Posted on: February 12, 2009 8:14 pm

To Pete's Danica "experts", and some bits....

So, I'll take the time to respond to some of the AOW experts that emerged to respond to Pete Pistone's blog about Danica Patrick. I chose to do it here because this is a relatively safe haven...these are my opinions, and I am allowed more space to elaborate on those opinions than on the general boards.

So where to begin:

And you're saying you would rather see a male take her spot who drives as well as she does? Any male who has more talent then Danica will probably be picked up by racing team. This has been a popular theme, with slight variations. The writers seem to believe that there aren't any drivers who could do a better job than Danica, who are without a ride. I'll give two names to start with: Paul Tracy and Justin Wilson.

As pathetic as Danica's act is, the IRL needs it to survive.

Another popular argument. Just as wrong of course. What does the "IRL" need to survive? The devil himself, Tony George, has that little track in Indiana where they run some races on occasion. As long as he owns that track, they are set.

(The quotation marks on "IRL" are because that is another one of the "experts" habits. The series is actually the IndyCar Series, or ICS for short)


PS: Of her 64 career starts, she has finished in the top 10 a total of 36 times. That isn't bottom of the barrel.

Here is where I really start to enjoy things, the listing of Danica Patrick stats. Here you go, I am so afraid of losing this discussion, I'll post her career stats myself:

STARTS: 64        WINS: 1        TOP 5: 11    TOP 10: 36    POLES: 3    LAPS LED: 84   RUNNING AT FINISH: 53

So, the argument always seems to highlight those 36 top 10's. That does sound impressive. Of course the average car count for the IRL/ICS during the period of time between 2005 -2008 was 18.6, so finishing in the top 10 didn't necessarily mean that you were even in the top half of the field at the finish. I think the more telling stat is the 84 laps led. As the same poster I quoted above decided to use Marco Andretti as an example of a driver who only has a ride because of his last name, I would like to point out that this beneficiary of nepotism led 330 laps..THIS LAST SEASON.

    IRL racing has seen much better days like 20 yrs ago The "experts" who continue to use this point are obviously all DeLorean owners, and friends of Marty. The IRL/ICS has only existed since 1996. When I count that on my fingers, I see them entering their 14th year (13th season, 96-97 were combined) Of course they all think that F1, ChampCar/CART, IRL/ISC ran the same cars also. But they all know a lot about Danica, even if they don't actually watch the races. 


Interesting things to watch on Feb.24..Speed TV will be covering the announcement of USF1, the F1 team being organized by Peter Windsor and Ken Anderson. They will be looking at fielding a team on the Grand Prix circuit in 2010..with American drivers, cars featuring American technology, and located out of Charlotte, NC. Well, lets open up the discussion here: who might be the potential drivers? Scott Speed would seem to be a likely candidate, as would Marco Andretti (maybe there was more to the A1GP drive in the off-season then just ICS experience. Getting a little feel of the international aspect of driving)

As I mentioned in my last blog, Sebastien Bourdais will be retaing his drive for the 2009 F1 series with Toro Rosso, but there was a bit of a surprise announcement from SeaBass when he confirmed that he will also be driving for Peugeot at the LeMans 24 hour race as well as the Sebring 12 hour race. A win at LeMans would mean more to SeaBass than a F1 win, so I hope he gets it. He does have one 2nd place already in 2007.

USAR announced their schedule for 2009. It is going to be a 14 race season this year, one division. Included this year is another visit to the "Rock" during the 4 race championship series. Although it looks like Madison is off the schedule, I'll still be able to see them run at least once when they visit Iowa Speedway in September.

I'm looking forward to attending an event that I've always wanted to go to in the past, but it just never worked out before. This July, I'm going to my first vintage event at a track. I'll be attending the Kohler International Challenge at Road America. A beautiful track, with classic road cars, formula should be amazing. Right now they have over 1000 entries in the different classes that will be running.      


Posted on: January 26, 2009 3:48 am

For Those Who Care...non-NA$CARE news...

