Larry Pearson suffered a terrible car wreck at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night. With five laps remaining in his exhibition race, Pearson hit the side wall and was T-boned at a high speed by Charlie Glotzbach. According to the AP, a spokesman says Pearson is “awake and alert” after suffering a broken lower left ankle, right hand and pelvis. Surgery is scheduled for Saturday night.
Glotzbach was also hospitalized but listed in Good Condition.
Chalk up another star from an open wheel series looking for a NASCAR team to take him in.
Graham Rahal hasn’t been resigned by Newman/Haas/Lanigan since McDonald’s pulled its sponsorship leaving the young, talented Rahal in a lurch.
Rahal would bring proven talent, good looks and a sponsor friendly personality to a racing series looking for just those things. Plus Rahal has an established fan base that should follow him to NASCAR, just as many Danica Patrick and Juan Pablo Montoya fans have done.
By signing Rahal we’d see the Indy Racing League get another slap in the eye. A slap they’ve proven they fully deserve.
Rebecca Gladden recently wrote a great article, NASCAR on Twitter: Too Much of a Good Thing? , that got me thinking about how I use Twitter to follow NASCAR.
When I first signed up for Twitter I found all the NASCAR types I could and began following them. During the offseason that’s one thing, vacations, family time, etc, can be entertaining. However, during the NASCAR season its a totally different thing. Travel, appearance, practice, qualifying, time to race dominates their tweets. For me the worst part is the race updates because I usually record the races to watch later. I hated catching a tweet about an accident that may have collected one of my drivers (@keselowskiweb was a huge offender I no longer follow). It would ruin my entire evening’s plans!
Gladden points out that, ‘Twitter has undeniably changed the way racing is being reported. A practice I call “track-to-tweet” all but eliminates the need for fans to wait for interview transcripts, video postings, or print articles to learn what drivers are saying in interviews and press conferences.’
She continues, ‘Obviously, Twitter participation is voluntary; no one is required to join Twitter or follow multiple accounts all tweeting the same news. But, as Daly (NASCAR media blogger John Daly, editor of TheDalyPlanet) notes, there may come a time when NASCAR will have to consider whether “15 or 20 identical tweets need to go out during the races saying ‘the caution flag is out.'” Daly worries that “without some commonsense coordination, fans will be forced to remove some of the accounts to simply slim down the amount of redundant traffic being sent.’ (Emphasis mine)
Gladden and Daly are both correct, but I believe the timeline is off. I’ve already reduced those I follow substantially. I’m not looking to get hundreds or thousands of followers because I follow hundreds or thousands. I actually read the tweets so I just don’t have time ot sift through duplicates. I want what I want and that’s it.
Here’s a list of who I follow that’s NASCAR related, it’s shorter than you may think, but covers a lot:
nscrwriter (Rebecca Gladden – must follow)
KellyBires (Driving that JRM 88 car next year and always seems to be hunting.)
kautomotive (Brian Keselowski – I always pull for that team. They need it.)
MartySmithESPN (Bring the faux-hawk back.)
RyanNewman39 (Good charity work in the offseason.)
Kenny_Wallace (He’s funny.)
RobbyGordon (Great driver in everything on wheels.)
HermieSadler (Virginia Boy)
mw55 (Michael Waltrip) (He’s funny, too!)
jpmontoya (JPM) (Always flying RC plans and surfing.)
WendyVenturini (Family girl right there.)
kylepetty (He actually answered a question I asked… once.)
ShannonSpake (She really doesn’t say much.)
dustinlong (Writes for our local paper and responds to tweets on occasion.)
DanicaPatrick (Learning to sew. Seriously.)
Oddly enough, my favorite driver is NOT on the list. Heck, my favorite half-dozen aren’t even on the list and I don’t know why. They’re just not.
Of those I now follow I’ve only been frustrated with multiple posts once and it was the JR Motorsports/Danica Patrick announcement. Dustin Long and Marty Smith were all over each other with that one.
Sure this list will change, but overall I like it as it is now, not too big and not too small. Most of all I like not having too many duplicate tweets to weed through.
Danica Patrick spent just four laps on the pavement of Daytona International Speedway today, but it was enough for her to say, “It was fun.”
Rain shortened the ARCA practice sessions today, but practice resumes tomorrow.
Patrick’s best lap put her in 12th overall at 51.095 seconds (176.108 mph). With that speed she would not have qualified for last year’s ARCA race.
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Danica Patrick has scheduled a 1 pm press conference for Dec. 8 to announce her foray into NASCAR. The announcement is being held in Phoenix, home of her sponsor GoDaddy.
GoDaddy has a sponsorship arrangement with Dale Earnhardt, Jr’s Nationwide teams and it’s widely expected that’s who she’ll be driving for. Look for a limited schedule of Nationwide and ARCA races from Patrick.
Interesting point to all this is last week while in Las Vegas Earnhardt speculated he may have to shutter the Kelly Bires driven 88 team for part of the season because of lack of sponsorship. He never mentioned the 5 car which is to be driven by Patrick.
I wonder if this photo will be part of the announcement or promotions.