Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Miles Used to Be More of a Monster

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, May 29, 2015, 2:46 p.m. From the first time I went there in the early 1990s, I liked Dover. It was Dover Downs back then, but now the downs are just where harness racing is held, … Continue reading

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Save the Goose!

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, May 25, 2015, 11:53 a.m. On May 21, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in what NASCAR officials call “a driver availability,” i.e., a media conference, Kevin Harvick, the reigning Sprint Cup champion, said, “Wait a second. Let’s … Continue reading

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The Memorials Are Different

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, May 24, 2015, 1:04 p.m. I attended the Indianapolis 500 for five consecutive years, 1988-92, before I wrote about 20 consecutive Coca-Cola 600s. Perhaps as a result, I was always struck by the differing visions of … Continue reading

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Five for the Ages

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, May 21, 2015, 10:41 a.m. NASCAR has announced five more members of its Hall of Fame: Jerry Cook, Bobby Isaac, Terry Labonte, Bruton Smith and Curtis Turner. Those wouldn’t have been my choices, at least not … Continue reading

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‘I’m Thankful That Old Road Is a Friend of Mine’ *

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 9:51 a.m. The trouble with this road trip was that it started too late and ended too early. I’ve been driving to Texas for an annual charity event for years. Normally, I take … Continue reading

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The Rare Road Trip

Bossier City, Louisiana, Thursday, May 14, 2015, 9:02 p.m. Today I passed by hundreds of “historic” places of which I had never heard. Twice I got stopped dead in traffic, and neither was in a large city. I timed my … Continue reading

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As Much As I Try, I Just Can’t Say

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, May 11, 2015, 10:55 a.m. Last week I bumped into an old friend in town. He was just back from Talladega, where he had camped in the second turn, and was quite happy at Dale Earnhardt … Continue reading

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At Least I Got My Laps In

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Today two lawns got mowed, and my iPhone died a slower death than I thought. Now there’s a NASCAR race scheduled, and I’m supposed to write about it. It’s in Kansas … Continue reading

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Coffee and Rain

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, May 8, 2015, 8:26 a.m. The NASCAR judicial process has run its course. Order has been restored. Danica Patrick is looking for new sponsorship. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won his first race. The greatest racing month … Continue reading

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A Jedi Wins at Poker

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, May 4, 2015, 11:02 a.m. It’s okay to like restrictor-plate racing. Really. It is. In this age, it’s popular to say fans don’t go to the races to see the wrecks. It’s popular and also untrue. … Continue reading

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