NASCAR and the
International Speedway Corporation
stepped in a big pile of Do-Do, upset a
lot a people by changing the date of the
Daytona 500 but in the end came out
smelling like a rose and could maybe
starting a new trend by staging races
during the week in prime time. The first
ever Daytona 500 held in prime time was
a home run for FOX Sports who enjoyed
its highest rated Monday night viewing
audience since game #5 of the 2010 World
Series. FOX Sports reported that 36.5
million viewers watched the event, a 22
percent increase over the 30 million
that watched last year.
FOX Sports had enough juice at NASCAR to
get them to change the date of the 500.
It will be interesting to see if they
tell the sanctioning body to schedule
some Monday night events in 2013. Money
talks and when FOX Sports waves it,
Now that Florida Speedweeks are history
its time to look foreword to racing in
the Northeast. As of this Friday, March
9, five weeks remain before the start of
the 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Series IceBreaker at the Thompson
Speedway on April 15. The New England
based Valenti Modified Racing Series has
its opening event in three weeks at the
Waterford Speedbowl on April 1.
Indoor racing comes to Providence RI.
The Coffee Cup INDOOR RACE takes center
stage at the Providence Civic Center
this coming Saturday and Sunday, March 1
and 11. TQ Midgets & Sr. Champ Karts
will be competing in full programs each
night. SATURDAY NIGHT - Racing Action
Starts at 7pm 4th Annual Coffee Cup - TQ
Midgets 40 Laps Plus Sr. Champ Karts.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON - Racing Action Starts
2pm 100 Lap TQ Midget Feature Plus Sr.
Kevin Rice advises that the June 16 SBM
125 at Star Speedway in Epping, NH got
richer as the Long Island Mod Maniac,
Jim Schaefer has decided to put up $790
for lap 79 in memory of Roger Hill.
Roger and his son David Hill have been
big supporters of the Star open shows.
The lap will now pay $610 to the race
leader and $180 to another top ten car
by draw. The SBM 125 at Star is a high
paying open competition event that is
expected to draw a host of top drivers.
In TV land, viewing on the Speed Channel
begins on Tuesday, at 6:00pm with NASCAR
Race Hub. Race Hub will also be shown on
Wednesday and Thursday at the same time.
NASCAR Now will be on espn2 at 3:00pm on
Race viewing begins on Tuesday at noon
on the Speed Channel with a replay of
last weekendís Sprint Cup event at
Phoenix. Speed will replay the Phoenix
Nationwide Series event on Thurs at
Speed goes live in Las Vegas at 1:00pm
on Friday. Nationwide Series and Sprint
Cup Series practice at Las Vegas follows
at 1:30pm. NASCAR Live breaks it up at
4:30pm followed by Nationwide Series
final practice at 5:00pm and Sprint Cup
qualifying at 6:30pm. Trackside sums it
up at 8:00pm.
Saturdayís viewing starts at noon with
Trackside on Speed. Sprint Cup practice
follows at 12:30pm. The Nationwide
Series cars will qualify at 1:30pm and
will be followed by final practice for
the Sprint Cup Series. The action shifts
to ESPN2 at 5:00 pm for the Nationwide
Series Sams Town 300 at Las Vegas.
Spring ahead one hour at 2:00am when
Daylight Savings Time Begins.
Sundayís viewing gets the green at
9:00am with NASCAR Now on ESPN2. At
11:30am the action shifts to Speed for
NASCAR Performance. Speed Center follows
at noon. A two hour RaceDay begins at
12:30pm. At 2:30 the action shifts to
FOX for the Sprint Cup pre-race show
that will lead to the 3:00pm start of
the NASCAR Sprint Cup Kobalt Tools 400
at Las Vegas. NASCAR Victory Lane on
Speed at 6:00 followed by Speed Center
at 7:00pm sum up the days racing. Wind
Tunnel with Dave Despain goes at 8:pm.
On the Speedway Stock Market scene last
week, two of the three speedway stocks
were down for the week. Speedway
Motorsports dropped 1.6 to 14.56 while
the International Speedway Corporation
dropped 0.57 to 25.23. Dover Motorsports
remained in limbo at 1.36. NASCAR Cup
sponsor Sprint went up 0.03 to 2.50
while NASCAR fuel supplier Sun Oil went
down 0.35 to 39.04 and tire supplier
Goodyear went up 0.03 to 13.12. With the
exception of Toyota, which dropped 2.98
to 81.57, the car makers had a good
week. Ford went up 0.49 to 12.72 and
General Motors went up 0.39 to 26.45. In
the home improvement sector, Home Depot
went up 0.43 to 47.41 and Lowes went up
0.97 to 28.13. The big sponsors had a
mixed bag for the week. Dupont went up
0.46 to 51.45, Target Department Stores
went up 1.36 to 56.59 and Fedex went up
0.54 to 90.78 while Coca-Cola dropped
0.46 to 64.26 and Aarons Rentals dropped
0.70 to 26.76.
Thatís it for this week from 11 Gardner
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