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.

Live from Somewhere Else on the Planet

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, August 13, 2018, 9:37 p.m. I’ve probably seen a dozen races like the one Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. A rough estimate is I saw 37 Cup races there in 20 seasons. One of the ones … Continue reading

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As Fate Would Have It …

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, August 10, 2018, 3:09 p.m. How’d that song go? I was in the right place, but it must have been the wrong time … On Wednesday night, I got an email from the boss (at GoLaurens/GoClinton) … Continue reading

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What Goes Up … Must Come Down

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, August 6, 2018, 7:30 p.m. Chase Elliott won. Now we can get along with the rest of our lives. I wasn’t that concerned. My basic view was, I’ve watched him race. He’s good. It’s going to … Continue reading

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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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