Tonight on “Race Central with Andy and Genna”, we will be discussing the Tom Bowles incident at Daytona International Speedway. The incident raises several questions about the ethics of journalism and a clash between interactive media and traditional media. Because of time constraints, we are going to jump right in to it on the program tonight leaving only a couple of seconds to summarize the events.
The incident surfaced first on Thursday, February 17, 2011 when an “established” member of the motorsports media was rumored to be cheering for underdog Regan Smith in the closing stages of the first Gatorade Duel (the qualifying races that set the field for the Daytona 500). On Sunday, February 20, 2011, rookie Trevor Bayne won his first Daytona 500 in his first race at stock car racing’s most hallowed ground. Veteran reporters say there were several cheers in the press box and in the infield media center. One of those cheers came from veteran reporter, freelance journalist Tom Bowles of Frontstretch.com (who also worked) for Sports Illustrated. Continue reading