BLOG: Kansas Speedway- Victory Junction on “Dialed In”; Paul Newman comments September 27, 2008Posted by claireblang in 2008 Season.
Tags: Chad McCumbee, Kyle Petty, NASCAR, Paul Newman, Petty Enterprises, tony stewart, Victory Junction Gang Camp
Claire B. – Saturday, September 27, 2008
Patty Petty Joined “Dialed In” yesterday to talk about the new “Victory Junction Gang Camp” in Kansas (www.victoryjunction.org). Thanks to all the “Dialed In” listeners who called in an pledged to send the camp $148.00 on behalf of those who hang out to listen to the show on Channel 148. That is way cool!
During the conversation, Patty made some interesting comments about Kyle’s future at Petty Enterprises. I asked her about how she helps to cheer Kyle up when things are challenging on the track. That led to a lot of emails and questions from Kyle Petty fans as to exactly what she said – so here’s the transcript.
Patty Petty on “Dialed In” with Claire B Lang
Friday September 26th, – LIVE at Kansas Speedway
CBL: How do you pump Kyle up after a bad day qualifying – You know his family owns the company….he qualifies as best he can, in and out of the car just a little bit. Is a racer at heart – he has other things……but still -.the man still wants to do good in the car.
Patty Petty: “He does he wants to be in a good race car he still does and then that’s the hardest thing is to see him thinking ok well you know the Petty Enterprises situation – this is probably his last race in that car. They want a younger driver and that’s their prerogative and that means you’re going out trying to look for another ride.
CBL: Will he do that you think?
Patty Petty: “He’s trying to get another ride. There’s not really a lot of other rides out there and you know the rides that are open they are wanting these younger drivers and experience – when Kyle came along Junior Johnson wouldn’t talk to you or nobody would until you had ten or fifteen years experience and the tables have turned and it’s not experience it’s youth. It is what it is in our sport. It’s not that I like it because I think he still is a very talented driver a lot of experience and a lot of knowledge that he could offer a team. I wish he could get another ride but you know we’ll see what the Lord has in store for us and ah he closed this door with Petty enterprises and we’ll what the next door is that he has for us to open but in the meantime the most important thing for us to remember is that life is not about us and God did not put us here on earth to make life about ourselves. My husband will tell you that you never looked so tall as when you bend down to help a child and that’s what it is all about.
Robbie Loomis on Kyle Petty’s Future with Petty Enterprises
This (Saturday) morning I went into the garage to find Robbie Loomis Vice President of Racing Operations Robbie Loomis and I asked him about plans for Kyle Petty. He said Kyle has not been released.
Here’s what he told me: “When Kyle started doing TV a couple of years ago – we knew at that time that it was time to look at the future and a younger driver. We had our eye on Chad McCumbee for quite a while. Unfortunately, Petty Enterprises does not have a Nationwide team. Therefore, the only way we can evaluate Chad at the level we feel we need to is by putting him in the situation to have to qualify for these races. There will probably not be any tougher challenge for him or for this team than to be in a situation to have to make the race. We’re going to put (Chad) in and he’ll run five more races this year. Kyle will run at Phoenix and Terry Labonte will run at Talladega and that’s going to give us a fair evaluation as to where we are at for our driver line up for next year.” Loomis told me that Petty is not out by any means. “We are definitely planning to run Kyle in some races next year, Loomis told me. “A lot of that will be depends on and will be decided after we watch Chad in these next(upcoming) races.”
“Dialed In” Listeners pledge money to “Victory Junction Gang Camp”
How amazing is this? I am on the air when Dennis from Missouri calls in to talk to Patty Petty and pledges $148 and challenges listeners who like the show to do the same. It’s amazing how many emails and calls I have received on this. Here are some of them:
Doug in Tennessee:
Claire , Just picked up my load in Atlanta, and it has 5 drops. I receive $50 for each extra drop after the 1st drop on top of what the load normally pays. So, in the spirit of today’s show, and out of respect for the Pettys , I am donating the extra $200 to Victory Junction in the name of XM 148 . thanks for keeping us informed.
Just great show today. MJ and I are off to parents day weekend for our daughter. Our 148 is on its way to VJGC. Gary and Mary Jo Buchanan
Owen on the Road:
I’m gonna match the $148….
Keep rockin Claire B.
Dennis in Missouri and his wife kicked it off:
Well, Patty was almost right, I’m a whole lot sweet on you. Ha Ha
My wife is going on the Victory Junction Gang website, and making our donation. I’ll give you the rest of my donation next week at the track.
Your friend in speed
Dennis from Missouri
Victory Junction Gang Donation Mailing Address:
Victory Junction Gang Camp
4500 Adam’s Way
Randleman, NC 27317
What’s amazing to me is the spirit of the race fans and the listeners to “Dialed In”. Patty cracked me up on the show she’s so much fun to have on the air. I hope you were able to listen to it. Remember Dialed in is on a new channel (148) and a new time (3-6 EST daily)
On another note it was terribly sad to hear about the passing of Paul Newman. His was one of the great stories of a life well lived. He gave to many, he enjoyed life, he had a great marriage, he was truly decent. I met him several times and interviewed him and he was a guy who turned the spotlight away from himself and didn’t do many appearances because he preferred not to have attention on himself. Not painfully shy – but absolutely ducked from anything that put the spotlight on him.
On the passing of Paul Newman – this statement was released today by Tony Stewart –
Statement from Tony Stewart Regarding the Passing of Paul Newman
“Paul Newman was a phenomenal individual who made a profound impact throughout his life. His acting skills are well-known, but equally impressive was his desire to give back and help those who just didn’t get the same shake out of life that we did.
“I got to know him through our time helping build Victory Junction Gang Camp and during my handful of races in the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona. We connected as racers, but Paul’s ideas of what we should do for charity is what really resonated with me the most.
“He set the bar, not only with his giving, but in how he gave. Whether it was through his own line of food products – Newman’s Own – or his work in helping create the Hole in the Wall Camps, Paul did it right, and he did it with class. He’ll be terribly missed.”
“Paul Newman – a real American hero, an inspiration to me in much that I have attempted in my adult life. Not so much for the parts he played but for the man that he was. He was one of Hollywood’s greatest. He could not only talk the talk on film but more importantly could walk the walk as a private citizen. As a young man he was an American hero who served his country in one of the U.S. Army Air Corps’ most dangerous assignments in western Europe. Additionally, his charitable enterprizes have generated 10’s of millions for the benefit of hundreds of thousands of underpriviledged Americans. He will be never forgotten, may he rest in peace.”
