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On Wisconsin! July 15, 2009

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The Chicagoland, Madison, Green Bay, Indy Tour!

I’m taking a few days off in Wisconsin – as my sister is getting married in Green Bay this coming weekend. There’s a flurry of activity here – but it won’t involve the radio. For the first time since I can remember I am not doing “Dialed In” and will be off Wed., Thurs, and Friday of this week.

I am headed to Indy early and staying in the Midwest since Chicago so I will return to “Dialed In” next Wednesday, LIVE from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I always love covering the Brickyard – it’s something special so I’m looking forward to that. Right now though being spoiled by my mom and having meals made for me instead of coming home from a trip to an empty refrigerator. Can we ever get enough of our mom’s home cooking?

The weather is so beautiful here – and it’s great for the soul to be home after so much traveling. I’ll tell you all about the wedding when I return…it’s turned into a huge affair with family and friends I haven’t seen for years and I’m so lucky that out of the blue, not knowing the race schedule, my sister picked an off weekend for her wedding, which makes it easier for my schedule. (IE: No leaving the reception to check out the race on TV lol) My sister has invited some of my friends from high school and so I’ll get to see friends that I have not seen in forever. I’m looking forward to it.

Enjoy the weekend and I’ll catch you Wednesday 7-10 EST from Indy on the Midwestern tour!

Claire B

RACING NOTES:

Danica Patrick

I still think that Danica Patrick is not coming to NASCAR. We’ll see her show up here and there. It will rouse suspicion and plant seeds but in the end, I think she knows what it would take to move into NASCAR and it’s a gamble for her. Almost everyone who knows the sport says that it would require starting out in the Nationwide or Truck series for a while….and I just don’t see her doing this at this stage of her career after what she’s accomplished in open wheel. However, stranger things have happened and it’s weird economic times in both NASCAR and Indycar. She’s a smart cookie. She knows what it would take. I know she visited Stewart Haas racing for a tour, something that was NOT kept hush hush. If she was thinking about it seriously don’t you think that it would have been a closed door visit – kept secret? I think she’s in the mix and wants to be just that- it’s smart for her at this stage-but as far as actually moving into NASCAR. I do not see it. Unless she gets an offer that she can’t refuse.

I like Danica. I went to Chicago to interview her when she announced her “Go Daddy.com” Indycar sponsorship. She was really a lot of fun and I asked her all the tough questions, like was she really the ice princess that some said she was. She laughed and the interview was easy, as she answered everything I threw her way openly and fairly. She was actually very easy to hang out with. I met her mom and dad and husband and interviewed her folks as well. She’s really a pretty amazing woman. She knows what she wants and she is not afraid to go for it – for that she gets the reputation for being cold. I didn’t see her that way. I still don’t think she’s coming to NASCAR but whatever she chooses she’s talented and extremely marketable and whatever she decides to do she’ll be front and center.

Brad Keselowski Full Time Nationwide:

Brad K. would rather race and not spend his time worrying about where he’ll go next but he’s in a good position. I talked to him about his next move at Chicagoland.

CBL: Are you still working on next year? Everyone’s watching you

Keselowski: “Yea, You know I am working on it. Don’t have any answers on it – making progress. Things look good, they look very good for me to be back driving this #88 Nationwide car full time which is just as important to me as running the Cup series. So that’s all coming together nicely, not there but it’s coming together and I’m looking forward to it.

NAPA- A Sponsor’s View of Michael Waltrip, Martin Truex Junior and NASCAR Sponsorships:

I spoke with Bob Susor, who is the president of NAPA about their continued sponsorship at MWR

CBL: What pushed you over the top as far as sticking around?

Bob Susor: “Oh I think it’s just the overall good job that Michael has done for us. The fact that he had good, what appeared to be good technical support and have been able to recruit some high quality people.”

CBL: What about selecting Martin Truex Junior…how heavily did you recruit him? Did you interview him? What was the role NAPA played in selecting him?

