Today marks the 13th and final race of Fox Sports’ season. With that in mind, I thought I’d briefly take you through all the things that race fans everywhere are not going to miss about NASCAR on Fox, in preperation of our 6 relaxing weeks with TNT:
First, ol’ D.W. Personally, I like “Boogity! Boogity! Boogity!”. It’s the only thing that comes out of the gaping hole below that man’s nose that makes any sense. But most fans hate the phrase, if you wish to call it that. Darrell’s nicknames for his favorite drivers, such as “Junebug” and “Wild Thing”, drive any non-fans of said drivers crazy. And one more thing: “Tracks have feelings too, ya know?”
Second, onto NASCAR Love, more commonly known as the “Let’s Go Racin’ Boys” ditty. Again, I don’t mind the song, but there’s something about it that drives the fans crazy. When I figure out what it is, I’ll let you know.
Third, the Hollywood Hotel, and its occupants. I never really noticed how many statistics Chris Myers really did mess up until it was brought to my attention recently. Now, I think I could more easily count how many he gets right. I love Jeff Hammond to death, but there’s something that’s not quite right about him, either. I just can’t seem to put my spur on it…
Fourth, the Mike Joy jokes. I swear this guy has a stupid pun for everything. He’s had so many this year, that I honestly cannot name any off the top of my head. But one of the most infamous “jokes” that I can remember came back at Infineon in 2006, when Joy was quoted saying about Tony Stewart’s tire rub, “Where there’s Smoke, there’s tire.”
Last, and most certainly least, is Digger, and all his friends. I’ll be honest, I can live with all the other things. There is a magical little button on the remote control that allows me to tune those things out. But the Digger animations can not be tuned out. I can only sit and watch painfully as it dances across my television screen, and there ain’t a dad-gum thing I can do about it.
After today, however, all those things will be gone. We will get 6 weeks of TNT, including the Wide-Open coverage of the Coke Zero 400. Ahhhh, life will be beautiful. And then… ESPN will take over. And that will be a story for another day.