– Jack Roush on the passing of Paul Newman
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Paul Newman and his family. Make the most of every minute.
Great Listener Emails… September 21, 2008Posted by claireblang in Listeners, Mail, NASCAR.
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Hey all! Check out are some of my recent emails. They are good.
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“On the plains of hesitation lie the bleached bones of millions who when within the grasp of victory sat and waited and waiting, died.” William H. G. France, 1979
Dover International Speedway
Saturday – September 20, 2008……….3:00 p.m.
It’s Saturday afternoon and I’m in the radio room right behind the stage in the deadline room here at Dover International Speedway. NASCAR just held a news conference announcing their new substance abuse policy. NASCAR will do random testing of team members, officials and drivers beginning next year. Drivers have been in support of random testing in general for some time now.
“NASCAR has taken a lot of steps to elevate our sport to the level of the “Big Four” leagues. We’ve entered new markets. We draw hundreds of thousands of fans each weekend. So it’s time that we police ourselves as one of the biggest sports leagues in the country. The new drug policy is another step in the evolution of NASCAR and the safety of the sport. Make no mistake, what we do is dangerous. We need to make certain that the competitors are clean when they hit the racetrack. NASCAR did a great job in outlining the rules, what is legal and illegal, and it’s up to the drivers and their doctors to make sure they are within the guidelines.” -Bobby Labonte, driver, No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge
The reporters in here are debating the new policy because it doesn’t specify the substances that are banned from NASCAR. There are two sides of the room – one says that a policy that doesn’t tell a guy what is banned specifically is open to lawsuits etc. Some say those media members are totally missing the point. Which is that NASCAR prohibits the misuse or abuse of any drug period – could be cough syrup could be anything. The problem with lists of substances, NASCAR says, is that it restricts what you can look for – this policy is open to abuse of anything that would affect a driver’s ability to be safe on the race track. Drivers are saying this is not shooting hoops or hitting a fast ball – that anything that affects a driver’s ability should be off limits because it’s life or death.
The saying above from Bill France, Sr. about hesitation is well documented – it’s painted on the wall at Pocono Raceway. Somehow on a cool Saturday in Dover the part about bleached bones for those who hesitate within the grasp of victory is compelling. It’s a motivator for sure to kick the cobwebs out and make something happen. That’s just what some teams need to do to stay in the chase this weekend. Jeff Gordon and the 24 team are on the pole and I have gotten so many calls on air and emails from Gordon fans saying they hope that the pole is a sign of good things to come. I have to say that there was some confusing information circulated regarding Gordon testing with his team this past week at Kentucky. After qualifying Gordon confirmed that he was, indeed, at the test himself despite a trip to Washington DC.
“We had a test in Kentucky this week. I wasn’t scheduled to be there. Brad Keselowski was going to drive the car and I was able to work my schedule around to be there. You know we tested until 9:00 p.m. over there on Wednesday night. so it’s things like that. It’s going in the shop it’s showing up early for practice and it’s putting a big lap out there like we did today” Jeff Gordon Media Center Post Pole Dover
Good for Gordon. I still maintain that they have a better test session and are more successful if Gordon can get to the test himself. It’s a positive move that he rearranged his schedule to be at the test instead of letting Keselowski do it for him.
Sunday with The Fallen Firefighters at Dover!
I volunteered to pitch in and emcee hospitality tomorrow for the over 500 supporters of the Fallen Firefighters Foundation —-in support of the over 100 firefighters who lose their lives each year in the line of duty. The track asked if I’d help out and how cool is it that guys like Jeff Burton and Richard Childress volunteered to speak to them on their own time. Of course I’ll pitch in – I’d be honored. It’s a small, small thing to do to pay back those who serve and protect. At the races here at Dover, by the way, over 250 fire and EMS Crews work to keep drivers, crews and fans in attendance out of harms way.
Hallam Moves from Formula One to NASCAR and Joins Michael Waltrip Racing
Steve Hallam, a 56 year-old-Englishman will leave his post as Head of Race Operations for McLaren Racing and join MWR’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Operation following the conclusion of the Formula One season. Hallam has established himself as a respected engineer and manager of the past 27 years in Formula One, participating in 430 Grand Prix, winning five World Championships while working for only two teams: Team Lotus and McLaren Racing. Hallam has worked as Race Engineer with such world-class drivers as Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Michael Andretti, Gerhard Berger, Mika Hakkinen before moving on to become Head of Race Operations. In this role he developed a group of the most capable trackside engineers in Formula One resulting in Lewis Hamilton’s current challenge for the Formula One title, a four-time winner this year who is leading the World Championship Driver Point Standings.
I talked with MWR’s Cal Wells about Hallam and what he lends to the program. “We’ve been talking with him for a long, long time. He’s been at the same place for twenty plus years so it’s a pretty big leap for him but he has been to a six pack of races in the past. He’s got some friends that work in the garage one that drives. So I flew over and spent some time with him, and then Rob and I spent some time with him and then Mike and Rob and I spent some time with him and we just thought that this guy would be the right guy to really fully leverage all of the assets that Toyota has as they start to blossom. Cause you know they really haven’t yet. When their Salisbury facility is just opening up this week. We won’t actively be allowed in there for I don’t know how long – a month or two or three -I’m not sure yet. But whenever that really gets going we need to be able fully exploit all of that. We’ve got to have somebody on the ground that’s at the track every week extracting the maximum of our engineering group extracting the maximum amount of what they can provide and really making the cars faster every single week.”
TED MUSGRAVE – HT Motorsports – Las Vegas – What is the deal?
Ted Musgrave crashed in the second lap of the first practice for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Las Vegas and in the half hour break between the first and second practice – he and the team GM Donnie Baden I am told had a heavy conversation and they apparently agreed they should part ways and another driver was brought in to qualify and race the truck. Talk that someone thought he intentionally crashed the truck was flying around the garage – you know how garage talk spreads. Team sources say that there was not a feeling that he had crashed the truck on purpose at all- but rather that some stress had been building the last couple of weeks and that the events today “just brought the situation to a head,” and they mutually agreed to separate. Here’s the team release that was issued shortly after the conversation:
Musgrave and HT Motorsports Part Ways Effective Immediately
Ted Musgrave and team owner Jim Harris, owner of the No. 59 Team ASE/HT Motorsports Toyota Tundra, have mutually agreed to part company effective immediately. Stacy Compton will replace Musgrave for Saturday’s Qwik Liner Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“Stacy Compton will drive the No. 59 for tonight’s race in Las Vegas,” said HT Motorsports team manager Donny Vaden. “We will evaluate our options once we get back home and make an announcement on our driver or drivers for the rest of the season then.”
