Now that we don't have two intermediate tracks back-to-back to start the year, the legitimate championship contenders remain a bit hidden. Does Monday Morning Crew Chief think this is a good thing? Just click the title to find out.
Stories continue to pour from Monday Morning Crew Chief's visit to Phoenix International Raceway. This piece takes you inside the racetrack and into the garage area where MMCC met some legends of the sport. Click on the title to find out where MMCC found the Wood Brothers.
Monday Morning Crew Chief visited Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday and welcomes a new writer into the fold who will take us through the adventure that was the Subway Fresh Fit 500. Click on the title for the exciting details.
Interested in the Lugnuts' opinions on this story. Apparently Tom Bowles of SI was fired for clapping in the Daytona Press Box watching Bayne's "historic" win. Some debate as to whether he was actually fired for the clapping itself (as was reported apparently many people in the press box cheered - several warned but no others fired) or if it was his indignant self-defense on twitter days later.
I find this whole thing a bit hypocritical. Many folks are pointing to DW and the rest of the announcers blatant rooting for drivers as a worse offense but technically they are not journalists and do not abide by the "ethics" of journalism (oxymoron?). However, DW and the rest aside, any one who follows the traditional media kinda knows who favors who - one of our "favorites" (NOT) is always biased towards Junior for example.
Taking the argument that there should be no emotion in the press box further, then isn't openly crying when Dale Sr. died the same thing?
They are all biased, and I would hope they are all fans too. I believe what they should be judged on is the product they produce to be read. Bowles article was fair and unbiased.
I think a possible ugly undercurrent to all of this is might be the traditional media using Bowles as a scapegoat to clean house. NASCAR allowed citizen bloggers into the mix two years ago and the traditional media has been gunning for them ever since (Bowles was not a citizen blogger). Several media outlets reported that the media center and press box have lost their "professionalism" and bloggers are seen as biased fans pretending to report on the sport. I really hope this isn't the case but given how threatened the traditional media has acted I would not be surprised.