CHEERS that it matches his paint scheme!

CHEERS to Chase Elliott in the lead. Might this be his day?

CHEERS to Throwback Weekend, which I'm sure will again be the best race of the season! You've taken away the fun at Bristol, and you tried to kill Darlington with Mother's Day, but it's back, and eclipsing all of your cherished mile and a half cookie cutter tracks. CHEERS to you, Darlington!

CHEERS to Chase Elliott's numbers aligning with Dale Jarrett! 29th start, and first win, at Michigan. Not a bad path to follow, if you ask me! Make it happen!

CHEERS to considering the future of NASCAR as being Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson (and in my opinion, Ryan Blaney, too). I think that's spot on! Only problem is… If  Junior doesn't come back, and Jimmie Johnson retires after 2017 (and on the heels of Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart both leaving), is there a future at all for NASCAR? No, I don't think those two drivers (Junior and Johnson) are carrying the sport by any means, but losing those two big names (okay, mostly Junior), in conjunction with all of the crazy changes that NASCAR continues to make… I don't know how  much more fans can take.

JEERS to even thinking that NASCAR would issue a penalty to the 22 team, after another car dragged their equipment out of the box. There's already been a precedent for that, when another team hits a tire out of a tire carrier's hand. It doesn't mean he didn't have control of it, it just means he didn't have strength enough to withstand the force of a race car pulling it away, and Steve Letarte should know that.

CHEERS to the pressure! So you're  20-year-old Chase Elliott, son of the great Bill Elliott. Jeff Gordon is on top of your pit box. Ray Evernham and Rick Hendrick are on your radio and watching your every move as you restart with 10-to-go. No, no pressure!

CHEERS to what will be a great finish, because there just has to be a first time winner with less than two to go and that margin of lead over third place!

JEERS to that restart! Both of them spun their tires! And it sure seems that the booth is happy to blame Ryan Blaney for Chase Elliott's car getting loose, but did you see what happened to Blaney from behind that pushed him into the 24? Thank you, Kevin Harvick!

CHEERS to Kyle Larson on a great first win! Heaven knows he's earned it, and nobody thought it would take this long. We love first wins!

CHEERS to the best kind of sweep weekend ever! Three first time winners? Yes, THIS is what NASCAR needs.

JEERS to the dejected look of the entire 24 team. What kind of apology will chase Elliott give this time? He is so humble he will probably take responsibility for the screwup in Truex's pit early in the race. That poor kid!

CHEERS to burnouts and donuts IN Victory Lane! How cool was that? And the jump into your crews's arms?  (Okay, it was just one crewman, but it was fantastic!) What a great picture that was! If there could be a picture to define the word elation, that was it right there!

CHEERS to all the veterans who came to Victory Lane to congratulate the first time winner!

CHEERS to Chip Ganassi saying he was speechless. And then he kept talking. And talking. And talking. It's OK, Chip, we didn't believe you when you said it. anyway.

And finally, 

JEERS to Marty Snider prefacing a question in Victory Lane, "After losing your good friend Bryan Clauson…" Kyle Larson had already addressed that at the start of the interview, saying this win was for him and his family. That question had no place being prefaced that way and only for the purposes of eliciting emotion. It was just tabloid, and Marty Snider, you're above that kind of crap. At least you ought to be. 



Please forgive typos and/or misspellings. Done without a computer, posted via iPhone. 

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a different Bill
08/30/2016 9:45 am (1)
CHEERS to the NBC production team this week, "Rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air" (on screen we see rockets and "bombs"); "Flag was still there" (perfect flag shot!); and for "Land of the free and the home of the brave", there's the fly-over by those beautiful machines piloted by the brave to keep our land free!

I was impressed that it was done by a squadron from Ohio and not a single bomb was dropped on Michigan. Such restraint must have been hard to muster.

JEERS to 37 cars on pit road -- because safety still matters to NASCAR, right? So let's create an artificial caution to make a riskier situation on pit road than normally exists with the added bonus of more opportunities to penalize drivers and send fast cars to the back in order to further the artificial "excitement" of the race.

It is my opinion that if they do a competition caution, it should be done with a restart lined up exactly as the cars were when the caution was thrown. They do it so tire wear can be checked for safety, so 4 tire stops should be mandatory. No strategy, no gains or losses in the pits.
a different Bill
08/30/2016 9:52 am (2)
JEERS to even thinking that NASCAR would issue a penalty to the 22 team, after another car dragged their equipment out of the box. There's already been a precedent for that, when another team hits a tire out of a tire carrier's hand. It doesn't mean he didn't have control of it, it just means he didn't have strength enough to withstand the force of a race car pulling it away, and Steve Letarte should know that.