Compton was HT Motorsports’ first driver in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition, competing in four races in 2001 and three races in 2002. He scored top-10 finishes in his first five starts with the team, including a fourth-place finish after starting from the pole at Phoenix in October 2001.
Compton has started 16 NCTS races in 2008 driving for the BHR-VA team for which he is a co-owner. His best qualifying effort of the season was a second at Nashville in August and his best finish is a sixth in the season opener at Daytona. Overall he has four top-10 finishes and although he’s missed the last two races he stands 21st in the series championship standings
The drama is everywhere in NASCAR. I’ll keep you posted. I put up some new emails in the Claire’s email bin above. Check it out.
Thanks for finding me on the new XM channel # 148 and new time 3-6 EST. You all rock! Greetings from Dover!
“Dialed In” LIVE at Dover- Mobile Unit September 17, 2008Posted by claireblang in 2008 Season.
Tags: claire b lang, Dover International Speedway, NASCAR, Sprint Cup Series, xm channel 148, XM Radio
Image via Wikipedia Dialed In LIVE at Dover:
I will be broadcasting from the “Dialed In” Chevy XM Mobile Broadcast unit at Dover International Speedway.
The unit will be outside of Gate 11 at DIS near the Ticket Office and the Terrace Lounge. I will broadcast LIVE 3-6 p.m. EST from the Mobile Unit at the track Thursday and Friday on Channel 148.
Hope to see you there!
A news note to friends and “Dialed In” listeners September 17, 2008Posted by claireblang in 2008 Season.
Tags: claire b lang, Sirius Satellite Radio, XM Radio, XM Satellite Radio, XM Sports Nation
C L A I R E B. M A I L
Tuesday, September 17,2008 – Charlotte, NC Studio
A news note to friends and “Dialed In” listeners:
Hey all! Thank you for your undying support and friendship. It means a lot and I appreciate that you listen to Dialed In and participate in the show. You all matter to me a great deal.
I hope you were able to find me beginning this week on XM Channel 148 – I know it’s a big change to move to our own special channel and to a new time period 3-6 EST. Many of you found the show and we had full phone lines so that means a bunch of you hung out on the new channel for the first “Dialed In” on Channel 148- Thanks!
If you sent me an email asking “Where are you?” I am sorry if you missed the show. I have a policy of answering all emails individually but yesterday I had so many that I could not possibly answer each one so I apologize for the format of this note but I wanted most to get the word out on my blog to all of you fast.
Stay in connection here with claireblang.com where I will be posting my blogs and information about the show – and I’ll do my best to keep you all updated.
I can’t begin to tell you how much you all matter to me – many of you have been listening to the show since I began at XM – and you have been my friends on the road and along the way and on the air for many years. Some of you are new listeners and I have met a lot of you at the tracks broadcasting in the XM Chevy Dialed In mobile broadcast unit or through your emails to insidercbl [at] aol [dot] com or your calls to the show.
I’ll keep you posted on the developments and hope that you can listen 3-6 EST on Channel 148 Monday – Friday and of course I will still be feeding reports in the mornings on XM 144 around 6, 8 and 10 a.m. and breaking news on sports updates over on XM Sports Nation.
See you on the radio on Channel 148 today at 3 p.m. EST.
Thanks for following me to the new channel and hanging out with me on Dialed In. It matters a lot.
Unwritten NASCAR Rules…… September 14, 2008Posted by claireblang in 2008 Season, Controversy, Drivers, NASCAR, Trackside.
Tags: claire b lang, contoversy, craftsman truck series, david starr, fighting, Joe Nemechek, mcain, NASCAR, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, New Hampshire International Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Claire B. Lang – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008
There are a set of unwritten rules in NASCAR – amongst the drivers and the crew members and one of them, I think, played out on Saturday after the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race as team members from two teams fought. David Starr was confronted inside his car on the grid after the race by a crew member from another team. Anyone who knows me knows how much I respect the NASCAR crew members and how much I work to tell their story as well as that of the drivers. However, I can see why Starr drew his fist and used it.
My understanding has always been that the cockpit of a guy’s race machine, car or truck, is his sanctuary and it’s his area. For another driver to come up and pull him out would be setting up for a fight – and I think all drivers would agree to that. For a crew member from another team to go to a driver’s vehicle and grab or confront him- is beyond an unwritten rule – it’s fighting time. In an argument about racing – the crew member and driver are not on the same level. It’s driver to driver and even then there are set areas of acceptable confrontation. David Starr immediately drew his fist – and used it after he was pulled from his truck angered that a crew member would pull him out of his vehicle. In the NASCAR Sprint cup garage today I talked with crew members and drivers about the unwritten rule and the above is how they saw it exactly.
Members of several teams said that they are not even to confront another driver – or ask him why he did something verbally and that the level of pulling another driver out of his vehicle would definitely result in them being fired. The team haulers of the 48 and the 18 teams are parked next to each other in the garage here. The team guys said to me that they get along really well and that if their drivers got in a fight they would not think it was their place to get involved in it…unless a driver came to their pit area- and then that is their turf. What happened violated an unwritten rule. You fight for your team – you’d do anything for your team – but a crew member does not confront a driver. It’s just not how it’s done because the argument was between two drivers. That, despite the fact that the team guys build the cars and trucks and have a lot invested themselves. So, there will be much said about this. I likened it to someone coming up to a guy in a bar and flicking his cowboy hat or baseball cap off. There’s something about that that every guy knows is so over the line that it is violating a “guy” unwritten rule.In this case the crew member violated a driver unwritten rule. He went over the line – and Starr reacted. So, does star get punished for the punch? Does the crew member get fired? “When a crew member comes to a driver and wants to fight…man that driver needs to kick the tar out of him,” Joe Nemechek told me after the drivers’ meeting. “That’s wrong, that’s the worst thing that can ever happen.”Nemechek said that additionally, “In my opinion that crew member should be fired from his team and banned from NASCAR.”