Let's talk racing for a bit: not the semi-scripted, rules changing on a whim (actually can a rule change if what the rule is has never really been established?), shadow of its former self league that dominates this site..NA$CARE...but the others...

Well, it looks like the off-season drama at STR might finally be over. The teams website is showing Buemi and Bourdais as its drivers heading into next season. Good news for SeaBass...and the right news. He really didn't deserve to be put through basically another tryout in the off-season. Plus with some of the F1 rule changes that will be applied this season, the vehicles will probably handle very similar to the old ChampCars. Of course this isn't the best of news for the devil himself, Tony George. SeaBass in the ICS would have been an amazing addition (Rumors had Bourdais joining NHL). With the uncertain future of Helio Castronieves, ICS could have used the additional star power. 

Great news recently to hear that USAR ProCup series will run in 2009. After Hooters announced it was ending its sponsorship at the end of last season, things were looking pretty bleak. New ownership announced on the 16th of January that the 2009 season will get the green flag. Anyone who says that they are a fan of stock car racing....not just a companies ability to market itself...should support this series. Great short track racing at some of the best facilities demonstrating the real roots of this sport.

So what was your favorite moment of Green Prix USA?

Does anyone here have a spare $200,000 I can have? If so I think I would use it to join the Monticello Motor Club. If you aren't aware of what I am talking about, here is their website.
    I can't imagine how amazing it would be to actually have a membership here. "Lets see, should I take a few laps in the F1 car today? Or maybe the Ferrari?" For those who say money can't buy happiness..I say that I could have a pretty big grin after my visits to the track.

Speaking of money, I'll admit that when the Barrett-Jackson auction is on TV, I'm like the moth to light. I just settle in and watch those incredible vehicles go by the Auctioneer. One suggestion though, when they have the fantasy/ play along game, first place should be a trip to Chandler, Arizona to see Ron Prattes car collection. Every year we witness him purchasing the best of the best for his private collection, and it is private. So an opportunity to see it in its entirety would be the car freaks answer to winning the golden ticket to Willy Wonkas factory. Just a suggestion. (So for the NA$CARE fans out there...did you feel that Rick Hendrick bid wisely on the vehicles he purchased?)

Has anyone on CBS ever mentioned the A1GP series? I thought that maybe it would get at least one or two mentions with the addition of Marco Andretti as the team USA driver. (and he has had a bit of success..been on the podium) Plus there was the bit of controversy over the "princess" (D.P.) wanting the pay premium to do it. Maybe Andretti/Green was just trying to get her a little more seat time so she wouldn't be such an embarassment on road courses?

Its only two weeks until the World of Outlaws gets going again...down at Volusia for the ALLTEL DIRTcar Nationals. It sure would be great if the King could pull out one more championship..Or at least a Knoxville title.

I think I have perfected the "Larry King" style of writing. For those of you who don't remember his columns in USA Today, he used to just shift in mid-thought it seemed at times. He would be writing about Charles Manson, or something, and then the next line would be trivial, (example) "There is nothing as good as a fresh Mallo Cup" 


Category: General
Posted on: December 9, 2008 2:06 am

Dear Diary.....

I was thinking that if I start to actually write thoughts here more often, isn't it really just a semi-public diary? I've come to accept that I'm never going to be one of the members here at CBS that everyone waits to hear their opinions...I am a fringe poster. When all of the "cool" kids start contests about members, I am not at the top of anyones list. That is okay though, because it would also seem that I than have a freedom to say just about anything, because it will soon be forgotten.

Think about it....I realize now that I don't really need to keep changing my avatar every week. I'm not really part of that deal.

Favorite posters, "elected officials", etc....not my problem. Heck, I'm in fantasy leagues and people aren't even aware of who I am.

So, onto something (s) on my mind:

To many of the posters at this site, if it isn't NA$CARE, it doesn't exist. What really saddens me is the possibility that one of the truly exciting racing series in the U.S. might actually become a part of their reality...not existing. For over a decade the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series has provided some of the best short-track racing in this country. Well, Hooters has declined to continue sponsoring the series, and this really looks like the end. We lost the ASA a few years ago, and now this, be prepared for stock cars to only run 1.5 mile cookies soon.

