In the media today you always see NASCAR writers interviewing drivers and crew members but, you never see anyone interviewing them. So NASCAR writer Bob Pockrass of Sporting News agreed to do a quick interview with beyondtheflag.com and share some of his opinions and how he got his start in NASCAR journalism.
Q: When/how did you start writing about NASCAR?
A: I joined the staff of The (Daytona Beach, Fla.) News-Journal in August 1991 and began helping out with NASCAR coverage – the local short tracks as well as Daytona International Speedway – as part of my position on the sports staff.
Q: When did you start watching NASCAR and how did you find out about it?
A: I began watching NASCAR on a regular basis when I joined the Daytona newspaper staff. I had lived in Indianapolis since I was 10 and had followed mostly IndyCar racing before moving to Daytona.
Q: If you could change one thing about NASCAR what would it be?
A: I would add a traveling safety team of a core group of doctors that go to every track and also oversee the standards of the medical centers at every track. They also would work closely with NASCAR’s research and development center after a driver is injured to discuss what could be done to prevent similar injuries in the future.
Q: What is your favorite thing about NASCAR?
A:It is unpredictable. We talk all week about what might happen but we don’t know until the green flag waves and then the checkered flag drops.
Q: What is your favorite track to go to and why?
A:I grew up in Indianapolis so going to that track is special to me. That is where I saw my first Indianapolis 500 in 1980. That is where I covered my first races in the late 1980s. The place oozes history. It is just a special track.
Q: What do you during the offseason?
A: There isn’t much of an offseason as “silly season” often continues after Homestead. I spend much of my time writing features and season-in-review stories as well as keeping up with the news. I also take that time to visit family not just because it’s the holidays but also because there is such limited time during the rest of the year.
Q: Who do you think is going to be the next superstar in cup that is in trucks or Nationwide?
A: Kyle Larson. He adapts to tracks quickly, takes care of his equipment and knows how to win.