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Results are in from Poll 3- Worst MWR Crash April 12, 2008

Posted by claireblang in NASCAR Poll.
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Last week’s crash of Michael McDowell took the lead position and never gave it up. Here are your results:

Worse MWR Crash- PieChart

Worse MWR Crash- Results

Greetings from Texas Motor Speedway! (New Poll- Please Vote) April 5, 2008

Posted by claireblang in 2008 Season, Drivers, NASCAR Poll, Teams, Tracks.
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I have received a huge number of emails on the crash of Michael McDowell during qualifying for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. He joined me on the air on “Dialed In” on XMSN (Channel 144) a short time after the crash and while I have interviewed many drivers over the years after spectacular crashes – I was impressed with how calm McDowell was just minutes after such a spectacular and frightening crash.

One e-mailer in particular posed this question to me as an idea for a survey and I think it’s an interesting one for this week:

Which MWR driver’s crash was worse?
1) Michael Waltrip at Bristol
2) David Reutimann at California
3) Michael McDowell at Texas

MWR Crash

The e-mailer suggested that it was interesting that Michael Waltrip’s crash was in 1988 – 20 years ago….David Reutimann’s crash was one year ago and Michael McDowell’s was with the new car.

Many of the emails that I received were complimentary of NASCAR for the safer new car that NASCAR is using in 2008. Here’s an example:

Listener Email:

Hi Claire,

I have written to you several times this year and many times my comments have been flip, based on who I cheer for. This is not one of those times.

Michael McDowell’s crash was a sobering reminder that this is a dangerous business and nobody can afford to let their guard down. I have been a race fan for the last 40 years ( I am 48) and love the sport for the competition. There are those fans that go for the wrecks and I hate them. One year at the Knoxville Nationals some people in front of us said ” I hope we se some great flips ” and I and the people I was with were ready to take them down.

Bottom line is that the C.O.T. passed it’s final exam with flying colors today. Brett Bodine and Robin Pemberton should be very proud and Michael McDowell should be very grateful. And the legacy that comes out of this is that Tony Roper, Dale Earnhardt, Adam Petty, and Kenny Irwin brought change that will make the sport safer and better.

Michael McDowell joins Katherine Legge, Dario Franchitti, and John Force as examples of how motorsports has worked to put safety on the front burner and how all these individuals have gone on to race again.


Other emails mentioned what could have happened and what they saw Friday during qualifying as the crash ended and the driver walked away from it:

Listener Email:
Does the crash makes us fall into a false sense of security….Is there more the sport can do?….Can they really be satisfied with the results?….What happened if he hit driver’s side first instead of front corner first?….What about his feet and legs with the petals?….He looks pretty wobbly walking over to the ambulance.

Today I thank God that this young driver was able to walk away from this crash, kiss his wife and return to race another day.

Claire B
XM Satellite Radio
Texas Motor Speedway

Poll Results- “Nothing to worry about at Hendrick” April 1, 2008

Posted by claireblang in NASCAR Poll.

The Question was: What level of concern do you have for what’s happening at Hendrick Motorsports so far in 2008?

The results are in, and it seems that most people feel it is best to be patient with the Hendrick camp.


We had participation even greater than Week #1. Thanks for chiming in!


Survey Says…..”NADA!” on “Team Points Switching-At-Will” March 25, 2008

Posted by claireblang in Controversy, NASCAR Poll.
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Well, after one week of surveying, it is pretty clear that NASCAR fans want to limit the amount of team point switching that goes on. Thanks for everyone who took time to shout out on this topic.

The question was: “Should Sprint Cup teams be allowed to swap owner points between teammates to give their teams the opportunity to be in the top 35 in points to make a race?”


New CBL Feature- My Weekly Blog Poll March 19, 2008

Posted by claireblang in 2008 Season, Fun Stuff, NASCAR Poll.
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Hey all! Time for a quick Blog poll.

My email box is heating up over the potential of teams to ask NASCAR for the ability to swap owner points to help teammates get automatically into the Sprint Cup show beginning at Martinsville..

Teams operated on the previous year’s owner points for the first five races of the season, but from now on this year’s standings will dictate who has one of the Sprint Cup Series 35 guaranteed starting berths. So I ask you:

Should Sprint Cup teams be allowed to swap owner points between teammates to give their teams the opportunity to be in the top 35 in points to make a race?
<Points Switching Poll

Vote – and if you are up on the wheel on this topic give me your feedback below as to other options you think would be better or if you have thoughts on the points system related to swapping points that you’d like to share.

I’ll discuss them on Dialed In on XMSN Channel 144 (4-7 EST daily) and post results here on ClaireBLang.com and my blog on Infield Parking.

Back to the phones getting ready for today’s show!

Claire B Lang
XM Satellite Radio