Category Archives: NASCAR

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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It’s All Part of My Bump-and-Run Fantasy

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, July 23, 2018, 2:34 p.m. I like stock car races that go back and forth in relatively quick succession. Too many of them just go forth. In this year of contenders and pretenders, the contenders number … Continue reading

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Here in Topeka

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, July 22, 2018, 8:35 a.m. It’s rainy outside. It’s rainy in New Hampshire, and I’m thinking of the words to Loretta Lynn’s old song, “One’s on the Way.” Then there’s Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down.” … Continue reading

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NASCAR Needs Others to Pick Up the Pace

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, July 15, 2018, 11:04 a.m. Who could possibly dislike Martin Truex Jr.? He’s a pleasant fellow who laughs easily, gives to charity, is kind and agreeable to those around him, and, most pertinent to the subject … Continue reading

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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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