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"steve phelps" Discussed on The Dan Patrick Show
"I still have some questions. It feels like NASCAR and the FBI wrapped up their investigation. And now the sport moves on to Pocono. I all move on when I feel like we've got some answers. We reached out to the president of NASCAR. Steve Phelps he's unavailable. Is He unavailable for Ever Thanh? How does that work hopefully forever? Okay today we will not hear from him book maybe tomorrow, or as soon as he's willing to come on, okay. You know we found out that BUBBA. Wallace had not been in his garage the entire week. They said do to covert nineteen. He stayed in his motor home. He did not go in there. His crew guys crew members didn't want to tell him, but they wanted to tell NASCAR OFFICIALS NASCAR. ficials then contacted bubble of when he was at dinner. Sunday night. He thought he was in trouble and Steve Phelps says I want to talk to you in person than he finds out that they found a news. That was used as a garage door poll. Or a rope that was tied unintentionally in a slip knot. It has to be one of two here, but. Bubbas now being accused of perpetrating a hoax. and. He looked exhausted. And that's why I said. Are you able to handle this? Because he doesn't even know how this is going to affected? He's just. He looked tired. He was giving the same answers he's been giving A. You know probably the last twenty four hours and then. I wanted to kind of shake it up a little bit. Details here and find out exactly what he knew when he found out and the reaction to that, and does he think the investigation's over feels like there's something else that's there, and maybe maybe maybe there's not. But. And maybe I'm guilty. I didn't ask enough questions. Because now our said it's a news. I didn't know if it was attached to anything. I don't know how your team goes in and out and nobody notices it and then somebody notices it on Sunday. I'm curious about that. Other doors, other garage doors. Have this I was told. Gather a few, then, said no, we looked in. There aren't other doors that have this kind of rope. This news slipknot attached to it so. Just asking questions trying to apply some logic here and get some facts. But. BUBBA Wallace. He didn't bring this up. NASCAR brought it up and then mentioned it to him what had happened? And I think it's unfair to say that he is perpetrating A. He can. He can tell you what he sees when he sees this. There is the possibility. I mean. You..
FBI concludes that Bubba Wallace not victim of hate crime over noose incident
"Federal law enforcement officials say that the news founded the team garage used by NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace was not an attempt at racial intimidation Wallace the only black driver in NASCAR's top series a noose incident at delegate at at Talladega superspeedway in Alabama prompted a huge so overall show support around the country and peers Tom Goldman an FBI investigation found evidence the news had been there for months long before Bubba Wallace was assigned to that garage for the rate yes NASCAR president Steve Phelps says it's fantastic to hear Wallace wasn't a target of a hate crime this month Wallace led a successful push to ban the Confederate battle flag at NASCAR events Phelps says he'll always remember the overwhelming show of support for Wallace at Monday's race and that was a very powerful image in in not just the history of our sport but I think in all sports so since there still was a noose in a Talladega garage any says NASCAR will continue its investigation to determine
NASCAR race begins after show of support for Bubba Wallace
"And a show of support today for NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace before the race at Talladega Alabama his fellow drivers lined up and pushed his car to the front of pit road this happened one day after a noose was found hanging in the garage of the circuits only full time black driver NASCAR president Steve Phelps says everyone is behind Wallace obviously this is a very very serious acting we take it as such we will do everything in our power to make sure that whoever has committed this act you comes to justice two weeks ago Wallace how to successfully push push it NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at all races and
FBI investigating noose left in NASCAR stall of Black driver
"Fewer than two weeks after NASCAR banned the Confederate flag from its venues federal authorities are investigating the discovery of a noose and a driver stall at Alabama's Talladega superspeedway it involves perhaps NASCAR's most legendary number remember from the forty three team discovered a news in the forty three garage the forty three cars driven by Bubba Wallace NASCAR's only black full time driver and owned by NASCAR legend Richard Petty who says he's enraged NASCAR president Steve Phelps says FBI agents were at Talladega before today's race disgruntled fans flying Confederate flags were outside the gates yesterday NASCAR has been trying to distance itself from the flag for years and Phelps says he wants whoever's responsible for the news to face justice read this type of behavior from our sport I'm sadr make ani
FBI investigating noose left in NASCAR stall of Black driver
"Federal authorities are investigating the discovery of a noose in the garage stall of NASCAR's only black full time driver NASCAR chief Steve Phelps says the noose was found yesterday at Talladega superspeedway in the stall of Bubba Wallace who successfully pushed NASCAR earlier this month to ban the Confederate flag from its venues obviously this is a very very serious act and we take it as such help says NASCAR called the FBI and agents were at Talladega hours before today's race it was scheduled for yesterday when fans with Confederate flags drove outside the tracks main entrance I am Sager made Donnie
"steve phelps" Discussed on NASCAR Live
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"steve phelps" Discussed on NASCAR Live
"Can Get confusing here, but we had a big run coming at the six car from the eleven cars push, so we got such run on him in and made a move, and he tried to block or move, and we made a another move to it, and the car wasn't stable enough to take back closing rate and we ended up. We Ryan. Ryan Newman did everything you're supposed to do. In the last lap, the Daytona five hundred nothing nothing nothing. Nobody did anything wrong in that situation. Just a closing rate of the cars were so fast that they can't take that. Push when you're trying to make the block so we've slowed down the closing rate, and we put a little more downforce back in the car's by taking drag ducks out and take power away so I think as A. A whole it that that will help that situation slightly I think you know a little bit slower speed won't won't will help that. a little more downforce will help that in the closing rate between the two cars slowing that down. We'll help that as well, and then beyond that the structural changes of the extra bars that we've put in in the in the behind the driver in and around that area to try to help in there's. Would as well so. There's been a a fair amount of effort. Put into trying to make the cockpit safer but slow in the closing of the two cars down so that you can race a little bit more and not just along the right. Appreciate it as always conducted this weekend. At Talladega, go give them heck GEICO, five hundred look to look to end up with the ones are better. finished and we did a Daytona Neta. That'd be successful weekend. That's Ryan Blaney Crew Chief in the NASCAR Cup series team Penske Todd Gordon coming up. We'll look back on this week in NASCAR history. Rusty Wallace here for blue EMU maximum.