Bob Susor: “Well we did interview him and wanted to make certain that he had a personality that fit our customer demographic and our internal organization as well. We think he’s kind of our kind of guy. We think we’ve got the opportunity to help him develop a personal brand maybe beyond where he’s gone to this point as well.”

CBL: What makes him your kind of guy?

Bob Susor: “Very low key. Just kind of a guy next door, son of a hard working entrepreneur and that’s pretty much our customer base.”

CBL: But Michael’s not that low key.
Bob Susor: “Well Michael’s Michael. You know there’s only one Michael and we like Michael because of how shameless he can be. (laughter). They are different personalities but we think having the combination of both….of course and obviously we think there’s the opportunity for improved performance as well.”

CBL: Did you look at video tape, study driving performance records etc?

Bob Susor: “We really didn’t look at video tape. We had seen him do interviews before because when we were with DEI previously we had been exposed to him so we had a little prior exposure to him. You know the fact that he’s stayed out of trouble off the track. That’s a big plus for us as well..”

CBL:And how to you see the landscape for sponsors?

Bob Susor: “Ahhh I understand it’s pretty tough out there. For our business, it’s an ideal demographic. It kind of matches up very nicely with what we do. So I’m not certain how others are viewing it but for us we think it’s still a good investment.”

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I hope everyone is enjoying the post July 4th summer fun! It won’t be long before we’ll be at Indy racing the Brickyard.

I’m excited to return for the weekend to Green Bay where I have not been for so long I think I will need a road map to find my way around.

Enjoy the day!

Claire B

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Raining at Chicagoland: Weather Dampens NASCAR Again! July 10, 2009

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It’s raining at Chicagoland Speedway (2:25 p.m. EST) – Jet dryers are on the track but it’s iffy but possible we’ll sneak the Nationwide race in here. Everyone’s hoping that mother nature cooperates.

Here’s my broadcast schedule –

“Dialed In” – is scheduled to be on the air from 7:00-7:30 p.m. EST tonight (Friday July 10) leading up to the start of the Dollar General 300 powered by Coca Cola. If the rain halts the race or the start of the race and MRN Radio throws it back to affiliates – then “Dialed In” will be on from 7-10 p.m. EST. I’m broadcasting from the Safety Clean Trailer in the garage here at Chicagoland Speedway.

Saturday- Dialed In is on from 2:00-4:15 p.m. EST -leading up to the start of the SIRIUS NASCAR Radio pre race show at 4:15 p.m EST. The MRN start of the Lifelock.com 400 is at 7:15 p.m. EST.

After the race I’ll be LIVE in Victory Lane and on the SIRIUS NASCAR Post Race Show until 1:00 a.m. EST.

More coming from the media center as it happens.

Next Week’s Schedule:

My sister is getting married in Green Bay Wisconsin on the off weekend between Chicagoland and Indy races. “Dialed In” will be off next Wed, Thurs, and Friday so that I can attend the Wedding. I will be LIVE from Indy on Wednesday, July 23rd

I’ll be back with more during the rain delay and practice.

Still raining here at Chicagoland.

Claire B

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Drivers Meeting- Chicagoland Speedway – July 12, 2008 July 12, 2008

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Chicagoland Speedway logoImage via WikipediaThe driver’s meeting here at Chicagoland Speedway was full of star power and there was some really moving moments involving the “King” Richard Petty. I’ve seen moments with drivers and retirements announced at the driver’s meeting and the drivers stood for a standing ovation -and clapped heartily. But this was special.

NASCAR President Mike Helton marked Petty’s 50th year in NASCAR as he addressed the drivers. “On behalf of everybody in the industry,” Helton told Petty from the Microphone, “Congratulations on your 50th anniversary. We hope you’ll be around to celebrate 55 or 60 or 70 of them and thanks for being all you’ve been to NASCAR and all the people around it and to reminding us that there’s a lot to be thankful for in the fans who are the heart and soul of what we do.”

