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Throw Caution to the Wind

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, July 8, 2018, 11:45 a.m. Dale Earnhardt once said he could see the air. I remember the time he said so after a victory at Talladega. In the press box, where winners once held their post-race … Continue reading

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Twenty Years Ago, Daytona Beach Was a Fiery Place

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, July 6, 2018, 9:20 a.m. I never wrote about a Firecracker 400 that began at 10 a.m. When I signed up with the NASCAR media gypsies full-time in 1993, the race started at 11 a.m. It … Continue reading

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‘Oh, Doctor, You Have Healed What Ails Me!’

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, July 2, 2018, 11:59 a.m. Fans are unreasonable by nature. If they weren’t fanatical, from which “fan” is derived, all sports would die. Passion and reason are often antithetical. Few of the virtues overlap. If a … Continue reading

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A Very Different Tale of Two Seasons

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, July 1, 2018, 8:12 a.m. The first aspect of Chicagoland Speedway that impressed me was how large Chicagoland is. As my father might have said, it’s a pretty fair jump from the Windy City. The first … Continue reading

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A Wee Bit of Gamesmanship

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, June 25, 2018, 10:49 a.m. The widely anticipated road race in Sonoma, California, on Sunday was compelling, if not notably exciting. For once, the high-speed chess was in neither Daytona Beach, Florida, nor Talladega, Alabama. Martin … Continue reading

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Take Away the Uniqueness and It Loses Some Allure

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, June 23, 2018, 4:11 p.m. I’ve never differed from the basic opinion that road racing is a nice change of pace. It’s like having a junkballer, a submarine pitcher or a knuckleballer in the pitching rotation. … Continue reading

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It’s the World Gone Crazy

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, June 17, 2018, 9:31 a.m. Having no Monster Energy Cup race on Father’s Day seems strange. For many years, Father’s Day was considered to be a prime NASCAR date, not as prestigious as the weekends of … Continue reading

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Just Drinkin’ in the Rain

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, June 11, 2018, 11:30 a.m. It’s almost never a positive when an automobile race falls short of the scheduled distance, but Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 (266) wasn’t without its tactical amusements. Clint Bowyer and crew chief … Continue reading

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Runaways … Run, Run, Run, Run … Runaways

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, June 4, 2018, 10:44 a.m. This occurred to me even before the Pocono 400 started. Martin Truex Jr.’s victory just underscored it. As in 2017, a recurring pattern has emerged. The one this year is something … Continue reading

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‘That Is Exactly What We Do’

Clinton, South Carolina, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 11:33 a.m. John Andretti is fighting for his life. He has been for a while. The recent news is bad. His cancer has spread. It is a scourge that touches all lives, even … Continue reading

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