Thursday, August 5, 2010

History Channel’s MadHouse and Carl Edwards/Brad Keselowski feud among the recent discussions on RaceDriven.com.

Welcome ladies and gentlemen, within the past week, I received several comments and among those comments are two interesting ones that in both cases call a hot topic to attention with a strong argument and I felt like the best way to comment back is to bring them front and center in an article that will allow other readers to comment directly, create a discussion and for those commenter’s and other readers to see where I stand on these two issues.

But before I get into these comments, I wanted clarify where my racing knowledge comes from and where I stand on commenting.

I’ve been into cars since I was four years old, a NASCAR fan for around the past two decades, a Motorsports fan for several years, blogging for almost five and half years to date, and I’m 30 years old. I attend a race yearly from New Hampshire Motor Speedway since before 1999, as well as local shorts when I can. But make no mistake, I’m not an expert, nor do I claim to be one. I just have a lot of Motorsports (mainly NASCAR) knowledge and know what I like and see and what I don’t.

As for the comments, I love getting comments, when people take time to write a real, clean comment that adds to that posts conversation, I take notice and try and respond as best as possible if a response is warranted. When commenting, it really doesn’t matter if you agree with me or disagree so long as you add to the conversation and keep it clean. As a matter of fact, I welcome comments that disagree with me especially that put up a good argument, who knows, you might just change my mind with good argument.

Here are the comments in question and my response below:

1. From swb200020 on "Column: Real racing vs. History Channel’s MadHouse...":

"...But there is a difference between MadHouse and the racing you see at the local short-track. I have never heard or seen people punching out people, talking about taking someone out and especially ramming another competitor’s car and after the race..." ...Seriously...??? I do have to question your Extensive Race Knowlege. I've Seen every bit ot it. You should take into account the size of Bowman-Gray, very small with little banking. To pass someone, you almost HAVE to use the bump-and-run. That causes conflict. Also, theres Junior Miller, Washed up and beat down with a personal vendetta for the Meyers. He gives the track a bad look. I can name characters from the show every week At my local track. I am one of them.
It’s interesting, for the second time in this MadHouse two part series, a reader has questioned my experience and/or passion I have for racing. I have a lot of passion for watching racing, but I’m not a driver, a team member, or an owner, I’m a fan and that is where I’m coming from when I write on anything including racing.

With that said, I stand behind what I said in both articles, MadHouse is scripted, it’s a soap opera, its war, but it’s NOT racing” and “there is a difference between MadHouse and the racing you see at the local short-track. I have never heard or seen people punching out people, talking about taking someone out and especially ramming another competitor’s car and after the race.”

This is my opinion and I believe that most of it isn’t real, it certainly isn’t racing. But in the articles, I named a few drivers, not every single driver or person on the show, because not every single driver was reckless. I advise you to watch MadHouse before you call me or anyone else who wrote on the show out, it wasn’t what most NASCAR fans would like. History Channel didn’t make MadHouse right. Even the 8-time champ Tim Brown didn’t like the way the show portrayed or showcased him.

I have gone to Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts and the racing was good, fast, hard, competitive, but there wasn’t any retaliations that especially included slamming someone into the outside and using their car as a battering ram. Several racetracks ban that type of driver.

If you were on the MadHouse (the TV Show), then next time you should tell me who you are, so I can tell you how you did on the show. I just call it like I see it. But note, I’ve never been to Bowman-Gray stadium.

Previous article: Column: History Channel’s Madhouse: It’s scripted, it’s a soap opera, its war, but it’s NOT racing.

2. From Anonymous on “Edwards/Keselowski feud: NASCAR gets it wrong and penalizes both Edwards and Keselowski after Nationwide Gateway race, anyone surprised?”

Anonymous said: “oviously your a brad crashalowski fan seems you forgot about talladega where your boy put edwards in the fence & almost seriously dangered some fans i guess thats ok, your boy has been over agressive since the day some one put him in a nationwide car, i guess he figures he needs to be agressive right away to get attension he needs to go back to arca where he belongs he is lucky he is not racing against earnhart sr,or david pearson etc, they would have definately put this punk in his place”
As a NASCAR fan for the past two decades now, I have seen my fair share of NASCAR driver feuds over that time span that has even made headline news, but this Carl Edwards/Brad Keselowski feud is in my opinion not good for the sport of NASCAR and is already becoming a dangerous situation for not only the drivers involved, but for all of the drivers on the track in any race these two are entered in together.

But it seems that some fans aren’t clear as to what happened at the 2009 spring race at Talladega and who was at fault. Talladega has been a key moment for several media members and fans to refer back to, to support their arguments on where the two drivers first really came together. However to this day, I nor several fans and media including Dave Despain see what Brad Keselowski really did wrong at the end of that race.

What happened: In the 2009 spring race at Talladega Superspeedway for the Cup Series, both Carl Edwards in the #99 and Brad Keselowski in the #09 where racing on the last lap for the victory.

Basically both the #99 and the #09 where drafting coming off turn 4 and down the front straightaway (its curved), the #09 looked to the outside, the #99 went outside with the #09 hugging the yellow line and going to the #99’s inside. This is where people need to remember that NASCAR’s yellow line rule was and is in effect and the #09 couldn’t go any lower. So the #09 could either hold his ground like so many driver stated including Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon or pull back.

The #09 held his ground and the #99 came down, clipped the #09 front end and went for a ride. Of course with contact from the #39-Ryan Newman, the #99 went airborn into the catch fence that injured I believe 9 fans total.

Bottom line, first, I don’t believe Carl Edwards was at fault, he was just racing, blocking and defending his position while going for the victory. Second, I don’t believe that Brad Keselowski was at fault neither. He was simply racing for the lead as well and trying to pull off a sling shot move on Edwards. Brad had to stay above the yellow line or NASCAR would have blacked flag him. Brad did nothing wrong that day.

However on the flip side, I blame NASCAR because of their yellow line rule and the racing itself at Talladega. And here is what happened.

Nonetheless, the incident was a racing deal and Brad Keselowski did nothing wrong, I advice people who think otherwise to visit YouTube and search for that video of the 2009 Spring Talladega Cup Series race won by Brad Keselowski.

I hope this clears up where at least I stand in this discussion and if anybody is keeping score on his feud, Talladega isn’t a factor and neither driver did anything wrong, they were just racing for the victory period.