Sunday, December 28, 2008

Allmendinger Replacing Sadler!

I'm literally almost in shock right now - just finished watching the Panthers wrap up the NFC South and a bye, but went to ESPN and read that A.J. Allmendinger was replacing Elliott Sadler at GEM.  Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic news.  My question is, why would any Sprint Cup owner want Sadler?  He might be able to contend in Nationwide.  I'm so happy for Allmendinger right now.  I can't wait for the official announcement.  Watch out, everyone... Allmendinger could be the surprise of the year in 2009.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Why I'm Against Shortening Races

The hot new way to "fix" NASCAR in tough economic times has become making races shorter.  Most recently I've seen the idea discussed here.  I couldn't disagree more.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is supposed to be racing at the highest level.  It's the most-watched form of racing in the US.  More sponsors, the best drivers, the best teams, the best of everything.  To me, shortening races under the guise of the economy is weak, and worse, it delegitimizes the sport.  Is the NFL going to start cutting their games to 12-minute quarters?  The author makes the argument that cutting races isn't the same as cutting innings in ballgame or time in a quarter, but that's exactly what he is doing.  If NASCAR trims 50 or 100 miles off of races, even if it's not every race, that's still a bad example.  I disgaree that it sets awareness of the times.  If the prices are too high and people stop showing up, then you cut the price of attending the race, you don't cut the racing.  Unless the commissioners of the NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB all agree to do the same, NASCAR should keep the race distances exactly where they are.  

Unless they don't believe NASCAR is a legitimate sport.  Any sort of cut would prove the haters correct.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Catfish's Christmas Treats

In the form of the brand-new Official TCS Skank, Miss Aubrey O'Day.  Hey, she showed up (and came out?!) at the NASCAR Awards banquet, so I want to personally thank her.  Aubrey, if you get this, come to Charlotte.  We'll set up a photoshoot.  My email's on the right.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Bobby Labonte Can Still Drive

My question is, will he get the right opportunity at GanassEI?  The combined team of EGR has more team presidents, directors, and owners than drivers.  How the power struggle sorts out will have a lot to do with the performance.  Labonte has done the best he can with the Pettys, but it just wasn't enough for team and driver, which is a shame.  That's the way the world works, though.  A lot of fans probably don't remember Bobby Labonte is the 2000 Winston Cup champion and was one of the very best in the business for a lot of years.  In good equipment he could still recapture that form.  That's why I had hoped he would drive the 4th Childress car next year, but that wasn't meant to be.

In the Nationwide Series last year, Labonte had top 5 finishes in 2 of the 5 races before the #21 Childress team was shut down.  All he needs is eqiupment but I have doubts until proven otherwise.  

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Matt Kenseth Needed A New Crew Chief

I can't be happier to see that today Drew Blickensderfer was promoted to Kenseth's Cup team. To me, Chip Bolin just wasn't the right choice to fill in after Reiser and seemed to work better as an engineer. I listened to Kenseth for a good bit of the race in Martinsville in October, the one where he finished in the top 10 despite spinning out early. He was upset at Bolin for not updating him on things like the pace car's position on the track, and other small but important things. Combined with the reunion of spotter Mike Calinoff, I think the #17 team should be back contending for wins and a 2nd championship next season.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

So... This Is Where The Sponsorship Money's Going?

I received an email yesterday regarding a few photo albums, and honestly, I debated whether to post them for you good readers of The Catfish Show.  Eventually, as you'll see, I have decided to post them, mainly to make some people squirm, and to shake things up a bit.  With hundreds of employees losing their jobs, I bet they'd like to see what NASCAR was doing in New York last week.


Monday, December 1, 2008

Still Decompressing After The Season

No posting lately, and I likely won't do another one this week on TCS. However, keep your eyes on On Pit Row this week.