The drivers’ meeting was over and the prayer was said. No questions were asked but the doors were locked and no one was allowed out. We were waiting for a “special guest” who was, of course, US Senator and presidential candidate John McCain. He came into the drivers’ meeting with the media corps that follows him on the campaign trail. The media who were ushered in looked confused being in a steamy and humid drivers’ meeting garage with the drivers and crew chiefs prior to this race with McCain. McCain thanked the group in the drivers’ meeting for supporting the US Military – and the men and women who are serving…”I thank you, they thank you and God Bless America,” was the basic message McCain delivered. He received a standing ovation from those in attendance at the drivers’ meeting.
Crew Chief Handout Info from Drivers’ Meeting:
Pit Road Speed today: 45 mphCaution Car Speed: 50 mph
Pit Road Speed begins: 185 feet before the first pit box
Pit Road Speed ends: 75 feet past the last pit box
Minimum Speed: 33.93 seconds
The race may be influenced by the weather. Let’s hope not. We’ve been soaked all morning and it’s supposed to clear up so – let’s go racing and stay racing through the completion of the entire race.
I’ll keep you posted Claire B
***REMINDER “Dialed In with Claire B Lang” will air 3-6 ET beginning Monday, Sept 15th XM Channel 148 (not 144)
Important Show Update Information & NYC On-Location September 10, 2008Posted by claireblang in 2008 Season, mobile unit, My Show.
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I am at the XM Studio in New York City – after a 6:15 flight out of Charlotte this morning and wanted to keep you updated on some things…..
“Dialed In” LIVE from New York City then Live from New Hampshire Friday:
Today and tomorrow “Dialed In with Claire B.” will be broadcast LIVE from New York 4-7 p.m. EST on Channel 144 – same time, same place. Friday, I’ll be live in the media center at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 4-7 EST Channel 144 – and all weekend I’ll be covering the first race in the Sprint Cup Series Chase. As always I’ll update this blog with news and will feed breaking news stories to the XM 144 sports updates.
Fan Info: Hard Rock Cafe for Chase Drivers Today:
NASCAR’s 12 Chase drivers in 2008 will appear at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square today (Wed.) from 12-3:00 p.m. for an event that includes media interviews and interactive fan Q&A to kick off the 2008 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Today, on Dialed in I’ll have interviews with the chase drivers, I’ll kick up a little dust and we’ll talk about the chasers visit to the national TV shows, including Letterman! Did you see it?
NEW Channel and Time for “Dialed In with Claire B.” on Monday:
Starting Monday Mad Dog will debut his show 2-7 EST on Channel 144 – and so they have found a new spot for my show on Channel 148 beginning Monday. The time available on that channel is 3-6 EST – so I’ll be an hour earlier and on a new channel starting Monday. More news to come but wanted to let you know of the move. This channel is not a full channel so don’t be surprised when you find it’s just a spot to put this show during this time period. I’ll still be doing updates on XMSN in the mornings in the 6:00, 8:00, and 10 a.m. hour and feeding breaking news to sports breaks. But the show will move Monday so please pass the word.
You have all sent me the nicest emails and instant messages and they mean a lot. Part of the reason I chose to stay at XM was all of you and it matters. You have talked racing with me, cheered me on a hard day, and let me into your lives and it means more to me than you will ever know. I am focused every day on how much I owe all of you – I owe you the straight story and not a quick comment, I owe you checking to make sure it’s right and staying unbiased. I owe you going to the track and making sure that when I’m there I am your eyes and ears so that you are a part of all this no matter where you live or what you do for a living.
I have never been on the road alone because you have been with me. The truck drivers across America are pretty incredible and you all are woven into what I’ve done like family. You have led me more than once to taking it an extra mile, finding where I am going or honest and well meant friendship and support.
No matter where you live or what you do for a living -you have all really been such friends – and such a supportive network that I wanted to say thanks and let you know that I keep that in mind at all times when the days are long or the weather is crazy or things are tough and there are challenges. It’s humbling that when a girl broke the door down doing NASCAR for the first time in national broadcast radio- you all accepted it and treated me fair and I’ll always remember all of you who have been there over the years since the start.
Thanks again. I hope that you will be able to find the show on the new channel and that the new time works. I’ll keep in touch with you via this blog and as always you can email me at ClaireBMail [at] ClaireBLang.com
I’m headed over to Hard Rock Cafe and I’ll tell you all about it today on Dialed In. I am thinking right now what I can possibly ask these guys that hasn’t been asked yet.
Thanks again all!
I will keep in touch and will blog more coming up soon. This is the place to check for updates and news…..
Enjoy the day!
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“Waiting Out The Storm” September 6, 2008Posted by claireblang in 2008 Season, NASCAR, Trackside, Transcripts.
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Claire B. Blog
Richmond Hotel Room —– Saturday August 6, 2008
When I left you – I was on the air in the XM Chevy Mobile Broadcast Unit last night in pouring rain and because of the high winds and wet conditions with 7 minutes left in the broadcast we lost the broadcast line. Everyone moves fast into emergency mode when that happens. I was on the microphone with a crowd of listeners at the unit and NASCAR’s VP of Corporate Communication Jim Hunter in the hot seat – engineer Robert Morrison was in the co pilots chair engineering the broadcast – when bam the broadcast went down. I grabbed for the cell phone and finished the broadcast during the “White Flag Lap” with listeners lined up on the phone from across the country. It was crazy. The topic that callers wanted to talk about most was Joey Logano not being in the show.
Logano did not make it in the show due to rain and I promised an update. Officials of Hall of Fame Racing, a JGR ally, have already announced Logano would run that team’s No. 96 Toyota next weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Here’s something I thought you’d be interested in a transcript of what Jeff Gordon said yesterday in the media center after being fastest in practice.
Jeff Gordon – currently 10th in points and right on the verge of getting that spot and clinching a position in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup has been the topic of conversation on my show from listener call ins lately.
Race fans are interested to watch his progress week to week. Last night I went over to the Outback near my hotel for dinner and at the bar there amongst the race team guys the discussion was about Gordon and whether he’ll click in through the rest of the season as a real contender in the chase. He’s got two wins here at Richmond, 12 top 5s, 19 top 10s, he’s sat on the pole five times. There’s some interesting things to digest in what he said to media yesterday in the media center – so I’m passing along a transcript.
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT / NICORETTE IMPALA SS (Reporters Interview Transcript)
JEFF GORDON: Yeah, it’s been a great track for us even here recently. There was a couple years ago when we struggled at this track, and a lot of it was with the brakes. We seem to have resolved that, and it’s got us back on track and back just being one of our best tracks.