Helton, who does not throw compliments around, continued, “You’re the King – you’re the Icon of our sport. I don’t know what else to say – we have a token, it cannot ever ….give back the full appreciation of everything that you’ve done for our sport – the standards that you’ve set, the records that you’ve given this crowd – the drivers to shoot for – some of which can never be accomplished – but if you’d step up here –

Petty stepped to the front of the room and was presented with a crystal bowl. Not only did the drivers stand and give him an ovation there was loud cheering and hollering of approval. It was pretty impressive and I wish you all could have been there.

Petty stepped to the microphone and looked straight at the drivers and crew chiefs, “I appreciate what you are doing now ’cause I am making a living out of racing now – that I probably didn’t make back when I started ok?,” he said. ” So its up to you all to carry it forward from here. I always told them, I said, Richard Petty was maybe where everybody came to. I didn’t do anything by myself. I had all the people, the sponsors the NASCAR deal. Again to redo that whole deal – without them fans guys – you all take time for the fans. They the ones that buy the products that we sell. The reason we’re here is because of the fans. Not because of NASCAR…I hate to beat on that drum deal but always remember that you know we are not alone the fans is what makes it work. Again I just want to say thank you for all the support that everybody’s done for me over the years and I’m going to still stay around and aggravate you all ok?”

More hollering and loud cheering from the drivers and crew chiefs.

Richard Petty is indeed special.

Speed Rules –
Pit Road Speed 45 MPH
Caution Car Speed 55 MPH
Pit Road Speed Begins – 210 feet before the first pit box
Pit Road Speed Ends – 75 feet past the last pit box
Minimum Speed: 34.90 MPH

There were no questions from the drivers and we prayed. I asked Race Director David Hoots if he had seen the weather radar and he said the storm system was passing us and we’d be good for the race. I’m banking on his assessment. It looks like good news and Hoots aught to know. “Have a great race,” I told him. Up to the tower he went.

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BLOG BREAKING NEWS- Ryan Newmamn July 12, 2008

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Saturday – July 12, 2008
Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois
4:37 p.m. EST

Hey: I’ve got so much to tell you and it’s been crazy busy here with a short weekend show. JD and Joe Gibbs are in the deadline room right now – I’ll get back to you later on that. The driver’s meeting is coming up so stay tuned. What about Ryan Newman – is he going to Stewart-Haas Racing? Here’s what he had to say a few min ago.

Penske Racing — Alltel Driver Ryan Newman:

Newman: “In generally I have a career here – I’ve had a career here at Penske Racing and if it works out to move on then I will move on with them but I don’t know the answer yet. I talked to Roger (Penske) a little bit this week – talked to him a little bit last week. Still working on performance – still working on a lot of things – it’s just a matter of when we decide we’re going to move on -when we’re going to said we part ways if that does happen.”

Tony said the ink was dry for a month before he announced it – are you that far along? Have you agreed with somebody already?

Newman: “Are you a month ahead of me? – is that what you are asking? No I haven’t agreed – I told you point blank. I have never lied to you guys I won’t lie to you. I haven’t agreed I don’t know my answer.”

Is driving for Tony’s team an option?

Newman: “Driving for Tony’s team is an option. He has a seat. Obviously you know even you guys have marked me as one of the guys – the lead candidates to get in there so yea it is an option.”

Have you had discussions?

Newman: “Have we had discussions? I’ve had discussions with a lot of people.”

Any of the discussions involving you owning a team?

Newman: “Actually yea. I haven’t decided yet.”

What beats in your heart?

Newman: “The most important thing to me is performance – winning the championship achieving the goals outside of what I’ve done which was a lot of poles and wins and the Dayona 500. There are still a lot of things out there for me to achieve.”

Have you been frustrated – because you should be a winner – you should have been a champion already.

Newman: “Coulda woulda shouda. All things happen for a reason – we’ve been close we just haven’t succeeded in ways and times that we could have or should have but that’s all in the past. Like I said I’m working on working forward I just don’t know my final answer. I have a – b – c – and D – and I don’t have a 50 -50 right now and I don’t really even have phone a friend – I’m just working on a final answer.”

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