Wait, I Have to Watch Wrestling Now?

The last few weeks when my boyfriend momentarily that I (i.e. "we") watch Dancing with the Stars on Monday nights, he's flipped the channel to WWE RAW. I always smiled, right before making him turn it back. Now suddenly this Monday, I'll be the one reaching for the remote.

Why you might ask? Simple, Kyle Busch is hosting WWE RAW. Yeah, okay so Joey Lagano will also be on hand, but who cares? KYLE is hosting wrestling! I think the sky might be falling...

It seems like a perfect fit. After all, this is Rowdy Busch. Tune in next Monday night and 9 to see how our boy does...and if he can act. Hmmm, maybe he has a career is this whole racing thing doesn't pan out...


Calling All Women Writers Covering NASCAR

Have you ever noticed that there are more men writing about NASCAR than there are women? There are still quite a few women who get recognition as writers covering the sport but most of the time the fame and glory goes to a few guys. Don't get me wrong I love those guys. Without them at the track covering the race via twitter and their articles I wouldn't know half the stuff I know. You all know who I am talking about.

On Saturday night while watching the race in Charlotte and being bored out of my mind I came up with an idea. What if there was a site that gave women writers trying to make it big a voice? What is there was a community of ladies who supported each other and promoted each other's work. How cool would that be? On a whim I sent out a Tweet about the possibility of a women's only site for NASCAR writers. Within minutes my inbox was filling up and there was a lot of buzz about the project. Seemed like everyone else thought it was a good idea too.

I'm writing this post to let all women who cover NASCAR know they now have a place to post their opinions, recaps, columns, and random nonsense. We are going to have a wide variety of writers who come from all across the US. Some are casual bloggers looking for an audience while others are hoping to turn their writing dreams into a full time career. If it's happening in NASCAR it will be happening on this site.

Skirts and Scuffs is scheduled to launch just prior to Speedweeks 2010 though writers can start adding their work anytime. As we get closer to the 2010 season more and more content will begin appearing on the site.

For more information come on over to Skirts and Scuffs and check out the tabs across the top. If you are interested shoot me an email or hit me up on twitter and  I will get you hooked up.

I think it's time we stirred up the waters just a bit ladies. What do you think?

Anyone Else Frustrated?

I had plans to attend the race in Concord this weekend, but life threw me a curveball. My boyfriend and I found ourselves the proud "parents" of three 2-day old kittens, after their mother abandoned them. When we lost one of the kittens last weekend, it became clear that we weren't about to leave the other two alone, even if it was just for the hours we spent at the track.

Watching the race on Saturday night made me come to a realization: I'm getting extremely frustrated and not happy. When I started watching NASCAR, it was fun and exciting. Every week it seemed like someone else was sitting in Victory Lane and celebrating their win. Now? It seems like the same thing week in and week out.

It reminds me of why I write about NASCAR only sparingly. If I were to write about it constantly (like Katy does, and God do I envy her!), I'd get bored off my ass. As much as I love it, I don't want to start hating it by making it the focus of my life.

That brings us back to the season at hand. With Hendrick all but dominating the sport and Jimmie Johnson preparing himself for his fourth championship in a row, I find myself getting bored...really bored. And I get the feeling others feel the same way. Did you see the crowd, or lack of a crowd at the track this weekend?

NASCAR keeps saying that fans aren't coming/buying because of the economy, but is the racing itself part of it as well? I think it is and I think the sport needs to prepare itself for the future. Fans don't like seeing the same thing and between Hendrick, Johnson and the COT, that's all we're seeing...


Hall of Fame Announcement

The results are in. 25 were given the opportunity but only 5 were chosen for the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte. 51 ballots were cast including one from NASCAR fans.

And the first class will be:
1. Bill France Sr.
2. Richard Petty
3. Bill France Jr.
4. Dale Earnhardt Sr.
5. Junior Johnson

These 5 will be inducted to the Hall of Fame in May 2010.


This Weekend Marks the End of an Era in Charlotte

A decade long era will be coming to an end this weekend in Charlotte, NC. This weekend the track where Jenn and I saw our first race and where we make our yearly trip will host it's last set of races before the name of the track is changed. 

