We who have spent our lives consigned to the ranks of the scribes know well the fire that occasionally consumes the readers. When times are bad, readers get angry when we write it.
The job isn’t to write what is positive. The job isn’t to write what is negative. The job is to write what happens. This morning, when I awakened, I looked out the window and saw that it is raining. When it’s raining, sunshine doesn’t get equal space.
One of the late Yogi Berra’s many knuckleheaded witticisms was: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”
Three of the past four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races have been rabble rousers. Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson traded metal licks at Chicagoland Speedway, where Busch was the winner, on July 1. Six nights later, Erik Jones survived Daytona International Speedway’s crash-filled Coke Zero Sugar 400 for the first win of his career. After Martin Truex Jr. dominated a snoozer in Kentucky, Kevin Harvick pulled off an invigorating bump-and-run to best Busch in New Hampshire.
Richard Petty Motorsports and STP today unveiled a historic look for NASCAR's throwback weekend. The scheme will take fans back to the beginning of one of NASCAR's longest partnerships. Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. will race the first-ever STP scheme during the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Labor Day weekend. The car was unveiled at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Since the time Hall of Fame driver and crew chief, "The King" Richard Petty and Dale Inman, created the famous Petty Blue color, the No. 43 machine raced primarily in that shade of blue throughout the 1960's. In the beginning of 1972, STP became Petty's first major sponsor, and thus serious discussions about the new look of the famed "43" began. Petty was insistent of the Petty Blue while STP boss Andy Granatelli insisted on the Day-Glo STP red.
A certain percentage of the NASCAR fan base wants to see and hear no evil. These fans cry out for positive news. They want no talk of crowds and ratings. They deem coverage only appropriate if it’s promotional in nature.
Sorry. The job is to spread the news of what happens, whether it’s Trump and Putin in Helsinki or Busch and Larson in Chicagoland.
Driving a race car that ran like a thoroughbred at Kentucky Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. claimed his fourth victory of the season and his second straight at the 1.5-mile track.
It was a perfect weekend for Truex in the Bluegrass state. He not only won the race, he qualified on the pole, won the first two stages and collected the seven maximum playoff bonus points. He remains third in both overall driver points and playoff points.
The record books keep getting rewritten each week when cars take the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway's 1/4 mile Thunder Ring for Thursday Thunder presented by Papa John's Pizza.
While Locust Grove's Bill Plemons Jr. continues to rewrite history as the oldest winner in Thursday Thunder competition, it was last Thursday’s finishing order of the Associates Group Young Lions that created a new entry in the Thursday Thunder record books. For the first time in the 21-year history of the series, the top three finishers in a feature race were female.
Ashton Whitener of Monticello, in her first full season behind the wheel of a Legends car, snagged her first career Thursday Thunder victory on June 28 as she avoided a pile up in turn two on the final restart of the night with two laps remaining. With the front of the field crashing around her, Whitener outpaced Cumming's Annabelle Mohwish, who finished second, and Suwanee's Audrie Ruark in third for the win.
Junior got himself a great race to make his telecasting debut.
“Earnhardt. Dale Earnhardt Jr.” It’s a Southern-friend take on “Bond. James Bond.” Not a vodka martini, “shaken, not stirred,” but in the timeless voice of Harry Caray, “a nice, cold Budweiser!”
Dale Earnhardt Sr. (man, he hated being called Senior) never a met a man he didn’t initially distrust. His son is a citizen of the world, as disarming with a prince as a pauper. Another difference is that Junior is unafraid of being himself, while Senior couldn’t be anyone else.
Darlington Raceway is celebrating “7 Decades of NASCAR” for its Bojangles’ Southern 500 Throwback Weekend on Sept. 1-2. As part of the celebration, the track Too Tough To Tame is highlighting specific moments in the sport’s history, continuing today with the 1980s.
After enduring the ups and downs of the 1970s, NASCAR entered the 80s decade with strong momentum and fresh new faces driving the sport to new heights.