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Out of the Tunnel 92

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Tonight, Adam and I were joined my Matt Weaver.

Matt is the executive editor for Popular Speed.com – he also covers Indy Car on OpenWheelNow.com and short track racing for Race22.com.   Be sure to give Matt a follow on Twitter:  @MattWeaverSBN

We talk about the race in Michigan, JJ’s vice grip, #NormalRyanStuff, and Jeff Gordon’s dominance this season.  Plus, Matt talks about the family feel of short track racing, Darlington is getting the Labor Day date back – and a whole lot more.

all that…..plus…. What’s up our butts!

You can listen to the show one of three ways:

1) on iTunes:  click here to listen on iTunes – be sure to rate us and subscribe

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Out of the Tunnel 91

credit Gabriel Goldberg

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This week’s podcast is a special one….  we welcome special guest Bryan Thompson.  Bryan is a contestant on TruTV’s Motor City Masters – that airs every Tuesday night.  If you haven’t seen the show, think of Project Runway, then substitute cars for dresses.  Each week the designers dream and build a custom car.

On last week’s episode, Bryan and his fellow designers went to a NASCAR race and then went back to the studio to create their own NASCAR cars out of a stock Chevy SS.

I talked to Bryan about his trip to NASCAR, building the race car, designing the throne in Katy Perry’s “Roar” video, his infatuation with campers and his passion to help young aspiring LGBT designers.

You can follow Bryan on Twitter and Facebook – and be sure to check out his amazing work at www.bryanthompsondesign.com

Adam and I also talked about the amazing race at Watkins Glen and the tragic events an hour north.

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Saturday’s Tragedy Should Make Us All Look Inward

Editorial – by Michael T. Myers

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There have been widespread calls for new rules in all forms of racing that could prevent the tragedy that happened at Canandaigua Speedway from ever happening again.  These rules already exist in most series and while there are changes that sanctioning bodies need to make – we need to look inward as fans and stakeholders of racing.

Immediately after the accident, self-appointed experts jumped onto the internet to weigh in.  They scolded Kevin Ward for climbing out of his car.  They chastised him for angrily walking on a live track to express his displeasure with Tony Stewart.   These “experts” blamed a young driver for letting his temper get the best of him.

The fact is, that Ward was simply parroting his racing heroes.  He was emulating behavior that the racing world has celebrated for generations.

Hours before the tragedy, in the Nationwide Race at Watkins Glen, J.J. Yeley walked to the edge of an active track to angrily gesture at Trevor Bayne.

In 1999, at Martinsville Speedway, Tony Stewart famously threw his helmet at Kenny Irwin’s car and while standing on the track, tried to reach into Irwin’s moving car and punch him.

In 2007, at Dover, Tony Raines walked into caution traffic to toss his helmet at Robby Gordon.

I won’t list them all, because this post would be thicker than the phone book.   But do you know what all of these incidents have in common….. cheers and screams of approval from the grandstands.

These incidents are not only celebrated by the fans – they are celebrated and promoted by NASCAR and track owners.  The exciting footage is used in commercials to promote the sport and sell tickets.  The footage finds its way into countless highlight reels detailing our sports history.

It’s easy for us all to sit here and blame Kevin Ward for climbing out of his car. It’s easy for us all to blame Tony Stewart for taking the high line into that turn.

But we all need to look inward.  While rules can be created and penalties increased……….. as fans and stakeholders, we must stop celebrating the culture of temper tantrum.

If somehow, things worked out differently – let’s supposed Kevin hadn’t been hit.  Let’s imagine that he threw his helmet at Tony…….. the fans would have cheered.  No one would have scolded him for getting out of his car.

You can’t stop a driver from getting mad – but you can stop applauding it.

 

Out of the Tunnel 90

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After a 2 week hiatus – Adam and I are back.

We recap my vacation, Adam’s trip to Indy, the race in Indy, dirt tracking in Eldora and all the action from Pocono.

All that…. PLUS, what’s up our butts.

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Out of the Tunnel 89

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A day late is better than never – so this week Adam and I talk about the race from Yankee land…. reason #5432 that JoLo is a tool and more.

Plus, as always, what’s up our butts!

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Out of the Tunnel 88

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This week Adam and I talked about our glorious 4th of July celebrations.

We recap the shorter race from Daytona, the new non-union Owner’s union, JPM’s win at Pocono and angry Lord of the Rings fans.

Plus – what’s up our butts

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Out of the Tunnel Podcast 87

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Adam and I are back!

Since there was no show last week, we recapped Sonoma… and then Adam told us about his trip to Kentucky.

JoLo woes and Brad was the best thing since sliced hands.

I play a clip from our friends at The Gary and Dino Show doing an impression of me….  does it sound anything like me?

all that, and more… plus, as always – what’s up our butts!

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Grand Prix of Houston, Race 2 Sunday

Takuma Sato looked for better results than Day 1

Takuma Sato looked for better results than Day 1

Mike Conway had his hand bandaged after his shunt into the tires Saturday

Mike Conway had his hand bandaged after his shunt into the tires Saturday

Jack Hawksworth prepares for Sunday qualifying

Jack Hawksworth prepares for Sunday qualifying

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Tires were a major story all weekend.

Tires were a major story all weekend.

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Castroneves jumped to the lead early Sunday

Castroneves jumped to the lead early Sunday

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Notice the front wing damage on Bourdais car after Helio tried to block him. Castroneves was out on the spot.

Notice the front wing damage on Bourdais car after Helio tried to block him. Castroneves was out on the spot.

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Marco Andrettis rear cover shows the signs of hard racing.

Marco Andrettis rear cover shows the signs of hard racing.

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Any one read Russian?

Any one read Russian?

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Weekend winners Huertas and Pagenaud

Weekend winners Huertas and Pagenaud