A few months back it was announced that Lowe's would be parting ways with the track as the sponsor and name holder. As of yet the new name has yet to be chose though the track may revert to Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Since I won't be heading to the track this weekend for the race I thought I'd take a minute to share a few tips for those making their first trip to the track. 

Park as close to where you will be sitting as possible. Trust me you aren't going to want to walk from your car parked behind the Z-Max Dragway to your seats all the way over in turn 4 after the race. My advice is to check out the parking and driving direction map and figure out where you seats are. The map also lets you know where you should park if you are seated in a particular area. Don't assume you can take the most direct route to the track from your hotel. You are going to get rerouted regardless so be prepared.  

Visit the souvenir haulers on your way out of the track rather than on your way in. There's not a lot of room in the stands to store your purchases and it's a pain to try and keep an eye on your stuff and still watch the race. The souvenir haulers set up at the junction of Bruton Smith Blvd and US-29 just behind the main entrance to the track.

Leave these items at home...you can't take them in.
  • Coolers and bags over 14 inches in any direction
  • Stadium chairs with arms and folding chairs
  • Glass containers
  • Pets (except service animals assisting disabled guests)
  • Umbrellas
  • Strollers
  • Skateboards, roller skates and scooters
  • Bicycles or mopeds
  • Beach balls, balloons, signs and banners
  • Horns, whistles or other loud Items
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Items restricted by federal law or which, in the judgment of Speedway officials, may create a safety risk or reduce the enjoyment of the event by other guests
  • Unattended items may be removed at the discretion of Speedway officials
And most importantly know where the alcohol free zones are. There are three sections in turn two where you can't take alcohol and where smoking is not allowed. 

Have fun and take lots of pictures! 


Your Ultimate Racing Guide for Charlotte has Returned

Heading to Charlotte next weekend for the only Saturday night race in the Chase? Here are some reviews and a great map that I did before our trip back in May. Feel free to link to the reviews or the map if you like. There are also a bunch of pics that Jenn and I took at the track and the race shops. You can find the pics above under the Video/Pics tab. There are several hundred photos in the 2009 section.

Here's those links:
Also, Jenn wrote several reviews for Associated Content. Check them out!


Need a Snack for the Track? Giveaway

When Jenn and I are getting ready to head to the track we usually fill our bags up with snack food. Sometimes it's a few small bags of potato chips, other times its crackers, and there have even been times we have enjoyed some Honey Nut Cheerios with our Miller Lite. You might think that's nuts but given the high price of food at the track it's something a lot of people do. Most tracks are cool with you carting in a cooler and a small bag with snacks as long as your don't try to sneak in an umbrella too. Trust me...they will take that umbrella away in a heartbeat.

Anyway, I thought we would do something a bit different here on The Biff Files. Depending on the response we may do this again in the future. It that's up to you. But before we get into what you can win you have to read about my new favorite snack food.

I (Katy) recently got a chance to try out the New Nature Valley Nut Cluster's and let me tell you guys, these things are awesome. When they arrived at my house via mail I ripped into the box figuring I'd be getting a small sample container of the product. Boy was I wrong. I had the chance to try out all four of the wonderful different flavors. While my husband jumped on the Honey Roasted Peanut and the Roasted Almond Clusters I grabbed the Nut Lovers and the Roasted Cashews. Forget those other granola bars or that bag of chips that keeps getting stale. These are my new all time favorite snack food. Each package weighs in a 5 ounces and each pit is chocked full of flavor and nutty goodness. With the resealable package you can save some for later...though once you have one you'll have a hard time putting the bag down. 

I'm excited to announce that readers of this blog will have the opportunity to receive the same package I received in the mail. That's right you will have the chance to win all the items in the picture below. 

Here's what you get: 4 bags of Nature Valley Nut Clusters (one each of Roasted Peanut, Roasted Almond, Roasted Cashew, and Nut Lovers) a small pair of binoculars (maybe you can see the cars better at the track with these), a flashlight, stainless steel reusable watter bottle (or drink of your choice), and a sling bag to carry all your goods to the track with you. You like? I do!

all you have to do to get entered is leave a comment. No jumping through hoops...just say hi or let us know what you would like to see on the blog. 

I will be drawing for the prize after Sunday's race at California. 

CONGRATS TO kaligrl4 !