Dental work.....I recently began a pretty elaborate dental process. I had 10 teeth pulled, 10 posts placed, 7 root canals, the remainder of my teeth filed and shaped for crowns, and temporary crowns placed ...all in one day! Yes, there was a need for some painkillers for awhile. After a couple of months, and the healing as sufficiently started..permanent crowns and implants are the next step. Will it look good? For upwards of $30,000 and the pain, it better.

 That "The Christmas Shoes" movie with Rob Lowe and Kimberly Williams Paisley is just about the saddest movie ever made. Speaking of Christmas movies, has anyone ever seen the  train conductor from "The Polar Express" and MN Vikings coach Brad Childress together? I think they are the same person. (The Polar express is real...I believe)

Why does Hersheys introduce about 2 new flavors (OOOPS, I mean "Special Limited Editions") of Kisses every week ? These are most of the currently available flavors:

 Malt Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Chocolate Marshmallow Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Candy Corn Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Neopolitan Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Double Fudge Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Orange Creme Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Strawberry Creme Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Dark Chocolate Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Dark Chocolate Strawberry Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Candy Cane Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Chocolate Truffle Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Milk Chocolate (Original) Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Milk Chocolate with Almonds Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Special Dark Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Hershey's Kisses Filled with Caramel
Hershey's Kisses Filled with Peanut Butter
Candy Cane Mint Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Mint Truffle Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Cherry Cordial Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Regular with Pink Label
Hot Cocoa Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Matcha-Green Tea Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Camouflage Colored Hershey's Kisses
Crunchy Caramel Creme Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Dark Chocolate Cherry Cordial Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Double Fudge Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Dolce d Leche Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Vanilla Creme Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Dark Orange Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Raspberry Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Confetti Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Espresso Flavored Hershey's Kisses
New York Cheesecake Flavored Hershey's Kisses
Toffee Crunch Flavored Hershey's Kisses

I remember only having the singular choice of milk chocolate, in a plain silver wrapper, and being pretty content with that.

Category: General
Posted on: September 24, 2008 5:29 pm

Random Thoughts While Absent.....

I've held off on posting for awhile, just needed a break. I did some traveling...visited some racetracks. But, I've had a few thoughts:

+ I get some trade magazines in the mail from old business ties; once you are on these mailing lists, you ARE ON these lists. One of these is a mag called "Mass Market Retailer"..(from the Menards days). I usually do my part for the tree-huggers out there and immediately put this in my recycling bin. For some odd reason, I set a recent issue on my workbench. Well, I was out in the garage having a cigarette, drinking a MGD, watching a 'lil football, and during a commercial I pick up said magazine. Inside they had some polls about different products and their usage...buying behavior it was labeled. I learned that only 85% of households purchase soap and toothpaste! SAY WHAT! But then I noticed at that 15% of people polled picked Dale Jr. to win the Chase and it all made sense.

+ I wasn't aware of the fact that Section was Native American. I am assuming this due to the "rain dance" he must have performed during the play-offs in fantasy baseball. Congrats on winning.

+ While watching the Emmy Awards, I started to wonder, Why does Hollywood think that everyone in this country is a liberal? These two-faced jerks are the same people who were booing Michael Moore just a few years ago at the Oscars for attacking he is their patron saint. Hey, I'm consistent. I still think Moore is a jerk.

+Wasn't it Sir Charles who made the "I'm not a role model" comment? I've decided that in my case at least, it can't be helped. I wish I could separate the man/woman's private life from their professional life, but I can't. If I become aware of the fact that someone is a jerk in "real life"...I probably won't be a fan of theirs in sports/film/etc...

+It would nice if CBS had a writer who actually liked open-wheel racing. Brian,'s nothing personal here, but reading your very rare comments on open-wheel, it's obvious you don't care about it.

+One of my trips was to Lakeland, FL. By chance I was there the week that the axe fell on USA International Speedway. Sad, to see it go. No real notice. Mid-season. (They still even had a Hooters ProCup event left this season) Doesn't really surprise me though. NA$CARE is doing their best to make sure that ...oh forget it, I'll rant on this another time.

