First the good news... TV ratings are up for the first three races this year. Last week's race at Las Vegas saw ratings up almost 30%. See what NASCAR can do when they're not going up against USA vs Canada Olympic hockey, like Vegas did last year?
The bad TV news is that Fox signed DW to a three year extension. Thanks, Fox .... the dumbing down of America continues.
Fox also airs a Daytona 500 special this Sunday, 'The Daytona 500: The American Dream'. A documentary with new, behind the scenes looks at Trevor Bayne's popular win. DW will tell us that he had a feeling about Bayne after the kid qualified 3rd for the 500. Sure you did, champ.
The media is falling over themselves to claim that Danica Patrick's 4th place finish in the NW race last week at Vegas was the best ever for a woman in NASCAR. Maybe they should run tell dat to Shawna Robinson. Robinson won a Goodys' Dash race at North Wilkesboro in 1988. The Dash series was a national touring series, one rung lower than the Busch (NW) series back in the day.
Ken Schrader returns to the Cup series next week at Bristol. Schrader will be in the #32 VA Mortgage Ford.
Kurt Busch has top-10s in all three races this year.
2007 was the last time, until now, that we had three different winners in the first three races of a season.
The best part of the Robby Gordon, Kevin Conway garage area spat? The Extenze sponsored, Conway's first line of his police report..."I don't mind stiff competition, but I want to make sure the hard facts are told." Har-de-har-har.