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Odds & Ends Around the Track: ROVAL Time

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

This weekend’s race on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL separates the old-school fans from the newer NASCAR fans quicker than anything else does in the sport. Most of the old-school fans like me look at the ROVAL as a gimmick. I have no problem with including a road course in the NASCAR playoffs, but this …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Richmond Edition

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Richmond Raceway is one of my all-time favorite tracks on the NASCAR circuit, but they need to officially drop one of their nicknames. Its original nickname of “Strawberry Hill” is fine, even if I don’t automatically think of Richmond, Virginia, when I think of strawberries. “America’s Premier Short Track” is fine too, although I know …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Viva Las Vegas Edition

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Do the NASCAR playoffs do anything for you? Maybe I am too old-fashioned, but having a one-race, winner-take-all race just doesn’t do it for me. The concept to have more “Game 7 moments” in the sport was to generate more interest. But television ratings are only big for big races, not for the playoffs. It …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Brickyard Edition

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In NASCAR racing, there is always this tendency to repeat mistakes. There was a time when night races were rare and very popular. Now, we have so many night races, the originals aren’t special any more. Darlington Raceway came up with a unique and clever idea with the Throwback Weekend. Now, people are saying there …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Darlington Edition

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Nothing beats the anticipation of the beginning of the season and the thrill of the Great American Race — the Daytona 500. We waited all winter for it, and it’s a sign that spring is on the way when NASCAR returns. But a close second to the excitement of the Daytona 500 is the anticipation …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Last Week Off Edition

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Is anyone else going to enjoy a weekend off from Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing? Me neither, I was only checking on you. Real NASCAR fans would love to see 52 weeks of NASCAR Cup racing. But the competitors do need a break, and maybe the reality is that a little less NASCAR racing …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Tricky Triangle Edition

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Recently, I was having a discussion with an expert in the world of racetrack and race series financing about what was going on with NASCAR. If you haven’t been paying attention, the racetracks have all been taken private after being publicly-traded corporations for years. The fact both major racetrack groups would do that at the …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: My Old Kentucky Home Edition

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Last Sunday was almost a big day for me, because after that big crash, I almost finished in the top 10 at Daytona International Speedway while sitting on my couch. Thank you, NASCAR, for never having a Firecracker 400 at the World Center of Racing ever again until you learn from Big Bill France and …

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