+Is there anything that smells better than burgers on a grill?

+They really need to go back to the old theme music for Randy Orton. I just don't feel his new intro. (Next Monday...Dan is going to be at RAW in Minneapolis. Hopefully they won't run out of Santino shirts)

+I'm heading down to Knoxville later tonight for the Late Model Nationals this weekend. I know that a few of you are probably aware of it. Tony Stewart and Ken Schrader are a couple of Cup guys who should be in it. If anybody ever has a chance to go to Knoxville, do it. I go to the "Nationals" and the Late-Model Nationals annually, and you really can't find much better racing.   

Category: General
Posted on: February 28, 2008 12:43 pm

A True Rant!!! (It's been awhile)

Okay, I had to take a week or so away from here so I didn't get a chance to make a timely comment....but here I go anyways.

On the IRL/ ChampCar "merger":

I read many of the posts, well all of them actually, in Art's thread, and it amazes me how clueless some people can be. I accept the posters that I know are NA$CARE fans, and that is their interest...but the people who spout off on this subject, whether here at CBS, or on different sites as if they are suddenly experts because they have read  2-3 articles in the past week, or maybe watched bits and pieces of a couple IRL races truly frustrate me. Guess what don't get it! Let's look at the merger comparing positives-negatives....


One unified series. This might make it easier for all of the experts  to stop using the terms IRL,ChampCar, CART, Indy Car, even F1 as if they are the same thing. Yes, they are all/were open-wheeled series or terms used to describe them, but they all also were different. I don't imagine that many posters would find it amusing if I decided to just refer to any type of racing vehicle that wasn't open-wheeled as a USAR car. (Wow! Those USAR cars were really fast at the Daytona 500......Did you see all of USAR drivers that competed in the Daytona 24 race?) It would become a little irritating, and I would look even more like an idiot than I normally do. I don't quite understand why this has seemed to be so confusing to people, but it should be less so now.


First and foremost, The devil himself, Tony George. Anybody who thinks that having this waste of air leading the new combined league is a good idea should just stop watching auto racing and go back and actually finish grade school. He is the person who ruined AOWR (American open-wheel racing) in the first place. He created the IRL for no good reason other than they were not willing to give him all of the power he wanted back in 1994. His move destroyed CART...which was well on it's way to not only being the most popular racing org. in the U.S. but in the world. He formed it out of empty promises for inexpensive racing, ovals, and American drivers. All of this of course turned out to be lies. He in the process took the cathedral of motor sports, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and turned it into the church rental hall. Before, once a year, the hallowed facility would open for a month of racing. The anticipation of the event would draw hundreds of thousands for even he has turned it into Daytona Midwest. Stock car races, Motorcycle races, etc....anything for a buck.

And the man has as much credibility as Brian France..I'll get to there mutual "on their knees" mutual lovefest in a bit....An example would fall in last seasons IRL racing. Their media darlin, Danica Patrick, has so far been a decent driver..but until she actually wins something she isn't much more than a racing version of Kournikova. So what do we find out during the course of the season? The IRL was allowing Danica to use a form of "power steering" at road course events. (a significant aid) What does Tony have to say about it? That they were testing it for future events and its feasibility for all teams. Hmmmm, they just happen to use Danica? They just happen to require the members of her team to sign a confidentiality agreement about the equipment? I guess it couldn't be tested during a testing session instead of during 2 races that were just by coincidence televised on ABC? It does make Brian France and the NA$CARE ruling committee (yea...committee) look pretty honest for once.

Oh...and the lovefest that is between the Devil himself, Tony George, and Brian France. Lets take a look at the current IRL schedule, I wonder how many ISC tracks are listed? Hmmm. How often does the IRL share weekends with the USAR Trucks? (Like how I did that?) Heck, Brian France had as much to do with the demise of CART and then ChampCar as George. NA$CARE wheeled their clout in many cities to have races removed, postponed, from many of the CART/ ChampCar schedules. I don't blame France. He has found an idiot who is willing to allow NA$CARE to use his org. as a feeder. 

