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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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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 Master of the Rough and Ready Life

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 12:15 p.m. He built his own guitars but wrote about building a boat. He was a carpenter, a man fond of using his hands but never for typing. He wrote lyrics on graph … Continue reading

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Me? I’m Too Spooked to Exaggerate

Clinton, South Carolina, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 11:21 a.m. If one writes about NASCAR for 20 years, it’s likely that, at some point during that span, he or she is going to sit on a plane next to most everyone … Continue reading

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Rain … Just … Falls

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 11:32 a.m. I can sing all them songs about Texas / And I still do all the sad ones that you know / They tell me I look like Merle Haggard / And … Continue reading

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Nobody Wins

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, August 10, 2014, 11:47 a.m. Tragedies are frequently a result of a comedy of errors, not that there’s anything funny about them. They are long, improbable games of dice, in which “snake eyes” land again and … Continue reading

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Dear Hearts and Gentle People

Clinton, S.C., Friday, July 26, 2013, 11:15 a.m. Living at home – no, check that, being at home – carries with it certain informal obligations that didn’t often arise when I spent the majority of my time on the road. … Continue reading

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Ups and Downs, Mainly Around Town

Clinton, S.C., Thursday, July 11, 2013, 11:10 a.m. What goes up / Must come down / Spinnin’ wheel / Spinnin’ ‘ round. Those lyrics emerged from deep in my memory banks, as did the band being Blood, Sweat & Tears and … Continue reading

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