Props to the Pit Crew

Posted by Genna | Posted in | Posted on 10/20/2010


When a team does well in a race, who gets a lot of the credit? The crew chief, car chief, driver. When the car doesn’t do so well, misses a cue on pit road, who takes the fall? The pit crew. A lot of race fans seem to want to blame the pit crew for all the bad and never give credit for the good.

So why is it that the crews tend to take so much heat if the driver they work for does poorly in a race? Is it really fair to the crews? These men spend countless hours each week practicing so that they can be the very best they can be each week.

They’re only human. They make mistakes. Sometimes very costly mistakes. Sometimes NASCAR’s fans can be cold and unforgiving to the crews of their favorite drivers. These men have families, wives and children to feed and for the fans to berate them and say they’re not giving 100% is truly unfair to the teams. To say they are not dedicated to their jobs and their driver is beyond unfair, it is possibly one of the worst insults you could throw at them. They work and travel and practice together, they are perfectly choreographed. It’s like a dance to watch them. They throw themselves into the face of danger each week and some have paid dearly for it.

Sometimes the drivers get angry and rebuke their crews when they make mistake, it’s true, but when do you not see a driver thanking their crew before just about anyone else after the race? A team is a team, through good times and bad. The drivers in the cars are fully aware that if not for the dedication of their pit crews, they would not be success full. So why don’t the fans seem to understand that?

I believe, and you can agree to disagree, that the fans don’t really understand the dedication, time, and practice that it takes to be a member of one of the elite NASCAR Sprint Cup pit crews. Four tires and gas can be done in 13 seconds or less. Could you do it? Even in the best shape of your life, do you really have what it takes to do what they do each week?

I encourage you to do some research. Learn just what it takes to do what they do. Watch the All-Star week Pit Crew Challenge. It’s all about speed and pure brute strength. Watch practice. Really study what they do and then when you think you have a good idea, reevaluate what you think it takes to be out there doing what they do each week.


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Who is your favorite sponsor on Twitter?

Posted by Genna | Posted in | Posted on 8/30/2010


A lot of NASCAR sponsors are on Twitter. Many of them are there for informational purposes while others are more interactive with the fans.

Who is your favorite NASCAR sponsor on Twitter? Why? Do you like the insider information? Do you like when they interact with fans more? Do you like contests? Pictures?

In a comment, post below who your favorite is and why!

2010 NASCAR Weekly Race Weather

Posted by Genna | Posted in | Posted on 5/15/2010


All weather forecasts, updates, radar, ect. posted courtesy of Brian Neudorff.

Current Weather



Looks like Mother Nature was informed that NASCAR had a big race this weekend and decided that we can’t have a weekend with out the threat of rain. There will be enough instability around Thursday afternoon that an isolated or even a few scattered showers or storms could form. There is practice and qualifying from 2pm to 7pm for both Nationwide and Sprint Cup series.  If a shower or storm forms near or over the track then this would cause delays or cancellations, but I think most of the time is dry.

Friday there are no scheduled on track activities but there will still be a better chance of scattered showers and storms as the atmosphere remains unstable.

Sadly the biggest change has been the addition of showers and possible thunderstorms for a good part of the day Saturday. I know a lot of people will ask, “Is it in the morning or afternoon?” “When will there be a break” “Will they Nationwide Race be rained out” “Will they run a double on Sunday if it is canceled?” I don’t have specifics nailed down at this point. I think most of the shower will be scattered as an upper level storm system moves over the Carolinas. These can produce numerous scattered to broken showers across the region.

Right now, that same upper level system drops farther south, there may be some clouds maybe a lingering shower in the morning but I think most of the day especially towards evening it remains dry.

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