Saturday, March 6, 2010

I work entertainment, too!

So, now, SPEED Channel is doing entertainment...we're doing an American Idol type talent show called "Fast Track to Fame". It is in its infancy, so it is hard to judge how successful it will be. I can tell you this much...I hope I don't have to keep working it. It is a pretty hard show to pull off, but, man, there is a lot of yelling and fixes and re-do's. I really like live tv. You do it and it's gone. If it's not right, you have already done it, so don't sweat it. Just get it right the next time. Wow.
I have heard these quotes tonight..."I need to hear more banjo!" and "Font the dog!" Entertainment is so exciting.
So for the racing...Dale, Jr. got the pole and has been real fast in practice. This may be his weekend. Also keep an eye on Kevin Harvick. He leads the points race and has finished 2nd two weeks in a row.
I think Mark Martin will finish 3rd, Dale Jr. 2nd and Kevin Harvick 1st.
Have a great Sunday and Raceday!

Sunday, February 28, 2010


Good early morning from Las Vegas...Since no one is really reading this, I'll get straight to my prediction for today.
I think Kevin Harvick will sweep the weekend following his Nationwide win yesterday with a win today.
Yours very truly,

Friday, February 26, 2010

Viva Las Vegas...

I got to Las Vegas yesterday...worked a long day...then headed back to my room. I was asleep by 8:15pm. That, in itself, I believe, breaks many local ordinances. I don't give Vegas my hard earned money...anymore.
More to come on this great weekend!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

West Coast Racing

We're back in Fontana, also affectionately known as Fontucky, for today's Cup race. Yesterday's Nationwide race was pretty boring all day, except for Danica speeding twice in pit road and the green/white/checkers finish. Joey Logano led about 140 of the 150 laps, but got buffaloed out of the way on the final restart by Greg Biffle and eventually spun out by Brad Keslowski to finish 11th.
Kyle Busch edged Biffle at the line to win the race and did his customary bow while standing on his car.
Today's race probably won't be much different. This track gets the drivers spread out and is pretty wide so there won't be a whole lot of side by side racing until the end which, I predict, will be yet another green/white/checkers. Biffle is always strong here, so I predict he'll be in the top five. All Roush cars tend to do well at the Auto Club Speedway. Jamie McMurray followed up last week's Daytona 500 win by winning the pole at ASC. That is the first time a driver has ever won the 500 then took the pole the next week. His Earnhardt/Gannassi teammate, Juan Pablo Montoya, is next to him in the front row. I'd like to see either one of these guys take the checkers. Happy Raceday, everyone.
PS. My son, Zach, a junior at Franklin High School in Franklin, TN, took home 5th place in the Tennessee State Wrestling Championships yesterday...I am a proud papa!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Great American Race 2010

The 52nd running of the Daytona 500 is today! The Superbowl of motorsports gets the green flag a 1pm eastern time. Let me take a few seconds to make some observations. NASCAR has made a few changes for this season and actually keep making changes all weekend long. One of the more practical changes is making the start times uniform. All east coast day races will begin at 1pm eastern. Many of the venues and tv kept changing around the start times to make an extra buck or whatever. The other two start times are 3pm and 7:30pm. 7:30 will be for all night races, and 3pm will be the start time for Western and Central US races. DVR's across the country voted to make that a done deal. For the superspeedways, NASCAR has now made a ruling saying that the drivers are allowed to bump draft and NASCAR won't be as involved in the policing of any incidents. The drivers need to police themselves now. I am in agreement with that. NASCAR is also doing away with the wing on the back of the Cup cars and replacing it with the old blade on the back deck. I think they are trying to alleviate all the flying cars they had last year, but Jr.s' Nationwide car rolled yesterday and it had a blade, so who knows what'll happen.
Well, I must get ready for Raceday, so I gotta run!
Alex and Zach both qualified for the state individual wrestling tournament by finishing 2nd and 3rd in their respective weight classes yesterday in the regions! Congratulations, boys!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

On the Road Again...

The 2010 NASCAR season has begun for me. I arrived in Daytona last night for 2 glorious weeks here in Florida. This year's Daytona 500 falls on Sunday, Feb. 14th, Valentine's Day. But we have about 90 hours of programming before that little race rolls around. Nearly all of the same group of co-workers are back and we are ready to go!
This is the third season I've been blogging from the NASCAR circuit, so I want to try something different. This season I want to answer any questions you have for me. If you want to know an answer to a technical question or something about a certain driver, just drop me a note and I'll include your question and hopefully an acceptable answer in a future blog.
I'll blog a few more times during SpeedWeeks, so stay tuned!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Short tracking in Irwindale, CA

I have arrived for the weekend in Irwindale, California. There is a short track here that will host a couple of all star races in late models. I think these are cars that look kinda like cup cars, but are flatter. I'm happy to be working, but I don't really know much about this series. The weather outside is nice! Inside the truck is dark and 65 degrees. That's the update.
Only 4 days until I head out to Daytona for SpeedWeeks!