Written by Tom Higgins Mon, 2015-12-21 10:18
Every year when winter's chill sweeps across the Western North Carolina mountains and brings with it bear season, I recall a particular hunting story and laugh.
Never mind that no bear skin rug was bagged during that long-ago trip in the early 1970s to the Great Smokies.
The incident, and a later one it inspired, forever will remain amusing to me. I have written of them before. I'm inclined to repeat them, probably forever.
Sat, 2015-12-19 15:15
Speedway Children’s Charities officials have announced that the nonprofit will distribute nearly $2.9 million in grants to more than 390 different charitable organizations across the country in 2015, bringing the total funds distributed since 1982 to more than $46 million.
“My parents started Speedway Children’s Charities from modest beginnings with the goal of helping children in physical, financial, emotional and medical need,” said Marcus Smith, vice chairman of Speedway Children’s Charities. “From that first chapter at Charlotte Motor Speedway to now eight chapters at Speedway Motorsports’ facilities nationwide, we’ve far surpassed their early expectations. But as long as there is a need, Speedway Children’s Charities will continue working to improve the lives of children by supporting local nonprofits that help children in hundreds of local communities.”
Sat, 2015-12-19 15:01
Another historic celebration of the sport is in store for Darlington Raceway in 2016.
The track is pleased to announce the return of its award-winning throwback campaign for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 race weekend on Sept. 2-4, 2016.
Written by Monte Dutton Sat, 2015-12-19 08:54
The racing will be back soon enough.
Let the wind blow your troubles away. It's been a warm breeze,
September-like, here in the East. Fear not, for 195 nations have recently announced their willingness to fix this.
Written by Tom Higgins Mon, 2015-12-14 08:25
(Last week: The battle for the 1980 NASCAR Cup Series championship was down to a shootout in the season finale L.A. Times 500 between Cale Yarborough and Dale Earnhardt at Ontario Motor Speedway in California. Earnhardt, in only his second full season on the major circuit, held a 29-point lead over the veteran Yarborough, who had won three straight championships. Despite committing two glaring errors on pit road that could have cost him the title, Earnhardt managed to finish fifth to Yarborough's third and prevailed by 19 points.)
Written by Monte Dutton Sun, 2015-12-13 17:50
Who framed Roger Rabbit?
It was the Judge. He had the Dip.
That was easy, huh? Okay. Who wins the Sprint Cup next year?
Thu, 2015-12-03 10:25
NASCAR announced today that Scott Miller has joined the organization as Senior Vice President of Competition, responsible for managing all competition efforts related to technology, inspection, rule development and officiating across NASCAR’s wide portfolio of racing.
Miller will report directly to Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell, and work closely with Senior Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development Gene Stefanyshyn. All three are based at NASCAR’s Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C.
Miller most recently served as Executive Vice President of Competition at Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR). There he was responsible for managing all areas of competition. During his four-year tenure, MWR teams qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2012, 2013, and 2015.
Thu, 2015-12-03 10:25
The sport fittingly crowned a first-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Kyle Busch, in what was a transformational season that saw the championship format produce a series of records, milestones and firsts on and off the track.
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship Race on NBC and NBCSN was the most-watched finale since 2005 – peaking with nearly 12.4 million average viewers. This concluded a successful first season of the largest and most lucrative television partnerships in NASCAR history with FOX and NBC.
A record number of fans consumed NASCAR through digital and
Written by Monte Dutton Wed, 2015-12-02 10:41
Memories. Each NASCAR season has them. Some are wonderful. Some are blunderful. Some are awful. Some are unlawful. Some are amusing. Some are accusing. Some are boring, and with that comes snoring.
But boring races don't provide memories. Rain delays do.
Tue, 2015-12-01 10:24
NASCAR announced today that Senior Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton will leave the organization at the end of 2015.
With a racing career that has spanned five decades, Pemberton joined the sanctioning body in August of 2004. Since that time, he has overseen all areas of NASCAR competition and been credited as a key component in bridging the gap between the sanctioning body and the racing community.
“Robin has left an indelible mark on the sport while at NASCAR,” said NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton. “He joined us at a critical time and very quickly gave our highly visible competition group the credibility and confidence it needed to be successful with the industry. He traded a successful career as a competitor to help lead the sport for 12 seasons. We’re extremely grateful for his many contributions.”