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.

Red Devils Take a Powder(sville)

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, September 8, 2018, 12:51 p.m. Powdersville is listed as being in Greenville, though road signs suggest that there is indeed a Powdersville, where the use of Goody’s could be exceedingly high. It’s on the eastern edge … Continue reading

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Me, Myself … and Brad Keselowski

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, September 3, 2018, 4:15 p.m. Glory be. I awakened happy on Labor Day morning. It had been a rough weekend. Laurens County’s three football teams lost by a combined score of 142-13 on Friday night. Fortunately, … Continue reading

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Missing the Good Old Days

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, September 1, 2018, 11:59 a.m. The weekend is not off to a good start. Don’t you agree that the weekend starts informally on Friday night? Last night was a rough one. I was off to the … Continue reading

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Off and Literally Running

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, August 25, 2018, 11:12 a.m. The game was played at 8 p.m. instead of 7:30 because the likelihood a week earlier was that it would be too hot to meet the South Carolina High School League’s … Continue reading

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They’ve Got Rhythm

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, August 19, 2018, 11:59 a.m. I found a bit of irony in the outcome of Saturday night’s Monster Energy Cup race in Bristol, Tennessee. Kyle Busch gets lusty responses when he is introduced twice yearly to … Continue reading

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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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