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February 20, 2011

NASCAR Getting in touch with a younger generation of fans

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NASCAR is concerned with the falling fan numbers in the 18-35year old demographic. There are several things they can do to improve these demographics. The first is to get rid of the old out of touch announcers calling races, the fans that like these guys are older than the concerned demographic. Darrel Waltrip, Larry Mcreynolds, Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty are just boring. Bring in some excitement someone younger. Some possibilities are Nationwide drivers who are articulate and look and appeal to the younger generation. Trevor Bayne (if he is not running the whole Sprint Cup schedule), Michael Annett, Colin Braun or Parker Kligerman are all candidates. NASCAR could even use one of them on pit road.
Another way to attract younger fans is to use social media as a vehicle. Television only covers the main players during a race, and racing radios offers the ability to listen to your favorite drivers. I think if the public relations representatives put their knowledge to work these ideas can be melded into a social experience, for those who cannot get to the track. Have audio tracked to their face book pages or through U-tube. Twitter updates can be sent by these reps throughout the race about what their driver is doing and saying. PR reps can become their team’s private announcers. NASCAR can have 43 races simultaneously broadcast. Individual teams should hold and conduct interviews with their drivers and fans on face book. These are but a few ideas I have in mind. For more ideas Contact Voight Motorsports Management.

February 19, 2011

If Dale Earnhardt Sr. was alive today would he tweet?

Filed under: NASCAR News and Views — Scott Voight @ 5:18 pm

No Earnhardt Sr. is not the tweeten Kind. However he would have had
someone hired to do it for him, I believe! I met Dale in 1990 as a photographer
for Freeze Frame pictures, his gruff exterior with that sly look he had in his
eye and that famous grin convinces me the old man would not have missed a chance to
market himself or his team further. He was a trend setter, and what we do in NASCAR marketing today is a direct result of his ingenuity. If he could reach out to his minions he would have done so whole heartily…that is by proxy. What do you think?

February 14, 2011

What my site is about

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This site is a combination site until I can afford a pay web site. I am  storing writing or work from classroom, newspapers articles and my blog. I am using this as abranding tool for Scott Voight. I will also use this for classroom work as required by my courses. I have also included my résumé and an article written about myself from a newspaper.

February 7, 2011

Talladega leaves many picking up the pieces

Filed under: NASCAR Articles — Scott Voight @ 3:00 pm

Brad   Keselowski captures his first Sprint Cup win at the annual Alabama wreck fest before a capacity crowd of over 100,000 fans at Talladega Superspeedway.

The race featured three big wrecks or as they call it in NASCAR “the big one” eliminating many big named drivers such as Jeff Gordon, Jimmy Johnson, Kevin Harvick and last week’s winner Mark Martin.

The end of the race was just as thrilling as Carl Edwards and Keselowski drafted by Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the next to the last lap to take the lead, but on the final lap Edwards attempted to   block Keselowski and was launched into the air taking off the hood and window area of Newman’s car   and lifting Edwards car into a flip into the fence damaging 50 o f fencing. Edwards’s car ended up 15   feet away from the start finish line where he jumped out of his car and ran to cross the finish line in dramatic fashion. 

 Dr. Bobby Lewis, medical director at Talladega Superspeedway, said that eight spectators suffered injuries and that none of the injuries were life-threatening.

 Due to traffic concerns, two women were airlifted to an area hospital, one for a laceration in her lip, and the other for a possible broken jaw.

Lewis said he is unsure if a piece from a car or a piece of debris from the fence injured the spectators.

Finishing behind rookie Keselowski, Earnhardt and Newman was Australian Marcos Ambrose, who ran with the leaders most of the day. Another rookie, Scott Speed, was fifth, followed by Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, Brian Vickers, a third top 10 rookie, Joey Logano, Jeff  Burton and  Edwards finished 24th

On Saturday afternoon David Regan won the Nationwide Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway for his first win in 196 races. He made the pass for the lead when Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt made contact in the tri-oval on a green–white–checkered finish. Following Regan was Newman, Joey Logano, Tony Raines and Earnhardt to complete the top five. Late in  the race Matt Kenseth had contact with teammate Regan and flipped several times, he was able to walk away from the car and race on Sunday.