"steve phelps" Discussed on NASCAR Live
"IS NASCAR LIVE! Now back to Mike badly welcome back to NASCAR, live. We're so glad you're with us here. On this week's show, we continue now with our one on one conversation from earlier today. WITH NASCAR, president, Stephens, if seen like that. The headwinds been pretty strong. Change and advocacy give by in, but there's been a lot going on in the sport and it started last week Nascar statement some pretty definitive strong positions on social matters whether it be lack lives matter racial injustice. Pride. MONTH FOR THE OT through community, also banning the confederate flag where his all of this home from why now and what's it been like navigating these waters now in what I just mentioned has been a week ago at these announcements were made. Yeah listen. It was a difficult week to be sure, and it's not like these things happen overnight, did not. These are conversations that we've been having for a long time. We had. Attempted bandages confederate flag in two thousand fifteen and we didn't really get industry buying. UNDOING, so? It was important for us to do that and I think part of it has to do with what's going in society out contextual. What's going on around us? And I think that. you know the the management team here and the collaboration that we received from your the. Of the world in the independent race tracks. The community at large that everyone's belted. This was the right time. To do this. I'm not suggesting that you know we as an entity. As a sanctioning body are the place for social issues to bubble up in display ourselves I. Think I would go with. Really kind of word Baba Wallace has been on all of this as a relates to the flag, or you know kind of. What's happening in society is? Why don't you just you know listen? Trying to understand what's happening out there and then just have compassion for each other. Our racetracks and going to raise his. That should be fun for everyone. Everyone should feel welcome there and that's really what we're trying to get to so this. This inclusiveness really is meant to be just that it's not meant to be exclusive. You know we don't. We want everyone going to racetrack. Feel like. Hey, this is a part of this fund When you go to the Racetrack Bagman, it's on for us right, we we. There's no place we'd rather be racetrack. It's awesome. There's a segment of the population including Bubba, Wallace and his friends and family and other that we go there and they'd be. I don't feel like unwelcome here I don't. There are people here? That are displaying symbols that Jimmy. Find Right and that's all he's saying which is. Hey, why would we? Why are we displaying things that make people feel like I don't WanNa, be here know when you take a first time fans. To the racetrack. You're proud, right? You're representing us an ambassador to the sport. What's going on our sports? Like this is why I love. This sport I'm going to show. And that's what we need to do, and so the celebration that is coming to the racetrack. That's something that we want for everybody. Nazon pertains to the fly obviously when we open up, the racetrack and fans come back and policy could be tested. What will the enforcement on? You know Mike. Working through what that looks like we will be tested this week in Talladega, and you know it's. It's a multi step approach that we're in. That organ employ. We want to appeal to people's understanding of hey, listen. This is a decision that we've made. A decision that we need enforce. So they're multi-layer as to what it looks like in different steps that route to get into that now, but we are enforcing. Schiff fears again and let's talk about scheduling meant week racy and such. We've had some midweek racing and I know that saw week. Racing has been punctuated with rain delays whatnot. How do you gauge success? This is something that a lot of us have been wanting for a long time. We've gotten it. How do you determine if it's working or not? Yeah that's good question. I think that. You'll part of it is. We had rain right. and. It's been difficult. You know trying to get back some you know getting the scheduling, our first and foremost our. Our thought process was around getting every race it and this year. We think that really really important particularly as you look at these other sports who are looking at truncated seasons and. You know true cancellations. Not just post omits ours. Ours have been postponed minutes, and we want to make sure that we get a raise now. There have been some restricts that we will not go do this year that we wanted to go to Chicago, so no ma. you know the Virgin. But. We needed to do what we needed to do. In order to get those races in. Midweek raises I. Think have been a a ton of fun. You know the. I think the going in and having a one day. Show is something that we have. Shown that we knew might be something to look at it as we move forward, and we'll see that in twenty twenty one I'm not sure working through those things right now. Obviously Pretty Fluid Right now with twenty twentieth schedule, but pretty soon will be you know we. We've already announced Nashville we need to start to announce what the balance! Of that twenty twenty one scared look like I I love going to the racetrack. Go on a Wednesday night in. We'll have you know potentially you know. Some more men graces. That will talk about in the balance of the twenty twenty schedule. When we released that soon, and that was going to be my next question, we had the waiver races most recently beginning of August and New Hampshire went by. We can expect the next wave or will be the rest of the schedule I know. Things are so fluid because of the hot spots that are popping up around the country. How important is that? And how does that affect what we do or don't do going over the rest of this year? I think. If you look at it, we are. We'd loved to announce balance of the schedule. Will probably in. The next. Ten days two weeks. Renew sooner. We just need to make sure that. We have the approvals necessary for various governors, and and we are feeling confident that the balance of the schedule we will have that, and then it's ruining. The question is are a once. You have those approvals. What do they look like? Can you race in front of things, or are you gonNA race without thinking so right now we are are bracing. Burn advance and Talladega limited number the following. Okinawa me will not have the governor's office made it very clear that we are not approved happens Pocono for that weekend which? Is Disappointing right I'm not I'm not trying to get out governor Wolf. He needs to run his state the way he he.
