Written by Monte Dutton Fri, 2016-10-14 15:23
Jimmie Johnson is now the favorite to win the Sprint Cup championship. That’s what Las Vegas says. Last week the favorite was Martin Truex Jr., and, before that, Kevin Harvick.
It doesn’t seem that complicated, this prognosticating biz. Every week the guy who wins becomes the favorite. I thought oddsmakers might use all those statistics like the ones in baseball and politics. I expected to read about how the IQX crossed the Maginot Line, and a cross-pollination of the VNC in regard to the QXY revealed an SFZ that correlated to a Johnson title.
Written by Tom Higgins Wed, 2016-10-12 09:02
There always seemed to be an uneasy peace between Dale Earnhardt and Ricky Rudd during their NASCAR glory years in the 1980s.
But there was a sense that a fuse was burning slowly behind the scenes and the fireworks it was attached to could explode at any time.
That moment came on Oct. 17, 1988 during the Holly Farms 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway.
The two clashed angrily with their cars on the track and then with strong words and name-calling in the garage area afterward. The incident triggered the most ill will seen on NASCAR’s major tour that season.
by Reid Spencer Mon, 2016-10-10 09:41
If stealing a race were against the law, there would be an arrest warrant out for Joey Logano on Sunday night.
Grabbing the lead from Kyle Larson after a restart on Lap 183 of 200, Logano held off a charging Elliott Sadler by .462 seconds to win the Drive for the Cure 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the event that trimmed the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Chase field from 12 drivers to eight.
by Reid Spencer Mon, 2016-10-10 09:23
After Sunday’s victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Jimmie Johnson can proclaim justifiably "The Boys are Back in Town."
But for five other Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, all of whom finished 30th or worse in the rain-delayed Bank of America 500, the race ended in a medley of dire straits.
Taking the lead from Matt Kenseth after a restart on Lap 317 of 334, Johnson pulled away to win by 1.474 seconds over the driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Johnson put his No. 48 Chevrolet in Victory Lane for the third time this season, the eighth time at Charlotte – the third since the repaving of the track in March 2006 – and the 78th time in his career.
Written by Tom Higgins Mon, 2016-10-10 08:02
As mid-October nears we are left to only remember some very special autumn days in the mountains of Wilkes County, N.C. A few years ago a civic group in the area that once was known as “The Moonshine Capitol Of The World” annually staged a unique public event: It was “The Oldtime Moonshiners and Revenooers Reunion.”
They brought back the men who ran the stills making illegal liquor and the government lawmen who chased and sometimes caught them. Hilarious stories flowed from the former antagonists like high-powered hooch. I’ll especially remember one reunion… The day dawned cold and rainy on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011
Fog hung low, masking the beautiful autumn foliage in the mountains of western N.C.
Despite the dreary conditions, the show went on. And what a show it turned out to be!
Written by Tom Higgins Fri, 2016-10-07 12:04
Each time NASCAR’s major tour returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as it does this weekend for a 300-mile race, I think of Ernie Irvan.
It was at the track tucked into a New England forest that Irvan achieved what most who followed stock car racing considered highly unlikely, if not impossible.
He won once again.
Written by Monte Dutton Wed, 2016-10-05 10:13
Truly, here in America, we have lost our way. I could see this every time I turned on the TV, but it took me a while to figure it out.
It’s simple. We’ve turned our elections into sports and our sports into elections.
For instance, there is an alarming similarity between the path to the presidency and the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The central path is that neither makes a lick of sense.
Written by Monte Dutton Sun, 2016-10-02 10:59
I think sometimes about what I miss from not being at NASCAR races anymore.
I haven’t been to a track on a race weekend since the end of 2012. That’s because, on June 4, 2013, my job of 16-1/2 years was eliminated. I had a few offers to write about a race here and there, but I decided I wouldn’t go back unless I did it right. Many have assured me I’m missed, but no one missed me who was in a position to do anything about it.
My free-lance writing is from home, and the chief reason is that it’s worth what I get paid but wouldn’t be if I was paying expenses out of my own pocket.