Mar 17, 2013; Bristol, TN, USA; A general view as race fans line up at the garage entrance before the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR Notebook: 3/22/2013

The NASCAR Notebook is a new feature here at Beyond the Flag. Through the week we will compile a list of links and compile them into one big post to give you a run down the latest and greatest news in NASCAR.

Accell Construction Adds Additional Race to TBR Sponsorship

JJ Yeley and the No. 36 Chevy SS find a familiar sponsor coming back on board for this weekend’s Auto Club 400 in Fontana, California. Encouraged by the progress of the 2013 season, Accell Construction Inc. found it a perfect fit to join on for another race this season.

Kyle Busch Has Confidence Back, And He’s Winning

Kyle Busch left little doubt his confidence is just fine during pre-race introductions at Bristol Motor Speedway, where the track allows drivers to say whatever they want to the crowd.

Most drivers play it safe by stating their name and hometowns, while others add a greeting to the crowd and maybe a little bit of personality.

Busch went all out beginning with the Nationwide Series race on Saturday when he grabbed the microphone and simply stated, “You know who I am.”

 Pondering Bristol: What Was the Problem?

Thunder Valley. Once the Mecca of stock car racing is looking a little like the 1962 New York Mets.  Bruton Smith gave away ten Mustangs and still the greatest venue in NASCAR racing was generously only half full.  The Nationwide Series race was maybe a fourth full. A lot of factors played into this, but it wasn’t the racing. Earlier this winter, a friend came to me who wasn’t so good at computers asking me if I could list his tickets on Stub Hub. He had four, but only needed two. The cold, hard truth is that two people in his party had opted out because of the cost of attending a race. Couple that with the last few races that were less than exciting, and the tickets, more valuable than gold a few years ago, were easily found on race day at a discount.

 Payback in NASCAR

NASCAR has a long history of guys pushing, shoving, yelling, swearing and wrecking one another when tempers flare which is a great part of this sport. No matter what you watch, everybody loves a fight and the publicity the media gives a particular sport when it happens is pure advertising gold. I lost count of how many times I’ve seen a NASCAR commercial that included video from the Clint Bowyer/Jeff Gordon incident last November at Phoenix.


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