What Are They Supposed to Say?

Martin Truex Jr. speaks with the media during the Daytona 500 Media Day. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, February 15, 2018, 8:25 a.m.

By Monte Dutton

This morning I’m perusing the transcripts streaming out of Daytona Beach, Florida, in advance of the Can-Am Duel (that are really duels because they’re dual), and I feel some sympathy for the drivers fielding every question over and over, and occasionally trying to answer one of them a different way.

It’s not easy being on the other side, either. The season is nearly here but not quite. It’s the time when the guy from the Orlando talk-radio station goes booth to booth asking each driver what he thinks of the latest KFC commercials. Not one can afford to tell the truth — “Those infernal spots are the reason I wouldn’t eat KFC if I hadn’t had a bite to eat since the Saved by the Bell marathon started” — because KFC “invests in the sport,” if not the advance of civilization.

Bojangles likes them, though.

Trevor Bayne (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

It was amid such fluff, I’m guessing — I’m reading it while Lieutenant Columbo closes in — that remarks like this occurred.

“I think we’re going to be better than some teams we weren’t better than last year,” Trevor Bayne opined.

Some drivers opted to focus on their weaknesses, while others chose to enhance their strengths. A few thought rules changes would be more different than they were, while others surmised that they were definitely different, being changes and all.

Ty Dillon (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Ty Dillon is writing a blog, but his brother is opting for a podcast.

What is the “new NASCAR” like? “You’re living it, brother. It’s happening right now,” Ty said.

I was afraid of that. They’re just iRacing their way back to iYou.

May the Lord let them race lest I lose my religion.

Bear with me. It’ll get better.

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About Monte

For 20 seasons, I mostly wrote about NASCAR. I'm still paying attention, but I'm spending more of my time these days writing novels and songs. I try to blog regularly on whatever happens to strike my fancy.
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