Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Barber on the Totem Pole

Clinton, S.C., Friday, February 28, 2014, 8:50 a.m. It’s the last day of February, and in three out of every four years, I think about the unlucky souls born on Feb. 29, which, of course, only occurs during leap years. … Continue reading

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Long Awaited Emergence

Clinton, S.C., Monday, February 24, 2014, 10:03 a.m. The first time I saw Dale Earnhardt Jr. drive a race car was at Martinsville Speedway sometime around 1993 or ’94. He was driving a Late Model and appeared to be nothing … Continue reading

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Daytona Days Like This Seldom Do I Miss

Clinton, S.C., Sunday, February 23, 2014, 3:39 p.m. Last night I was reading Frank Deford’s book Over Time in which he notes that, when Grantland Rice died in 1954, so ended the era in which sports columnists sprinkled poetry – … Continue reading

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In It for the Tweets and Blogs

Clinton, S.C., Saturday, February 22, 2014, 4:49 p.m. The Daytona 500 is tomorrow. Surely I should blog. For NASCAR fans, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. There’ll be comings and goings and crashes and towings, D.W.’s good cheeeerrrrr … Continue reading

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The Jokes Are Biting This Rainy Morning

Clinton, S.C., Friday, February 21, 2014, 10:12 a.m. Down the stretch! During the 20 years I spent Februarys in Daytona Beach, it was always a gathering storm even though it seldom rained. For several years, I was down there for … Continue reading

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Time Passages

Clinton, S.C., Thursday, February 20, 2014, 9:38 a.m. Time is slow before it happens. Then it speeds up once it passes. That, of course, is one of man’s great misperceptions. Time is immutable and constant. Exists there a better demonstration … Continue reading

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I Hate ‘Meeces’ to Pieces

Clinton, S.C., Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 8:45 a.m. Most mornings I take a quick glance at numbers measuring the activity at montedutton.com, Twitter and Facebook. I try not to let that influence what I post. The principal effect isn’t “they … Continue reading

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A Method to Qualifying Madness?

Clinton, S.C., Sunday, February 16, 2014, 2:46 p.m. I’m just sitting behind my laptop, and Daytona 500 pole qualifying on. It might as well be The Weather Channel, other than that particular channel not being on DirecTV anymore. It’s better … Continue reading

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Sensations of Daytona

Clinton, S.C., Saturday, February 15, 2014, 4:00 p.m. I don’t miss the big scenes of Daytona International Speedway in February. I miss the chill in the air and down my spine. I miss the stroll into the media center after … Continue reading

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It Seldom Snows in Daytona Beach, but …

Clinton, S.C., Thursday, February 13, 2014, 9:46 a.m. At the moment, writers are concentrated in a small space near Daytona International Speedway, and at least one, I’d wager, has a digital recorder in one hand and an iPhone shooting video … Continue reading

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