Looking forward to it. Obviously we were pretty quick in practice, so not thrilled about this rain that’s on its way because I would have liked to have qualified. I think we could be better than 10th, where the points will put us, and just looking forward to tomorrow night or Sunday afternoon or whatever it may be.
I know weather is going to be a big issue this weekend, but we did what we needed to do in California and we’re thrilled about it, came here with a game plan, and it’s been paying off so far.
Q. This place has not always been an easy place for you, been kind of an anxious place. Looking at this thing, because every year you come here there’s some people hanging on or people trying to get in, could it be that this race has come down to where maybe there’s more drama here because this is the last chance to get in than maybe there is in any given race in the Chase itself? Is there more drama and focus and electricity right here than if you take any given race except for maybe Homestead itself?
JEFF GORDON: Well, I think, you know, in the Chase it just all depends on how the points are being played out. I think the Chase is still fairly new, and so we’ve seen some serious drama. I think it was the first year of the Chase when we had Kurt Busch, whatever year that was, Kurt Busch, when we had three of us going for it down to the last lap in Homestead. That was pretty dramatic.
This race is dramatic. It’s just about story lines, as you guys know. It’s important to make it into the Chase. It didn’t matter if it was 10 or now 12; there’s always going to be a tight battle of who’s going to be in and who’s going to be out, so it’s a good story line. But I still don’t think it stacks up to the story line of going for the championship. You know, I think that that to me is a lot more dramatic. There’s a lot more excitement that is potentially there for the championship.
But this race is an important race. I mean, a lot of us, I think, have been thinking about this race for a while, especially the guys that haven’t been locked in, knowing that this is a big race for us. And then you’ve got the guys trying to stay in the top 35. That race has really heated up and is a good story, and then you’ve got Kyle, Carl and Jimmie who have really been the guys to beat here recently that are trying to get those coveted bonus points and the momentum going into the Chase.
To me there’s a lot of good story lines here, and maybe that’s what makes this a great race, all the stories.
Q. The one thing you’ve really battled this year is consistency. You’ve had some weeks where you’ve run really well and some weeks where you haven’t run well. Assuming you make it into the Chase, what’s your personal forecast for — do you think you’ll have something for them, as they say?
JEFF GORDON: Yeah, you know, you’re right. It has been inconsistent for us this year. You hear drivers talk a lot about it. If you were in our debriefs and our meetings, you would hear me talk more about it probably than anybody. The inconsistency isn’t just with our performance, it’s with these bump stops that we have to run on. I can’t stand them, and trying to get them figured out is just near impossible.
Some have done a better job with it. Maybe it suits come guys’ driving styles better, but it’s one of the things that challenging us.
And especially this year — you can go off last year and say you were good at this track and this track and this track. Yeah, that’s true, but if we went back there with the same old setups, we wouldn’t be as competitive just because teams have gotten better and we’ve learned more about how we set these cars up.
Then you add in the mile-and-a-halfs, and it’s a whole ‘nother challenge. That’s the biggest inconsistency that we’ve had is whether we’re on the left front bump stops, right front bump stops, front bumps upright, both bump stops, the timing of the bump stops, we’ve just had one heck of a time trying to get the front of the car to be consistent in and through the corner at a lot of tracks. And when you see us running good, it’s usually because we’ve got those close and it allows me to do what I need to do.
You know, that’s — when I say we have a game plan, you know, we learned some things — we’re learning things every week. Ironic thing, last
Jimmie got a full day in, and it rained on Tuesday and we didn’t get any testing in, and those guys took some of that information that they learned, took it to California. Obviously that worked really well for them. We didn’t have the chance to test, so we didn’t want to race it.
That’s how close this stuff can be. Every week you can learn something and find something that can work the next week or a couple weeks down the road.
So I was very happy with today because I feel like we’re really starting to get some things figured out, and I hate that it’s coming this late in the season because we’ve had some missed opportunities, but all that matters to me at this point with the type of year that we’re having is that we’re making gains.
Q. Given what you experienced last year, finishing third, fourth every race in the Chase and not being able to make up ground on Jimmie because he was winning, does that lead you to think that whoever wins it all this year is going to have to win multiple races in the Chase, and if so, does that narrow the field of serious contenders?
JEFF GORDON: Again, that’s the thing that I think is exciting about the Chase is you just never know. I mean, a guy can go — Kyle Busch can go to New Hampshire and Kansas and crash both races, and all of a sudden this thing is wide open. Or somebody hits on something and starts a streak that they haven’t had before. I mean, we saw last year with Clint Bowyer, goes and wins the first race, and nobody expected that.
So there’s too many unpredictable circumstances. I think you can look at the teams that you think are going to be the ones to beat. I just think one of these years with the Chase format, somebody is going to be a surprise. You’re going to have guys with momentum, you’re going to have guys with an incredible record like those three I mentioned, and might not even be a factor because of whatever, bad luck, whatever it may be.
So I’m not saying that’s going to be the case; who knows. All you guys are going to be in the media center and that’s why we’re going to be out there racing is to find out. I do think this year with Kyle’s performance of getting all those bonus points, I think that that gives him a huge advantage going into the Chase over — not so much over Carl, but a little bit over Jimmie and then a tremendous amount over all the guys that have maybe one or two wins. And it’s going to make it much tougher for those guys — as good as the 18 is running, it’s going to make it tougher for those guys like myself to make up that ground. We need them to have some tough luck and we’ve got to get on a roll now, which we haven’t been able to do over 26 races or 25 so far. But we’re still optimistic.
Q. You touched upon the importance of the one-and-a-half-mile tracks. Are they really the make it or break it in the Chase, and can you talk a little bit about your team’s struggles to get your arms around the one-and-a-half-mile tracks?
JEFF GORDON: Yeah, there’s quite a few of them in the — yeah, because there’s so many they’re obviously very important. I still think even looking at our performance last year, it — I mean, what Jimmie did last year was pretty extraordinary, to win the number of races that he did. But to me he could have won that many races. Had Charlotte been a little bit worse for him — they had a tough run at Charlotte and spun. He kind of brushed the wall. But that could have been a much worse finish, and that might have taken him out. To me it’s about not having the big problem more so than going and winning four or five races.
So I think that while the mile-and-a-halfs are very important performance-wise, it’s how you come out of Talladega and the short tracks unscathed that I think can win you the championship.