"steve phelps" Discussed on NASCAR Live
"NASCAR live earlier today. I had a chance to visit when NASCAR President Steve Phelps about the sportive NASCAR and the direction that we're going here in this twenty twenty season I'm doing great. How you doing my friend doing break today lost last. Chat with you about today is a big day for our sport. This is new in made. Do the COVID nineteen at such? We have pushed hall of fame, voting, day and now hall of fame announcement. Today this. This is a pretty. This is a pretty big nate firms for, isn't it? When we get to honor some of the people that protruded so much? Yeah, it's listen. I feel fortunate to be on the panel that. Chooses on both who's being nominated as well as those that are in the hall of fame It's A. It's one of the most special things I get to do as as employees at. And I know there are all. Year all the stories from the different folks as they're. Talking about the candidates and you know whether they hall were the and who gets in win making some really compelling story, so it's great to hear from a lot of that. Historians of this or you know changed the. How the voting happens, we both modern era, and then I in years and I think it's just A. It's a really. I think it's a really good change and excited for the results. Come out this evening. We used to induct five and now we're GONNA three to the modern and one from the pioneer era, and then of course landmark winter. What what created that change? What brought that about? Yeah. I think Mike. If you you know, we had to catch up with other sports right because we didn't have all of them and so. A decade of putting people in five at a time and that really worked for us. We're starting to see you know then the question is well. How many is the right number right in? How do you make sure that the folks that are going into the hall of fame are all worthy. Because Hey Richard Petty. You know. You're at a pentacle right and it's a. what's that threshold between your Richard? Benny deal her Dale Earnhardt. You Know David Pearson and then what's it look like below? What should be that? Cut Off that dissimilar where baseball is a certain number of votes or whatever so I think it was really trying to get to what this idea of hallward. And then I think the split between modern, era. And then pioneer I think there is some concern from from folks that you know the pioneers. We're going to be forgotten and so I think it was a really an elegant way for us to make sure that you know that those that were the pioneers in the sport are getting their do. An and I think you'll. You'll. You'll see that as as the votes come out in. Not just this year, and as we move forward looking at those pioneers, because I think the modern era. I think there's some really. Incredibly. Visible members of our sport who are GonNa come for hall of fame. And nomination so I think we'll see some. You know some folks that are. A people would say oh. That makes sense that they're in there and if they're overshadowing the pioneers. A really good solution us. Let's shift gears here. I guess we'll go in most current. Our way back announcement coming at the all-star Racist Moving Bristol Motor speedway and the cars are going to look different a slide number over to just in front of the rear wheel. Get a little more sponsor placement there on the door. What brought about that adjustment I know? He had that in other series in the store with fraught now. It's. Two things are so. Let's start with Bristol You know we really want race in advance. And it just it's not the same without fans. We a very small numbers as you saw this past weekend homestead with. military members and their families first responders in their families whether it was our friend errors as as we know, but it was great to see fans in the stands even in limited numbers so. As we go back to Talladega this weekend, you know having more, so it's kind of phased approach to getting us there. But the it was clear that we're not gonNA. Get the approval from the county and the governor and North Carolina to run all race with fans and so. Work with Marcus Smith in Marcus really leading the charge year to push it to another one of their venues. and. I mean the All Star Raise Bristol. I can't even imagine how great that to be no points on the lenses you know. chuckers records. I. Think it's going to be really spectacular. On that front with respect to the the second part of the question in the movie the number. all-star historically has been an opportunity for us to test things. and I think that's exactly what we're doing with this. You know the teams had asked us to take a look does provides additional visibility for sponsors. And so that's something we'll test and I looked at the ball. And you guess we're talking about this morning. Four percent delegate fifty-six percent do or don't care. So it will evaluate. It is the right thing to do the right thing to do There's there's a vocal minority on a lot of right. I, know there are some folks that came out and said Hey, listen, this is not for me. I don't like it, so we'll We'll take that all under consideration. As past all star we'll, we'll see what it looks like. And there's a fine line preserving tradition and catering to a core fan, and then moving on and trying new things, perhaps metering to the new plan or they potential fan that may be out there. What does that challenge trying to to two? Parties here that. Are there obviously great via sport and. You Mike I think there's. Not In every instance, but I think they're instances where you can actually do both i. don't think you have to have the to at odds with each other. Sometimes. That's going to happen, but you know for us in. We've talked about you know. Hearing from the core fans and we do, and we want to hear from the core fans what they have to say traditional fans. There are certain things that. You know we want to try out, or we is in the best sport after collaborating with our industry and saying you know what this is something that we should just, and this is one of those. In one of those opportunities and I don't know whether it appeals do a a newer fan versus a fan for forty years. You know these these The changes in teams, but Again, it's it's one race. It's the All star race. You, what better time to test something? We have more with our president. Steve Phelps coming up. Seven point reinforced nylon harness, check, carbon fibre, hidden neck, restraint, chick, thermoplastic nylon window wedding. Check. NASCAR uses innovative technology to protect their drivers shouldn't do.
