Monthly Archives: July 2018

Home with the Merciful God

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 3:27 p.m. When I arrived as a cadet on the NASCAR touring troupe in 1993, two men were responsible for my relatively quick acceptance. One was Mike Hembree, then as now one of … Continue reading

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A Snowball Headed for Hell

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, July 30, 2018, 2:42 p.m. With every week that passes, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season settles in place. Its concrete hardens. Change becomes more unlikely. The story remains the same. The Chevrolet Camaro is … Continue reading

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It’s the Best Cure for What Ails Me

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, July 28, 2018, 3:08 p.m. It’s a shame I didn’t feel better. Mookie Betts belted a game-winning, 10th-inning homer to beat the Minnesota Twins, and I felt like death warmed over, which is a hard phrase … Continue reading

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It’s All Part of My Bump-and-Run Fantasy

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, July 23, 2018, 2:34 p.m. I like stock car races that go back and forth in relatively quick succession. Too many of them just go forth. In this year of contenders and pretenders, the contenders number … Continue reading

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Here in Topeka

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, July 22, 2018, 8:35 a.m. It’s rainy outside. It’s rainy in New Hampshire, and I’m thinking of the words to Loretta Lynn’s old song, “One’s on the Way.” Then there’s Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down.” … Continue reading

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, July 20, 2018, 3:51 p.m. I hate the All-Star Break. The game’s fine, though I didn’t get to watch it this year because I was watching Laurens City Council go into executive session and then two … Continue reading

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NASCAR Needs Others to Pick Up the Pace

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, July 15, 2018, 11:04 a.m. Who could possibly dislike Martin Truex Jr.? He’s a pleasant fellow who laughs easily, gives to charity, is kind and agreeable to those around him, and, most pertinent to the subject … Continue reading

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Close to Home and Far, Far Away

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, July 13, 2018, 8:27 a.m. I really wanted England to reach the World Cup finals. It was like everything else now that my job responsibilites keep me preoccupied. I’m forever editing, choosing photos, and interviewing someone … Continue reading

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Throw Caution to the Wind

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, July 8, 2018, 11:45 a.m. Dale Earnhardt once said he could see the air. I remember the time he said so after a victory at Talladega. In the press box, where winners once held their post-race … Continue reading

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Twenty Years Ago, Daytona Beach Was a Fiery Place

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, July 6, 2018, 9:20 a.m. I never wrote about a Firecracker 400 that began at 10 a.m. When I signed up with the NASCAR media gypsies full-time in 1993, the race started at 11 a.m. It … Continue reading

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