TMD “Fired Up Friday Response 12-28-2012

My reply to “Fired Up Friday” on the daily Sirius-XM satellite radio show The Morning Drive with Mike Bagley and Pete Pistone. Because of work I don’t have time to call in every week but I will respond on here! Comments to the blog are more than welcome!

Side Note: Actually this week the morning drive is with Nate Ryan and Dustin Long.


FUF #1: What will have the biggest impact in 2013 besides the new car?

The new qualifying rule. Not because its going to cause an A level driver or probably even a B level driver to go home, but because it does add a ton of excitement to the C level. And more importantly it has the potential to single handily mold the future landscape of the sport. Its effect on “start and park” teams, good or bad, will change the future teams coming into this sport. If it negatively effects the “start and park” guys then look for all new team growth to be killed for the most part. If it positively effects the “start and park” guys(which I don’t see it doing, the best we can hope for is a neutral effect) then we could see a growth in new teams.

FUF #2: What is one way NASCAR can improve viewership among the fans?

I don’t believe there is any one thing they can do that will make a night and day difference or that this is something that really needs a lot of time spent on it. Fans are watching the races on their phones, tablets and computers. Following the race on Twitter and Facebook  The way people watch and get their racing has changed, I don’t think bad ratings are an accurate reading of how many people are watching the race anymore. The racing is pretty good, the excitement is defiantly there. Shorting some of the 500 mile races up to 400 miles might help a little bit but its not the answer. I think the only thing that does is give more of a “big game” feel to the 500 mile races that are left. If anything a total revamp of the T.V. coverage would help more than anything because lets face it, its pretty stale. Fox is doing the same stuff it did when it came into the sport back in 2001.TNT’s coverage is unique but still not the greatest. Personally I like ESPN’s coverage the best but even its gotten dull over the years. Start with full time side by side coverage and go from there. Mix in plenty of social media aspects and really go after the younger crowd with your coverage. That, if anything will help the ratings.

FUF #3: What team or driver has to step it up the most heading into the 2013 season?

It has to be Chip Ganassi/Earnhardt/DEI whatever they are calling it now a days racing. McMurray has been hit or miss, more miss than hit lately. Ganassi has proven once he is not afraid to let McMurray walk away. Montoya is a big name but lets face it, if he doesn’t “get it” by now he’s probably not going to. But with Target reportedly firmly behind Montoya he may be secure for a year or two more. But McMurray is defiantly on the hot seat. There are WAY too many hot young drivers hunting for a Cup ride. If McMurray isn’t in the Chase this year I think he is looking for a 2014 ride.

TMD “Fired Up Friday” Responce: 12-14-12

My reply to “Fired Up Friday” on the daily Sirius-XM satellite radio show The Morning Drive with Mike Bagley and Pete Pistone. Because of work I don’t have time to call in every week but I will respond on here! Comments to the blog are more than welcome!

FUF #1: “What was your favorite 2012 NSCS of 2012 and why?”
Got to be the Watkins Glen race. That was one of the craziest finishes ever. Plus I think it really turned some non-road course fans onto just how exciting road racing can be.

FUF #2: ” Are you for or against lights being installed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway?”
100%. Sure it may not “fix” the races, but it will certainly shake it up for a year or two. Plus a night time summer race is always more enjoyable for the fans. I went to nearly every Pepsi 400 in the 90’s and I can’t even begin to explain how much more enjoyable that race was when it moved to night time. Maybe they could do a half and half race, start the race in the daylight and then have it finish under the lights. That would certainly add a challenge to the drivers and teams with the changing track conditions.

FUF #3: “Reportedly, @NASCAR is considering taking horse power away from the new cars to reduce speed and increase competition, do you agree with this process?”

I’m 50/50 on this. While I know it doesn’t make a hill of beans difference on track I still get excited when I here a big speed put up. Heck I was giddy yesterday when I heard reports they were in the mid 190’s and the Charlotte test. I think that is part of the old schooler in me that still wishes they would run 200+ at the ‘Dega and Daytona(I know, its not safe and will not nor should not happen). While I’m all for improving the on track racing I’d rather them give the new car a year to see how it shakes out and how it changes things up. Of course on the other hand if your going to reinvent the wheel you might as well do it all at once.

