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No Muppets At Nascar???

Discussion in 'Muppet Appearances' started by Fozzie Bear, Jul 13, 2002.

  1. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    OOOH! I'm so mad...here's what a friend of mine turned me onto at www.jayski.com (scroll halfway down the page):


    No Muppets at the track? UPDATE 2 Muppetgate (what a joke): now this makes no sense, seems there is some battle going on between ISC (who owns ChicagoLand Speedway) and the Muppet people and characters not being allowed on speedway property. ?? Tony Stewart mentioned during an interview how ridiculous it is after having the paint schemes on the track, selling the diecasts and making folks buy tickets for all the races. Dale Jarrett said the same thing and feels they are being 'jerks' about it. See my Muppet Paint Schemes/PR page for the car images and news.

    UPDATE: FSN's Totally NASCAR reports that the muppets were not allowed in the track due to 'licensing issues'.(7-12-2002)

    UPDATE 2: When Elliott came into the media center at Chicagoland Speedway to talk about his third-place qualifying run, he turned the tables and asked the media a question. "Isn't someone going to ask me about the Muppets being in jail?" Elliott asked. "Muppetgate" was on the minds of nearly everyone at the track Friday, and several teams put signs up in the garage that read "Free the Muppets." Images of the characters who first appeared on the children's show "Sesame Street" are on eight Winston Cup cars this week, but track officials wouldn't let the characters participate in the pre-race festivities. Track spokesman Brian Crichton said "Chicagoland Speedway is not part of the Muppet program," and therefore the characters won't be allowed inside the track. "We're not a partner in the program that has been put together with the Muppets," said Crichton, who was unable to say whether the Muppets were asked to pay a fee to be a part of the festivities.(Atlanta Journal Constitution)(7-13-2002)


    I don't like that Chicagoland Speedway. TheDude here at Muppet Central needs to go out there and DO SOMETHING!!! MATT!! GET BUSY!!!

  2. tomahawk

    tomahawk Well-Known Member


    they showed some really short clips of amimal,pepe and rowlf on espn hanging out in what looked like a corn field asking for tickets.animal was holding a sign that said"NEED TICKETS".
  3. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Well-Known Member

    So that's why I haven't seen any Muppets yet, I saw the rowlf car thought!

    But this is totally discusting, they have known about this for months and now the day of the race, they are not allowed?!?! Piggy needs to do some pushing! The muppets could break in. They did at WDW. ;-)

    grrrrrrr, this make this dog mad!

    Zack)Rowlf the, what now the Muppets aren't allowed on MTV? j/k i saw the video on mtv2 today! that's an up! Dog.
  4. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    i would have loved to have seen those espn clips, but i feel so...so *violated* after having wasted an hour of my life watching Nascar in futile hopes of seeing the muppets. I dont even think I heard a word about them uttered. Instead I get an endless sea of mullets, beer, and proud jerry springer americans.

    I didnt like the idea of our beloved furry pals with nascar, other than the merchandise and perhaps wider exposure. Everyone knows Nascar races are just a 3 hour commerical for big tabacco ciggareete and beer commercial, with the occational athlete and audience deaths. perhaps instead of free beer helmets and jeff gordan bobbleheads they should give out some missing chromozones and tooth brushes.

    and to further illustrate nascar's messy red tape (besides the fact there really is no set rules as seen by a recent nascar.com poll) they do this to the muppets? whats this about not letting em on the chicagoland speedway? doesnt surprise me one bit.
  5. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I'm just offended that once again the mainstream press can't tell the difference betwenn The Muppet Show and Sesame Street.
  6. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I think it's the whole Kermit thing that throws them off.

    I'm just offended that those idiots nixed having the Muppet Cars there.

  7. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Yup, but it says Muppet Show right on the darn cars. This Nascar reporter doesn't seem to have first grade reading skills.:eek:
  8. SuperGrover

    SuperGrover Well-Known Member

    Yeah, some Sesame Street would definitely do that Nascar reporter (& friends) some good, at least bring him up to speed on his reading skills.

    I did see the Piggy, Kermit, Dale Jarrett commercial for UPS towards the end of the race.

    Still, too bad no dogs (or Rats. I miss Rizzo too!) allowed. Eh, Zack?

    Rats indeed.
  9. tomahawk

    tomahawk Well-Known Member

    bobby labonte

    kudos to bobby labonte for wearing a muppets 25th anniversary hat in his interview.
  10. sidcrowe

    sidcrowe Well-Known Member

    Froggy's comment, "I'm just offended that once again the mainstream press can't tell the difference between The Muppet Show and Sesame Street," is perfect. I can't improve on it.

    That says it all.

    What a disappointment:(
  11. SuperGrover

    SuperGrover Well-Known Member


    And to Jimmy Spencer for racing with a big plush Animal strapped into his car.

