Posts tagged "NASCAR"

Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Media Relations, NASCAR Controversies

Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Media Relations, NASCAR Controversies
Dale Earnhardt Jr. might be the most popular driver in all of NASCAR. Jimmie Johnson is probably the most successful right now; and Danica Patrick has the highest profile. She’s also the most polarizing. While Junior may not win as much as JJ or get the endorsements that Danica does, he’s probably the most well liked. And his media relations has a lot to do with that. You could interview Dale Jr. for three minutes and have much more material for a story than if you interviewed Patrick or Johnson for 15 minutes. While Jimmie and Danica are almost always vanilla in their interviews (And decidedly boring. They’re boring by design, by management. They’re not boring people), Dale Earnhardt Jr. is usually interesting and entertaining. When NASCAR opened it’s playoff season (Chase for the Sprint Cup) here in Chicagoland this past weekend, the sport was rocked with controversy. The media had plenty of scandalous topics to talk about...

Local Product and ESPN NASCAR Expert Nicole Briscoe (exclusive)

Local Product and ESPN NASCAR Expert Nicole Briscoe (exclusive)
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup opener is at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet on Sunday, Sept. 15 (1 p.m. CDT, ESPN). A native of Roscoe, Illinois, and former Miss Illinois Teen USA, Nicole Briscoe, previously known as Nicole Manske, and today sometimes known as Nicole Manske Briscoe got a lot of national media coverage when she started co-hosting The Speed Report on Speed Channel as well as hosting NASCAR Now on ESPN2. She also hosts NASCAR Countdown that airs on ESPN before NASCAR races. In part one of my exclusive with ESPN NASCAR reporter Nicole Briscoe, we discussed Danica Patrick, who like Briscoe attended Hononegah Community High School in Rockton IL. Danica was a cheerleader on the JV while Nicole Briscoe was on the varsity squad. Briscoe was a couple years ahead in school, and they weren’t close, but they did know each other. In December of 2009, Nicole married her boyfriend of 4 years, IndyCar series driver Ryan Briscoe...

Miss Sprint Cup coming to Chicago (exclusive interview)

Miss Sprint Cup coming to Chicago (exclusive interview)
Kim Coon headlines the Miss Sprint Cup program in 2013. The Orlando, Florida native will be interacting with racing fans at the NASCAR Contenders Live at Navy Pier on September 12. This year’s event will feature the top 12 drivers on stage in Chicago to discuss the most competitive time of the season, The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. It's essentially the playoffs for auto racing. "For the fans who aren't as avid and maybe don't know how it works we have 36 races, with the first 26 being considered our regular season, and the last ten are considered the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup," she told me this morning in an exclusive interview by phone. "All 43 drivers will still be on the track battling it out, but the top 12 drivers are competing for points in the Championship, and this event gives fans the chance to see those top 12 drivers before they get started. It's the most competitive part of the season and actually my favorite time of the year," Miss Sprint Cup said...
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Top 10 Chicago Sports Media Interviews

Top 10 Chicago Sports Media Interviews
We're close to the one year anniversary of Chicago Sports Media Watch. The inaugural post went live on April 20th, 2012 (yeah, 4-20 man! for all you stoners out there) To celebrate, I'm posting links to the top ten media interviews I conducted for this website. All media interviews are exclusives, because exclusive is how I roll. Ok, not really. I actually enjoy eating spray cheese and my all-time favorite movie Team America: World Police is filled with extremely low-brow humor. But the fact still holds, these media interviews were one-on-one Q&A. The interview subjects of the past year who didn't retweet me, after I nicely asked them to do so, were automatically eliminated from top ten consideration. But "Hey, thanks for coming!!!!" Stay tuned to CSMW this week as I will have exclusives with University of Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas and WFLD FOX Reporter Dionne Miller posted in the next couple days. The order below is totally random; these media interviews are not ranked by importance or page views or social media response. They are just the ten I enjoyed the most. (side note: here's my top ten media criticisms of the past year)...

NASCAR Media pick Jimmie Johnson as 2013 season favorite

NASCAR Media pick Jimmie Johnson as 2013 season favorite
  The annual preseason NASCAR media poll is out and the results show five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson as the favorite to win the 2013 Cup points title. The season opening Daytona 500 is just days away. Jimmie Johnson has qualified for the “postseason” Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup the past nine years. His 22 Chase wins are more than any other driver. Jimmie Johnson will start his 400th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Sunday’s Daytona 500 (1 p.m. on FOX). He finished third last season behind champion Brad Keselowski and runner-up Clint Bowyer...

Mitt Romney's funny NASCAR, Ford Field verbal gaffes

Mitt Romney's funny NASCAR, Ford Field verbal gaffes
Tonight is the election and a chance for Mitt Romney to win the presidency. In order to get there Romney needs to appeal to the “NASCAR Dads.” He failed. Romney only verified further my idea that he’s “Republican John Kerry,” at least when it comes to being the least convincing sports fan/most out of touch... Read more »
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NASCAR and Fox Sports reach multi-year deal

NASCAR and Fox Sports reach multi-year deal
With two full seasons left on their current television contract, NASCAR and FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG) announced today an extensive new eight-year, multiplatform media rights agreement that ensures FSMG’s broadcast of NASCAR racing through 2022. Under terms of the new agreement, FSMG also significantly increases its digital rights to include “TV Everywhere” live race... Read more »

Sun Times Media Auto Racing Reporter Tina Akouris (Exclusive)

Sun Times Media Auto Racing Reporter Tina Akouris (Exclusive)
Welcome to our exclusive with Sun Times Media NASCAR and auto racing reporter Tina Akouris. Let’s jump right in. PMB: You’ve covered a lot of events and accomplished a lot in your career, what were some of the highlights...

Meet NASCAR Miss Sprint Cup Jaclyn Roney (Video)

Meet NASCAR Miss Sprint Cup Jaclyn Roney (Video)
Miss Sprint Cup is a NASCAR fan’s friend on the inside of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. There’s a lot more to the gig than meets the eye. A lot more. It’s the ultimate insider gig for racing buffs. This year’s Miss Sprint Cup is Jaclyn Roney of Ann Arbor, Michigan. (She also has an Illinois connection, as she has family in Batavia). She’s also a Wolverines fan, but from a Michigan, Michigan State house divided, as it contains Spartans allegiances...
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