February 19, 2008
If somehow you’ve never heard any of the music from the ON PIT ROW house band – The Backstretch Boys, tune in to today’s show and listen to the best racing music ever played. You know how it is – many have tried to do music specifically for you race fans, but few have pulled it off. I know because I’m constantly looking for really good, relevant music for our show and there just isn’t very much out there.
But there is the Backstretch Boys. Songs like “Talladega Shuffle”, “Daytona”, “Lady in Black” are great songs, not just great racing songs. “Rockin’ the Rock”, “Fields of Thunder” and “We Dig Dirt” are all on the band’s CD “Rookie Season”.
My favorite, though, is “Checkered Past (A Tribute to Dale)”. Our producer Tony has been playing that song during our pre-show time for a couple months now and I have a hard time getting it out of my head. I hope today’s ON PIT ROW guest, Robert Allred and the Boys don’t mind me calling them our house band because they’ve certainly been featured on bigger stages than ours.
The Backstretch Boys’ music has been featured on “NASCAR Raceday On Speed”, “Fox Sports” and NBC’s “Today Show”. Now we just have to figure a way to get them to do a live gig at the “Thunder Lounge” when that whole party fires up at Texas Motor Speedway, someday.
Check out the Backstretch Boys. Better yet, buy the CD. Buy a bunch of CD’s and spread the music around. This is real “Racing Music for Racing Fans”.
February 14, 2008
One of the perks that come with being a part of ON PIT ROW is having the opportunity to talk live with some of the best journalists in sports. One whom we have yet to talk to is Liz Clarke, writer for The Washington Post and author of the new book NASCAR book “One Helluva Ride.”
I haven’t read the book as yet but Jerry has a fine review at Restrictorplatethis.com.
Liz has a live chat in a few minutes, talking Daytona. You can join Liz here and participate live or catch the transcript later.
We’d like to have her join us ON PIT ROW and give you another chance to talk live with Liz. I’ll keep you posted.
February 12, 2008
While the guys finish up the show, I thought I would lend a hand online. After all, that’s what I’m for, right?
As you may have noticed, if you were listening to the live stream (or looking for it) that it is currently focused on High School basketball.
The current stream source, the On Pit Row home station WCWA in Toledo, has preempted their normal broadcast to bring the local folks live High School basketball action in their city’s “Final Four” playoffs.
We’d like to apologize for any inconvenience, but unfortunately there isn’t anything that can done this evening.
You can catch the second hour Thursday evening over at Race Talk Radio from 7pm-9pm Eastern.
February 8, 2008
ON PIT ROW – the fastest two hours on radio - sponsored a little NASCAR fantasy game in 2007 that we called the NASCAR Chain Game. Not much of a name, I know, but a helluva fun game by all accounts. With all of our changes to, and launch of, the new OnPitRow.com sites (thanks again Luke), we ran out of time to have a new version of that game ready for the start of 2008.
But OnPitRow.com will be very involved with a very cool new NASCAR fantasy game called Champs Chumps and Sleepers. This fantasy racing game was developed by Darren Fauth of One Bad Wheel -#3 on the Sports Media Challenge list of “Most influential NASCAR blogs”. Here’s an explanation of the rules:
Each week you will pick a new team of 6 drivers.
Pick two Champs. These are two drivers that you think will do good in the race. But, it’s not a pick Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon every week thing. Your two Champ drivers will be outside of the top 12 in driver points.
Pick two Chumps. These are two drivers that you think will not do good in the race. Once again, it’s not the two drivers that squeaked in the race with a good enough qualifying lap. Your two Chump drivers are all within the top 12 in driver points.
Pick two Sleepers. These are two driver that you think will do good in the race. Your two Sleeper drivers are outside the top 20 in driver points.
Definitely a unique concept and it ought to be a real challenge. Here’s an example of how the points will work:
Each week you will receive the same amount of points as your Champ & Sleeper driver’s. The points that your Chump driver’s receive will be deducted from your score.
Example (from the 2007 Daytona 500):
Let’s say you picked Tony Stewart & Dale Earnhardt Jr for your Champs. You picked Michael Waltrip & Juan Pablo Montoya for your Chumps. You picked David Ragan & David Gilliland for your Sleepers.
- CHAMP Drivers Scores: 106 points
- Tony Stewart: 39
- Dale Earnhardt Jr: 67
- CHUMP Drivers Scores: 179 points
- Michael Waltrip: 73
- Juan Pablo Montoya: 106
- SLEEPER Driver Scores: 302 points
- David Ragan: 155
- David Gilliland: 147
Your total score for the week: 106 – 179 + 302 = 229 points
To keep the scoring simpler, any penalty points against a driver do not affect your score. For the first race of 2008, drivers will be categorized by their 2007 NASCAR driver points standings.
ON PIT ROW and OnPitRow.com are sponsoring Champs, Chumps and Sleepers for the 2008 season. There are some terrific prizes up for grabs and you can even set up your own leagues and play against a group of your own friends.
Sign up today and set up your team. Steve and I will be playing, so you know you won’t finish last.
February 6, 2008
The Bench Racing with Steve and Charlie blog has been recognized as the fourth most influential NASCAR blog by the folks at Sports Media Challenge in their all new NASCAR Sports Blog Index™ (SBI). The full press release follows. Pretty cool stuff.
