Monthly Archives: July 2015

Why This Stupid Story Must Last Forever

Clinton, South Carolina, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 11:34 a.m. First of all, a brief story. Some years back, I was in Florida early for Speedweeks, and the New England Patriots were playing the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl, which … Continue reading

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Just Another Small-Town Saturday Night

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, July 26, 2015, 10:38 a.m. As I sat on the hard, fourth-turn concrete of Laurens County Speedway, it occurred to me why I hadn’t been there in so long. My friend Joe VanHoose accompanied me. He … Continue reading

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It’s a Dirty Sport, but Somebody’s Got to Watch It

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, July 23, 2015, 9:44 a.m. My memory is mostly photographic. If you ask about some NASCAR incident, I won’t remember it by fact but by image. I’ll have to look up the facts, but, in my … Continue reading

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Take a Chance on … Chance

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 1:20 p.m. I’ve been doing something I don’t do every day. Lately, I’ve been doing it every two years. I’m reading my novel. Yeah, I wrote it. My novels have been published in … Continue reading

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Smoke and Mirrors

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, July 17, 2015, 2:33 p.m. Tony Stewart and I go way back. I wrote a book about him years ago, early in his career, but I haven’t talked to him since 2012, and his troubles are … Continue reading

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St. Andrews, Loudon, and the Clemson Spieths

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, July 16, 2015, 9:15 a.m. No, I didn’t get up at 4 a.m. to watch the British Open, though I left the TV on when I went to sleep so that, at some point, I’d roll … Continue reading

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A Time of Fulfillment

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 11:46 a.m. The week started out unevenly, but, at the moment, the uncertain seems at least normalized, and I’m in a mood of fulfillment, and fulfilled is about the best I get these … Continue reading

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‘Oh, We Miss You on the Old Side of Town’ *

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, July 10, 2015, 9:18 a.m. It is not my intention to recount my one unfortunate weekend at Kentucky Speedway. Sure, there was the traffic nightmare, and the best example of a track thinking all it needed … Continue reading

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The Buddy Baker Way

Clinton, South Carolina, Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 7:35 a.m. One of many ironies about Elzie Wylie Baker Jr. is that, the first time I met him, he asked me a question. “You ain’t seen a ball, have you?” “No, sir.” … Continue reading

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A Flush of Excitement Beats a Straight of Charm

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, July 5, 2015, 1:32 p.m. I was watching a documentary in which the narrator said that Charleston was “perhaps the most charming city in the South,” and I thought to myself that, in spite of the … Continue reading

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