2013 'Daytona 500' Qualifying

I used to be a pretty big NASCAR fan…  that is, until the big networks showed up, dropped their big buck sponsor dollars and started calling the shots on how they think NASCAR should be run. And to be honest, since they are dropping the big bucks, they are the bosses of NASCAR and they can call the shots.

And it’s quite apparent with all the changes that have taken place over the last few years. So much to the point that I quit watching diligently every weekend, skipped most of last season and just decided to try and catch a few races on TV this year, if I remember to.

So over the last few weeks, I had recorded some or wanted to record some NASCAR Cup series races to catch some NASCAR racing. It’s no secret that I started to become disappointed in NASCAR when they started to manipulate the aero packages in restrictor plate racing to force overheating if cars drafted too long together. And then there was the side-effect of their aero tinkering. That side effect was that whoever was in the lead with 10 to go in a restrictor plate race, usually nabbed the win.

I’m sure they’ve tinkered with all their checks, balances of modifications of late to keep things up to par for the excitement levels.

But with that in mind I had set up my DISH DVR, but for some reason, once you set a timer for NASCAR events, it seems that all NASCAR events are not distinguished from each other, so your DVR will pretty much record almost EVERYTHING that is NASCAR… qualifying, practice, preshow, postshow, every other show about it and the race. Ug.

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