The 2009 NASCAR Season Begins

Filed under: NASCAR Articles — Scott Voight @ 2:57 pm

February 7, begins the 2009 NASCAR Series with the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, Daytona International Speedway. This year ushers in new challenges for the drivers and the sport itself. The economic crunch is taking a toll everywhere in the sport. The sport itself is monitoring the situation with the car manufactures, teams are scrambling to get sponsors, teams are closing and merging, and series sponsors are changing.

            This is not the last time NASCAR has fallen on hard economic times. Five years ago the sport weathered out this same scenario and in the end NASCAR came out stronger than ever. The big losers are going to be the small independent teams who do not have sponsorship of the 2009 season. Without that influx of capitol several team have folded or sold their teams to other people.

            There have been approximately 641 layoffs since the end of last season. Some will move to other teams and others will be hired as in the example of The Bill Davis Racing Truck Series Division (Owner of last-seasons championship team) who sold the team to Marty Gaunt and Mike Held. Some will be rehired when teams are restructured. Others will try to ride out the storm and return when things return to normal. Many teams have merged like Gillette Everham and Petty Enterprises. Robert Yates Racing has also merged with Hall of Fame Racing.

            There were 20 crew chief changes some of the most notable are; Ryan Pemberton left to crew chief Brian Vickers for 2009, Donnie Wingo, leaves Gannasi to take the crew chief gig for McMurray, Tommy Baldwin will act as crew chief of his own team, Bootie Barker heads to MWR, Larry Carter comes over from Roush/McMurray to take over for Paul Menard and this new team, and Some crew chiefs looking for work include: Walter Giles, James Ince, Brad Parrott, Doug Richert. 

As the silly season comes to an end we can reflect on some of the positives from last season Jimmy Johnson winning the third Sprint Cup title in a row, this is only the second time this feat was done in NASCAR history. Kyle Busch aka  “wild thing” dominating the first half of the season in all three racing divisions, and coming one race short of beating Sam Ard’s record of 10 victories in a single season in the Nationwide Series a record that has held since 1983.

The new car of today as I call it had some minor tweaks to improve the racing for this season and the Nationwide Series tested their version of the car to be raced in 2110.  This year’s season promises to be as exciting and record breaking as ever before. Can Jimmy win 4, will Gordon get his act together, can Earnhardt Jr. live up to the hype, can Stewart win with his new team in the first year, will the Toyotas dominate again this year, will we see a first time rookie winner, will Mark martin finally win a championship and is Joey lagoon really as good as everyone says he is? Together we will explore these things together.

If any readers have any questions about the terminology or how things are done send a question to the street and I will include it in up-coming columns. Ladies and gentlemen start your engines!

Rain Shortened Daytona 500 Delivers Kenseth the Title

Filed under: NASCAR Articles — Scott Voight @ 2:56 pm

The 2009 Daytona was filled with drama, controversy and great racing. The 500 had fifty six teams try to qualify for 43 starting positions.

Matt Kenseth who finished the last season without a win, got this season off to a spectacular start. Kenseth racing from 39th starting position needed to lead only three quarters of a lap to win the race when rains began to fall.

Due to the size of the track the track would have taken hours to dry after the rains stopped and officials decided restarting a race after one o’clock am was not in the best interest of the fans.

Kyle Busch the clear favorite to win the race led 88 laps before becoming a victim of the 10 car wreck on lap 125, caused by Brian Vickers and Dale Earnhardt. Vickers and Earnhardt were battling to get back on the lead lap when Vickers blocked Earnhardt to the bottom of the track and out of bounds, this is a perfectly legal move; however, when Earnhardt tried to get back onto the track he caught Vickers rear bumper turning the car into the pack of cars around them causing the melee. There was much speculation if Earnhardt purposely wrecked Vickers in retaliation of a similar situation at Talladega last year.

Involved in the accident besides Busch who finished 41st, were last year’s champion Jimmie Johnson (31st), and runner up Carl Edwards. Others included two chase driver’s Earnhardt (27th), Denny Hamlin (26th) and perennial contenders (18th), Kurt Busch (10th), Vickers (39th), Jamie McMurray (37th), and Robby Gordon (34th).

