Second place stinks.
He said the good finish wasn’t a highlight, it’s what he should be doing this every week. Earnhardt also opined that finishing second is a tougher pill to swallow than finishing 10th.
Too many people think Junior is overrated and doesn’t care enough. The wins may not comes as frequently as fans would like, but he doesn’t cheat on effort. People can say what they want, but where he finishes in the standings of about- I think- where Earnhardt stands as a driver: a good solid top 10-12 guy.
There’s not shame in that, no matter what the haters say.
Though it probably won’t be the be all and end all, yours truly hasn’t looked this forward to a Sprint Cup debut like Kyle Larson’s in quite some time. The Sprint Car stud hasn’t been in the NASCAR ranks long, but he’s sure shown the chops, and has faired pretty darn well against his competition.
Driving in the ‘51,’ Larson will more than likely have to simply settle for finishing the race. If he does that, then his debut will be a success. He’s got to get seat time, and now he’ll get a taste of Cup competition before he takes to the ‘42’ in 2014.
Here’s something kind of interesting: have you noticed the ratings are actually UP for ESPN so far in 2013? The ratings were up nine percent for Dover, up for New Hampshire, and the same is true for Richmond, Atlanta, and Indianapolis. Bristol turned out to be the highest rated ESPN NASCAR telecast since they got back in the game in 2007.
The only exceptions have been the rain-delayed race at Chicagoland, Michigan and Watkins Glen. Overall, the four-letter has to feel good about that.
That just needed to be said. It kind f puts a hole in the declining ratings argument. It’s not what it once was, but that’s to be expected after years of growth, and the coming and going of fair weather fans. This doesn’t even get into the changing landscape of media use, that includes online, mobile devices and declining attention spans.
Speaking of broadcasting, sometimes it’s hard for an announcer to walk away, but you sure hate to see a broadcasting job end in the way it happened in the for Marty Reid. His 31 year run with ESPN is over.
It’s tough, because there’s no questioning that Reid has seemed off his game for some time. I can’t fathom making the mistake he did in declaring a winner a lap early at Kentucky. Ricky Craven covered him as best he could.
On the other hand, I do what this guy does for a living. Sometimes you have a million thoughts running through your head, and something clearly wrong comes out your mouth. It’s embarrassing, and on something like that, everybody knows it. Ugh.
Unfortunately, the gaffes have been piling up for the man who has covered motorsports across five different series. In my opinion, the longevity bears out the man was a true professional for many, many years, but sometimes there just comes a time when your mistakes can’t be ignored. It’s shame he couldn’t go out on his own terms.