TMD “Fired Up Friday” Response: 12-7-2012

My reply to “Fired Up Friday” on the daily Sirius-XM satellite radio show The Morning Drive with Mike Bagley and Pete Pistone. Because of work I don’t have time to call in every week but I will respond on here! Comments to the blog are more than welcome!

FUF #1: “Of the states that do not have a NCWTS, NNS, and NSCS race, which state should get one next?”

Washington state. There have been several rumored tracks but nothing ever seems to come to be. Maybe Evergreen Speedway could make a return to the NCWTS or NNS series in 2014?

FUF #2: “We are in a new era in @NASCAR, when do YOU think this began?”

I don’t think you can pin point any certain date or time when the new era started but it had to be some time between when Dale Sr. died and the introduction of the Chase. With the Chase brought the COT and safety innovations along with a wave of new super stars. It was a changing of the guard so to speak.

FUF #3: “@NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is considering a GIANT procedural change as it pertain to kickoffs. In your opinion, what is the biggest change in our sport in recent years?”

The first thought is the Chase, but I don’t think that is the biggest change. I think the biggest change is a combination of the “C.O.T.” and the soft walls. Look at how many violent or hard wrecks that we have saw since they both came out, wrecks that in the 90’s meant a trip to the hospital for sure or worse. They have no doubt lengthened the careers of many drivers and made the sport much safer. Whether they will admit it or not everyone likes a good wreck now and then but no one wants to see anyone get hurt, so in turn these improvements have made NASCAR more enjoyable to the fans.

Stewie Award Results VS My Picks

Okay the 6th Annual Stewie Awards are in the books. Last week I made a blog post sharing with you my picks which can be seen by CLICK HERE. Lets take a look and see how my picks matched up to the actual winners!

Best Original Drama

My Pick: Dale Jr. Sidelined Due To Concussion

Actual Winner: Brad Keselowski & Jimmie Johnson Championship Battle

Bonehead Move Of The Year

My Pick: Danica Patrick

Actual Winner: Danica Patrick

Feel’s Like The First Time

My Pick: Ryan Blaney

Actual Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Best Vocal Performance

My Pick: Brad Keselowski @ Pheonix

Actual Winner: Tony Stewart @ Talladega

Best Driver To Crew Chatter

My Pick: Brad Keselowski @ The Coca-Cola 600

Actual Winner: Carl Edwards April Fools Joke

Best Original Comedy

My Pick: Tony Stewart Vs Matt Kenseth

Actual Winner: Tony Stewart Vs Matt Kenseth

Hal Needham Award

My Pick: Tony Stewart Wrecks The Field At Talladega

Actual Winner: Juan Paublo Blows Up Jet Dryer

The Social Stewie

My Pick: Matt Kenseth to Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Actual Winner: Matt Kenseth to Dale Earnhardt Jr.

3 out of 8. Ouch. Good thing I didn’t bet! For the full event recap go to the Sirius XM website by CLICKING HERE

TMD “Fired Up Friday” Response 11-30-12

My reply to “Fired Up Friday” on the daily Sirius-XM satellite radio show The Morning Drive with Mike Bagley and Pete Pistone. Because of work I don’t have time to call in every week but I will respond on here! Comments to the blog are more than welcome!

#1 ” What is the best event of Champions Week and why?”

By far Nascar After The Lap. Where else do you get to see the driver’s let their hair down so to speak? Well besides in Brad Keselowski’s 2013 Championship celebration…..
The Stewie Awards come in a close second but without Tony being on the air each week on Sirius XM they have lost some of there appeal and credibility. The rest of the Championship week festivities are just like going through the motions, does anyone even watch the awards ceremony?

#2 “What is your favorite new car design for 2013”?

Wow, this is a tough one. Honestly I can’t decide. They are all awesome. The Dodge sticks out in my mind I think because for one its the first one we saw. It has probably the most unique nose piece and that really stands out. I like the nose on the Toyota but it looses me with the flat side, same for the Ford. I really like the side body lines that Chevy and Dodge put into their cars. So since Dodge is gone I guess I would have to pick the Chevy SS.

#3 “Should the Most Popular Driver Award be matched with the results on the track?”

