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Looks like today is the day for Bowyer to sign. RCR and Bowyer have said they wanted to stay together but could not get sponsorship signed up for next year.

Is MWR better at the tap dacing for sponsors than RCR?

Kansas race here we come .....but is this a track you like to watch?

Has the no testing rule made a differance in what we see on the track?

Has the no testing made teams less accessable to the public now they are staying within the walls of their shops?

The 7 post shacker really make a car race ready?

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October 7, 2011  07:51 AM ET

MWR might not be the best at the sponsor tap dance, but they are cheaper than RCR. Being a top team means you can ask for top dollar, and for a company who does not want to pay that they go with a team who is asking for a more reasonable, to the sponsor, amount.

The testing ban is not a true ban. Teams have the 7 post shaker, other tracks, and probably a myriad other ways of getting data for how to setup the cars. If anything the lack of testing has just increased the have/have-not gap. Instead of spending the money testing at places like Talladega, Texas, Dover, Pocono, or any other NASCAR track, the top teams are spending that money to test at Rockingham, Nashville, Road Atlanta, etc. I can't say how well the shaker is compared to real life testing, but I know Roush said their problems from last year were mainly because of bad data from the shaker.

October 7, 2011  08:47 AM ET

The diectors and boys in the booth, in my opinion, dont give a fare shake or equal camera time to a MWR, or Petty, car these days. Dinger was running up in the top 10, barely a mention but every ten minutes or so. the "double-naught" of Reuttimann has made a number of good showings and cant compete for the camera time Kyle gets when he;s running in the teens, simply because it is an oddity.

THAT my friends affects how much a 2nd tier team can negotiate with a sponsor.

October 7, 2011  08:49 AM ET

Shaker wont make a car race ready, but when you are willing to spend millions for a .05 second edge on the competition, all teams are forced to jump on.

October 7, 2011  09:07 AM ET

This one goes out to a friend in Texas.

Donkey In The Well

-------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.

Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.

At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

NOW --------

Enough of that crap . . .

The donkey later came back and bit the **** out of the farmer who had tried to bury him. The gash from the bite got infected, and the farmer eventually died in agony from septic shock.

MORAL FROM TODAY'S LESSON:
When you do something wrong and try to cover your ****, it always comes back to bite you.

October 7, 2011  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The diectors and boys in the booth, in my opinion, dont give a fare shake or equal camera time to a MWR, or Petty, car these days. Dinger was running up in the top 10, barely a mention but every ten minutes or so. the "double-naught" of Reuttimann has made a number of good showings and cant compete for the camera time Kyle gets when he;s running in the teens, simply because it is an oddity.

But ESPN has been doing that all season in NW and Cup. They only focus on the "story" they made up in prerace, mainly the Chase drivers in Cup and the Busch-whackers in Nationwide. Clint Bowyer's TV time was over after he didn't make the Chase. Same for The Dinger and Kasey Khane. Heck if Khane weren't being annoying and showing up in the shots of the Chase drivers he would be getting zero air time as well. While in Nationwide if you are not running top 5 or named Kyle Busch or Carl Edwards you might as well not even run the event.

I recommend on Tuesdays going to The Frontstreatch website and read the article called Talking NASCAR TV. The journalist there critiques the race broadcast, and calls out the networks on favoritism, missed calls, and other issues with the broadcast. Interesting read.

October 7, 2011  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

MORAL FROM TODAY'S LESSON:

I actually laughed out loud at this one!

October 7, 2011  09:20 AM ET

People love a winner or a front runner. That's what the networks believe.

October 7, 2011  10:24 AM ET

Races I see MWR cars seam to be always spoken about even if last place.
I think they are getting more than a fair shake as far as air time goes.
As a Gordon fan it seam to me anyways unless he is up front I never hear where he is on the track.

October 7, 2011  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

This one goes out to a friend in Texas.Donkey In The Well---------------------------------------------------------------------- ---- ------One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off! Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up. NOW -------- Enough of that crap . . . The donkey later came back and bit the **** out of the farmer who had tried to bury him. The gash from the bite got infected, and the farmer eventually died in agony from septic shock. MORAL FROM TODAY'S LESSON: When you do something wrong and try to cover your ****, it always comes back to bite you.

