Written by Monte Dutton Tue, 2018-03-13 12:53
Being a NASCAR beat reporter was quite different around the turn of the century, oh, roughly, five years before to five years after.
Bigger crowds begat more writers and more hassles.
Coming from a small town, I abhor traffic. It makes me manic. I fixate on the time being wasted. I went to great extremes to avoid traffic. I followed dirt roads, map in hand, to get in and out of Michigan. In Texas, I parked before sunup and sat in a rental car, reading a book for several hours until the gates opened. Texas was the only track that wouldn't allow me to slip in early. I had a scenic, back-door drive to Martinsville. I carefully avoided the speed traps leading to Rockingham and Bristol. A long way was the short way (in time) to Las Vegas. I drove through a reservation to Phoenix.
Written by Monte Dutton Wed, 2018-03-07 16:17
It's great testimony to the competitive nature of racers that a few of them even thought they had a chance against Kevin Harvick last Sunday in Las Vegas.
Then again, I suppose it's natural. It is the reason they have casinos there. In the Pennzoil 400, Harvick had the house money.
While NASCAR officials hunker down with their scientific data and try to figure out how to slow down Kevin Harvick's Ford without slowing down everyone else, too, many of the racers have a refreshing attitude: Harvick is definitely faster and has been for two races. It's our job to catch him.
Written by Monte Dutton Tue, 2018-02-27 12:11
The top eight finishers in last week's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 were veterans with at least eight seasons of Cup experience.
The next race is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where in 20 previous Cup races, only one young driver, then-23-year-old Kyle Busch in 2009, has ever won. He was, however, in his fifth full Cup season at the time.
Austin Dillon, 27, won the Daytona 500. This is his fifth full season.