For the poster who holds out some type of belief that the "new" IRL is going to add some events back to the schedule...keep dreaming. I spoil this one for you...but go ahead with the Easter Bunny, Santa, Tooth Fairy, etc.. You can kiss Road America, Laguna Seca, Zolder, Assen, Mont-Tremblant, etc..good-bye. They are probably more likely to add more ISC tri-oval tracks than road courses. The only foreign event likely to remain will be the Japan race at Twin Ring Motegi to keep Honda happy. It doesn't matter that these were well attended events on some of the most beautiful tracks in the world.....I hope that A1GP picks up a few of them at least.

And if you value life...including spectators...the P.O.S. that the IRL uses is an outdated, dangerous vehicle. The Dallara should never have been the vehicle of choice in this unification. The DP01 that ChampCar used was just introduced last season and is far advanced. I understand numbers say the Dallara is more plentiful and cheaper....but what might wind up being the real cost here?

Ehhh, that's enough for now....  

Category: Auto Racing
Tags: IRL/ChampCar
Posted on: February 16, 2008 2:23 pm

Coming out of chemo.....

Okay I had to have another round of chemo this week, and a few stories accumulated while I recovered...this was one of the ones that has caught my eye, and I just need to comment:


Smoky bar triggered deadly asthma attack

Fri Feb 8, 2008 6:11pm EST

By Julie Steenhuysen

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A woman in her late teens died from an acute asthma attack triggered by secondhand cigarette smoke shortly after arriving at her job as a waitress in a bar in Michigan, researchers reported on Friday.

They said it was the first reported case of an immediate death caused by secondhand smoke.

"She didn't have any other possible known causes of death," said Dr. Kenneth Rosenman, a Michigan State University professor who oversees three state public health surveillance systems.

Cigarette smoke is known to trigger acute asthma attacks.

"We know that particulate levels from secondhand cigarette smoke in bars like this reach sufficient levels to set off an asthma attack," Rosenman said.

He said the woman was a student who had a job at a fast-food restaurant, and worked a second job as a waitress at the bar. "She was perfectly fine when she went to work," Rosenman said in a telephone interview.

"After about 15 minutes, she had an acute asthma attack and collapsed on the floor. The autopsy clearly indicates she died from asthma," said Rosenman, who would not disclose the woman's name or the precise place and time of her death for privacy reasons.

Rosenman said the woman had asthma since age 2. Her asthma was poorly controlled. She had made four visits to her doctor in the year before her death for flare-ups, and had been treated in a hospital emergency department two to three times that year.

Although she had prescriptions for an assortment of drugs to prevent and treat asthma attacks, she was reported to only use them when she was having breathing difficulty.

On the evening of her death, she had no inhaler with her. When she became sick, she told the bar manager she needed to go to the hospital, then collapsed on the dance floor.

Bar patrons offered an inhaler and the woman tried to use it, but could not. Emergency response workers were unable to revive her and she died shortly thereafter.

Rosenman, who wrote about the case in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, said 24 U.S. states prohibit smoking in public places such as bars. A number of other states, including Michigan, are considering it.

He said a smoking ban could prevent future deaths.

Secondhand smoke causes about 3,400 lung cancer deaths and 46,000 heart disease deaths in adult non-smokers in the United States each year, according to the American Lung Association.

"There are a lot of statistics out there about secondhand smoke. Here is a human face. She died acutely. It is a tragic death," Rosenman said.

