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.

‘We Still Drink Cokes, and Tell Old Jokes …’

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, December 1, 2018, 10:30 p.m. Last night I had a lovely time writing about the basketball games at Clinton High School. Football has fallen to alarming depths in the county. The three high schools combined to … Continue reading

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Perhaps I Doth Protest Too Much

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, November 26, 2018, 1:48 p.m. It’s not as bad as it once was, but it’s as bad once as it ever was. Let me explain my Toby Keith paraphrasal. (I don’t think it’s a word, but … Continue reading

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The Best There Ever Was

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 10:14 a.m. The first time I met David Pearson was at Spartanburg Downtown Airport. My dad drug me around with him all that summer long. At the time, he was in the fertilizer … Continue reading

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The Right Four Claim the Homestead Exemption

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, November 12, 2018, 11:55 a.m. Perhaps more remarkable than anything else is that the four drivers who have advanced to the NASCAR Monster Cup championship final four are the ones who deserve to be there. Given … Continue reading

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The Reinvention of the Red Sox

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, October 29, 2018, 1:13 p.m. Last night the announcers referred to the Boston Red Sox as “a storied team.” The five-game triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers was the Red Sox ninth World Series title. The … Continue reading

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They Were Opportune in Every Way

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, October 6, 2018, 11:53 a.m. It’s been unusual this fall to feel upbeat on Saturday mornings. Every high school football team in this county is 2-5. Fortunately, the one I watched last night was the one … Continue reading

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It Was Worth a Shot, and the Bull’s Eye Was Close Enough

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 2:08 p.m. Before the great experiment in NASCAR cross-breeding and language invention, I said on a radio show that the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (revised) would either be won by a great … Continue reading

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They’re Off to See the Roval …

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

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The Latest from the Home Office in Clinton, South Carolina

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, September 22, 2018, 7:01 p.m. I’m really looking forward to watching tonight’s Monster Energy Cup race from Richmond. I’m sort of going into it fresh. It’s been such a busy week, for a variety of unusual … Continue reading

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A Monkey on a Rock

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 8:57 a.m. Monday was no holiday. People had to work. Here they’re worried about a hurricane. So many footballs were bouncing around — some spiraling, some tumbling end over end, too many bouncing … Continue reading

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