The Balance Air Date Saturday 2/6/2016

On today’s show we talk to Roger Holtsclaw from onpitroad.com and Turn4 promotions he will be calling us from the Pits at “Winter Meltdown” at Greenville-Pickens Speedway

Contiuing our Race Talk Steve Wilson calling to talk #NASCAR and Tony Stewart #Rolex24, and of course we being the “Daytona 500” Talk

Second half Super Bowl 50 talk begins Rich Nye “The Sports Guy” calls us and talks about the legacy of #18 Peyton Manning. Rich brings vast experience and hometown perspective to his sports reporting for WTHR, Channel 13, and covered Peyton Manning as a Colt in its entirety

Then Wrapping things up “the Great Nick Bosak joins us to talk Super Bowl, and this and that

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#3 SACRED OR JUST ANOTHER NUMBER?

dale-earnhardt-sr-nascarIt’s that time of year again. The Daytona 500, “The Great American race” The Grand Daddy of them all …Whatever label you put on it, it is a special place in the hearts of the most passionate fan base in the world. NASCAR fans…and with this passion comes loyalty, to their favorite driver, their sponsors but most importantly their favorite #!

No number is more famous than the #3 car. Even if your not a NASCAR fan chances are you can tell me who drove the #3. Around the world there are thousands of places regarded as sacred. Some are still carefully guarded but none more so than #3 in the hearts and minds of NASCAR fans. Some would say The number 3 should NEVER EVER be used in NASCAR again. It belongs to Dale Sr.! Dale Earnhardt  Considered one of the best NASCAR drivers of all time, Dale Earnhardt won a total of 76 races Earnhardt — known as “The Intimidator” for his aggressive driving — won seven Winston Cup Championships and broke $30 million in career earnings. He died in a crash during the 2001 Daytona 500.

So this year Richard Childress Racing brings back the #3 and maybe the ghost of the Intimidator…. Austin Dillion that’s right the grandson of  Richard Childress has taken the pole of Daytona 500 2014..so many may say it was the Ghost of Dale Senior driving the #3…

So what are your thoughts is the #3 sacred or just another number?

Join us tomorrow on the Balance and we will be opening this up for discussion…

Could this be the one?

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I am sure by now you have heard that Danica Patrick sits on the 2013 Pole of the Daytona 500. I wonder how many other Poles she has been on? Alright that’s question for another day.  Yes she Danica Patrick laid down the perfect lap on Sunday…Ok I will stop but for the record this is to easy!

Danica did indeed make history on Saturday. She became the first woman in NASCAR’s history to win the Pole position. Could she become the first woman to take the checkered flag this Sunday in Daytona?

Here are some things to think about:

  • She has the best equipment…no I am not starting again, however she will have that as well.This year at Daytona in practice, testing, and qualifying she proved that she could  make the most out of her Chevy engine.
  • She has a great crew chief Tony Gibson who she connects with, has great chemistry with, and this is very important especially when you’re a Rookie.
  • She doesn’t want to be treated any different than her male counter parts in NASCAR
  • Tony Stewart is just that good! He has proven that he has always been ahead of his time and he sees something in Danica that others do not.
  • Ever hear the term “Lady Luck” well she has it and maybe Jesus will take her wheel on Sunday.

So if there ever was a winning combination this is it……However it is Daytona and anything can and does happen. It’s one thing for a car to perform at its maximum potential for two laps (five miles) at Daytona. It’s a whole new challenge for a car to hold up over a 500 mile race. Patience is a virtue but not necessarily one of Patrick’s best traits. Four polesitters have won the July Daytona race since 2004, Dale Jarrett was the last driver to win the Daytona 500 from the pole in 2000. While Sunday is not technically Patrick’s coming out party on the 2.5-mile track, she made just two laps last year in her Daytona 500 debut before getting caught in the first “Big One.”

So we will be on the edge of our seat this Sunday waiting for more history to unfold…Love or hate Danica Patrick she has the ability to have high value to sponsors, and it looks as if she will have high value  to Team Owner Stewart-Haas.

Ok fist bump me and go back to work!

WOW What a Finish!!!!!!!!!

Sprint Unlimited

 

WOW What a Finish!!!!!!!!!

Written by Cliff Tanner from Radio Speed Talk

Speed Talk Fans I will eat my words in a big way. Yes earlier I said there was no excitement for me tonight in this Sprint Unlimited race. Yes I almost turned it off as I recorded it but man I am so glad I didn’t. I can tell you this; the Gen6 car is the best thing to happen to NASCAR in awhile. It was a real treat to see the drivers control this race. This car is fast and gives it back to the drivers.

Congrats goes out to Kevin Harvick as he made two awesome blocks to hold off Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart for the win. He led 37 laps tonight. Unlike Obama a lame duck at the end of this term, Harvick wants to leave Richard Childress Racing as a winner. He made a statement tonight and is well on his way. yes I know this race is just a showcase but I saw the driver that Harvick used to be.

Tony Stewart made some people mad at him tonight. Stewart mad a move on lap 15 and brushed across Marcos Ambrose’s car and caused many people to check up and caused a nine car wreck which included two sets of teammates. They included Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin as well as Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson. I have to say it was an agressive move by Stewart and a damn good one. IT was just racing.

I have to admit that it appears that if you want to win the Daytona 500 you have to be aggressive. Even Brad Keselowski said that. On a side note funny that the Sprint Cup defending champ didn’t qualify for the race. Clint Bowyer who finished second didn’t make the race either.

I was impressed with the way Matt Kenneseth drove tonight. He appeared he had the fastest car tonight he just couldn’t get any help. Matt who switched JGR this year lost his teammates in the earlier melee. He is also quietly becoming a good restrictor plate racer.

Joey Logano looked good in the 22 tonight ads well. I think the move to Penske will juice him up for the year. Sometimes change will make a huge difference in a driver. He will be a contender to compete in The Chase.

Overall there was some good racing going on. Aggressiveness seems to be the key. I am still not convinced that the fans should vote about the format. But like all sports entities they will continue to do so because the bias media will make sure of it. Or Sprint will pay enough money for it.

Sunday will be interesting. It is Qualifying day and today Danica Patrick had the fastest time in practice. Don’t get excited she still has to race. lol

I’m outta here.