Harvick dominates in Atlanta for 51st Cup victory
"For Kevin Harvick won NASCAR's folds of honor QuikTrip five hundred his second victory of the season and third career win at Atlanta motor speedway Harvick beat Kyle Busch by more than three and a half second St Martin Truex junior had to settle for third place finish after winning the first two stages of the race this on a day when the warm up laps were paused to address the nation wide unrest stemming from racial injustice NASCAR president Steve Phelps said the country and the sports must do better among the protests at the race black NASCAR official took a knee along pit road in Bubba Wallace C. only Cup series driver wore a T. shirt that read I can't breathe before finishing twenty first his best career finish at Atlanta some scary moments for Bob after the race he was apparently light headed after getting out of his car and collapsed into the arms of his crew a post race interview was also cut short because he again appeared to start fainting Wallace was treated and released from the infield care
"steve phelps" Discussed on AP News
"When Labor Day weekend rolls around NASCAR hopes to have 26 races in the books and be ready for their 10 race playoffs that's the word from NASCAR president Steve Phelps after the sanctioning body postponed every race through may 3 that's at 7 events that don't need to make up they currently have 2 off weekends at NBC asked him to take for the Olympics but at this point Phelps is ready to commit to fill in those states double header weekend or weeknight events saying that they're still in the early stages of the planning Brett McMillan Charlotte
NASCAR tackling how to reschedule races, keep teams afloat
"When Labor Day weekend rolls around NASCAR hopes to have twenty six races in the books and be ready for their ten race playoffs that's the word from NASCAR president Steve Phelps after the sanctioning body postponed every race through may third that's at seven events that don't need to make up they currently have two off weekends at NBC asked him to take for the Olympics but at this point Phelps is ready to commit to fill in those states double header weekend or weeknight events saying that they're still in the early stages of the planning Brett McMillan Charlotte
"steve phelps" Discussed on The GaryVee Audio Experience
"Too is our guys by large. Our guys aren't permanent. They're just they're authentic to who they are. They definitely had D._N._A.. Right so everybody always talks about NASCAR whatever avid theory about that good my theory about that. Is these guys so you're you're seventeen year olds seventeen years old. Do you want to ask this girl. Go to the prom. Go ahead. You're national karting champion. Yes she is going to go with the backup tight end two thousand one hundred so you you don't retire every time and so you don't have you have to stay grounded and that's what these guys are. They are grounded in the jazz. Hockey in summary Baseball's biggest problem is sometimes they stay grounded. You know I think I think you know they think of storytelling. You're putting out content as showboating instead of sharing information I always you know there's been a lot of guys breakthrough and I'm like this not showboating right. That's we need to do glad I change a tire. You'll even you'll even see that when they talk about success that they have and they'll say they thank everyone else but it's not like hey kicked ass today the guys back at the shop or the crew the crew always fascinating parts of the sport. I mean like the pit crew matters that gets into like my favorite. I've always used the offensive line quarterback analogy with the pit and driver drivers going to get all the headlines right but like the offensive line really matters yeah pick really matters really really real and they're tremendous athletes and it's phenomenal. It's like the pit crews are better athletes like net athletes than the drivers verse like Net net like if you think about like you know right no ton of sensitive to be it could be wrong yeah. They're like they've got their jacking up a thirty five hundred pound car. They're running around changing aging tires in the plans to sex jumping over through. It's like every second matters right so I appreciate you guys being on the show. Thanks for houses. Thank you thank you good luck India India any parting shots..
"steve phelps" Discussed on The GaryVee Audio Experience
"On this episode we wish India the Great Goodbye and we talk Nascar. This is the Gary v Audio experience. Everybody this is Gary Bay Ner Chuck and this is Episode Three Twenty Twenty of the ask Gary v show and this is a very exciting episode because the person that will be dialing the questions and getting to the question today is India our very own India who's on her last day after seven years at Bainer media media moving to Portland everybody in Portland if you see her stop or take a cellphone posted on social tag me but fun fact for a lot of you that don't know India was a superstar. You Know How sometimes times like Ari gold actually became the star entourage but that wasn't the purpose. There was absolutely a time in twenty fifth sixteen in two thousand sixteen where India was the my main co host of the show when it was a completely call call in show or or take questions the Internet show and the reason I had to get her off the show was it became clear to me that she'd become bigger than me and I wasn't really willing to deal with that and has just been an amazing part of our team and I love her very much and it's fun to have year was last. What was I do you know the first episode you were on twenty? It's amazing so it's fun to have you here for all the new cats go back and watch some of those shows like episode thirty two two hundred two hundred fifty and you'll see a bunch of India and interactions. It's a lot of fun so thanks for being on also exciting. We have the marketing firepower behind Nascar an organization that we've at the main rex level have worked with a little bit but more importantly I just my love sports and marketing. I'm always looking for guests that make that cross super excited to have you guys here. Once you introduce yourselves to the banner nation and before you do that putting your phone numbers on Youtube and facebook look if you want to call in and ask questions. I'm going to go pretty question heavy year specially if you're into sports marketing into NASCAR itself or marketing itself as you start listening to the framework ladies I thank you. I'm Jill Gregory. I'm the chief marketing officer at NASCAR NASCAR. Steve Phelps here hired me ten plus years ago big Fan of the sport but was not growing up and I think the potential that we've got at NASCAR to keep growing is is huge so thanks for having us of course Asia and I'm Steve Phelps. I'M THE PRESIDENT OF NASCAR and I've been with NASCAR almost fourteen years. I think fourteen years next week I did grow up. A NASCAR FAN worked at the N._F._l.. For almost fourteen years and then transitioned over NASCAR and it's phenomenal place to work in a great sport let's lean into this because I think for everybody's watching to connection point with the donation and you guys I'm obsessed by the last decade of my career bid to build a machine this marketing communications machine to buy nostalgic businesses and brands and what's been really fun. Being forty three is an loving sports is there's been incredible patterns in Nascar in culture as a net sport over the last last fifty years for that matter. I want to go into that origin story. Where'd you grow up and why were you a Nascar Fan sure so I grew up in Vermont see on India's book there Vermont Sticker? Thank you for others like so you know. What's there so hold on? I apologize in the why. Do you have a Vermont Sticker Bennington Vermont dammit. I forgot that I I grew up in Burlington Vermont so so my dad was a big nascar fan there was a track about fifteen miles from our house which is no longer there called catamounts speedway Cadillac and so I went there the first time I was five divers old. My brother and my dad and my father was nice enough to tell me you are absolutely have to root for the Vermont drivers knowing from New York known from Quebec assholes note it was who's your favorite driver. Am I drive. My favorite driver at five was the driver of the number five white number five because he's speed racer..