This was a riot pond.

October 7, 2011  11:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I think they are getting more than a fair shake as far as air time goes.

As a Gordon fan it seam to me anyways unless he is up front I never hear where he is on the track.

Not talking about a car running in the 20's multiple laps down is one thing, but constantly showing the leader click off laps with a 5 second lead while being told, "There's great racing happening back in the top 5" is totally different.

Khane, Dinger, and Bowyer all had top 10s finishes at Dover, and the only time you saw the #4 was on the restart and even then he was only barely mentions in favor of covering the Chase drivers. Dinger and Amborse had great days for RPM, both top 10, and while Ambrose got some good airtime most of the comments about him was how odd it was to see him in the top 10 on an oval, and how weird it seemed that he liked Dover since he is a road racer.

I think the coverage for Gordon has gone up a little bit, but mostly because he's in the Chase and they have to talk about those guys every 5 minutes or else people might just tune out.

October 7, 2011  12:50 PM ET

Now I don't feel as bad about being an old as...!

October 7, 2011  02:25 PM ET

The Pentagon announced today the formation of a new 500-man elite fighting unit called the "United States Redneck Special Forces".

These Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas boys will be dropped off into Afghanistan and have been given only the following facts about terrorists:

1. The season opened today.
2. There is no limit.
3. They taste just like chicken.
4. They don't like beer, pickups, country music, or Jesus.
5. They are DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE for the death of Dale Earnhardt.

We expect the problem in Afghanistan to be over by Friday.

October 7, 2011  02:26 PM ET

I couldnt help it.

October 7, 2011  02:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

These Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas boys...

This posted by the guy living in Indiana!

October 7, 2011  02:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

This posted by the guy living in Indiana!

true. (hanging head in shame)

October 7, 2011  02:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

true. (hanging head in shame)

But, true to the jokes about indiana, the heat was on this morning and the airconditioning this afternoon

40 at sunrise, 86 now.

October 7, 2011  02:59 PM ET

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Sprint is trying to convince investors that it really could be the comeback story of the year -- next year. Or maybe the year after.

The No. 3 U.S. wireless provider announced at an analyst meeting on Friday that it is about two years ahead of schedule on its expected roll-out of its new 4G wireless technology, deploying a network using the new industry standard called Long Term Evolution. That speedier-than-expected deployment means Sprint could catch up to the 4G coverage Verizon (VZ, Fortune 500) provides and match AT&T's (T, Fortune 500) roll-out plans by 2013.

But in the meantime, Sprint said it is running out of money and may need to draw down from its credit line or raise more capital to fund itself.

October 7, 2011  03:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Sprint is trying to convince investors that it really could be the comeback story of the year -- next year. Or maybe the year after.

The No. 3 U.S. wireless provider announced at an analyst meeting on Friday that it is about two years ahead of schedule on its expected roll-out of its new 4G wireless technology, deploying a network using the new industry standard called Long Term Evolution. That speedier-than-expected deployment means Sprint could catch up to the 4G coverage Verizon (VZ, Fortune 500) provides and match AT&T's (T, Fortune 500) roll-out plans by 2013.

But in the meantime, Sprint said it is running out of money and may need to draw down from its credit line or raise more capital to fund itself.

Sounds like they will be all finished the upgrade to 4G just in time for 6G to come out...

But seriously at this point the constant "faster, faster, faster" mantra of the data companies is stupid. At this point companies are really just throwing away money in order to let people get to their websites, Youtub videos, and email a whole .5 nanoseconds quicker then they did yesterday. I just can't wait for the day the telecoms have to be bailed out as Too Big to Fail because of the mounting upgrade debts.

Here's an idea lets work on taking all those power and phone lines still on poles and bury them under ground, one less obstruction to have to deal will falling over onto the road in storms!

 
October 7, 2011  03:29 PM ET

Scary part is the last line about needing funds.

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