NASCAR pride tweet, the future of America’s road and cheap race broadcasts

Congratulations everyone, we did it.

We survived the only weekend on the NASCAR 2022 schedule without a Cup Series race.

Since there was only a Camping World Truck Series race over the weekend, instead of one long column this week, I decided to tackle a variety of topics I’ve been thinking of lately in short batches.

A mysterious apology NASCAR pride

It’s been three weeks since NASCAR’s Twitter account launched its Pride Month in June, with the following mysterious tweet acknowledging that “recent actions were not in line with NASCAR’s mission to be a welcoming sport for all.”

We still don’t know who or what it looks like NASCAR was on its way to apologizing.

It seemed to justify a tweet but it wasn’t significant enough to state it explicitly.

We have an idea of ​​what she was likely referring to, though, thanks to the Associated Press’s Gina Fryer: the presence of Greg Abbott, the anti-LGBT Republican governor of Texas in the NASCAR All-Star Race in May, as he waved the green flag to start the event.

Eight days after the tweet was posted, NASCAR President Steve Phelps Live by Bob Pokras from FOX Sports What the tweet was referring to and why the tweet was necessary.

“I’m just going to say, in general, that as a sport we haven’t been very welcoming and inclusive to the LBGT community,” Phelps said. “We want to be, right? So the efforts that we’ve been doing with Hispanics and African Americans, that’s another important group that we want to get into. We want our sport to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible. That’s what racing fans know, you know, our current fans who are in Basically, not all of them want to share this sport with others, as they do. Whether it’s because of someone’s sexual orientation or the color of their skin or whatever it is, it’s immaterial. It’s a love for racing that they want to celebrate with each other. And that’s something We work hard for him.”

At no point did Phelps say outright what NASCAR weakly apologized for.

Why is what Phelps says important? Because last November, following the anti-Joe Biden event hymn that arose in the NASCAR race, Phelps said, “We don’t want to associate ourselves with politics, left or right.”

Well, Abbott is right about as far as you can get.

I asked a NASCAR spokesperson last month — before the June 1 tweet — if he had any say in the pre-race dignitaries at Speedway Motorsports-owned tracks. The only answer I got was that since Abbott is the state’s governor, his presence in the All-Star race is not a big deal and should not be taken as a political statement.

If we’re going to get out of the June 1 tweet and what Fryer reported, that certainly isn’t seen as the case by someone important at NASCAR headquarters. Which is saying something, given that this is the sport that pitched Donald Trump before the 2020 Daytona 500.

It’s great that NASCAR is trying to make an effort to make the sport more welcoming to historically marginalized communities.

It’s great to see the ‘Pride Month’ banners at the Portland International Raceway (Although it was tweeted around 10pm EST).

NASCAR wants to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community.

A good ally is the next ally, even if there is an implicit threat from a republic state government carry out political revenge on this honesty.

Take out America? Chicago street cycle in?

When it comes to the NASCAR schedule, I have one main principle: Nothing should be sacred.

Well, outside of the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600, Southern 500, and Bristol Night Race, that is.

The Jewel of the Crown races should be off limits. Everything else is fair game.

So when it was reported last week that NASCAR is about to close at the 2023 Chicago street track race and that it is “open” to dropping Road America from the schedule, the reaction was… bizarre.

The overwhelming response I saw on Twitter was a disappointment, which I get.

The 4-mile trail trail in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, is a historic track the NASCAR Cup Series was supposed to run long before 2021. But that wasn’t possible until recently after NASCAR’s five-year agreement with the tracks expired and both became She and Speedway Motorsports are private companies.

However, the tone of disappointment was as if Road America had been a mainstay on the schedule for years.

This wouldn’t be like Darlington Raceway losing its Southern 500 at Auto Club Speedway in the 2000s.

In its attempt to be more relevant and bring the timeline to life, NASCAR has to be smart. If there is a bold and creative opportunity for the sanctioning body to run a race in a major market like Chicago, it should make it happen. Someone will say, “Why don’t we go back to Chicagoland Speedway?” The 1.5-mile track that opened in 2001 is not located in Chicago.

It is located in Joliet, Illinois, about 40 miles from downtown Chicago.

Plenty of NASCAR tracks are located at similar distances from metro areas – like this weekend’s races at the Nashville Superspeedway. But even so, Speedway Motorsports is trying to make a Cup race at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, located in the middle of the Nashville metro area, a reality.

Then there’s Busch Clash at the L.A. Coliseum, which takes place just 50 miles from the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

It seems reasonable. The closer the race is to ground zero in the main market, the more likely that market will be interested in you and the easier it will be for people to attend.

If the race is held for 40 minutes to 1 hour, it can be considered an anomaly. But if NASCAR is actually racing the streets of Chicago, it’s right in your face.

You cannot ignore it.

Cheap broadcasts = bad broadcasts

did you know Who flipped Jessica Friesen During the Truck Series race Saturday night (June 18) at Knoxville Raceway?

did you know That Brett Moffett went for a ride on the front wall On the side of his truck right before the warning flies?

If you’ve only been watching the race via FOX Sports 1’s broadcast from the half-mile dirt track, you’ll never know that such dramatic accidents have occurred.

They were clearly not caught on camera, nor were they mentioned by the race announcers, who weren’t even on the track.

Those watching at home found out initially through videos posted to Twitter by a fan in the stands (link above).

Broadcasts without broadcasters on the track for independent Truck or Xfinity races are nothing new. This was the case in Portland earlier this month. When Xfinity held races at the Mid-Ohio sports car circuit in recent years, NBC only sent out reporters.

I can see the desire for the network to want to cut costs, especially for the Truck Series race the only weekend of the year for the Cup Series. But when you start cutting costs in important areas, you’re likely to produce a worse product and needlessly leave fans in the dark.

The pit reporters can only see so much. Race announcers are supposed to be eyes and ears in the sky for those of us who can’t be at the same track.

If CBS could send announcers for its SRX Racing event in Knoxville last year, FOX Sports should be able to do the same.

2022 is the ninth year for Daniel McFadden to cover NASCAR, with six years spent at NBC Sports. This is his second year of writing columns expansion. His columns won third place in the 2021 National Motorsports Press Association Awards. His work can also be found at SpeedSport.com. And you can hear more of him on his podcast.


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