"steve phelps" Discussed on NASCAR on NBC
"Important racetracks and unfortunately, I'm still hearing I heard it from fans on social last weekend from Talladega that they're still struggles with WI fi and cellular and tracks spending a lot of money doing upgrades, infrastructure, capital improvements. The physically, but are you hopeful or is there plan there from NASCAR that, hey, we need to like ramp that part of it up and listen. I've been, although may not the most active on social media, the importance of social media and digital media to our sport is incredible. I do believe that going to erase race track in particular when the race is happening, we have to make sure that we have an immersive experience that allows our fans to be able to interact with not just what's happening on the race track, but with their device that allows them to track results what's happening. There's video, what's the audio. So they have that in their allow. They can really get connected to what's happening on the racetrack. I think the way to do that absolutely is through whether it's the NASCAR operates fan vision that there are ways to do that, but the wifi experience is going to be critical for us moving forward, getting that to the right place. So the tracks are investing in more wifi. The cellular service is I know in. Some places, spotty and it's hard, but there's more and more investment that's going on from a racetrack perspective to try to increase connectivity. What is the likelihood of a new manufacturer? Do you think by twenty twenty one. And that's something that came up with the twenty nineteen rules. I know that's goal. And what do you think? I don't know. Let's I'm optimistic, but apparently I'm optimistic anyway. I believe the the kind of the path were on will allow us to get there. We're having a lot of discussions with with different OEM's. Our priority is obviously the existing three OEM's we have. We need to make sure that we're listening to them in what what the direction that they're interested in having us go in the future. But there is some interest from from new OEM's and I think it would be good for the sport, and it brings a fresh perspective, obviously brings money and brigands promotional opportunities. It's good for teams. It's good for broadcast partners. There are advantages certainly to having additional OEM or to participate. What that timeline looks like. I don't know. Is it feasible? It's feasible, but the clock is ticking for sure. It's not. It's not an easy endeavor. It's not like have decided to sign a sponsorship agreement and we're going to start in twenty nineteen. Okay, we'll do that. You'll wrap up. Here's our plan and off you go, it's about relationships. It's about what's the ending in a look like? Are you gonna partner with summer and you're going to build your own all kinds of different. Pieces that need to happen, certainly doable and something that's very important to us. We'll just keep pushing forward on. Okay, we'll stay tune there and I will wrap up with this. You've talked Steve, that Richard shoulder example, and I've heard you say it in other interviews that you've done that NASCAR is very much a family experience. I, let's for appealing to you. I know that when we've had a couple of announcements this year, you've had to miss it because you were a family man, you're committed, I think believe it was your son's college visits, her experiences, and I saw you at Dover and you had your daughter there. Is that the essence of NASCAR to you? It seems like that's the more I hear you talk about family. It's it's not lip service. Seems like you're, you're very big on that being a huge part of this appeal. No, it is to me personally, I think it is, you know, this sense of calm to pieces community overall, and so you're part of this community and you go to the racetrack all the time in you see other media members, you see, you know, drivers.
"steve phelps" Discussed on NASCAR on NBC
"So again, two and a half weeks into the Steelers ups regime, but have you had discussions with anybody on that side or IndyCar or the on the plan? The lesson we, we have the good fortune of going Indian. We meet with Jay fry and and Mark Miles and and obviously Doug bolts. And I, I think for us part of the two thousand nineteen plans, there will be pieces in there that will look at what we're doing from short-track standpoint, for sure. And how we. Cross promote, and then it's also incumbent upon whatever the NASCAR track is in that particular area to do the same thing. That's what I'm talking about. Making sure if we have a plan that they're layer on with what that's going to be as well because doing it ourselves, it'll be ineffective or not as effective as it would be. If we're partnering with Daytona International Speedway and Volusia county or some of the other racetracks that that would be around around that particular race track potential for IndyCar doubleheaders in the future. You know, I don't know. I potentially. I think that they're synergies from the motor sports side from from abroad cast and point. You know, Sam floods interested in doing a motor sport or he's going to do a motor sports summit to try to look at some best practices. And are there ways that we can cross promote? I think it's fantastic, but in short term, at least twenty nineteen. When you talked about short tracks, that's more world about laws, made it dirt. It is no question. Yeah, I think were obviously are scheduled already set for two thousand nineteen with. That said from a promotional standpoint, absolutely. And again, there's some things that we would do before the Daytona five hundred around the new Smyrna race down there, but what can we do this better in having NASCAR employees go down and do some hospitality around that race. That's fine. But are you really driving ticket sales to the five hundred really driving tickets to the near smarter race? I think we can do better job there. Frankly, going back to what you're talking about with the geo targeting Steve, is that essentially you can be so selective that you can find the fans that you think if you just reach them with an Email, or I don't know if it's a text or or tweet or how you do it if you feel like you can drill down to that granular level, we can find these fifty hundred to our people and get a mazing return. If we can interact. I I've, I've seen the, I've seen the results of what we've done. So working with the a. my people even around the around the Roble now ticket sales were up for the Roble, but you look at the percentage which I won't get in. Today of new fans that came to that Roble was an extraordinary increase in new fans. First time fans coming to that facility to watch that race, but we've done it at every race this year to try to drive ticket sales. So it's our folks ask our who oversee our database working. With this case, it s a my with Jeff, Rick who works for a semi end though combining both research who's the most likely target for them to identify coming out of our database and doing the same thing with there's that's been a powerful tool will continue to do that. And then also as these were able to create these databases, it's not just to sell a ticket, it's actually to push content. So we want to give fans something that it's just not, hey, the racist coming into town by ticket or, hey, here's an opportunity by t-shirt. It's no here. Some really cool content that we're gonna push your way because you have told us you want it, it'll be video. It'll be something interesting. It'll be something that in many cases will be the driver that they want. So is it a driver message or is it just on track activity? And the answer is probably yes and yes. So that centralized approach, it sounds like you're taking their Steve words NASCAR working injunction with the tracks and developing an approach to get fence. It sounds if from the way of heard you talk about sponsorship and specifically the title sponsorship structure and how that's gonna look differently that it's similar in that it's almost going to be like a one stop shopping type situation sponsorship where instead of having sponsors get approached by tracks and nascars and teams and manufacturers guzzler all do it together is at sort of another parallel, did it so that it is in.
