Race Weekend Central

Driven to the Past: Sometimes the Guy That Crosses the Line 1st…

All the uproar over the Talledega finish got me to thinking about the past again. As for the finish itself, we’ve been all over that in back-and-forth emails between Frontstretch contributors, and I don’t think this is the place for my personal opinion since it isn’t supposed to be editorial commentary. The idea is to …

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Driven to the Past: The Big Fuel Gamble

Late one night in May 1968, a bunch of us officials and racers were sitting around talking over an early breakfast at a popular restaurant across Crittenden Drive from the Kentucky State Fairgrounds in Louisville. This was a regular Friday- or Saturday-night get-together after an event at the Fairgrounds Motor Speedway. Sometimes on Saturday night, …

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Driven to the Past: Dropping the Flag… Really!

Got another question this week, after I was talking about myself and Shorty Miller, the irrepressible flagman/starter from Ohio. Did I ever drop a flag on the track? Oh yeah, once or twice. Twice at the old Fairgrounds Motor Speedway in Louisville, where the cars were so close to the outside wall sometimes that a flag could …

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Driven to the Past: Relieving Shorty/Charley Glotzbach & the Wasps

John “Shorty” Miller was a transplanted Pennsylvania Dutchman who was an outstanding flagman/starter. Like all good men in this position on short tracks, and I hope I’m including myself in this group, he took a real interest in the drivers and their welfare. He was also very tough with the rules and would have blackflagged …

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Who’s Going to Win It All? Our 2008 NASCAR Chase Predictions

The fifth edition of NASCAR’s Chase has three clear favorites: Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson. But in a system where 12 drivers are separated by just 80 points, anyone could come out on top in a playoff race that seldom goes according to plan. With so many drivers and so much at stake, how …

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Driven to the Past: It Wasn’t Exactly Legal… But It Worked

The year I went to IRP and quit flagging for ASA (1985), their big race to finish off the season – the combined ASA/All-Pro All-American 400 at the Nashville Fairgrounds – got rained out and postponed for a week. We didn’t have anything happening the following weekend at IRP, so my son Matt and I …

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