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« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2006, 06:10:24 AM »

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Very astute, Vivian. Really, I mean it.
  I was about to point out how late this week's races at Phoenix are starting, but now I will not try to make any snide remarks! :-D
 So, Cheryl, turn on the TIVO or whatever and get a good night's sleep!
 Dick,...ZZZZzzzzz........(snore). :-D


If you consider that the race tonight started around 6pm local, and ended about 8 or 8:30 local, the race time wasn't all that unreasonable for the locals. The sun sets around 6:30 or 7pm local, so they did start the race before sundown.
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« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2006, 02:08:53 AM »

Reading some of the Sunday papers from the larger cities here in Western New York I have no idea who won. When the papers hit the press before the race ends you will have that problem.
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« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2006, 01:08:01 PM »

I guess I've always heard that things on TV are oriented towards the East Coast because that is where the highest concentration of the population is located.  Now I don't know if that is true, in general, but I think it IS true about the majority of NASCAR fans. From what I've heard of the highest rated cities for TV, Greensboro, NC still tops the list every week.  

That said...Lou and I were in Coeburn, VA this weekend for the Hooters race.  In order to get through Washington, DC traffic before rush hour, we had to get up at 4 a.m. Friday.  We turned on the Busch race at the "announced" start time of 8:30 p.m..  We barely stayed awake through the ridiculously long pre-race show which seemed to feature the reigning Cup champion (I have no idea what they were saying as I had on MRN so I could actually hear about some Busch drivers).  When the race came on, we lasted about 20 minutes before we were both falling alseep (I guess we are just old fogies or something).   :lol:   So we just gave up and went to bed.  I turned on XM Saturday morning and immediately heard that the new king of the Buschwhackers won.  And only one Busch regular in the top 10 (David Green in 9th).  I'm glad I did something productive (sleeping) instead of wasting any time on the Cup "practice session."  Yesterday, we caught a bit of the race on XM on the way home.  I said to Lou "hmmm...maybe if we listen to it again, a Busch regular might actually win..."  

Since our race was Saturday night and we wiped out after celebrating in Victory Lane with the winning team, we didn't watch any of the Cup race Saturday night.  I listened to about half an hour on XM while Lou wrote his article on the Hooters race.  Again, it put me right to sleep, so I gave up about 10:00 and went to bed.  A couple years ago, if anyone would've told me I could even have thought about sleeping while a Winston Cup race was on, I'd have said they were insane.  Between the lack of action at Phoenix (in the past and this weekend) and the late start times, I sure don't feel like I missed a thing.  Especially after watching the Hooters guys slide their cars through the turns and race EVERY lap at Lonesome Pine Raceway.  Not to mention a spectacular victory for a hard-working team of regular guys (instead of a bunch of spoiled millionaires).  BTW, at one point while listening to the eventual winner on the scanner, his crew chief told him the second place guy wanted to lead a lap, but would give him the lead right back (yeah right).  The leader's answer was an emphatic "NO!"  I loved it!  No, socialism in USAR racing like NASCAR.   :-D

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« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2006, 06:07:31 PM »

I watched the race at a bar in Cerritos, CA, without the benefit of sound.  At first, when I saw Kevin Harvick pass Greg Biffle for the eventual win, I thought, "That was a brilliant move!"  Only later that night did I find out the truth: Biffle had run out of gas, making the pass much easier for him to make.

Until then, what I watched fit the pattern of a typical NASCAR race these days: one dominant car (Biffle) who gave up the lead mostly on pit stops.

No wonder Cheryl and Sally fall asleep these days!
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« Reply #19 on: April 24, 2006, 10:22:59 PM »

Bobby, I think you have a point, and a good one at that. Truthfully, there is no real reason to favor one coast over the other.
 That said, very few things are important enough to keep me awake these days. The one big exception was the Ohio State win over Miami for the 2002 Championship. That was exciting. Other than that, the next morning is fine with me.
  Having experienced the West Coast time effect, both in Ca. and in Hawaii, I agree that it is nice for those folks to have an event at a normal time too now and then.
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« Reply #20 on: April 24, 2006, 10:57:23 PM »

cheryl you have a very good point nascar has become very boring lately is there any way i can get copies of videos and/or dvds of hooters races? if so please let me know. Cheesy  Cheesy
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« Reply #21 on: April 25, 2006, 12:19:32 PM »

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cheryl you have a very good point nascar has become very boring lately is there any way i can get copies of videos and/or dvds of hooters races? if so please let me know. Cheesy  Cheesy


Ron,

The races are on the SPEED channel every Wednesday at 5 p.m. (eastern).  

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« Reply #22 on: April 27, 2006, 11:12:39 PM »

chery i don't have and have no way to get speed. Sad  Sad  Sad
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« Reply #23 on: April 27, 2006, 11:34:35 PM »

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chery i don't have and have no way to get speed. Sad  Sad  Sad


You can catch them in a bar/restaurant at 5 p.m. on Wednesday maybe?  If you are off work by then.

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« Reply #24 on: April 28, 2006, 12:44:55 AM »

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one admitting to falling asleep during races.  Not too many years ago I sequestered myself during NASCAR racing with orders to not disturb me unless the house was on fire or a category 4 hurricane was near.  The last few years I find myself dozing off during the races and often find myself changing channels to check a fishing show or something else of greater interest.   Maybe it's not old age after all.  BTW dog owners, our dog, Gizmo, seldom gets up before 9AM unless we wake her up :lol:
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« Reply #25 on: April 28, 2006, 03:04:04 AM »

I think several things have happened that make the races less riviting.  The TV spends so much time with gimmicks that I can't get any sense of flow within the race.  It's very difficult (especially with the highly suspect crawler) to keep track of drivers the network has not chosen to follow.  The not a playoff format tends to trivialize the first part of the season.  With aero becoming so important, cars and engineers, not drivers tend to be more important to winning.  And now that it's only a Big Business Entertainment, it's not so much fun.

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« Reply #26 on: April 28, 2006, 02:59:48 PM »

Good points, kids.
 Cowboy, my old and very ill Dobermann, Sidney, will lie at the bottom of the steps and whine when she thinks we are not arising early enough. The exact time usually corresponds with her breakfast time, according to her hunger level, which usually is pretty high! :-D
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« Reply #27 on: April 28, 2006, 06:30:56 PM »

Cheesy  Cheesy  thanks cheryl but i don't think i could find a bar that would carry it. :cry:  :cry:
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« Reply #28 on: April 28, 2006, 09:24:28 PM »

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I think several things have happened that make the races less riviting. The TV spends so much time with gimmicks that I can't get any sense of flow within the race. It's very difficult (especially with the highly suspect crawler) to keep track of drivers the network has not chosen to follow. The not a playoff format tends to trivialize the first part of the season. With aero becoming so important, cars and engineers, not drivers tend to be more important to winning. And now that it's only a Big Business Entertainment, it's not so much fun.


This seems to be the feelings a lot of people are having from what I read and hear not only via the tv, radio and papers but from people I happen to discuss racing with.  There is no real or pure racing in Nascar anymore, IMO...

East coast or west coast makes no difference nowadays.  I think if there were really good competitive racing that broadcast all the drivers, then most of us would easily adjust to the time.  The time is just making it easier for us to make use of our real excuses for not following as closely as we used to.  JMO...
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