Race Weekend Central

Down the Rabbit Hole

“Curiouser and curiouser!” exclaimed the title character in Lewis Carroll’s 1865 literary classic Alice in Wonderland. Alice must be following this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship…. Just when the bizarre events of Martinsville settled down to a dull roar, along came the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Never have more unusual …

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Turning Four into One

And then there were four…. As the skies reopened over Phoenix International Raceway, washing out any chance that Sunday’s event might go its full distance, NASCAR Nation found its collective attention narrowed to the names and car numbers of four drivers who survived what had been, thus far, a most unusual racing season. None of …

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Lessons Learned

The 2015 NASCAR season provided quite the educational experience. At the small Midwestern college where I teach we preach the gospel of “lifelong learning”, but it’s safe to say that the last ten months of racing alone have explored a variety of thought-provoking perspectives regarding human potential. NASCAR circa 2015 was both frustrating and humbling, …

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A New Way of Seeing Things

Poor NASCAR. Nothing seems to work. Open the 2016 Sprint Cup season with the closest finish in Daytona 500 history, and still the television ratings are the second-lowest ever for live coverage of the event. An audience of 14.1 million was miniscule when compared to other, less exciting finishes in The Great American Race. And …

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The Great Debate

As the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season begins to unfold, it’s clear that the new low downforce rules package is a rousing success fully capable of saving America’s most popular form of motorsports. Or is it? It depends on where you get your information. According to Mike Cranston of the Associated Press, last Sunday’s Good …

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On The Road Again

Call it the story of my life. Just when NASCAR heads east after three weeks out west, I pack up and head west. I’ll admit that timing has never been my strong suit, especially when it comes to the racing schedule, but this trip still has ties to NASCAR and recent developments in the sport, …

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Truck Series Rookie Profile: Rico Abreu

Rico Abreu Birthdate: January 30, 1992 Birth Place: St. Helena, CA Hometown: Rutherford, CA 2016 Ride: No. 98 ThorSport Racing Toyota 2016 Results: Daytona: Start – 16th; Finish – 29th (DNF – crash) Atlanta: Start – 27th; Finish – 11th Martinsville: Start – ; Finish – Pre-2016 Results: After making a pair of 2015 starts …

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There’s No Place Like Home

Getting older is sometimes difficult to accept. Especially when traveling with reduced flexibility. The calendar says I’m just entering my fifth decade, but my arthritis says otherwise. Given my stiff lower back and hips, and all the related aches and pains that come with such an ailment, I’m always thrilled once I return to the …

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Using Your Head

Talk about putting your mind to something…. Literally. The recent news regarding Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and his intention to donate his brain to concussion research may have struck some in NASCAR Nation as rather oddly timed, but plan seemed (to me, at least) to be well-founded. Call it a no-brainer. It’s no coincidence that Junior …

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Crossing the Finish Line

Last Tuesday evening, we had to have our nearly-15 year old dog put to sleep. She suffered from arthritis and had difficulty walking and lying down. Her ambulatory woes came on quickly; she limped severely during our walk Sunday morning, hurting to the point where she dragged one foot and struggled to maintain her balance. …

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What’s in a name?

We live in a world of improbabilities. Bumblebees lack the aerodynamic properties necessary for flight, yet they buzz around the flowers in my yard. Hummingbirds flit and hover, as if by magic, between the two hanging baskets on my front porch, doing the impossible as part of their daily routine for survival. And the No. …

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Come One, Come All!

Last weekend’s running of the Sprint All-Star Race reminded of the old punch line: “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, what’d you think of the play?” Funny how one unforeseen event can bring the curtain down on an entire show. But then, the idea of an “all-star” event seems paradoxical. It’s always struck me as odd …

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