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Race Day Blog – Lowe’s Motor Speedway October 11, 2008

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Claire B Lang – Pre Race
Race Day Blog – Lowe’s Motor Speedway
Saturday October 11, 2008

The Edwards Harvick Argument Photograph……Has Been Outed

Welcome to Lowe’s Motor Speedway. I just saw a photo of the Carl Edwards/ Kevin Harvick scuffle in the Nationwide garage on Thursday here at LMS. The photo series has started to make it around to the various web sites. There are various accounts as to how the photos got out.

We knew that, eventually, the photo would get out somehow – it was just a matter of time. It always does somehow. I’ve heard various stories of why the photo of the argument was not released and was kept under wraps by a handful of photographers.

Several media members covering the race here at Lowe’s Motor Speedway noted that, in their minds, the photo would have been rushed to Associated Press immediately if H.A. Humpy Wheeler was still on staff here at LMS because, of course, he’d know how good it was for business and would have seen to it that the photo got out. Maybe some think that the photo is bad for the drivers involved or their sponsors but traditionally photos like this are good for ticket sales.

Last night here at LMS several of us in the media corps talked about why the several photographers who got the shot, who are photo and commercial journalists, would have agreed to not publish the photo. This usually happens due to pressure from sponsors that the photographers double dip for on side jobs or from the track or the Roush team. The discussion was that it was no different than someone getting a story off the record and deciding not to use it.

Also, many of the photographers who shoot in the sport do other jobs -and make extra money shooting for corporate and sponsor entities that might conflict with a shot like that getting out. Then are they not photo journalists? Some in the photo room say that the photo was in the garage, a place that is not the same as on pit road and therefore should not be released. Others in the photo room disagreed – saying that there are a lot of fans in the garages now and that while you would hold a photo of two drivers fighting in the motor coach lot, which is their neighborhood, the garage is more public. Now, the photo series is out.

I am asking you this. How much of an impact does a series of photos like this have on your support of a driver or sponsor. Here’s what I think – I think if you are a Kevin Harvick fan you do not change your thoughts about him related to this photo series and you support and back Kevin. If you are a Carl Edwards fan you support him and see the photo series a different way. It all depends on who you support how you see this series of photos right?

Bottom line – these photos will not change fans opinions of either the sponsor nor the driver.

Not one bit.

Am I wrong?

You can find the photos on any of the racing web sites. Let me know what you think

Claire B

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1. Dave in the Bend - October 12, 2008

I may be in a minority here, but I have no problem with photo’s such as these going public. This is but a small thing in my opinion of the Nascar “big picture”, and now with door open I shall digress.

I do not understand what Nascar is so afraid of as to neuter the drivers personalities. As if the 10 lb. rule book and the CoT haven’t made the sport boring enough they insist upon controlling the tongues and tales of the people who keep the fans attention.

Is it good for the driver, sponsor or sport in general? That’s subjective and certainly dependant upon who you ask. My opinion, I’ll admit it’s a risk, but isn’t that what makes life interesting and keeps you getting up in the morning?

Let the boyz be boyz for crying out loud.

2. Underdog - October 13, 2008

Claire,
I just saw the photos of the scuffle between Harvick and Edwards and I am more convinced that Harvick was just playing him.. As I told you in our phone call last week, Harvick plays mind-games with certain drivers. Edwards is a simpleton that plays right into the hands of someone like Harvick. Edwards can use his bluff on someone like Matt Kenseth or Greg Biffle, but a Harvick or Tony Stewart will put him down..
Best always Claire,
Underdog


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