Thursday, January 30, 2014

Daily Debris - Day 4 in Charlotte

Richard Petty (right) speaks to the media as Marcos Ambrose (center), driver of the No. 9 Stanley Ford, and Aric Almirola (left), driver of the No. 43 Smithfield Ford, look on during the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour at Charlotte Convention Center on January 29, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images

As part of a 200 + media corps I have learned volumes of significant information this week about NASCAR and the individual race teams. Here is a glimpse into today's epiphanies.

1. The word "excited" is severely over used during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway. After the second day I started to develop a facial tick every time a driver, team owner or crew member uttered yet another "I'm excited ...." But finally I figured it out. It doesn't actually mean "very enthusiastic and eager." Excited is code for "please, not another interview. Please, please help me find an escape route from these manic people!"

2.  The "care and feeding of the news media" is actually a literal term. In fact, there is so much feeding of the news media that I'm thinking most of us reporters should be paid by the pound of food we ingest, not by the story. Seriously. Wait, hold on, did they just put out more cookies ... Sorry, I was distracted momentarily. My apologies.

I would also like to congratulate NASCAR for not putting out bowls of hard candy with those annoying crinkly wrappers. I know it's a bit obsessive, but I really hate loud food noises and I truly want to wrestle down folks who continue to unwrap those candies and worse yet crunch the hard candy. I almost took down someone today who was crunching their ice. I restrained myself, but it wasn't easy. So thank you NASCAR!

3.  And my final observation for the day is that QVC needs to hire "The King" Richard Petty and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. when they hawk boots. When it comes to cowboy boots The King and Ricky are all that and a bag of chips. Awesome boots.

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