Monthly Archives: March 2018

What Little We Know So Far

Clinton, South Carolina, Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 4:22 p.m. I suppose it’s time to take a breath. Six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races are in the books. One sixth (.167) of the season is done. Six out of 26 … Continue reading

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Didn’t Have the Money to Waste

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, March 25, 2018, 12:04 p.m. In retrospect, it’s not such a bad thing that I haven’t been able to go back to Martinsville Speedway yet. I can’t afford to make the trip. I damned sure can’t … Continue reading

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Time Changes Slower There

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, March 23, 2018, 12:44 p.m. Every track evokes memories and a feel for the site. Martinsville Speedway makes me think of chilly mornings, law enforcement officers dressed in tan uniforms, trimmed in brown and pine green, … Continue reading

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Back to Soda Pop Junction

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, March 19, 2018, 10:50 a.m. When the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns home from its West Coast mini-tour, it’s The Beverly Hillbillies in reverse. Fontana, California, to Martinsville, Virginia, is “swimming pools, movie stars,” one … Continue reading

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It Probably Doesn’t Seem as Stupid Out There

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, March 17, 2018, 10:05 a.m. In Friday’s qualifying process at Auto Club Speedway, results were incomplete. Only 22 out of 36 cars made it through inspection in time to participate. Everyone gets to race on Sunday, … Continue reading

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Kevin Harvick’s Outrageous Activity

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, March 15, 2018, 11:45 a.m. One of my favorite lines in a song come from “Rodeo Cowboy” by Dave Gilstrap, popularly recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker: Gimme a beer or two and I’ll be fine / … Continue reading

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Countervailing Themes of Mystery and Wonder

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, March 12, 2018, 9:45 a.m. People are fond of talking and writing about media bias. The greatest bias of the media is against having to write the same things over and over. Thus am I pondering … Continue reading

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Harvick Breeze Cools the Desert

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, March 9, 2018, 2:59 p.m. Kevin Harvick looks nothing like an elephant, and ISM (nee Phoenix) Raceway is ill described as a room, but all eyes are on the driver as NASCAR converges on the Valley … Continue reading

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The Elusive Measure of Fame

Clinton, South Carolina, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 9:22 a.m. As luck would have it, more to dwell on than last week’s race has materialized in the wide, wide world of NASCAR. If you’ve an interest in the desperate pursuit of … Continue reading

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Harvick Pours It On

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, March 5, 2018, 9:07 a.m. This is known of Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It’s a lesson that lingered for a week and shows no signs of abatement. It’s not Kevin Harvick’s job … Continue reading

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