Rounding the turn to the 50th Anniversary of the Daytona 500, and recognizing the legendary strength of NASCAR communities, Sports Media Challenge launches the first ever NASCAR Sports Blog Index™ (SBI). The NASCAR SBI guides fans and brands to blogs where they can listen to and engage in the most influential online NASCAR fan conversations throughout the season.
Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) February 6, 2008 — It’s the start of a new season and you can almost hear fan sentiment revving along with the engines. Just over one year since Sports Media Challenge (SMC) launched its first Sports Blog Index™, SMC announced the addition of its NASCAR Sports Blog Index to guide fans to some of the most influential racing-focused venues on the web. The Index is intended to fuel interest and engagement of the sport’s most avid as well as newest followers. The Index points fans to blogs where they can reap perspective and share their own insights on their favorite sport, teams, and sponsors. Recent posts range from car technology and how good the new Toyotas are to Kyle Busch’s ideal woman. Even in the off season, NASCAR’s famed sense of community is alive and well as demonstrated by a single blog post generating as many as 200 comments.
“NASCAR blogs are among the most informed and intelligent across all sports. Bloggers who focus their efforts on team sports generally have an inside track, yet they limit analysis to their favorite competitors. However, the best NASCAR blogs illuminate their favorites and also showcase a particularly well-honed general knowledge and analysis of the sport,” says Kathleen Hessert President of Charlotte, NC based Sports Media Challenge.
With the help of its proprietary Buzz Manager™ software, Sports Media Challenge analysts monitor millions of sports, entertainment and lifestyle blogs and other social media daily. SMC now publishes a Sports Blog Index for NASCAR, the NFL, NHL, Baseball, College Football, and more.
“From the brand perspective we’re looking for the blogs that have the most influence to help organizations understand their customers better than ever. By intensely and consistently listening to online word-of-mouth, properties and sponsors can better understand and harness invaluable insight,” according to Hessert.
Fans Drive Discussion on 50th Anniversary:
This year, NASCAR will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Daytona 500, and today’s fans want to showcase their knowledge like never before. In addition to mainstream media coverage of NASCAR events, bloggers are covering NASCAR on a daily and sometimes hourly basis. Blogs are gaining legitimacy in the eyes of the public and are now posting unique, influential content to which fans can relate. A lack of editorial restriction, original content, and ability to comment directly on a post make blogs particularly attractive to fans.
Sports Media Challenge’s Sports Blog Index is the first ever standard measurement tool to identify the most influential sports and entertainment blogs and is derived from an in-depth analysis of all blogs related to the industry. A blog is rated on three main criteria: influence, fan engagement and quality. These factors are measured through a mixture of qualitative and quantitative data, which allows the Sports Blog Index to more accurately rate the true “worth” of a given blog. Influence, which is a measure of the impact a blog has on fan opinion and perceptions, is a key factor in determining a blog’s ranking. Fan engagement is based on quantitative data such as page visits, number of posts, etc. The quality of a given blog’s content is determined by the SMC team, who analyze the humor, sentiment and sarcasm of a blog more effectively than a computer. The inclusion of both quantitative and qualitative data in the rating is what makes the Sports Blog Index unique.Based on the rating of each blog in the areas of influence, fan engagement and quality, the top ten NASCAR sports blogs are:
1. The Daly Planet (http://dalyplanet.blogspot.com)
2. From the Marbles (http://sports.yahoo.com/nascar/blog/nascar_marbles)
3. One Bad Wheel (http://www.onebadwheel.com/blog/)
4. Bench Racing with Steve and Charlie (http://benchracing.typepad.com/)
5. Restrictor Plate This (http://www.restrictorplatethis.com/)
6. Answer This… (http://drinkthis.typepad.com/answer_this/ )
7. NASCAR Ranting and Raving (http://4ever3canadianeh.blogspot.com )
8. Kathy’s Pit Stop (http://blogs.thatsracin.com/kathyspitstop/ )
9. Life in the Turn Lane (http://turn-lane.blogspot.com/ )
10. Full Throttle (http://www.cranialcavity.net/fullthrottle/wp/index.php )
About Buzz Manager
Buzz Manager, a staple service of SMC, is the proprietary search engine focusing explicitly on the sports, entertainment and lifestyle markets. It mines, monitors and analyzes online content and helps identify the most influential blogs in the Sports Blog Index. Buzz Manager tracks and measures the online word-of-mouth and mainstream media exposure of brands within the sports market. A combination of technology and human analysis is used to determine a brand’s awareness and perception. The Sports Blog Index uses the Buzz Manager tracking software to determine ratings for tens of thousands of sports blogs being tracked. Beyond blogs, Buzz Manager also monitors trends on other forms of Fan-generated media, including message boards, Facebook and other social media.
About Sports Media Challenge (www.sportsmediachallenge.com) Since 1988, Sports Media Challenge has helped more than 100 leading university athletic departments, professional leagues, teams and world-class sports personalities protect and enhance their brands through strategic communications, consulting and training. Some of the clients to use its PR and marketing tools include The Universities of Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas, THE PGA TOUR, The NFL, MLB and NBA teams as well as NFL MVP Peyton Manning, and NBA great Shaquille O’Neal. Sports Media Challenge has become the industry leader in online word-of-mouth marketing and reputation management.