The study was funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Okay, this story has received a fair amount of attention by the anti-smoking crowd. They are pushing it as proof of how deadly second-hand smoke is. Give me a break!  Let's take a closer look at some details: 1) Asthma since age 2, but yet decided to work in a "smoky" bar. 2) Prescriptions for the ailment, but didn't use them properly 3) Went to work in the "smoky" bar...didn't bring inhaler 4) Four doctors visits, 2-3 ER visits in the past year....What was triggering these attacks? 5) To quote the article.."Cigarette smoke is known to trigger acute asthma attacks", well that is true, but I refer you to this list of other possible triggers:  http://www.healthsystem.virginia.ed
This is simply another piece of propaganda that turns a story of half-truths and innuendo into fact in the eyes of many. What killed this waitress?  The reflection in her mirror.
Category: General
Tags: Real life
Posted on: February 6, 2008 10:41 am

This has no place in sports, or life

I will try to set up this blog at first with an article on the subject:


BARCELONA, Spain -- Lewis Hamilton endured racist taunts from spectators at Formula One testing, Spanish media reported Sunday.

The 23-year-old from Britain, F1's first black driver, was jeered and insulted when he moved between the McLaren motorhome and the team's garage at the Montmelo circuit on Saturday.

Circuit director Ramon Pradera instructed staff to erect barriers around the team's paddock for Hamilton's safety, the reports said. Banners making references to Hamilton and team boss Ron Dennis were removed while the stands directly above McLaren's garage were cleared to ensure no debris could be thrown down when the car returned to the pit lane.

"We would like to make a plea to the fans to behave correctly," Pradera said. "No type of offensive behavior can be tolerated."

Last season, Fernando Alonso of Spain failed to clinch a third straight championship after he joined McLaren from Renault. Alonso finished third in the drivers' standings, while rookie Hamilton was second.

Alonso has since rejoined Renault.


The article gives the basic feeling, but to really understand I believe you need to see this site also, it includes some photos showing some of these "fans":

What can be said by anybody to defend this type of behavior? The sad part of it is the fact that it is not an isolated incident in Europe. So often we listen to people comment on racial issues in the U.S., I wish they would consider at times how terrible it truly can be. I hear way too many times about how wonderful France, Spain, etc...are in relation to this country. Yea, sure. How do think this would go over in the U.S.? 

Category: General
Posted on: January 26, 2008 2:06 am

What should I Ramble about Today?

Hmm, my first blog....I guess I better review what I can and can't say

CBS says this:

Upload, post, e-mail, transmit, display, distribute, promote, or otherwise make available: (i) any material that is false, unlawful, threatening, tortious, disparaging (including disparaging of Company, its parent, subsidiaries or affiliates), anything that adversely affects CBS business such as discouraging any person or entity from advertising with, linking to or supplying CBS, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, offensive, pornographic, profane, racist, sexually explicit, ethnically or culturally offensive, indecent, or that promotes violence, racial hatred, terrorism, or illegal acts, or is otherwise objectionable in Company's sole discretion;

Wow. I am amazed that I am still even allowed to post here at all.

I decided to take a little break from posting here for the past couple of months. Why? Sports were to a great degree irritating me more than bringing me the escapism/pleasure that they are supposed to bring. NA$CARE frustrated me to the point that I stopped watching the races. F1 has a huge cheating scandal. ChampCar and the IRL....the IRL is very similar to NA$CARE in the way they seem to be enforcing rules. And ChampCar has leadership that seems to have all jumped out of a tiny little car (clown reference). Football....sorry, but New England you lost to the Ravens. Enjoy that tainted season.

I guess that what it all has come down to is the last grasps of a man clinging to some of his childhood innocence is gone. Sport on a national (international) level is just about the money now. The media and the orginazations that run each of these sports only care about the bottom line. So I feel that my cynical, pessimistic attitude is just.

So, onto a sports topic for today.............The ESPN show "Dale Jr.- Shifting Gears". Why does this bother me? Maybe it has to do with the idea that Jr. seems to have orchestrated an awful lot of the drama that unfolded last year. Sure, that doesn't surprise me, I said all along that he wanted out, and he just needed a scapegoat...enter the "wicked stepmother". But, back to the series, how did Jr. just happen to have cameras following him around "behind the scenes" as he was contemplating this decision. (to quote the ever-so-humble Jr.) " To get people to understand the magnitude and the weight, this is a good way to do it"  I find it very similar to President Truman and the decision he had to make on the bombing of Japan.

Enough for now......

Category: General
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