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Friday, February 27, 2009

Earnhardt Sr. promotion at Vegas was ridiculous

Dale Earnhardt has been dead for eight years, but you wouldn’t know it by the way his image continues to be milked by somebody (NASCAR? Teresa?) in silly promotions.

When I turned on my TV Friday to watch a practice session and saw a bunch of showgirls and silly men known as the "Flying Elvises" singing in front of a car painted up with the images of Elvis and Earnhardt, I was a little annoyed.

Apparently, this was the third in a series of cars with paint schemes designed by artist Sam Bass, who previously paired Earnhardt with Johnny Cash and John Wayne. While I don’t deny Bass is a talented artist and the paint schemes might look cool, it still annoys me that so many people are throwing his image around all these years later just to make a buck.

The whole point of creating the cars was to sell diecasts, something that was made abundantly clear on TV immediately after the car was unveiled. I felt like I was watching an infomercial and Billy Mays was going to show up and start screaming at me. It was the most ridiculous thing I’ve seen on NASCAR TV this year, with the exception of “Digger”.

I have a news flash for all these hucksters who want to use Earnhardt’s name and image whenever they can to make money: The man is long dead. Respect what he did on the track and move on to the future, instead of continuing to try to get rich off his name.

Rough day for Roush
16, 24, 35, 38 and 40.

Considering how dominant Roush Racing has been at Las Vegas over the years, those aren't the starting positions you would expect for Roush drivers at the track.

But that's how it shook out Friday, with only Carl Edwards making the top 20 in qualifying. Greg Biffle was 24th, David Ragan 35th and Jamie McMurray 38th.
Meanwhile, Matt Kenseth, going for his third straight win to start the season, will start 40th. He's hardly a great qualifier, but that's pretty bad and doesn't bode well for him making history.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get back to me when all 5 Roush cars are in the top 15 Sunday.

February 28, 2009 at 10:17 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

QVC was selling many $ 150 (or higher) die cast Elvis/Sr cars last night. I think she's in the Priscilla Presley mode now. The rest of her life will be spent on pairing SR with other icons to make money. Dale Sr would have hated his image being used in this manner. Hopefully, more reporting about this will shine light on the problem and make her stop.

February 28, 2009 at 11:24 AM 
Blogger Matt Myftiu said...

As far as qualifying goes, I understand it doesn't mean everything. But 40th is a steep hill to climb.

And I'm glad to see I'm not the only person annoyed by the endless marketing of a deceased driver. It was cool for the first couple years when it was fresh in our minds, but it becomes all about money and greed when they're still doing it after almost a decade.

February 28, 2009 at 11:44 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

News Flash to all the Teresa haters: Dale's wife has all the money she will ever want or need. Any merchandise that is released is done for two reasons: 1) To keep Dale's memory alive, and 2)because fans continue to demand it. I notice that no one ever blasts Richard Childress for the continued release of Dale Earnhardt merchandise, when he owns the rights to Dale's styled #3. No marketing deals can be worked out without his OK.

If there was no market for these items they would not be produced! Get over your blind, sick hate, it's not healthy.

February 28, 2009 at 3:10 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The QVC show "For Race Fans Only" should be called "The Earnhardt Collectible Show" because about 90%of the things sold there is Earnhardt junk.
Like you say, Sr. is long gone, let him R.I.P.

March 1, 2009 at 5:22 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't buy anything that would put money in Teresa pocket...Dale Sr would be rolling over in his grave over what she has done to Dale Jr and the way she is selling his image..One day she will get what is coming to her.

March 2, 2009 at 4:48 AM 

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