"steve phelps" Discussed on NASCAR on NBC
"Driver usage to try to drive a rating ear or drive a ticket sale or hospitality, or camping or whatever that might be. And it really gets back to this whole collaborative nature. But if we're not building the plan at the center, I think it's difficult to have other people say, we'll get on board. And so what is NASCAR doing? So we'll do you look at our database working with an SM I or in is see or an independent and figure out between the two databases where you can target geo target where specific fans are, who we know have an interest in potentially going to a racetrack or have a particular driver who's a fan of theirs that runs well there or is from that area or whatever that might be that we can then target smartly through Email blast or whatever that. Mechanism is going to be to capture something that will you know inaction item to say by ticket or do this or watch the rates looking at doing affiliate programs, looking at doing community base things looking to work with our short tracks and cross from rope between the two bringing drivers out there. Like we did three or four drivers out to the Vegas cannon race. The pro series race out there, and there was a driver autograph with, you know, Harvick and Kurt Busch and some of those folks before that Thursday night race is fantastic. And so we need to do more of that. Think there's this notion and we talked about a couple of weeks ago that, hey, NASCAR doesn't like short-track racing. Nassar doesn't like Kyle. Larson running you here there and everywhere. Not not true. Kyle. Larson actually said that he felt I asked him out of Michigan. He said, well, I don't wanna talk about the Knoxville nationals because I know the blow-back is going to be there. You've kind of extended all branch. I absolutely. And whether it's I don't care who it is. If there's a. An opportunity to have one of our drivers, you know race in the Knoxville, natural God bless and it's something he enjoys it. Something that I think can kind of nurture both fan bases, and it would be great if we're bringing them to our raises, and then our guys are bringing going the other way as well going to those races to from both the, you know what attendance standpoint, but also just an interest level standpoint. And as an offshoot that Steve you mentioned during the availability when you talked about that, Kyle, Larson example, we need to reach out to world of outlaws and other forms of motorsports is what you said..
"steve phelps" Discussed on NASCAR on NBC
"And part of that's, you know, kind of their short-track grassroots racing that a lot of folks particular avid fans have grown up on, and then just the excitement level that comes with some of those races the beating of the banging and getting into someone moving someone, there's clearly some excitement there. So it's just trying to strike the right balance and looking all these different viewpoints in assessing, what are the most important wants to move forward on? But you feel like again, no, spy, no definitive percentage, but majority of avid fans probably would like to see, I think so. I, I, I don't know the, you know the exact percentage, but. Yeah, I think fairly strong drumbeat that you here. Here's something I've wondered about logistically, Steve track wise. Everyone signed a five-year sanctioning agreement dipped in two thousand sixteen s? So the last year would be twenty twenty this crack. And that's when we're talking about possible schedule. That's why I chose my words very carefully, which is we certainly have a very discussions with our track partners are critical, right? So we do have five your sanctions and within those sanctioned it says there certain things you can do in certain things you can't. So they will have a major seat at the table. I do think that you know there is a both from the ICU side from the Esa my side and from the independence that there is a willingness to look at. You know, making sure that we are giving the fans, what they want working with our broadcast partners to maximize with that schedule would look like from a ratings perspective, just a lot of different things in the mix. And so obviously, nothing to report directionally. I would just say that there's a lot of interest to try to figure something. That might look different looks differently than it does for the twenty nineteen schedule. Right? And a matter how it looks for twenty twenty eight would require some cooperation from would, but track saying, hey, I might need to know quakes at my last year. That's correct. The event promotion that you mentioned. I know when you met with the media, Twee were gracious to get so much of your time shortly before he began officially. If you weeks ago, you talked about this reinventing event promotions was how you described it. How does that look specifically? Stephen, what? What things would you guys be doing that we would notice and saying, hey, this is what's going to drive attendance in ratings back to where we want to be sure. Well, I think it's a, it's not a, there's a single answer to that would it is is so when I talk about our own twenty nineteen planning, looking through that lens of how you gonna drive ratings and how are you going to drive attendance, and how do you work backwards from their word of the tactical things that you need to do, and how can you influence what attrac- is doing? What you're media partner is doing? What teams and drivers are doing in the usage of their time. Mm, that.
"steve phelps" Discussed on NASCAR on NBC
"I remember going in the garage. I think it was in Kansas. My first Kansas race. I'm in the garage at the NASCAR kitchen, holler at one of the benches there. There is no one else in the garage. No one not have single person, and I'm just have a Cup of coffee 'em sitting down kind of chilly out and I can see this guy. He's kind of walking away for me kind of kind of like veteran away. And he all of a sudden turns. And comes over into hiding, never met this man before ever went out of his way to say good morning to me how, hey, how you doing had no idea who are it was right, no one. It was Richard Childress and I knew at that point I'm like, how about that? Richard Childress went out of his way to come say to hide to a complete stranger in the garage. That'll stick to cool. That's a neat story. And Tagliabue's was just opposition research getting worried about. I think so. I think you know, listen, Paul as a, he's a really nice guy really smart, and he always wanted to be thoughtful about the people that he was meeting and so he'd understand about the not gate really saw that it is a, hey, here's a threat to to organize Asian. I really, I think in general, those that are in sports look at each other as not as competition, but is a, we're all in sports and whatever good things happen within sports tide rising all boats. Certainly, you guys are looking ahead as you mentioned Steve two, twenty nineteen. Sounds like there's a lot going on the events side there and then twenty twenty is well, Steve O'Donnell said something interesting. Steve on Sirius XM this week about changes to the twenty eighteen schedule. He said, we've seen some new excitement. We've seen some different storylines that's helped set up some discussions around twenty twenty of additional opportunities not just in the final ten playoff races. But throughout the schedule you mentioned obviously the wroval which comes right before Steve Phelps starts as president. Pretty nice entering there. I'll tell you that one having that raised the day. Before I don't take it. Yeah. Was mine that certainly ginned up a lot of enthusiasm and excitement for potentially having different looking tracks maybe in the future. So twenty twenty. How radically different. Could it look from what we have right now? Well, I will start with the absolute truth. I have no idea, but I think that there is a willingness among tracks and teams in NASCAR and our broadcast partners to look at things in a different way. And I do think the wroval opened up some is I think, much like what you saw around the first race. It'll Dora that first truck race on dirt. I do think we have to be cautious after that first l. door race. Everyone's like we have more dirt. We had to have more races plead guilty. Yeah, right. And so I think you have to, you have to look at, okay, what's the specialness of it? I'm not suggesting there wouldn't be another wroval. I'll put that quotes moving forward, but I think they're changes to the schedule. There have been things that have been kind of tossed around around. Can you have a double header weekend? Can you have. Amid weak race. Can you have? Can you pull the schedule forward? Does it make sense to go to a street course in or go to more short tracks? Everything's on the table. We have to again, I think conceptually people buy off on, hey, that might be a good idea how you get there as a more difficult piece, right?.
