They’re Off to See the Roval …

Daniel Hemric practices for the Xfinity race on the “roval.” (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, September 28, 2018, 12:55 p.m.

By Monte Dutton

NASCAR is looking for a shiny object. The latest is called “a roval.”

The word doesn’t sound shiny. It sounds like a dyslexic nickname for Uncle Orville.

I understand the need to “try something!”

A some point – opinions may vary – the governing body of major league stock car racing gave away the keys to its kingdom, and doors have been unlocking ever since.

It has caused some interest. I’ve heard more talk about NASCAR around town this week. A high school classmate told me he was excited. I think he’s already there, camping out in the infield. Last night at a football game – Presbyterian College 10, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 0 – I had a conversation in the press box with a young man who was happy the Blue Hose were playing on Thursday so that he could go see the roval. He said he had tickets across the track from the location where the course leads from and exits out of the infield portion. He said he had concluded this was the best vantage point, and I told him that, in my considered opinion, he was right.

Elliott Sadler (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

I can’t remember the last time more than one person around the county said he was going to any track other than Darlington.

I’ve been watching practice for a while, ever since I got done building roundups of local football, volleyball, tennis, cross country and golf. The roval, it appears, is quite the challenge. This might be a grand success. This might be a parody.

I’m looking forward to the races, particularly the Xfinity Series race on Saturday.

Hey, kids, shake it loose together / The spotlight’s hitting something that’s been known to change the weather / We’ll kill the fatted calf tonight so stick around / Yeah, yeah, yeah / You’re gonna hear electric music, solid walls of sound.

I haven’t decided yet whether I’m rooting for Bennie or the Jets.

As a certain Mr. Taggart once said, “What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on here?”


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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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