Earnhardt Sr. promotion at Vegas was ridiculous
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.