    That sounds almost funnier than it was.
  12. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I didn't watch much of the race at all, but I'm happy to see the drivers supporting the Muppets regardless!!

    LOL!! I bet that one guy even sent OUT for an Animal to put in his car.

    So, if the Muppet cars HAD been on the race track, was one of "our" drivers likely the winner of the whole thing?

  13. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Nascar Muppet Coverage

    I got home late and the 1 commercial I got to see was the one with Dale Jarrett. The 1 thing i like about was that Kermit finally took charge of the situation. I didn't know it was a UPS commercial though.
  14. AruggeRadio

    AruggeRadio Well-Known Member

    This really irritates me. As many of you may remember I broke the story here at Muppet Central back in February Muppet cars will zoom at NASCAR this summer of the Muppets being involved with this event. I have sense then spent allot of my hard earned money buying up these collectors’ cars just because i thought that it would be exciting the day of the race to see the Muppets and see them involved with this race. Now i get to find out that the event that i had been looking forward to for six months had no Muppet involvement even thought 8 cars had Muppets painted on the hood.

    What in the wide world of sports is so dignified about NASCAR that the owners of the track could not allow the Muppets to be involved in this program? It makes no sense they knew there would be 8 cars painted why the heck they didn’t just say "Sure whatever it may be fun." I mean it wasn't like the Muppets just sponsored one car this was on 8 of the 40 cars that participated in the event. Maybe there was something going on there?

    I watched the entire 3 plus hour broadcast to see Muppets and now I find out that the owners who were well aware this would be going on would not allow the Muppets to at least be seen in a box seat or something. How ridiculous, maybe that’s why I never watch NASCAR and probably will never again.

  15. SuperGrover

    SuperGrover Well-Known Member


    The Swedish Chef car came in 7th place
    Kermit & Piggy's car came in 11th
    Pepe's car took 18th place
    Gonzo's 19th
    Rowlf's was 28th
    Animal's car was 32nd
    Bunsen & Beaker's car came in 34

    And.... (brace yourself, Kevin)

    Fozzie Bear's car did not finish the race. :eek:
  16. SuperGrover

    SuperGrover Well-Known Member

    By the way, I didn't even see The Muppet Show 25 Years Anniversary pace car at all. Did I miss it? :confused: Did anybody see it?
  17. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Re: FOZ

    Oh, well, good grief! Wouldn't that be the way of it. What happened to it? Did it slip on a banana peel???

    I'm still VERY irritated by all this and am SO glad that I wasn't one of the few who spent the money on the collector cars...or, actually, because of what's gone on here the cars values may be MORE valuable! AW, GEE! Shot myself in the foot again! :(

    I feel ArrugeRadio's pain. Somewhat.

    It was my understanding that Chicagoland Speedway (Not NASCAR) was the fault behind all this, and that the Muppet cars were ZERO seen, not even the pace car.

    Hmph! I'd say let's go pickett the Speedway, but it's too late now.

  18. SuperGrover

    SuperGrover Well-Known Member

    The heck with that Chicagoland Speedway. I'm hopin' Pepe, Gonzo & the gang made off with the pace car and dragged it all the way down the turnpike in protest! And that THAT's why we didn't see it.

    I did see Fozzie's car when it was slipping on the banana peel LOL or whatever the matter with it was.

    To quote Rowlf from the Muppet Movie, "Probably something broken about the engine I think."

    We don't have turnpikes here in Utah. :( But then again, we got the Salt Flats. Muppets welcome anytime. So there, Chicagoland!
  19. uncleduke

    uncleduke Well-Known Member

    My friend, you have very high expectations, remember, we are talking about people who consider driving a car, and turning right for three hours a sport.

    Sorry you feel you got gipped, the same thing happend to a couple of years ago with the Universal Monster Nascars... Now they are under $15.00 on ebay.

    BTW, great Blazing Saddles reference.
  20. Cindy

    Cindy Moderator Staff Member

    Kevin, either I'm confused or something... You said:

    The Muppet cars were there. They did race. The only thing missing I guess was the actual Muppets. And I'm not sure that they were supposed to be there. From your original post I gathered that the actual Muppets weren't allowed into Chicagoland. Also, from my understanding (I could be wrong) there was never a Muppet pace car. There was a Muppet event car which I never saw, but they're not meant to be raced, just for show. So it could have been placed in the parking lot for the fans or something. The pace car was the Tropicana car they used throughout the race.

    On the same note, I was rather disappointed in the entire production. I'm not sure who's fault it was, but it was almost as if the camera crew was told not to focus in on the Muppet cars. It wasn't until well into the race that they even showed the hood of Dale Jarrett's car and then briefly mentioned Miss Piggy.

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