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A Triumph of Persistence, Not Skill

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, July 16, 2016, 9:38 a.m. I have squandered an early rising. Damn that British Open. So far, I have sipped coffee, wished people happy birthday on Facebook, cooked breakfast, played lots of Hank Williams songs, and … Continue reading

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Let Freedom Sparkle

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, July 1, 2016, 9:22 a.m. Independence Weekend! America steps boldly into the second half of another eventful year. The stock cars are roaring in Daytona Beach. The baseball teams are wearing all sorts of star-spangled pajamas. … Continue reading

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When All the Laughter Died in Sorrow

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, May 12, 2016, 8:31 a.m. Some of the finest young men Clinton High School ever produced wandered around aimlessly on a field about 90 miles away. Many wore eye-black smeared across their cheeks, now running down … Continue reading

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In and Out, Up and Down, Left and Right …

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, June 29, 2015, 10:29 a.m. A few observations from Kyle Busch’s victory in Sunday’s Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, the road course in California’s Wine Country: The chief question raised by the weekend is whether or … Continue reading

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Up This Hill and Down

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, June 25, 2015, 10:11 a.m. The week brings with it a vague, simple optimism for NASCAR fans, beaten down by rain, strategy, and leaders who run away by virtue of somehow getting in front and pulling … Continue reading

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Matt Kenseth the Dad

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, June 19, 2015, 8:40 a.m. The trucks are racing in Iowa. The Xfinity Series is in Chicagoland, which I think might include Iowa because Joliet is Chicagoland to the extent that there are tall structures in … Continue reading

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Rain Flexes Its Michigan Muscles

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, June 15, 2015, 8:49 a.m. What are you going to do? The race at Michigan International Speedway may have quickened loans, but it didn’t quicken the pulse. It rained. Mother Nature cannot be stopped, only contained. … Continue reading

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The Serfs Are Restless

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, June 13, 2015, 11:40 a.m. I used to be there, man. For 20 years, I was “at the track” most weekends of the NASCAR season. Some years I went to every race. The last few years … Continue reading

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Martin Truex Knows ‘The Flow’

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, June 8, 2015, 8:49 a.m. If you can’t get a good race, get a good story. And try, try again. Kind of like Martin Truex Jr. Among the thousand or so words Truex said after winning … Continue reading

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If Ever a Wonderful Wiz There Was …

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 8:21 a.m. The regular season is halfway done. In the summer, young men’s hearts turn to thoughts of … The Chase. As these next 13 races unfold, desperation will rise. The winless will … Continue reading

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