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  • What's New at NASCAR?

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    This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit. You wonder what’s going on at NASCAR. A report this week said dozens of employees were let go. Sports Business Journal said the layoffs amounted to less than five percent of NASCAR’s workforce. Unless you’re one of the “dozens,” this may not be much of an alarm. NASCAR doesn’t need a lot of people in the home office to conduct business. Much of its work force shows up at the racetrack to run the weekend events. But when you send people home that’s always cause for concern. Connect some dots in the business picture. NASCAR isn’t in the racing business as much as it’s in the advertising business. Its product is audience. NASCAR sells ratings or eyeballs and butts in seats to advertisers who want to sell something to those eyeballs and butts. If there are fewer eyeballs and butts, the billing invoices are smaller. Smaller income means less money to spend on everything including salaries. And still, NASCAR won’t change the way it builds its ultimate product. Odd times. Peace.  

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  • Blake Baggett on Supercross Slick

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    Phoenix Supercross Winner Blake Baggett waited some five years to come into the Freak Nation as a winner. But he did it Sunday night after a dramatic race in Phoenix Saturday night on his Bubba Burger KTM. The win left him fourth in points. Baggett is a veteran on the supercross circuit but he's stepping up in skills this season. And his experience allowed him to explain some of the supercross nuances to The Freaks. Listen...

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  • Mark Martin on a Freakin Flashback to 2003

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    In 2003 veteran NASCAR Cup driver Mark Martin was a year away from a near Cup championship in the number six Ford for Roush Racing. Martin visited with The Freaks on our Saturday show Victory Lane on Sirius Radio (before the merger with XM!). Martin had just signed his new sponsorship with Viagra, a new product at the time. He talked about that sponsorship, its importance to the NASCAR community and his commitment to his own personal fitness regimen. Listen...

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