Category: Auto Racing

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...

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...

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)...
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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...

ESPN 1000 and Chicagoland Speedway joining forces

ESPN 1000 and Chicagoland Speedway joining forces
As the Daytona 500 approaches, and Danica Patrick mania has engulfed the sports media in recent days, we’re reminded that the NASCAR season is almost here. Therfore, it’s timely that Chicagoland Speedway and ESPN Chicago (WMVP-AM 1000) announce today their partnership for the 2013 season. The deal includes weekly reporting by the WWL during the NASCAR season, driver interviews and even broadcasting some 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup races.

ESPN 1000 personality John “Jurko” Jurkovic will provide updates on the latest NASCAR news throughout the season. He’ll be your “auto racing guy.” Reporter Ray Flores will also provide weekly NASCAR reports to listeners. Live remote broadcasts will also be held from Chicagoland Speedway and NASCAR personalities and drivers will make regular appearances on various shows, including Waddle and Silvy and Carmen, Jurko and Harry.

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Danica Patrick Daytona Media Domination: Illinois native the talk of Speedweek

Danica Patrick Daytona Media Domination: Illinois native the talk of Speedweek
As the Great American Race approaches, we’re experiencing Danica Patrick Daytona domination! In all of Speedweek's media coverage. Rightfully so, as Danica Patrick, a Beloit, Illinois native (sometimes her hometown is listed as Roscoe, Illinois), won the pole for the Daytona 500. She is the first woman to win a pole for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the first rookie since Jimmie Johnson in 2002 to win the Daytona 500 pole. This is why she is making the front pages of newspapers and websites alike, and is the lead on ESPN's auto racing shows. However, Sunday isn’t the first time she’s made history. She was first woman to ever lead in an IndyCar race, the first woman to win an IndyCar race and has the highest finish by a woman (4th) in a Nationwide, Cup or Truck series, breaking her own record of 9th. Patrick went out eighth in the qualifying session Sunday and covered the 2½-mile superspeedway in 45.817 seconds, averaging 196.434 mph. And the day before Patrick recorded the fastest lap of everyone on qualifying Saturday...
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Danica Announces Divorce over Facebook

Danica Announces Divorce over Facebook
  Danica Patrick announced her divorce from husband Paul Hospenthal on her Facebook page today. She said the two have amicably decided to end their marriage. (if there truly is such a thing?) Hospenthal is a physical therapist who met Patrick while treating her for a non-racing injury. The two were married in 2005, and... Read more »

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 »

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 »
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Danica Patrick readies for Chicagoland Speedway return (interview)

Danica Patrick readies for Chicagoland Speedway return (interview)
It wasn’t quite planned this way, but it was close. Danica Patrick will finally make a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start during the day – unless Mother Nature once again decides to change things, of course. Patrick has made five Sprint Cup starts – all under the bright lights – as her races in February... Read more »