A little bit of this, a little bit of that. Who really knows what’s in here. It’s the Morning Musings In The Midday Maybe.
Ok, wait, let’s not get that emotional now. But admittedly, it’s not the easiest thing to see our longtime colleague, road buddy, sounding board and best friend Travis Barrett pretty much walking away from the business of short track racing after this season.
The Consigliore has seen it all when it comes to short tracks, and even the big tracks, and much of what this reporter has seen across the board has come with The Consigliore riding shotgun.
From running into a burning building ala Tommy Gavin to dropping a fishing line into Lake Lloyd the night before the Daytona 500, and everything in between, we’ve seen a bunch.
Barrett has seen every side of the sport, from reporter, to independent web producer to public relations professional, he’s done it all besides run a team. And he’s done it all with a professionalism and class that few can match.
The pits and press boxes of New England short tracks, and tracks around the country for that matter, are losing a pretty great man.
– Ok, wiping away the tears and moving on.
Direct from the short track racing Drive for Self Entitlement program …
We’ll remove the names to protect the ignorant.
Was told by a local Modified racer this week, who has incidentally never even as much as sniffed a victory in a Modified, that he didn’t want to do an interview to promote an upcoming event.
He said he didn’t want to talk to this reporter because we never talked to him when he was racing in the local entry-level kids division and because we aren’t friends on Facebook.
Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.
– What’s better, walking in from 15-degree weather into a room with a roaring fireplace or walking in from 95-degree weather into a roam with chilling air conditioning?
– NASCAR deserves some cheers and jeers for its streaming broadcast of the Whelen Southern Modified Tour event Thursday evening from Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Cheers because it was a quality production value for a live streaming online event. It gave fans their choice of multiple camera angles that were all easy to navigate. For an event that would likely never make national TV, fans of Modified racing were lucky to have it.
That said, they really need to work on the “soundtrack.”
Again, we won’t name names, we all know who they were. Just do a little bit of homework, just a little. The mistakes, from the start of the broadcast to the finish, came seemingly every minute. From opening up by calling it the “Southwest Modified Tour” to mispronouncing the name of the four-time series champion on every reference.
It took a very cool product and unfortunately made it look like NASCAR didn’t care.
– We can debate all day the merits and viability of the Outlaw Stock feature at the Waterford Speedbowl on Oct. 5.
Some called it an ugly wreckfest, others what used to be great about racing. We feel like in landed somewhere in the middle. But could the greatness of what happened that night – tight, aggressive, fender bending racing from start to finish – be replicated in a weekly division today? Probably not unfortunately, and that’s really too bad.
– If you don’t have access to Mike Serluca’s rants on Facebook, you’re missing out. And speaking of that, someone needs to get superfan/crew member Serluca and team owner Scott Fearn together as a traveling comedy duo for the offseason. I see sold out shows across Connecticut.
– There are kids today that want to grow up and be like Kenny Powers from Eastbound & Down. And we’re not saying that’s such a bad thing.
– A dozen fans injured earlier this week in an IndyCar crash rekindled many of the same debates that fired up in February when numerous fans were injured after a NASCAR Nationwide Series crash at Daytona International Speedway.
What’s scary is there is a segment of people out there that believe in the philosophy that racing is inherently dangerous and fans have to accept that risk too.
The fact is, no fan should ever go to a racetrack with the thought on their mind that it should just be accepted that they might get killed.
– The North-South Shootout returns for the 11th year Nov. 7-9 at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C.
The event has had its up and downs over the years, just like Modified racing in general, but give the folks at Caraway credit, they’ve tried hard to help flourish the brand.
That said, it’s probably not easy on their marketing efforts when they have a Sprint Cup Series crew chief, very publicly, seemingly questioning their methods of properly taking care of teams financially after the event.
– A little late to the game on this one, but just to play devil’s advocate here. A lot of people seemed up in arms over the $100 fine for Woody Pitkat after he blew a donut on the infield at Stafford Motor Speedway on Sept. 29 after winning his first SK Modified championship.
Some people on Facebook even pointed to a commercial NASCAR produced showcasing the celebrations of drivers in the Sprint Cup Series. Yes, surely we could all find the NASCAR hypocrisy deal in many different instances across the landscape of the sport.
That said, we think at Stafford it was really a safety issue more than anything else.
And for those saying let him celebrate his championship, will you be the first ones to cry inconsistency with officiating next year when someone is allowed to get away with something everybody else gets in trouble for?
Stafford has been pretty consistent with “The Donut Rule” for many years. In the end, we think for what the day brought to him both with the hardware and emotionally, we’re sure Pitkat deep down had little issue with that $100 fine.
– It is kind of funny that Marty Reid can accidentally make a mistake about which lap a race is on and get fired but Darrell Waltrip can go on TV and say Danica Patrick is the face of NASCAR racing and people call him knowledgeable of the subject matter.
– Thankfully we lost the video on that first RaceDayCT Finale Weekend Twerking contest at the Waterford Speedbowl.