Author Archives: Monte

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.

Racing Gets Real Now

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, February 22, 2018, 10:13 a.m. I hope it doesn’t rain. Weather Nation lists Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway as a sixty percent chance. Experience tells me that may change. The rain may come sooner or later. … Continue reading

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The Olympics Leaves Me Cold

Clinton, South Carolina, Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 10:50 a.m. The Winter Olympics is big. Or perhaps they are big. I believe Olympics is singular, but I’ve seen it both ways. It’s (they’re) bigger than I think. I watch them almost … Continue reading

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The State of the Art

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 10:09 a.m. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series — second year in and I’m still having to think MENCS to put the words in the right order — is off to a rip-roaring … Continue reading

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Things Change

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, February 19, 2018, 9:29 a.m. When the Daytona 500 ends, the men and women there to describe it go into what can best be described as an assembly line. They process, decipher, and otherwise attempt to … Continue reading

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Photographs and Memories

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, February 17, 2018, 1:44 p.m. From 1993 through 2012, my home away from home was the NASCAR circuit. As the Daytona 500 thunders up on the horizon, it occurred to me that you might enjoy a … Continue reading

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Out and About

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, February 16, 2018, 8:22 a.m. Last night I was pleasantly surprised by the Can-Am Duel(s) in Daytona Beach. They were in Daytona Beach because there is no city in Florida merely named Daytona, but they were … Continue reading

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What Are They Supposed to Say?

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

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Silliness in the Lull

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 11:30 a.m. The Advance Auto Parts Clash won’t be remembered for long without a quick glance at racing-reference.info. The name will only be remembered until the next time its name changes. Only for … Continue reading

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They Work Hard for Their Undisclosed Amount of Money

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, February 12, 2018, 10:08 a.m. The Winter Olympics is a passive source of interest for me. Since the Games started in PyeongChang, South Korea — it’s a county, not a city — they have basically served … Continue reading

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‘Oh, the Race is On and Here Comes Pride Up the Backstretch’

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, February 11, 2018, 8:48 a.m. It all worked out perfectly by complete mistake. I went over to Presbyterian College to see the basketball games. I went because I wanted to spend more time with some people … Continue reading

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