What the officials would look at are exactly where did the departing car come in contact with the air hose. If the air hose is looped out over the line and the 4 car snagged it in neutral territory, then the 22 would be penalized. Since the 4 car came in contact with the air hose while travelling through the 22's pit box, no penalty.
SrRaceFan
08/30/2016 11:12 am (3)
CHEERS to Kyle Larson's win! But my heart was in my throat when he jumped on the roof of the car! I vaguely remember that being a NASCAR no-no. And being that I'm jaded, flattening the tires and jumping on the roof would definitely change the height of a lot of things on that car.... Oh well, on to next week.

CHEERS to Chase doing a great job - he'll win soon, I'm sure.

CHEERS to all the new young drivers - they certainly can't hurt NASCAR and maybe, just maybe, they'll help it instead.

JEERS to the competition cautions - since they're doing it at almost every race, why not just make it a permanent rule.

On the other hand, CHEERS to "a different Bill's" idea on how the competition cautions should be conducted! Love it!
possum
08/30/2016 3:47 pm (4)
@ADB: there's no rule against having the air hose outside the pitbox (there can't be, you're allowed to change tires with the right-rear outside the box). If the hose was intentionally positioned to interfere with another team there could be a penalty, but that clearly wasn't the case this time.

@SrRaceFan: I have an idea the rule of jumping on the roof is no longer there. But the car does have to pass laser body inspection after the race, so getting on the roof is pretty risky. Altho, in this case even if NASCAR assigns a point penalty I don't think Larson would drop out of the top 30, so he's in the Chase regardless (NASCAR wouldn't take the win away).

John
whigbee
08/30/2016 4:54 pm (5)
My 2¢ worth on the Marty Snider question you jeer (justifiably): Want to make a tiny side bet that he got that in his headphone with instructions to ask again? You're right indeed about Marty's own credentials.
sealevel
08/30/2016 8:11 pm (6)
Cheer - Thank you Carol for all your effort and
the writeups.
Cheer - Hire those men to sing the anthem for the rest of the year, finally not a hack.
f16's - jeez they are not cessna 150's, go by,
hit the burner, go vertical, we all paid for it.
A decent race, but again the 78, going to be a change? Dude, perif vision before the jack drop. Good car, not up to par pit work.
Is there an off button for burton? Must be a
neighbor to the waltrips on their tractors cutting the yard, good john deere commercial
Bill B
08/31/2016 6:02 am (7)
I agree with A Different Bill's competition caution rules only I'd add there should also be no Lucky Dog awarded or wave arounds allowed.

On that final restart the top three were all young drivers going for their first win. At that point all I wanted to see was a first time winner. I would have been very disappointed if that didn't happen.

Thanks for the race recap Carol.
grumpyone
08/31/2016 6:40 pm (8)
CHEERS to a great column with an iphone..CHEERS to the new young guns. It won't be long for Elliot but I wish that he wouldn't be that hard on himself. But then again, that is one reason he is a really good driver now. CHEERS to Kyle Larson for showing pure emotion in Victory Lane and was simply overwhelmed by the moment. How simply refreshing it is to see scenes like that and I will add, the first of many more for him. If it wasn't for the chase, we would have a hell of a battle for the championship now, the way it should be, not some fake made for TV one race deal that defeats the whole season of work. I say a hardy BS to NASCAR. Lastly JEERS, JEERS, JEERS to competition cautions. Why the hell do they need them??? NOT. I agree, if they want to keep doing them, you go out the same way you came in. End of story. How in the hell can you improve your position on a NASCAR called competition caution. But then again, you got the bobbleheads that think all is well with NASCAR.
KBTOYS
09/01/2016 4:19 am (9)
JEERS big time for NASCARS blatant BS flip flop regarding post race celebrations in their ever insane quest for a "feel good" story.

Denny Hamlin gets the stink eye and dialogue from NASCAR regarding his post race celebration, a narrative that so shocked NASCAR they talked of "banning" the post race celebration!

Kyle Larson exceeds what Hamlin did and jumps on the damn roof no less, a big no-no for MANY A YEAR! And the paid mouth piece says "NASCAR has no problem with Kyle Larson's celebration". WHY? And WHY NOT?

And NASCAR still does not understand what fans know as their integrity problem????
sealevel
09/01/2016 11:02 am (10)
Grumpy and KB are dead on - young one wins and
bounces on the roof, thats ok, hamlin wins and
gets a nonono, if dalejr wins again, trash the tires, jump on the roof, and pound it to the
roll cage, and blow up the engine so it has to
be towed to victory lane, his dad would smile,
and the boys in nascar would scratch their heads so hard hair would fall out, if they have any.

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