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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.

Back to Soda Pop Junction

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, March 19, 2018, 10:50 a.m. When the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns home from its West Coast mini-tour, it’s The Beverly Hillbillies in reverse. Fontana, California, to Martinsville, Virginia, is “swimming pools, movie stars,” one … Continue reading

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It Probably Doesn’t Seem as Stupid Out There

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, March 17, 2018, 10:05 a.m. In Friday’s qualifying process at Auto Club Speedway, results were incomplete. Only 22 out of 36 cars made it through inspection in time to participate. Everyone gets to race on Sunday, … Continue reading

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Kevin Harvick’s Outrageous Activity

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, March 15, 2018, 11:45 a.m. One of my favorite lines in a song come from “Rodeo Cowboy” by Dave Gilstrap, popularly recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker: Gimme a beer or two and I’ll be fine / … Continue reading

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Countervailing Themes of Mystery and Wonder

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, March 12, 2018, 9:45 a.m. People are fond of talking and writing about media bias. The greatest bias of the media is against having to write the same things over and over. Thus am I pondering … Continue reading

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Harvick Breeze Cools the Desert

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, March 9, 2018, 2:59 p.m. Kevin Harvick looks nothing like an elephant, and ISM (nee Phoenix) Raceway is ill described as a room, but all eyes are on the driver as NASCAR converges on the Valley … Continue reading

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The Elusive Measure of Fame

Clinton, South Carolina, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 9:22 a.m. As luck would have it, more to dwell on than last week’s race has materialized in the wide, wide world of NASCAR. If you’ve an interest in the desperate pursuit of … Continue reading

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Harvick Pours It On

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, March 5, 2018, 9:07 a.m. This is known of Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It’s a lesson that lingered for a week and shows no signs of abatement. It’s not Kevin Harvick’s job … Continue reading

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They Say They Know, but They Don’t

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, March 3, 2018, 2:01 p.m. Well, what do you know? The Red Sox are hosting the Yankees on TV this afternoon. I think I’ll keep the game on until the Xfinity Series race in Las Vegas … Continue reading

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The Land of Hopes and Dreams

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, March 2, 2018, 9:40 a.m. Ooh, Las Vegas. Ain’t no place for no poor boy like me. Those are the words of the late Gram Parsons, a favorite songwriter of mine. He wrote another song, quite … Continue reading

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The Wrenches in the Trenches

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, March 1, 2018, 9:30 a.m. Perhaps my favorite Jimmy Buffett song is “Manana,” in which he sings, “Don’t ever forget that you just may wind up being wrong.” He also hopes Anita Bryant “never, ever does … Continue reading

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