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Oh, Lord, Grant Me Vision, Oh, Lord, Grant Me Speed

Clinton, South Carolina, Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 5:45 p.m. In 1920, Warren Gamaliel Harding rose to the presidency, using a slogan of “Back to Normalcy.” Harding’s campaign invented that word. It was previously “normality.” Harding, who died in office, is … Continue reading

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It’s Christmas, No NASCAR, and I Am Obsessed

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 10:05 a.m. I guess all is not lost. Tyrone Power and Dana Andrews are about to depart aboard a submarine to fight the Nazis. The Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl will pit … Continue reading

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Boyhood Memories of Rapid Richard and Ol’ Wendell

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, December 15, 2017, 8:02 a.m. Greenville-Pickens Speedway was the primary NASCAR venue of my boyhood. Twice a year, the half mile in the South Carolina foothills hosted Grand National (which became Winston, then Nextel, then Sprint, … Continue reading

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It’s Not Over Till We Say It Is

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, December 11, 2017, 10:34 a.m. When I was in college, the career of my favorite NASCAR driver, David Pearson, began to decline. His last victory was right before I graduated. Pearson kept on making occasional appearances … Continue reading

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‘You show ’em, Spike!’

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, June 19, 2017, 11:37 a.m. The highlight was the boiled peanuts. Nonetheless, a lot went on over the weekend. For the second time in as many weeks, NASCAR’s Xfinity Series outshone its Monster Cup, or, it … Continue reading

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Looking at the World Through a Windshield …

Concord, North Carolina, Saturday, May 27, 2017, 11:50 a.m. About 15-20 years ago, one morning, barely light, I was driving up Interstate 85 between Spartanburg and Cowpens when a blue station wagon roared past me in the right lane. It … Continue reading

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A Stop on an Old Road

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, May 22, 2017, 11:15 p.m. I’ve about got the reacquaintance out of the way. Last Saturday and this Thursday have exceeded my Charlotte Motor Speedway budget for handshakes. Huh. It just occurred me. No one bumped … Continue reading

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The Dimming of the Stars

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, May 19, 2017, 10:01 a.m. I’m not going to reminisce about past NASCAR all-star memories. Most of them are distant. I was in the grandstands the first time it was run at night. I’ve told that … Continue reading

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The Two Chaps, Starring in ‘Another One of Them Dutton Deals’

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, March 13, 2017, 10:24 a.m. Every man has a lodestar. Most men have several. I have many, in part because I am my late father’s son. This isn’t the first time I’ve cited this favorite saying … Continue reading

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Sports in the Background

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, March 9, 2017, 12:53 p.m. Hmm. Missouri beat Auburn. A basketball game was on TV at 11 a.m. It was in Nashville. It was 10 there. I wasn’t paying much attention until the overtime. I was … Continue reading

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