Q. Talk about your team trying to get your arms around the one-and-a-half-mile setup
JEFF GORDON: Yeah, again, it just goes back to — at the mile-and-a-halfs aerodynamics obviously play a much bigger role than the short tracks, so you want to maximize the aerodynamics. But we’re also dealing with the mechanical grip. These bump stops that we all talk about, they allow us to get the car at the — basically get the car where we want it on the racetrack, but then it takes all the mechanical grip away from it. So we’re trying to get our hands around that. You’ve got hard stops, soft stops, stops that come in sooner, stops that come in later, you’ve got a stop with a spring. There’s just a million different scenarios, and some guys are making it work, some guys aren’t.
I think all of us are constantly trying to gain the edge when it comes to that. I’m not so sure, there might be some guys out there that aren’t on stops at all that might be making it work. Those are the things that we’re up against.
Q. You keep talking about the overwhelming disadvantage of the bonus points. Now, I don’t really get that. I mean, I know that 80 points seems like a lot, but it’s basically 15 positions. Well, that’s tough in one race, but 15 positions in ten races, and then you say, well, the way they’re running, but of the last ten races they’ve won seven of them, and you add Jimmie in, they’ve won nine of the last ten races. If they keep doing like that, then it wouldn’t matter if you were 80 points ahead. It just seems to me to compare the 680 that you’re behind right now that 80 points over ten races is not a crushing blow because you’re going to have to pick up your performance anyway.
JEFF GORDON: You’re absolutely right, we’ve got to pick up our performance. I didn’t say it’s impossible, I just said it makes it tougher. I think that going into anything behind those teams that are already performing well, have earned those bonus points, and they’ve earned the right to them. You know, it just makes it an even bigger uphill battle.
Let’s say we go into the Chase and we run consistent sixth, seventh place every single weekend, and those guys finish tenth and we outrun them with their average finish, those bonus points are going to make a big difference.
I just think that we’re capable of being very consistent in the Chase. We haven’t proved this year that we can go out and lead a lot of laps and win races. I hope for that and I know we’ve got to improve our performance to even compete with those guys. But I do think that we are capable of being consistent when this Chase starts and stepping up our game, and in order to beat those guys, as good as they’ve been, as well as the bonus points, we’ve got to step it up to a whole ‘nother level that we certainly haven’t shown all year long. And while I’m optimistic, I’ll be shocked if we are even able to do that. That’s all I was saying.
Q. I think you’ve been saying since just about the first test of the Car of Tomorrow at Bristol, you were pleading saying NASCAR needs to work with us on this thing and work with us and let us get it where we can drive it, and now you’ve got people like Chad Knaus saying that it’s rapidly becoming a spec series; we’ve been doing some fan samplings that are just absolutely beside themselves, upset with the Car of Tomorrow. Do you think natural law is going to make it — is NASCAR eventually going to have to work with you guys so everybody can get the cars drivable for you?
JEFF GORDON: You’ve got to ask them about that. I don’t have an answer for that. I’m just a dumb driver, go in, put my helmet on, get behind the wheel and drive the race car. That’s what I’ve been told and that’s what I’m living by (laughter).
Q. Weather permitting, it looks like Joey Logano could get his first start this weekend. What was your emotional state before your first race, heading into your first race, and secondly, what do you think of the scrutiny that’s been put on this kid going into the first race?
JEFF GORDON: Well, I think he’s tremendous. I think it’s great for the sport. He’s very talented obviously, and he was running good today. So I know that they don’t want to see this rain. I think any time a young talent comes into the sport, it’s good in every way.
I think the one thing, you can have all the talent in the world, you can have a tremendous amount of experience getting to this level. The one thing you cannot be prepared for is when you’ve got that much hype and that much focus on you coming in, of the demands on your time, the cameras in your face, the autographs, the fan base; all those things are not things that you can train for.
So that’s — it didn’t happen to me immediately. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anybody with as much attention coming into this series as Joey, so obviously he’s got a lot on his shoulders. He seems to have lived up to all of it so far.
But I do know, once you get to the Cup level, that’s what changes is that you start — there’s just so many factors. And for me, back in 1992 when I ran my first race, I felt like the whole world was watching me, even though they weren’t. I felt like I was under a microscope, even though I wasn’t to the extent that I — it was excruciating for me.
I was excited to be out there and get that opportunity. I wanted to do well. I questioned do I have what it takes to be at this level, to compete at the top in this series. So there’s just a lot of unknowns. He seems to have a lot of confidence, and that’s certainly good. But I’m more anxious to see — and certainly Joe Gibbs and J.D. are great at being able to offer advice and recognize those things and be able to help him through those things that I’m talking about, which to me is what the challenges are going to be. I think he’s going to do a great job in the race car. It’s how is he going to handle all the other things on top of it, especially with all the attention from the media that he’s getting. That’s when you really find out what you’re made of.
And that’s when scheduling and having good people around you helping you get through the PR aspect of it, the monetary side of it, you start making a lot of money that you aren’t used to, all those things that start to weigh on your decision-making and your focus of being able to get out in the car and go do your job.
Q. You hear drivers talk about how I wasn’t ready to win a championship those early years of a career. Jimmie said it before, too. Is Kyle Busch ready to win one, and why?
JEFF GORDON: Well, I will say this: I think Carl is more ready than Kyle. I think Kyle has — he has the ability to go really hard, really fast, and he’s made big improvements in my opinion this year over last year. Last year when he drove for us, there wasn’t a single practice that they didn’t have to knock out the right side on the car. This year it seems to be like every fifth race that happens.
So he’s still doing it a little bit, which isn’t a bad thing he’s pushing that hard; that’s why he runs fast and they’ve won a bunch of races so he’s gotten more comfortable. He’s close. He’s as good as anybody out there right now. I’d certainly put him at the top or in the top three or four guys in my opinion of who really has a shot this championship or the best shot at it.
But I would put Carl ahead of him as far as being ready experience-wise, and I’d put Jimmie ahead of both of those guys with just his experience of winning the last two.
Q. And one more thing: Do you still think the Chase is harder to win than winning the title under the old format?
JEFF GORDON: I do. I think that right now I think Kyle would have a lock on this thing. I think there’s a very good chance he’s not going to win this championship just because of the Chase format. In my opinion it really comes down, except for those bonus points, it really comes down to ten races, those specific ten races.
