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It Was Worth a Shot, and the Bull’s Eye Was Close Enough

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 2:08 p.m. Before the great experiment in NASCAR cross-breeding and language invention, I said on a radio show that the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (revised) would either be won by a great … Continue reading

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They’re Off to See the Roval …

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, September 28, 2018, 12:55 p.m. NASCAR is looking for a shiny object. The latest is called “a roval.” The word doesn’t sound shiny. It sounds like a dyslexic nickname for Uncle Orville. I understand the need … Continue reading

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I Guess I Boarded the Rollercoaster

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, May 20, 2018, 10:13 a.m. Never have I more needed a night’s sleep to consider a stock car race. Naturally, I didn’t sleep well. I awakened at 6:30, and, when I yanked at the covers with … Continue reading

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Same Old Stories, Time After Time

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, June 1, 2017, 9:53 a.m. On Sunday night (and into Monday morning), I sat in a box high above Charlotte Motor Speedway and wrote about the world’s longest stock car race. On Wednesday night, I sat … 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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When Monte Comes Driving Home Again, Hurrah! Hurrah!

Concord, North Carolina, Saturday, May 20, 2017, 3:12 p.m. I’m back, and it seems relatively normal. Naturally, media parking is farther away. That’s a given. Almost four and a half years later, I’m back at a speedway, the motor one … 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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Charlotte ‘Back in My Day’

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, October 9, 2015, 11:19 a.m. When I was a boy, for some reason, races at Charlotte Motor Speedway were not often featured, via tape delay a week later, on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. I listened … Continue reading

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Home to … This

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:16 p.m. The day has already been long. I tailgated with friends at the Coastal Carolina-Presbyterian game, won by the No. 3-ranked Chanticleers, 40-28. I got up early to finish seasoning the chili … Continue reading

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