Over the years in NASCAR there have been many voices bringing race results and news to fans. Whether it was calling the race like Bob Jenkins or reporting from the pits like Chris Economaki, these talented broadcasters brought NASCAR to life over the airwaves. For the drivers, on air abilities and public personas are keys to making a driver a fan favorite or the one they love to hate.
Let’s take a look at a few of those drivers that draw the crowds as well as the boos like the late Dale Earnhardt, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski who have been known to run their mouths from time to time. [keep reading]
Last week, David Caraviello @dcaraviello argued in an article published on NASCAR that Joe Gibbs Racing was the “biggest off season winner” going into 2013. Caraviello points out JGR’s Sprint Cup drivers makes them heavy favorites to win the Chase next year.
Joe Gibbs Racing stable of drivers for 2013 include Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and the newly-signed Matt Kenseth to replace Joey Logano. While Joe Gibbs has a history of success winning championships, one with Bobby Labonte in 2000 and two more with Tony Stewart in 2002 and 2005, these drivers have long since moved on and JGR’s current drivers only boast two championship wins with other race teams. Kyle Busch hasn’t won a championship since 2004 and Matt Kenseth hasn’t won since 2003. [keep reading]
There’s something gamers call the Madden Curse and it guarantees if an athlete appears on the cover of the EA Sports Madden NFL video game, their season will be plagued with bad luck. The Curse has been traced back to 1999, but does the curse exist for the drivers on the cover of NASCAR video games? Dale Jr. will appear on NASCAR The Game: Inside Line next month and spoke to USA Today about the curse. Jr. shrugged it off and said as long as Activision is developing the game, not EA Sports, the curse shouldn’t be an issue.
Unlike Madden which is released before the NFL season starts, NASCAR video games have been traditionally released towards the end of the race season in September. As a result, we’ve taken a look at how the drivers featured on the cover of the video game fared in races before September and those after to really see if the Madden curse affects NASCAR too. At the end of each segment we have a verdict for each year. Please note, the year of the game does not coincide with the race season. For example NASCAR 1998 was released in 1997, NASCAR 99 in 1998 and so on.[keep reading]
1. You can love or hate a driver simply because they drive a Ford, Dodge, Chevrolet or Toyota. No explanation necessary.
2. She has yet to win a race in the Sprint Cup or Nationwide Series, but Danica Patrick is one of the most, if not the most, controversial driver in recent Nascar history because she is a women in a “man’s sport.”
3. Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and the #3 car. No other driver in the history of Nascar has made a bigger impact to the sport than Dale. In memory of Dale, who died after wreck at Daytona in 2001, every fan in the stands holds up three fingers on the third lap of every race. You may not know a thing about racing, but seeing over 100,000 fans quietly stand in unison to honor the great “Intimidator” will send a shiver down your spine.
4. Fans are allowed to bring coolers full of soda (beer) into the stands.
After intentionally wrecking Ron Hornaday during a Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway last Friday, Kyle Busch has solidified himself as Nascar’s most hated driver. Please refer to yesterday’s Monday Grind blog post for video of the wreck. Even before this incident, “Shrub” was already one of the most hated drivers, but why? Is it the sunglasses? Is it because he brings shame to M&M’s candy? Perhaps, but these three reasons are much more likely:
1. He drives a Toyota.
2. Fans think he is arrogant and cocky.
3. His aggression and willingness to wreck fellow drivers.
Except for the first reason, both number 2 and 3 were traits reflected by the great Dale Earnhardt Sr. who was notorious for aggressive driving and performing the “bump-and-run” on other drivers. This has sparked comparisons, but what separates the two, however, is temperament and self-control. Earnhardt never used his car as a weapon, especially during a caution lap like Bush did last week. Moreover, Busch has been caught up in a number of squabbles since joining Nascar at the age of 16 in 2001. There was the fight with Richard Childress that led to exchanging blows. Then there was the fight with Kevin Harvick that nearly led to exchanging blows at Darlington. There was also the time he called Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans “crazy.” And then there was last weekend.
It’s a simple fact – music ruins car videos. After featuring the Chevrolet Camaro Intimidator and its 704 horses as a “Cool used car of the future,” we wanted to know what its engine and exhaust sounded like. Thing is, each one of its videos has background music, effectively overpowering the Camaro’s engine noise. This seems to be a common theme across YouTube on lots and lots of driving videos. For gear heads, this can be depressing or at least we think so. In example one, we have a compilation of Nascar wrecks that should let the listener hear the smashing metal and burning rubber. This isn’t the case.
At Mojo Motors, we sell used cars and there are some really great models to be had right now, like this Subaru Impreza or this Chevrolet Equinox. The thing is, there are other great cars we love, but can’t include in our listings because they’re still concepts or too brand-spanking new. That’s why we share these vehicles in our segment, “Cool used car of the future.” This week we are featuring the Chevrolet Camaro Intimidator.