I guess maybe it’s more for me. I feel like I focused so hard for so many years that, okay, you had to be good at a short track, at a superspeedway, at a road course, at the mile-and-a-halfs, and we didn’t have as many mile-and-a-halfs, but that was my goal. I looked at the guys who won championships and they were good everywhere and they were great at some places. So that’s what I focused on was trying to be good everywhere that I possibly could.
And now I don’t think it’s — now it’s you’d better be good at those ten races, and you’ve got to get yourself into the Chase so your team has got to be solid. But to be on your game for those specific ten races, not have any problems, there’s just a lot of factors in there, and to win it I think is very, very challenging. That’s why I respect it and why I want one really bad.
You know, maybe it being easier or harder is not the right terminology for it. Certainly you can’t compare history of the old championship versus the new one.
Q. Do you think with so much focus being spent on the last ten races, if you’re up there running for the championship like you and Jimmie were last year, do you think we’re going to see a trend sort of like we did this year where those guys running for the top spots are going to remain focused where everybody else kind of has the leeway to focus on getting ready for next year? Do you think that’s something we’re going to see as years go past with the Chase, or is that something with the development of the new car that was a fluke?
JEFF GORDON: I think any time you introduce a new car, I think you maybe are going to see more of that. But I think it’s always going to be the case — I think anybody that doesn’t make the Chase, their goal is get ready for next year. That doesn’t mean that they throw away those last ten races. They might hit on some things and really think outside the box that works where they win a race or a couple races, who knows.
But I think that for us, I know when we didn’t make the Chase, that was definitely our goal was we use these ten — you can’t find a better testing session than those final ten races. You know, next year if we’re able to go to more tracks like they’re saying with the possible testing schedule, then those ten races as a test are still important but maybe not as important because we can actually go to the racetracks now.
JEFF GORDON: Well, I mean, I think the strong teams are the strong teams, and they’re going to always be the guys to beat year in and year out. I think that what can happen is as a team — if you’ve got a teammate that’s outside the Chase or let’s say you get into the Chase a little bit and they’re outside the chance of winning the championship, then any of those thoughts that have been going through the crew chiefs’ and the engineers’ minds of things that they really want to try.
Just like today, we came here with a setup that we put it in our simulation on our computer, we put it on the seven post. All these things. Okay, we got it. We come here, and in the first 45 minutes we couldn’t get the heights worked out, the speed wasn’t there, and we had to abandon it. We had two hours to figure that out, get us ready to race, and then have to make sure we can qualify with it.
If you are trying to make the Chase or trying to win a championship, you can’t afford to do that. And that’s the advantage. If you’re outside of it, you can spend this whole two hours working on something if you want and then take it into the race and play with it for the whole race. You really in some ways have nothing to lose, unless it’s a sponsor situation where you’ve got a sponsor that’s bearing down on you or you’re in the final year of a contract and need to renegotiate or whatever, then you’d better get out there and shine. So all those factors play into it.
Q. At the risk of being overly simplistic and realizing that all sportswriters know just enough to be dangerous, isn’t it true that if you’re having a season like you did in ’98 or like you did last year where after 24 races you were 507 points ahead of Jimmie Johnson, it’s a lot harder to win the championship under this format, but if you don’t have any wins or you’re Clint Bowyer, it’s easier to win the championship? So as far as whether it’s harder to win, it depends on where you are, because many people — the reason it’s harder for the guy at the top is many more people are thrown into the mix.
JEFF GORDON: Here’s what I say: I think it’s harder to win it, but I think more people have an opportunity to win it, which is, I think, what you were saying. That’s what I’ve always felt like the Chase — you know, the excitement about the Chase is that if you’re not having a great year — let’s say your first half of the year is not very good, but you really start to get into your rhythm in the second half. Then the Chase is phenomenal for you because now you’ve gotten the opportunity to win the championship, where in the past you would have never had the opportunity. You were gone. You were too far behind.
There’s certainly plenty of pluses with the Chase. You know, I think you’ve got 12 guys that can win it, you’ve got people that haven’t had a great first half that can win it, you’ve got a lot of different factors that play out. You’ve closed the gap, so if one guy had a big lead, the guy in second, third or fourth, now, they’ve got a shot to win it. I mean, those are all big pluses of the Chase and why I support the Chase even though I won my championships under the old format and maybe would have, could have, should have had a couple more if we were still under the old format.
But I still am a big supporter of it because I think it’s the best show for the fans. I think it’s fantastic for the competitors all the way around I think it’s a good format for our sport.
But I still think that to win it, it’s seriously challenging because of those final ten races. Maybe I’m just saying that because — you bring Jimmie Johnson in here and he could tell you the exact opposite, because he didn’t win a championship under the old format. So he looks at last year, how far behind he would have been and wouldn’t have won the championship if the format had been — so for some guys, they might think it’s easier. For me I think it’s tougher.
JEFF GORDON: You’re taking the words right out of my mouth.
Q. You had a good season, didn’t you?
JEFF GORDON: I had a great season, we just didn’t win the championship, which is really what we’re all here to do anyway. But I certainly look at last year as a great season for me, and we were just lacking that one position, which is a big one, but still, a very good year for us.
Q. You kind of alluded to this earlier with a question about Joey Logano, but what do you remember about the weekend when you made your debut, because since you’ve started racing, no one has won more championships, no one has won more races than you, but you really came in super low profile that weekend in Atlanta. What do you think about when you think about that coming in?
JEFF GORDON: Two things stand out to me from that weekend, maybe three. One is that we were fast in practice, went to qualify, and I blew the lap. We used to have second-round qualifying then and I was fastest second day, started at 21st, went to the drivers’ meeting, and Richard Petty’s final race, he hands out — I’ve told this story, I know. It was like a money clip, had his symbol, like his face and hat on it. I don’t know what it was made of, like silver or something like that, had 21 on it with my starting position, handed it out to every driver there. I still have it.
The other thing, the most important thing I remember, is crashing. I don’t remember what lap it was, I just remember backing into the wall pretty hard down in turns 1 and 2, which are now 3 and 4. That’s what I remember.
Q. So no media memories?
JEFF GORDON: Not at all. To me, Richard Petty — that was his weekend. He was swarmed by media and fans, and I was nonexistent and happy about that. I wish that was the case every weekend. Just to come in here and do your job is what I like to do. But I also know that the sport wouldn’t be what it is and we wouldn’t have the sponsors that we have if you didn’t have that attention.