"steve phelps" Discussed on NASCAR on NBC
"So that's the guy rooted for my dad's like you gotta root for the Vermonter get wrote for the the Canadian. That's not right. And I'm like, now I'm rooting for him because that's who I wanted until I had a fan. Send me a tweet, say the guy that you were talking about it was John Cabana. And I said, that's exactly who was. And the interesting thing when I met Bill France and I told him this story, he said, who it was, who I was Cabana. I'm like, like God, it's unbelievable. Go French, junior, just entrance founders. Guy was racing a catamounts speedway. Did he had going on. They have in my head just which pretty amazing who's amazing guy. I love the classic New England provincialism to that. Now you can't root for guys from ONA works early, not. Was there anything else besides speed, racer that appealed to you back then about racing and NASCAR, or was it just it was a sport and you kind of the sites in this sounds anything that would mean it was an amazing. I remember the literally the first time I went and just being overwhelmed by the sound the it was, you know it was a night race. The sounds the, you know, kind of the way the colors would pop and tore up some cars and it was. It was fascinating to me and I was hooked. So when NASCAR came you and put on the hard sell to leave the preeminent? Well, I guess at that point you know, he left the NFL leave a decent job to come work here to your youth, kind of factor into that decision that, hey, I'm kind of a race guy at heart awhile today and other stories. So there was a, I was the resident, NASCAR guy at the NFL and somehow Paul Tagliabue Commissioner of the NFL. When I worked there found that out and said, hey, I'm meeting with Bill France, junior, can you come up and give me a tutorial on NASCAR, which I did, which was pretty. Right, right. And so fast forward, you know, love the sport and I've always loved it. And so it it seemed like a natural thing for me to do, and I remember going to dinner with Lisa Kennedy in and she talked about in her mind what this would be, how it would work. It felt like a place that was a sense of community felt like a place that was a sense of family that was very different from the NFL NFL's again, a wonderful brand one or sport, but it's it's, it's different. And for here I felt that difference immediately when it came there..
"steve phelps" Discussed on NASCAR on NBC
"Yeah, I think I like a lot of people who get into sports. I think there's an, there's an interest that I had played a lot of sports. My love watching sports, attending sporting events. So I wanted to combine this passionate ahead from a business branding standpoint in an area that would I would find interesting. So I started out of business school. I worked at a company called American Home Products and it work on the chef. Boyardee brand great opportunity to learn about marketing and branding. I didn't have any passion for the chef for Hebron, no disrespect the chefs at, you know, such a delicious meal. And again, I think we all move past it. Once we're lessons. It's really a cost calorie thing so, but I did wanna get into sports. I didn't really know what that meant and just well, it sounds cool. And so the chef job turned into a brand manager Jobbik Guinness on the Basle brand which turned into an opportunity at the NFL which obviously led to Wasserman and then meet being here and ask are so lot of time in sports. I really enjoy it. Someone asked me and in fact it was Jeff in the piece that I did with him and he has, what's the difference between your job here at NASCAR in my job and your job at the NFL and actually closed the garage talk yesterday with this actual statement, which is, and I believe this to be true. The NFL's get a, it's a great brand. It's a great sport. And when you work there, it, it's a privilege. So Roger Goodell t it's an honor and a privileged to work here. I agree with him. I don't think for me personally, and this is just me when I went to work every day was I going. Make a difference in the National Football League. Can I really make a difference? And I did a nice job. There got promoted a bunch of times fine. I never felt that I was actually, I could make that difference on a day-to-day basis here. I believe that everyone who works here, not the president of NASCAR, the head of competition or the moment everyone can make a difference. I really believe that they can be brand ambassadors for our sport. I see it every day at different levels. People have interesting ideas or, hey, thought about doing this a different way, or you know, just introducing them to the sport that they love to me. It makes a difference and it's almost, hey, it's one new fan at a time, and where's that next great idea. Gonna come from and that's what you can do with this sport. That's why I'm excited to come to work every day because I think I can make a difference. Well, obviously, you've been promoted to one of the most important positions in the company. So this is somewhat self evident, but how. How do you feel like as an individual way, St. that you've made a difference in NASCAR? This is somewhat hard because I'm asking you to identify your strengths through your accomplishments or feeds, but what can you point to you at NASCAR and say, hey, that's that's something that's develops. Did that I'm proud of, I would say Nate probably the best way to answer that is as I look at my strengths and weaknesses, I think one of the strengths that I have is to try to bring people together this sport coming together as a single entity, not in reality, no, in actuality. But in thinking the same way, doing the same things marketing together, you whatever that might be that creates stronger competition. Creating healthier teams or healthier tracks are driving more ticket sales or more digital sales or whatever that might be..
