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DOCUMENTARY: AMERICAN STOCK: THE GOLDEN ERA OF NASCAR

American Stock: The Golden Era Of NASCAR provides excellent insight into the formation of NASCAR into one of the greatest series for automobile racing. This three=part series covers everything from the the early years of NASCAR to the beach racers of Daytona to the whiskey runners.

The three-part series is both entertaining and educational. 

CLASSIC NASCAR RACES - 1985 NASCAR WINSTON CUP VALLEYDALE MEATS 500, BRISTOL, TENN.

 
The 1985 Valleydale Meats 500 from Bristol, Tenn., was a survival of the fittest event with 19 lead changes and 13 cautions for 125 laps. Check this event for a popular winner and a gaggle of NASCAR's modern day legends including the late Dale Earnhart. Classic coverage on ESPN.

A SIX-PACK FOR SMOKEY: MADDEN WINS INAUGURAL DRYDENE XTREME DIRTCAR SERIES RACE AT CHEROKEE

 

From the spectator line forming outside Cherokee Speedway at 9:30 a.m. waiting to get in, to announcer Rick Eshelman’s The Most Extreme Super Late Models in the Southeast four-wide call, the inaugural race of the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series lived up to its hype with the huge crowd, terrific car count and great racing on Sunday afternoon at the 29th annual Blue Gray 100.

Thirty-eight of the Southeast’s best Super Late Model drivers came out to take part in the first race of this brand-new Series, posting the best car count the event has seen since 2007.

CLASSIC NASCAR RACES - 1980 TALLADEGA 500, TALLADEGA, ALA.

In today's NASCAR Flashback, we bring you action from the 1980 Talladega 500 from Alabama International Motor Speedway on August 3rd, 1980.

MONTE DUTTON - ON JIMMIE THE GREAT

 

Jimmie Johnson is retiring, at least from full-time competition, at the end of 2020. That’s 7-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson. He won six straight, which no one else has ever done. Only two other drivers, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, have ever won seven.

That’s Jimmie Johnson who failed to win a race this year. It’s also Jimmie Johnson to whom I have not talked since 2012, at least not 1-on-1.

KYLE BUSCH PROVES 2015 WAS NO FLUKE

Winning the 2015 Monster Energy Cup Series title while only running 2/3rds of the season due to an injury has been eating away at Kyle Busch for years as many have tried to shoot it down as illegitimate championship for years. This year at Homestead-Miami during the Ford EcoBoost 400, Busch shut those talks down with his second Cup championship.

MONTE DUTTON - I CAN'T MAKE OUT THE WORDS ANYMORE

It’s the final race of the season, and the last time Kyle Busch won a Monster Cup race, most Democrats were against impeachment. The Atlanta Braves looked like they might win the World Series.

It was June 2 in the Poconos, which was like being no place at all.

Justin Haley has won since Kyle Busch won. Kurt Busch has won since Kyle Busch won. The Washington Redskins have won since Kyle Busch won.

DENNY HAMLIN DELIVERS AT PHOENIX

It essentially took a win at ISM for Denny Hamlin to walk into Homestead-Miami with an opportunity at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship, and win he did with a dominant victory.

The day in the Phoenix sun began with Kyle Busch winning his first pole in what many have called, even though he has four wins and a chance at the championship, a trying and difficult year for him. On the green, Busch cut low onto the track to keep the lead and Joey Logano followed through with him to get right on his bumper for second. After a quiet race with no changes for the first sixty-five laps the first caution came out for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. hitting the wall and getting to pit road with a flat tire. Everyone on the lead lap pitted aside from Brad Keselowski and William Byron. On the restart, Keselowski shot to the lead while Byron begin to fall; Brad didn’t hold the lead long however as Hamlin got ahead to get the stage win with Chase Elliott right behind him.

MONTE DUTTON - IT’S A LOVELY ADDICTION

 

 

This is a week of penultimacy, leading me to ask …

… Is that a word?

NASCAR is in Avondale, Ariz., for its next-to-last race.

Virginia Military Institute is in Greenville for Furman’s next-to-last home game, but that’s likely more important to me than you.

MONTE DUTTON – GUILTY AS CHARGED

It is said that a politician gives people what they want and a statesman gives them what they need. Thankfully, that’s all I’ve got on politics today.

NASCAR is giving fans what they want, but the ones with wants are dwindling. For the sport to regain its hold on hearts and minds, it has to analyze what they need. I don’t think minds bring the fans back to the grandstands. For the people willing to sacrifice their hard-earned money, risk bad weather and high costs, auto racing has to appeal to the hearts.

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