Right now, TNT must be thinking ?What are we, chopped liver??. We know there?s at least one genius at Fox. Never has a network got so much (good) press out of a single minor broadcast moment. Granted, it would have been a major moment if it had been a first. I thought everyone knew that TNT has been using the split-screen for quite some time now. Once again, I was wrong. Another example of ADD running rampant. Fox (and now ESPN-ABC-Disney) act surprised that their viewers really like to keep watching the action during commercials. Who would have thought?
I?m sure many of us were wondering the same thing Jr. expressed in an interview with Bob Pockrass at SceneDaily.(You can read it here:http://www.scenedaily.com/news/articles/sprintcupseries/Dale_Earnhardt_Jr_to_make_first_appearance_in_Showdown_after_failing_to_qualify_for_Sprint_All-Star_race.html) Larry Mac explained that the commitment cone rule was put in place to prevent drivers from faking entering pit road. I can see where it might be a safety issue ? under yellow. I find it difficult to see why the rule applies under green, but I presumed Nascar had a good reason. Once again, it appears I was wrong. When questioned about the rule applying under green, Mike Helton?s response was ??to be consistent?. I guess that explains that.
In the ever-changing world of All-Star eligibility, I just became aware that former winners of the event only get a 10 year exemption. What is this, the PGA? It?s not as if the field is overcrowded. Anyway, that means Jr. has to race his way in. There?s no way he?ll get voted in as a fan favorite, is there?
A scene I?d like to see: Larry Mac also said ?Now?s the time they get both hands and feet up on the wheel?.
Got to give a shout out to Marcos Ambrose. That?s the best Nascar race he?s ever run, including his victories.
5.15.65: @ Bowman Gray, Jr. Johnson won be 2 laps. Nascar inspector Dick Beatty told crew chief Herb Nab to bring the car to the inspection station. The car disappeared from the track. 2nd place Ned Jarrett refused to file a protest.
5.15.83: At Dover, Bobby Allison edged DW racing to the yellow as a violent storm erupted with 5 to go. All the laps were completed. 2 spectators were killed by lightning.
If Ned were in the booth we?d know what?s up with Jean ?Bebop? Hobel.
By Gary Erdakos
Ref: racing-reference.info, Greg Fielden?s ?Forty Years of Stock Car Racing?, Richard Sowers? ?The Complete Statistical History of Stock-Car Racing?.
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