"steve phelps" Discussed on NASCAR on NBC
"One do you not taper space is high, do not taper to base so because I don't know if I could explain it if I was put on the spot. Yeah, will I? I know what it does. So that's kind of weird. There were three or four pieces in here and I'd have to pick one out I probably could, but it's important for us to use the right vernacular, and we're talking about what that does to the engines to be conversant and what you're actually doing. That's Titian next year. That's that is important. And another term I just picked up their KPI what is? Yeah, essentially, they're just metric. So what are you doing? You know where to your performance indexes that you're looking at, what how do you measure success? Right. So for us, we're looking at three key. What I would call fans Centric KPI's the first one being interest level. So how can we grow the interest level of the sport and the other to flow from that which aren't consumption. So. TV ratings are very important. So what are we doing from a TV ratings standpoint where we're reversing the negative trend that's have happened in ratings in most sports, including our own. And so how do we peel back that and create ratings increases or deceleration of of what would ratings would look like or what a ratings look like? And then the second component of that from a metric standpoint would be attendance and what can we do to work with our race tracks to create a better, not just race day experience, but event promotion. So what is the most meaningful way to have your fans understand that, hey, this racist coming up at Charlotte or this racist coming a Texas or Daytona or whatever that might be and working with the race tracks in our broadcast partners, affiliates to make sure that we're promoting smartly and wisely that you know. So we can maximize ticket sales. I wanna dive into that a little bit more after we curb it more about your background, but just put a Bill in the garage concept. Is this something you guys do quarterly? It's quarterly. We would do it. More frequently if we had some new. So we have a number of different tools that we do to talk to our employees. So we have an internet site, so we turn our computer, there's news and information about different things that happen here in the Charlotte office. If you get to our break room, you'll see different things that are on the television. How long sums worked here? Birthdays, interesting things events that might happen. So again, just trying to engage the employees basis much as we can. And you said before we start season, I thought was really interesting that it's a new day at NASCAR for a lot of reasons, I'm sure, but it's not because of you. You just happen to be the guy in the president role as you're moving into this area? No. Question, No question. I think in a lot of it just has to do as we talked about initially is around learnings, what are the learnings that we have that get this sport to a place where there is significant growth that's happening within the sport. It isn't about me at all. What I can do to try to help shepherd or bring people together, or you create something that that helps get this sport more solid footing as something that will do in something that I will do within my current role. You've had a long career in mostly sports, a business and marketing worked at NFL as vice president of corporate marketing for several years and worked in advertising mediate. I should have started this by saying everybody should go and read or listen to Jeff Klux how I got here podcast was defense because as always that's excellent source material for when I do some of these, I also learned through that that you worked for Guinness on the bass ale brand would have been around the time that probably I was imbibing some of that that was one of my favorite segments in college. So she probably had an effect on that, obviously, business branding. That's your forte more so than the competition side here for NASCAR. And I know you're, you know, tapered spacer is but business and branding, obviously your background. What drew you to that Steve wide. You fall so into that as your career path?.
"steve phelps" Discussed on NASCAR on NBC
"Welcome to the NASCAR ABC podcast. I'm your host Nate Ryan today here at NASCAR plaza fourth-floor in one of the radio rooms were I am joined by NASCAR president, Steve Phelps, Steve, thanks for being here. My pleasure is great to be here. Nate his awkward at all to hear the word president and for your name ads. Absolutely. So not used to it at all. So I used to have a title that was really, really, really long, the longest title in all of NASCAR. So just to hear the one word and have it be presidents, it's pretty cool. You beat out Steve O'Donnell for August title. He talks about a light by a wide margin was global veep global market ABC, global sheaf adva-. Remember it was marketing media, global sales, the bunch of different things in there. We should give you some time here because I'm talking to you. Your ficials start. Date was October first, right? It was. This would be day eighteen of St. Phelps as. Asker president. So I mean county. I should probably every day. I should probably prep is everything I say here by, hey, you've only been on the job all of two and a half weeks, but do you enter this job Steve, knowing exactly what needs to be done having been a part of the organization for now in your fourteenth year or or is it a big enough shift in responsibilities that you're spending some time getting your bearings at this point? I think it's it's a huge advantage actually, having been in this sport, I know the players, teams tracks, drivers sponsors, media partners. It gives me a significant advantage been able to participate in mistakes that have been made participate in things that we've done. Well, have a lot of learnings learn from, you know what? Mike has done previously in that what Brent has done and now being the chair and putting my own stamp on things and how I believe things should move forward, but a huge huge advantage to being here fourteen seasons and we were just talking before we got started Steve. The your day to day included something called garage talk, which is this is a weak. Kley event in which NASCAR executive sort of meat? No doubt weekly. Okay. It is not weekly, yes. So it's essentially a town hall, and so we've got different offices. We have offices in New York, obviously here in Charlotte, concord, headquartered in Daytona Beach. We have an alley offices. Well, one up and con over. So it's we have different folks all over the country much like we do with our racing. And so it's just an opportunity or tool for us to get together and have a discussion about what's going on. So yesterday's garage talk was centered around three main areas. One twenty nineteen planning and making sure our employee base knows the direction that we're going in as a sport so they can communicate it to business partners or other folks in the industry. The second part was around competition, so I was the host. I interviewed Steve O'Donnell. I'm a terrible interviewer on maverick. It'd asking questions I, I've hopefully far better an answering them talked about competition in eighteen what to expect with the rules package in nineteen. We made the change. You know what's a tapered spacer? You know, one aero package seven fifty five fifty where it's happening, why it's happening and then a little bit into the future. What are the opportunities for you know, new Williams, or you know, agend seven car or relevance. What is that look like versus where Dedaye? So he give nice overview that and then some questions and then brought Joe Gregory up who's our who's our CMO VPN Simone, she'd talked about where we are with the playoffs. And from a marketing perspective, our partnership with NBC working with the race tracks around this idea of something we call project horsepower which is essentially looking at two KPI's of attendance in and ratings or consumption over also. And then some questions there in that was our that was our deal. It was it's a lot of fun and a little bit of a different format than what we've done in the past. Again, I'm not a very good host, but I- model my way through it. It is a lot harder to be the interviewer. Then the interviewee I find, I think this underrated skill that one that I'm still developing a couple of questions..