My thoughts on NASCAR’s “screens other than a TV must all cost different amounts” policy can be found here.
Today’s follow up concerns the price of the Raceview PC version, which NASCAR is advertising as a “reduced price” from the original $79.95 to $44.95 for the season. Looks like they’re not getting the subscribers they want.
Here’s what you (NASCAR) need to do:
- Unify raceview & nascar mobile (I still don’t know what the difference is except for the computer generated track in raceview).
- Set one price for access to all the versions (PC version, iPhone version, Android version, iPad version, etc…).
- Set a simple monthly subscription price (like $5 – $10), or just charge $40 or $50 for the year, or do both (maybe only allow the full year purchase in the first month of the season).
But, judging from the amorphous bag of poop that is the NASCAR.com website, I highly doubt they have the technical chops to pull this one off.
We schmak the showdown, the All-star race, and posit some opinions about how to improve this next year (hint – it’s not switching venues to Las Vegas).
Picks for the 600:
Coach: Kasey Kahne (again)
Rob: Jimmie Johnson
I made a mistake and referenced “Humpy’s Big Bonus” in the last podcast because Humpy Wheeler has, in the past, been known for his publicity work for the Charlotte Motor Speedway. However, he retired a few years ago, and the $1 million bonus for the driver that wins all 5 segments should be called “Bruton’s Big Bonus”.
Join us for our 82nd(!) episode of the schmak.
Lots of awesome schmak silliness, including the gyro cam sham, Darlington’s boring opening laps, the racing that broke out near the end, and a fantastic preview of the All-Star race next week. Do you have a question about the All-Star format? Eligibility for the race? It’s all here in the latest schmak.
Picks for the Sprint Open race:
Coach: Jamie McMurray
Rob: Martin Truex Jr.
Picks for the All-Star race:
Coach: Kasey Kahne
Rob: Clint Bowyer
We will be doing a live schmak on Wednesday, 6:45 pm Pacific Time.
Join us here: http://184.108.40.206:8000/listen.m3u
The url will be live at 6:45 pm on Wednesday.
This week, we schmak all things Richmond.
Penalties, tires, sprinkler malfunctions, it’s all here in the weekly Schmak of record.
Picks for next week at Talladega:
Coach: Dale Jr.
Rob: Cousin Carl Edwards
So, it looks like NASCAR is going the Carl Long route with Kenseth’s penalties – 50 points, $200,000, and suspension of the owner’s license and crew chief for the 20 car for the next 6 weeks.
Note – suspension of owner’s license means that the 20 car will not receive owner’s points for the next 6 points races.
This seems to be confirmation of a new era of consistency for NASCAR as far as penalties go.
Mechanical issue causing post race inspection fail? 6 points, $25,000 fine.
Attempt to cheat or use illegal parts (engine excluded)? 25 points, $100,000 fine.
Something wrong with the engine? 50 points, $200,000 fine.
So even though I’m not a fan of the Penske “not in the spirit of the rules” infraction, I do applaud NASCAR for trying to set a consistent precedent for fines and penalties.
Now it’s up to the crew chiefs and car owners to determine if the penalties outweigh the possible benefits of “gray area” performance gains.
This week, on our Kansas 1 schmak, we discuss the new road course qualifying format, post-Texas penalties, Danica running a little bit better, and more… lots… more.
Picks for next week:
Coach: Kasey Kahne
Rob: Kyle Busch
On the heels of the Penske rear end penalties (heh), Matt Kenseth’s #20 TRD engine failed post race inspection due to one of the connecting rods that was too light. Since there are eight of them, and only one was under weight, it almost seems like a quality control issue, and would not offer any sort of competitive advantage.
So the question is – will NASCAR pull a Carl Long type penalty ($200,000, 50 points, suspension from competition), a Penkse type penalty, or a Truex penalty (6 points, $25,000, probation)?
As the exclamation mark in the title probably indicates, I’m very excited for the new qualifying format for the road courses.
Previously, road course qualifying was done just like all the other tracks – one car at a time, best lap wins the pole. The only difference is that the road courses typically time just one lap due to the amount of time it takes to get around the track.
The new format now specifies that cars will go out in groups for a set period of time, and the best lap by each car will be their qualifying lap of record.
They’ve used this in the Nationwide qualifying at road courses before, and I loved it.
This is yet another reason why road courses are awesome, and should be a bigger part of the sport.
Hear hear to another piece of good news!