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Keselowski Races Through ESPN ‘Carwash’

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Brad Keselowski is tearing it up when it comes to the 2014 NASCAR race car season. The 30-year-old, 2012 Sprint Cup champion recently had a perfect racing weekend in Loudon, New Hampshire as he pursues the 2014 championship. In the wake of headline-grabbing celebratory antics including a broken champagne bottle injury, sweeping up confetti, a dropped American flag and waving a lobster around Victory Lane, Keselowski stopped by Bristol’s ESPN Wednesday to do the all-inclusive “carwash” of shows there. In between radio and television appearances he checked out the new and impressive ESPN DC2 building, admiring the furniture and flooring and Spilling the Beans with Java.

Q:  What with the Loudon sweep and your point standing you’ve become a kind of race car superhero.  So what will your superhero cartoon name be?

A: I need more time to think about that. I mean everyone likes (he drops his voice and growls)  ‘Baaaad Braaaad.’ You have to say it like that. I don’t really care for it but everyone else does so I guess that would be it. I mean that is what others call me. You can’t control that.

Q: The Victory Lane antics lead some to believe you are a bit a show-off on the track. Are you?

A: We are all showmen. NASCAR racing is a show and that is what we do. We entertain fans. That is what drives the sport. I chose to be a race car driver because I love race car driving but there is more to the sport than that.

Q: Connecticut’s Joey Logano was a bit irked after he wrecked with 72-year-old Morgan Shepherd in New Hampshire, and commented there should be mandatory testing for drivers in Cup Car races. What do you think?

A: I’m a little confused by what he meant about that. Drivers do pass a test in the lower series of NASCAR. I’m not sure what he means.

Q: You are on winning roll this season. What comes next?

A: It’s Indianapolis this weekend for Sunday’s Brickyard 400.  I feel very, very positive considering how well we ran the past few weeks.

Q: One article about your year so far refers to you as a “ruffian.” Are you?

A: What does ruffian mean?

Q: A tough guy, a bit of a bully, a naughty boy, a rule breaker.

A: Yeah, I like to stir it up. I don’t like the status quo about anything, not just in racing

Q: There are also articles where you have flatly insisted you will be single and stay that way. What about Paige White. She’s been in all the Victory Lane pictures with you lately.

A: I am definitely dating Paige. And yes, she was in victory lane in Loudon. I am happily dating.

Q: So is it a committed relationship?

A: What does that mean?

Q: It means you are only dating each other. So are you?

A: Yes, I am dating just her. It’s good.

Q: You are from a racing family so I guess going into the sport is a natural. But if you could not be a race car driver, what do you think you would want to do professionally?

A: I just did this vacation where I went to an island, Ocracoke, in North Carolina. There were a bunch of people who, like, own shops along the beach. That looks like fun. I think I would want to own a surf shop.

Q; Do you surf?

A: No, but I would just want to own the shop and manage it and sit outside and not do a whole lot.

Q: What do you think of ESPN’s new building?

A: This is my fourth or fifth visit here but the first time I am in this building. It’s very impressive. And I really like these red and gray chairs. They are really comfortable and I like the color.




CCSU/Stefanik Make “Leno” Monologue

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mikesAre you a Connecticut race car fan? Did you happen to catch Jay Leno’s monologue last Friday on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno?” Connecticut track regular Mike Stefanik was one of the stars.

Stefanik  missed winning the Whelan Modified Tour “Battle At the Beach” race in Daytona Beach Thursday, after being pushed out of the lead in the white-flag lap by eventual winner Steve Park. Stefanik was, well, less than happy and minced no words in a nasty, very well-publicized tv interview with Fox Sports after the disappointing race.

Leno, a car fan, jumped on the news clips of the seething, stone-faced Stefanik and turned it into a comical bit portraying him as a guy you definitely would not want to be with at light-hearted events including a birthday party or a wedding.

And in the same monologue, Central Connecticut State University got a shout out for its recent survey on the most illiterate cities in the United States. For the second year in a row,  Bakersfield, California was the worst and Leno, of course, couldn’t help but comment.

To see the clip with both go to http://bit.ly/VJ4wli

Earnhardt Drives Through ESPN On Way To Chase

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He wasn’t driving but it was a race through the car wash for famed race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. as he did the back-to-back rounds of shows at ESPN Tuesday, beginning with Mike Golic’s and Mike Greenberg’s “Mike and Mike In the Morning” show.

Earnhardt flew in from Charlotte to promote the prestigious NASCAR playoffs, Chase For The Sprint Cup series that beings Sunday. “Junior,”  part of the iconic Earnhardt racing family and considered one of America’s most eligible bachelors, spoke softly with that signature Southern drawl about racing and being single and racing as he barreled through the world’s sports Mecca in Bristol with girlfriend Amy Reimann and Spilling the Beans along the way with Java.


Q: The Chase begins Sunday. What’s your edge?

A: We have the best opportunity to win that we have had in all my career.  We’ve had some pretty good chances before but this is my best seed. We’ve had a really exciting year racing and I am really looking forward to the race.

Q: Who are you most afraid of as you head to the competition and who can you not wait to be on the track within Illinois

A: Well, they are all going to be there so you don’t have a choice of who you are on the track with. All the guys, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart basically are the ones you gotta watch.

Q: What do you think the public appeal is to racing car driving?

A: I think it’s the car and what automobiles mean to mankind. A car represents so many different things. I think the sport appeals to people at a lot of different levels.

Q: If you could pick a “dream team” of racers to race against, living or dead, who would be on the team?

A: My father, my grandfather Ralph, Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough and David Pearson.

Q: If you ever have sons or daughters, would you want to see them carry on the racing dynasty?

A: I don’t know. I’m not sure how I would feel about that. I think I could go either way.

Q: Are you still one of America’s most eligible bachelors?

A: Not so much anymore. My girlfriend’s sitting right over there.

Q: When are you getting married?

A: I don’t have any plans.

Q: I know you have been to ESPN before but what’s the kick?

A: You get to talk about sports all day long.

Q: If you couldn’t be a race car driver, what you be?

A: I would probably work here or be a mechanic.