Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, July 3, 2015, 12:15 p.m.
I’m looking forward to the Coke Zero 400. I wish it wasn’t on Sunday night and don’t understand why it’s not the night before. I can only assume it’s something TV wanted, but one reason I’m waiting for the race with vibrant anticipation is that NBC is going to televise it, and I don’t know how that’s going to go, but I’m ready for a change.
I hope the coverage will be outfoxed. Fox’s coverage, that is.
That’s asking a lot, though.
Maybe NBC will be more interested in what happens instead of what it and NASCAR wants me to see.
Maybe NBC’s announcers won’t freeze up any time something controversial happens.
Maybe NBC will treat it as a sporting invent instead of the world’s silliest situation comedy.
Maybe NBC won’t hide the crowd. And debris. And rebel flags. Maybe NBC will give those of us at home an honest take on what happens.
I understand the difference between my job and theirs. Television is in it for ratings, and that entails a certain promotional bent. It’s no fairer to ask television to do a three-part series entitled “Why the Racing Sucks” than it is to expect the Atlanta Braves’ announcers to come out against a new suburban stadium.
My job is just to write what happens, based on what I see. It’s not been easy at home to see through the Fox whitewash.
I’m optimistic the coverage is going to get better. It’s a modest expectation.
Meanwhile, I’m going to celebrate America, perhaps even by watching the Xfinity Series race at home. I have no plans of attending someone’s barbecue, largely because no such opportunity has been offered, and I’m ill equipped to throw a party on my own.
I’ll probably do what I always do: write, watch sports and movies, play my guitar, read a book, and promote my upcoming novel in advance of its release. When I traveled to most of the races, I missed most of the holidays others celebrated, and that’s still the case.
My life’s rewarding. I’m doing what I want. I’m trying hard to be successful at it, and that’s a decent way to honor America, independence, freedom, and liberty.
As Augustus Macrae once said, “They’s worse thangs.”
I’m writing these godforsaken novels, so I hope at least somebody reads them. Here’s your shot: http://www.amazon.com/Monte-Dutton/e/B005H3B144/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1416767492&sr=8-1