Kevin Harvick finished second reversing the finish when Kenseth pushed him to victory two years ago. AJ Allmindinger finished third, his best finish since coming to NASCAR from the IRL.

Clint Bowyer finished fourth, Elliott Sadler fifth, David Ragan sixth, previous Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip seventh, Tony Stewart eighth, and Reed Sorensen ninth. Truex was 11th.

The event was seen by a packed house of 200,000 fans and a national television audience.

NASCAR Begins to Feel the Pinch of the Recession

Filed under: NASCAR Articles — Scott Voight @ 2:55 pm

NASCAR begins to feel the pinch of the recession.  It was expected that the big three American auto makers would be pulling back support of NASCAR racing in the face of their current financial crisis. However, January 15th Toyota announced it would be cutting back as well.

The president of Toyota Racing and Development (TRD) said, he expects budget cuts in its NASCAR program as well. The Japanese automaker is feeling the effects of the global economic crisis.  The Japanese automaker who was typically immune from the declining auto sales associated with Americas big three automakers, anticipates its first yearly loss in the company’s 70 year history.  Toyota has also decided to suspend production at all 12 of its plants for 11 days over February and March.  The last time this was done was in August of 1993.

TRD president   does not anticipate a reduction in the cars on the track. Just in the support it offers the smaller teams and smaller racing series. Toyota will also reduce support in the technology, parts, pieces and engineering for the time being.

None of the manufacturers should completely eliminate their factory cars on the track, because this the manufacturers understand it is one of the most important marketing tools to them.  They still believe in the win on Sunday and Sell on Monday philosophy.

Kenseth Wins Two in a Row

Filed under: NASCAR Articles — Scott Voight @ 2:53 pm

Kenseth’s win of the Auto Club 500 Sprint Cup race, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California marks only the fifth time a driver has won the first two events in a row to begin a Sprint Cup season. Jeff Gordon was the last to do this in 1997.

Kenseth who went winless last season began this season in grand fashion out running Jeff Gordon who was also winless last season. On lap 216 the pit crew gave Kenseth the lead and he never looked back. Gordon burned up the right front tire trying to catch Kenseth to no avail.

Kyle Busch finished third and fell short in his bid to sweep all three races in NASCAR’s top series at the same track in the same weekend, Greg Biffle finished fourth, followed by Kurt Busch. Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Brian Vickers completed the top 10.

Historical Saturday for Kyle Bush

Filed under: NASCAR Articles — Scott Voight @ 2:52 pm

Kyle Busch dominates Saturday’s Auto Club Speedway doubleheader. Bush became the first person in history to win two major touring events in the same day. Bush won both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series San Bernardino County 200 and the NASCAR Nationwide Series Stater Bros. 300. What was more impressive was the manner in which he won them. This is just the third time a driver has won both a NASCAR Nationwide Series and a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in the same weekend.

Claysville, A Community Almost Forgotten

Filed under: News Paper Articles non NASCAR — Scott Voight @ 2:51 pm

No headlines announced the day Claysville was wiped off the map. The thriving community that existed for over 150 years was quietly incorporated into Elizabethtown 85 years ago. But Claysville had a history of its own.

In the late 1700s, Elizabethtown was known as Severns Valley. Three forts were built to protect the citizens from Indian attacks and extreme weather. One of these forts was built by Captain Thomas Helm in 1780. The location of this fort was in the vicinity of the Helm House located behind the Governors Manor Shopping Center. This fort was the beginning of Claysville, wrote Samuel Haycraft in his book “History of Elizabethtown” first published in 1869.

According to curator Meranda L. Caswell of the Hardin County History Museum, and author of “Images of America: Hardin County”. “It is believed Claysville got its name from the rich clay in the area.”

            The community of Claysville extended from approximately where the Hardin Memorial Hospital is located along Dixie Highway to where the present day McDonald’s now is located. The settlement included the Elizabethtown Plaza (Houchens, Big Lots, and Dollar General Store) and Helmwood Plaza. Across the street it included the land all the way out to where the bypass is now located, much of this area was farm land owned by the Helms.