What? No! Why in the heck would you do that?? We have that award already, Brad Keselowski won it this year! It’s the Most Popular Driver Award, it has ZERO to do with performance, heck Danica Patrick won it in Nationwide for goodness sake! Base it of souvenir sales, base it off twitter mentions, base it off whatever you want the result is going to be the same. Are we really that bored two weeks into winter that this is an issue for people to complain about? Give me a break!

The 6th Annual Stewie Awards: My Votes

The 6th Annual Stewie Awards are coming up on November 29th at the Cabo Wabo Cantina at the Miracle Mile Shops on the Las Vegas Strip. Hosted by three-time Nascar Champion Tony Stewart and co-host Matt Yocum.

To vote on the awards yourself go to

Below are each award category and my pick for the winner.

Best Original Drama For the years most dramatic moment or sequence

My Choice:

“A win at the Quicken Loans 400 helped Dale Earnhardt Jr. make the Chase, but after an accident at Talladega concussions sideline him for two races and ended his shot at a title.”

I really didn’t have a clear winner on this one. The AJ Allmendinger story was big, but he’s has did his time so I didn’t feel like he should be brought back into the spotlight or given an award for drug use. The others were big but I still couldn’t name a clear cut winner in them. So I went with the one involving Nascar’s most popular driver. What bigger drama could there be than the driver that thousands of people are coming to the track to see not being able to race due to an injury?

Bonehead Move Of The Year ‘Nuff Said

My Choice:

“During the Hollywood Casino 400 Danica Patrick, in an attempt to spin Landon Cassill as payback for what she felt was overly aggressive driving, ends up putting herself into the wall.”

How could you not pick this one? Danica, in her best attempt at “Boys Have At It” made a fool of herself by spinning out herself and Landon Cassil out and ending both their days. I mean, I’ve never saw someone get so bent out of shape of 35th place before!

“Feels Like The First Time” Award For the most notable “First” of the Nascar season

My Choice:

“In only his third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start, 18-year old Ryan Blaney becomes the youngest winner in Truck Series history with a win in the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa.”

Blaney, a name known around the country in racing circles, especially on dirt. In my opinion Ryan Blaney may be the driver that solidifies that name’s spot in asphalt circles. Winning in only his third race he put himself on the map.

Best Vocal Performance (Sound clips can be heard at the link at the top of the page)

My Choice:

Brad Keselowski’s profanity laced rant after the Phoenix race. Fire, passion, non-politically correct, all things that make Brad, Brad. And all things that make him being the champion great for the sport!

Best Driver To Crew Chatter (Sound clips can be heard at the link at the top of the page)

My Choice:

“Brad Keselowski pleads with his team to relay a message to Tony Stewart during the Coca-Cola 600 in hopes of avoiding retaliation by Smoke.”

What? Tony Stewart wreck someone? Surely not!

“Best Original Comedy” For the years most entertaining “incident”

My Choice:

“During the IRWIN Tools Night Race Tony Stewart wrecks after making contact with Matt Kenseth. Before heading to the infield, Smoke gives Kenseth a parting gift, firing his helmet at Kenseth’s hood.”

Tony Stewart’s best effort to be Jimmy Spencer 2.0. How can you not vote for it? And it put Bristol back on the map and back into the hearts of fan’s!

Hal Needham Award (Best Stunt Sequence) For The Year’s Most Remarkable Crash

My Choice:

“On the final lap of the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500, Tony Stewart and Michael Waltrip bump, sparking a massive crash that involved 25 cars and 10 of the 12 Chase drivers.”

I almost voted for Juan Pablo’s Jet Dryer Explosion but I changed my mind at the last minute. Not only did Tony Stewart’s bone head block wreck half the field, it also crushed a great would be cinderalla story because I’m 95% sure Micheal Waltrip would have won that race.

Boy’s Have At It Award

This award has been given to Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer and I can’t blame them! Good choice!

“The Social Stewie” For The Year’s Best Tweet

My Choice:

“@MattKenseth: “Talked to #DaleJr yesterday, told him I was glad he was coming back…being the most popular driver was really hard work. #imkidding” (10/23)”

Gotta love Matt’s sense of humor. If you think Matt is boring, just follow him on twitter!

All right that is it for my choices! Be sure and click the link below and vote yourself!