Monthly Archives: June 2015

In and Out, Up and Down, Left and Right …

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, June 29, 2015, 10:29 a.m. A few observations from Kyle Busch’s victory in Sunday’s Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, the road course in California’s Wine Country: The chief question raised by the weekend is whether or … Continue reading

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The Mass of Contradictions

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, June 27, 2015, 4:27 p.m. On social media, and particularly on Facebook, word spreads by angry ones. Twitter limits them to 140 characters. Facebook provides much more room to be angry. The Supreme Court decision making … Continue reading

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Up This Hill and Down

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, June 25, 2015, 10:11 a.m. The week brings with it a vague, simple optimism for NASCAR fans, beaten down by rain, strategy, and leaders who run away by virtue of somehow getting in front and pulling … Continue reading

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For God’s Sake, Take It Down

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 8:40 a.m. When I was in college, during my junior year, I decided to add a second major. It was history, and I specialized in the history of the South. I took classes … Continue reading

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Me and My Old Man: It’s Complicated

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, June 21, 2015, 8:59 a.m. My father, Jimmy Dutton, will have been dead for 22 years in the fall. I miss him less than I think of him. He was a colorful, gregarious man, easy to … Continue reading

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Matt Kenseth the Dad

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, June 19, 2015, 8:40 a.m. The trucks are racing in Iowa. The Xfinity Series is in Chicagoland, which I think might include Iowa because Joliet is Chicagoland to the extent that there are tall structures in … Continue reading

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Puck Cleared, Sneakers Discarded

Clinton, South Carolina, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 8:40 a.m. Parting is such sweet sorrow. (Gee. That’s profound. Wonder if anyone else ever wrote it?) I’m a romantic at heart. That’s why I reserve such emotions for … sporting events. The … Continue reading

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Rain Flexes Its Michigan Muscles

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, June 15, 2015, 8:49 a.m. What are you going to do? The race at Michigan International Speedway may have quickened loans, but it didn’t quicken the pulse. It rained. Mother Nature cannot be stopped, only contained. … Continue reading

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The Serfs Are Restless

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, June 13, 2015, 11:40 a.m. I used to be there, man. For 20 years, I was “at the track” most weekends of the NASCAR season. Some years I went to every race. The last few years … Continue reading

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While the Red Sox Are Away …

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, June 11, 2015, 8:59 a.m. In lieu of the Boston Red Sox, my excitement has recirculated. Borrowing from the regrettable jargon that flows from this laptop behind which I spend an amount of time many would … Continue reading

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