Much of the information available about Claysville was give to us by Lila Adams Dykes and Margaret Richardson personal memories. Ms. Dykes was born in Claysville in 1904 where she lived until April 1, 1975 she drew a map showing approximately where everything was situated. Before her death she documented as much knowledge about it as she knew. The information she gave is kept at the Brown Pusey House Library and the Public Library has a historical section about Elizabethtown. 

 Claysville has its own rich history. For example two state governors came from Claysville. One, John L. Helm, served two terms as the 18th and 24th governor of Kentucky (1850-1851 and 1857). Helm died only five days after taking the oath of office in Elizabethtown. The second was John Y. Brown, who was the 31st governor from 1891-1895 according to the book “Two Centuries in Elizabethtown and Hardin County Kentucky” published by the Hardin County Historical Society.

Charles Ehret, a German immigrant who came to Claysville in 1875, is considered one of its better known residents. He was a blacksmith, well known as one of the finest wagon and buggy makers in the region. He died in 1939. His shop was located where the E.W. James grocery store is now Caswell said. An advertisement for his business was found by Ms. Caswell when she worked at the Brown Pusey House. It is from the Elizabethtown News, dated November 29, 1895.

            Other interesting people in Claysville included Washington Whitaker who owned and operated a tannery during the 1820s. Later the tannery was made into a brewery, and a cave across the street was used as a beer storage cellar. Christy Busch Jr., the son of pioneer Christopher Bush, owned a tavern in Claysville. It was a place where men of the period went to get news and share a tale or two. Ben Rohr had a brick making company that supplied brick for many of the homes in Elizabethtown including the court house in the center of the public square, destroyed by fire in 1932. The area was a thriving community with all the usual businesses from general stores to stage coach rest stops. There were hotels, stables, oil wells, a mill on Freeman Creek and homes, according to Ms. Dykes.

            When the Louisville and Nashville turnpike (now called Dixie Highway 31W) a hard surface road opened in the 1830s, Claysville was divided in two. A toll bridge was erected, and tolls were extracted from those using the road. A bridge was also erected over Freeman Creek at the corner of Dixie Highway and St. Johns Road (then called Fountain Blue Road). The bridge was made of iron that later in the 1920s was moved to Rineyville and still stands over Pawley Creek today. It was moved with a large farm wagon and pulled by 12 mules. It is one of the few things that is here today to remind us of Claysville explained Ms. Dykes

            One of Claysville’s attractions was a well believed to have healing properties. In 1898, John Woelpert sank a well and came up with black water that eventually cleared. The water was considered different, and after it was tested and found safe to drink, it was considered to be very beneficial.  People from Elizabethtown would make a daily pilgrimage walking the mile to Claysville to get water from the well before going home for breakfast. Today the well is covered by 31W, claimed Caswell.

            Caswell went on to explain in later years, due to the traffic on the Louisville Nashville Turnpike and the advent of the automobile, the road was moved and paved. Service stations and hotels became Claysville’s means for making a living. However, the road covered the well.

“I think the most interesting thing about Claysville is the way people remember it, it just fascinates me!” Caswell said.

Ms. Dykes described, one of the most famous places was Burnett’s Hotel. Located at 540 W. Dixie, now occupied by a duplicator store, it was state of the art and offered rooms as well as tourist cottages. A swimming pool and golf course were also available to guests. Rates were $1.00 to $2.50 per room, and the hotel featured a café with all the favorites’ fried chicken, country ham and hot biscuits. Since the swimming pool was the only one in the area, locals frequented the pool, at least the ones who could afford the few cents for admission. Burnett’s Hotel became the place to be in Elizabethtown.

            Claysville prospered until it eventually became part of Elizabethtown as the city limits were extended over the years explained Caswell.

In down town Elizabethtown we are lucky to have a History Museum which houses hundreds of wonderful items about the history of the area. There is so much rich history besides the Abraham Lincoln. It is a must see if you want to learn more about your heritage and see how people lived in years past. There is everything from a log cabin to a general store.

            There is a continuous search for information about the area and if you have anything you can add to the history please contact the Hardin County Historical Society.

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