kansas in fits and starts

kansas_tstewart_flagDirecTV has some serious splainin’ to do. It all seemed to start on Saturday morning. I was watching TV and every now and again the screen would go black for a second and then the picture would come back. I didn’t think that much of it until Sunday when I was home all day and was all set to watch the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods that I noticed this problem hadn’t gone away.

The problem, which could get worse and then clear up just as suddenly, seemed to only affect local channels, and after I spoke to DirecTV I found out that it was only happening to people in the San Francisco Bay Area (including fellow NASCAR blogger Amy!). So I could watch ESPN and another cable & premium channels just fine, but ABC was not behaving. I tried to watch the race with the one of the HotPass channels but that was annoying because I wasn’t in the mood to have to listen to MRN.

So I dealt with it even though it gave me a headache from all the skipping and flickering of the screen.

Anywhoo, I saw just enough of the race to be completely disgusted by some of its results. I was happy that Tony Stewart won because it mixed up the Chase and kept things interesting. Let’s hope that it continues at Auto Club Speedway this week. My disgust is leveled squarely at the No. 88 team. When they went a lap down I couldn’t believe that it was possible. Just utter unbelievable. Mistakes happen and all but could they please happen to someone else and not Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the rest of this season? Please? I’ll be your best friend!

In other news…

– Kudos to ESPN on ABC for their awesome pre-race segment about Adam Petty and Victory Junction Gang Camp. I was a mess watching it and I learned stuff that I didn’t know about what Adam went through in planning the camp. Kyle and Pattie Petty are truly amazing people. If you’re interested in helping Victory Junction or want more information about what they do for kids & families check out their website: www.victoryjunction.org

And since I’m already on the topic of Victory Junction, you should know that Kyle Petty and Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America are getting ready for the Ride to Victory VII this Saturday, October 10th. The Ride to Victory is an annual charity motorcycle ride that benefits Victory Junction. This year they’re stopping at the NASCAR Hall of Fame to see how the construction progress is going. You can follow the event by checking out the Virtual Ride page at KylePettyCharityRide.com


Chase for the Sprint Cup contenders Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge and Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Dept/Old Spice Chevrolet, look on during driver introductions before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods at the Kansas Speedway on Sunday. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Chase for the Sprint Cup contenders Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge and Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Dept/Old Spice Chevrolet, look on during driver introductions before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods at the Kansas Speedway on Sunday. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

After having one of the top 10 fastest cars in Friday's practices at Kansas Speedway, first-time NASCAR Natiowide Series racer Parker Kligerman, driver of the No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Dodge, nabbed the pole on Saturday for the Kansas Lottery 300. (Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Congratulations, Parker! He’s only 19 and this was his first Nationwide race ever and he won the pole! How cool is that?

After having one of the top 10 fastest cars in Friday’s practices at Kansas Speedway, first-time NASCAR Natiowide Series racer Parker Kligerman, driver of the No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Dodge, nabbed the pole on Saturday for the Kansas Lottery 300. (Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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Missouri-native and driver of the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Jamie McMurray stands by his car during the national anthem before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods at the Kansas Speedway. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)” /></p>
<p><em>Missouri-native and driver of the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Jamie McMurray stands by his car during the national anthem before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods at the Kansas Speedway. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR) </em></p>
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Points leader and three-time Chase for the Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson (left), driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, chats with Kansas native Clint Bowyer (right), driver of the Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet, during qualifying Friday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods at the Kansas Speedway on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Chase for the Sprint Cup first-time contender Brian Vickers, driver of the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota, spun out in the infield grass in Turn 4 to bring out the caution on lap 149 during Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods at the Kansas Speedway. It wasn't a good day for Vickers, who ended up finishing in 37th after having engine problems. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Chase for the Sprint Cup first-time contender Brian Vickers, driver of the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota, spun out in the infield grass in Turn 4 to bring out the caution on lap 149 during Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods at the Kansas Speedway. It wasn’t a good day for Vickers, who ended up finishing in 37th after having engine problems. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

7 Comments

  1. October 5, 2009 at 7:52 PM ·

    That pic of Kasey and Tony is one of my new favorite pictures.

    Yeah, that same thing happened to me (my area I assume) the weekend before last. It was rather annoying.

  2. Courtney
    October 6, 2009 at 9:26 AM ·

    Ugh, I completely understand. He led 41 laps, had a good car…and a friggin’ lugnut? Are you kidding me? Then the thing goes and blows up on him to add insult to injury? I love Junior. I would love it if something good happened to him. Morale is just SO low right now. I kept remembering what he said earlier this season on his radio about, “if my wheel comes off and I run real hard into the wall, I get to hit every damn one of you with a hammer.” Yeah, I would’ve lined the crew up and done that on sunday after the race. Ugh.

  3. October 6, 2009 at 11:28 AM ·

    Yeah it was annoying. I didn’t notice it on Saturday- but now that I think about it? I was into a criminal minds marathon on A&E so I didn’t try locals that day. My locals were fine last night…but don’t mess with my race day!!! Urg.

    And yeah…since when does the hotpass use MRN as the audio? Seems like since the switch to the ESPN on ABC…and I have to say? I don’t like it. Mostly because the MRN people are so loud that I can’t hear the radio communication. Bah.

  4. Michelle
    October 6, 2009 at 5:21 PM ·

    My tv did the same thing! So frustrating! Pretty bummed about Vickers’s engine problems also. I’m going to see him in Rancho Cucamonga this Thursday, however. For you BV fans out there, here is that link:

    Brian Vickers Signing

  5. fayanne kanner
    October 6, 2009 at 6:45 PM ·

    Nice plug for Victory Junction Camp Valli. I volunteered for a week there this summer and it is great fun. The dedication of the permanent staff and the volunteers is amazing. I plan to go back again next summer. Hope some of your readers will think about volunteering there, you won’t regret it.

  6. Sabrina
    October 7, 2009 at 12:04 PM ·

    Thank you so much for mentioning Victory Junction Gang Camp!! I cried & cried over that segment, but it was also one of the most inspirational things I have ever seen. I hope I’ll be able to volunteer there one summer, that would be a dream come true.

    Also for anyone who sews, Victory Junction gives hand made stuffed animals to all the campers. There is info on victoryjunction.com about contributing to this. =)

  7. PIERRE
    October 7, 2009 at 2:14 PM ·