So that’s my point is that those are the things that you really don’t — even in the Nationwide series, it’s just not the same, the media attention, the fan base, the pressures, the competition. It’s just a lot more to deal with when you get to the Cup series and nothing can prepare you for that until you get right here and get into it, and then you’d better have a really strong upbringing, good people surrounding you, and people recognizing when it’s too much, when you’re doing too much.
A kid like him, especially if he does well, then they’re going to want to use him even more. I won my first championship my third season in, and until 1994 when I won the Brickyard, I really didn’t have a lot of things that I had to do, you know, like — I had a contract that said I was committed to do a lot of things, but I didn’t have a lot of demand. So I didn’t find myself constantly being pulled left and right, until I won the Brickyard. It was the 600 first in May and then the Brickyard, and that’s when all of a sudden things started changing for me, then we went and won the championship in 1995, and it’s literally never been the same for me. Every weekend is slam-packed full of stuff, every week is slammed full of things, and now it’s just part of life. But for those first couple years it was a huge, huge adjustment for me.
Q. I notice that six of the 12 Chase drivers are in the Nationwide race, including the two guys at the top and the two guys trying to stay in. It doesn’t apply to you, so maybe you have a good feel for it.
JEFF GORDON: You couldn’t — I can’t tell you how happy I am not to be in that race.
Q. I was going to ask you, why would a guy run a Nationwide race when he’s on the bubble for making the Chase? Would it be just too much to deal with?
JEFF GORDON: It’s called commitment. They made a commitment that they wish they could all get out of (laughter). Or they’re needing to buy new bikes or they want a little bit nicer airplane. I can’t tell you. All I can tell you is that there’s not one driver I’ve talked to this year that said that they’ve enjoyed running the Nationwide races. With that spacer on them, they said they’re terrible, and they cannot compare the cars at all to the Cup cars.
You know, I think that the future of what they’re going to do with those cars is — I’m going to be curious to watch. I love sitting in my bus watching those races. You know, it’s a great place to be. Nothing is going to change that. I mean, who knows, I might run one or two somewhere down the road, I’m not going to say never, but to do it week in and week out the way some of those guys do and to do it on a big weekend like this one or in the next ten races in the Chase, I just don’t see where it makes any sense.
So I’m joking about why guys are doing it. You’d have to ask them.
Q. But you wouldn’t do it?
JEFF GORDON: Did I not speak clearly? I’m sorry, let me say it louder. Absolutely not. I have no desire to run back and forth — you know, I did the five or six races or whatever a few years back, and to me it was just — it took the fun right out of it. I mean, you’d go from one car, you run over to the other one. And it’s like being Rick Hendrick; he’s got four cars and two or three of them might be awesome but one of them is not going to be some days, so you can be in victory lane celebrating, and as soon as victory lane is over, you’re over there trying to figure out how to get that other car and team — that’s how it was for me, I’d maybe have one car running good and one car not running good. I didn’t feel like I was doing either job well. I felt like I did both of them mediocre. So I prefer to just focus on the one I think that I need to focus on the most and do the best job that I can.
Interesting comments from Jeff – – you talk with guys from other teams and they fully expect Jeff to make a surge at some point – they are definitely not counting him out. One thing is for sure – don’t expect to see him in a Nationwide car anytime soon.
Many of the drivers are here in town and hanging out in their motor homes watching football today. I saw a bunch of reporters at breakfast at the hotel. Most were planning to hole up with their computers and catch up on work or watch TV. Definitely a down day in the world of NASCAR and none of us have too many of them. Woah …. I swear to you power just went out in my hotel. This could get interesting. I’ll keep you posted. Here’s a revised schedule by the way as I promised listeners that I’d keep you all posted:
RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY 2008
NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES – NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
7:00 AM Richmond International Raceway Parking Lots Open
7:30 AM NSCS REGISTRATION OPENS
Track Credentials Office Opens
8:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
Ticket Office Opens
Press Box & MediaCenter Open
The Showplace Off-site Parking Lot Opens
Richmond Coliseum Off-site Parking Area Opens
Shuttle Service To/From The Showplace & Coliseum Begins
Hospitality Pavilion, Pit Stop & Green Flag Zone, TORQUE Club, Suites Open
Cup Pre-Race Pit Access
10:00 AM Grandstands Open
11:00 AM DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
11:30 AM – 12:00 Noon PRE-RACE CONCERT – THREE DAYS GRACE
12:00 Noon NSCS “HOT PASS” IN EFFECT –UNTIL ONE HOUR AFTER RACE
12:30 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM NSCS CHEVY ROCK & ROLL 400 RACE (400 LAPS-300 MILES)
2:00 PM NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
3:00 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
POST RACE CHASE EVENT (LOCATION TBD)
POST RACE CLEAR GRANDSTANDS
5:00 PM TORQUE Club, Suites Open
Nationwide Pre-Race Pit Access
6:00 PM Grandstands Reopen
6:30 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:00 PM NNS EMERSON RADIO 250 RACE (250 LAPS – 187.5 MILES)
8:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Enjoy the day!
My Location For Richmond September 4, 2008Posted by claireblang in 2008 Season, Drivers, NASCAR, Trackside.
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I arrived here in Richmond just after lunch today and wanted to blog you quickly to let you know that the XM Mobile Broadcast Unit is here at Richmond International Raceway – in the midway area near the TV compound just outside of turn one.
The broadcast unit is located in between the Team Tylenol fan hauler and the Sun Trust Bank Machine right near the large American Flag Pole.
A programming shuffle today. Today’s “Dialed In” will be on at a different time 8-11 EST – LIVE from the Midway here at RIR – a pre race weekend kick off party. That broadcast time is just for today – LIVE from the XM Chevy Mobile Broadcast Unit.
Tomorrow (Friday) I’ll be back on 4-7 EST for “Dialed In” Live from the Midway at RIR. If you are in the area come by and say hi!
Meanwhile I thought you’d like a sneak peak at Joey Jogano’s New Car: Check this out:
Sneak Peak at Logano’s New Car
Joey Logano will debut his No.20 Home Depot car this weekend at Richmond. While his success in the Sprint Cup Series is still to be seen, he already has proven to be a hot commodity among fans buying Logano t-shirts and diecasts.
Take care – and stay tuned. I hope today’s different time slot did not confuse you – and that you are ramping up for discussion of the last race before the seeding is set for the chase.
I’ll blog more later! Enjoy the day!