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Friday Blog- Pocono August 1, 2008

Posted by claireblang in 2008 Season, Tracks, Trackside.
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Pennsyvania 500Image via WikipediaHey: A quick note from the media center at Pocono Raceway. I interviewed Dr. Joe Mattioli Chairman of the Board and CEO of Pocono Raceway yesterday on air and he was up on the wheel. One quote during the interview from him was a real standout…he talked about NASCAR getting criticized by it’s players:

Doc Matiolli on “Dialed In” with Claire B Lang on XMSN Channel 144:

“I started with Bill Senior 40 years ago and Bill Junior and now we’re with Jimmy and over all those years they (NASCAR) may have had egg on their face four or five or six times in different situations and it always pissed me off because I felt that they made so many milllionaires – all these drivers and car owners they run around with their million dollar coaches and their multi million dollar jet planes their boats and every time they (NASCAR) have egg on their face these guys come out and bitch about NASCAR. I don’t see them going to any other sanctioning body- they keep staying here but they like to bitch – and they should get on their knees every night and thank God for NASCAR.”

Doc Mattioli said he does not think that the Pocono race should be shortened and that 80% of the fans that his group polled said they do not want the race to be shortened.

Here’s some interesting data. Average length (Hours – Min – Seconds) for the last ten races at the following tracks.

Pocono: 3:56:03
Bristol: 3:11:08
Daytona: 3:08:20
Martinsville: 3:46:58
Lowe’s (October): 3:44:37
Texas: 3:38:28

NOTE: With Lowe’s this is only the last ten October races because it is 500 miles and the May race is 600.

It’s a busy day with some interesting conversation and I’m slamming in the garage preparing for today’s show. I’ll catch you later on “Dialed In” and with more on the Blog.

Have a great day.

Claire B
Pocono Raceway

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1. Debbie Hudson - August 1, 2008

Well, well, well! My goodness those are strong words Mr. Mattioli, but…THEY ARE SO TRUE!

I, too, am tired of all the whining and complaining. Yes, some complaints are legit, but, my gosh, for the majority of them….let those same drivers and owners come to my little $200k, 2,300 square foot house and try to make ends meet every time it’s time to pay the bills.

No one wants to hear how hot you are or races being too long. Do your job. YOUR JOB. We all have one. Do yours.

2. Julie - August 2, 2008

I don’t care how much money the drivers make, that’s between them and their owners/sponsors. I DO care what they think. They are an intrinsic part of this sport and their opinions should matter far more than they do.

If NASCAR would stop behaving in such an imperialistic way, we probably wouldn’t hear half as much “whining.”

3. Debbie Hudson - August 3, 2008

I don’t “care” how much the drivers make either (though it would be nice to know ballpark figures), and I do care about what they think too.

Each team’s members are all intrinsic to the sport, and everyone’s opinions matter.

You are right when you say that Nascar behaves imperialistic at times. We all know that, and we’ve all witnessed it throughout the years. I think the drivers have a right to complain at times. In fact, it may even be warranted most of the time.

I think that when people start getting tired of hearing them “whine” or complain are those times when it’s over trivial matters–well, trivial to us.

What’s at the pinnacle of all this debating is everyone’s safety. It’s Nascar’s job to make sure everyone stays safe–everyone, from the driver to the pit crew members. Sometimes, we don’t like the decisions they make, but sometimes, they are warranted.

I guess sometimes we are in the mood to hear the driver’s opinions and sometimes we just aren’t.

All-in-all, it’s an excellent sport, and one I am glad my whole family (kids included) can participate in and enjoy.

4. Slim Jim - August 3, 2008

Sometimes ?

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