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The National Anthem, dumb questions and the wife cam

By admin | October 18, 2008

By Jayson D. Henry


NASCAR’s pre-race ceremonies have left something to be desired this season, for sure.

I’m sure the tracks are mostly responsible for what goes on before a race. However, between some pretty bad renditions of the National Anthem and Brad Garrett’s mockery of “Gentlemen, start your engines!” earlier in the year, somebody needs to take a look at what’s going on before it gets even more embarrassing.

I can’t sing, and I know I can’t sing. But, I can listen and I’ve heard some ‘interesting’ singing prior to this year’s races. I’m not just picking on Jessica Simpson but it’s just that her version of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ in Charlotte was the most recent. That was kinda hard to listen to. And again, I know I can’t sing but she gets paid to sing, so I expected better.

I will say, however, that she is very attractive, so it’s not all bad.



Why is it that pit reporters feel the need to ask drivers who have blown a tire if they had any indication the tire was about to blow?

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gave a great answer when asked that question this past Sunday in Charlotte. “Hell, no! If I’d have known the tire was gonna blow I’d have let off,” he said while waiting for his car to be repaired.

That is topped only by the time a few years ago when a pit reporter asked Tony Stewart before the first Chase race in New Hampshire if it was important to get off to a good start in that race. He said something to the effect of, “It’s not important at all, we even considered taking this week off.”

Good answers for not so good questions.



Kim Burton is an attractive lady and I don’t mind that the TV networks see fit to put a camera on her. She is also an emotional lady when her husband is in contention or has just missed a big crash. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that. I would hope she is rooting for her husband to do well.

The problem I have is that the networks seem intent on forcing us to watch more of the wives, mothers and other family members agonizing over their driver than they show of the race itself.

I know the networks claim it is worthy of coverage because it shows the event in more human terms. However, there is such a thing as overkill. And, there are certain wives and family members who are shown every time their driver is in contention and others who are not shown at all.

NASCAR is a family sport more than most other sports. We have heard dads and brothers announcing their sons and brothers to victory in the Daytona 500 and other races. But, it appears to me that by showing only those family members who wear their emotions on their sleeves, like the girlfriends of Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch a few years ago in Texas, they are attempting to embarrass those people or perhaps create news rather than report news.

It’s almost as if they want something bad to happen so they will have a camera in the right spot at the right time.

Jayson D. Henry is a guest blogger for

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One Response to “The National Anthem, dumb questions and the wife cam”

  1. JOHN PARK Says:
    October 19th, 2008 at 9:57 am

    I, for one, am sick and tired of looking at Mrs. Burton. Let me watch something interesting like the imaginary debris on the racetrack.