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IF I WERE A BETTING MAN…

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The other night I was home, sitting there by myself watching an episode of Gunsmoke. You see, before he died, my dad hooked me on old westerns. Marshal Dillon, who was, by the way, the quickest draw on TV, was right in the middle of a showdown.

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Posted by Mark Garrow

SO LITTLE COULD MEAN SO MUCH

Friday, November 9, 2018

Somewhere around an eighth of an inch was how much the illegal spoiler on Kevin Harvick's car was offset to the right, peeking out over the rear fender by an eyelash more than it's supposed to.  It seems like such a tiny thing, but it turned into something big and going into this weekend's race at Phoenix could mean an even bigger impact than we could possibly think.

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RIGHT WHERE THEY NEED TO BE

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

I was wandering around the Martinsville Speedway garage Sunday morning when I ran into Martin Truex's crew chief Cole Pearn. We began to talk about their current predicament of failing post-qualifying inspection and having to go to the back of the pack for the opening race in round three of the Monster Energy Cup Series Playoff.

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MY MOM AND CHASE ELLIOTT

Friday, October 26, 2018

Last fall, with 100 laps left in the Monster Energy Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway, I started trying to coax my 80-year-old mom, as originally planned, on to a golf cart so she didn't have to walk all the way back to where my car was parked with her asthma and two artificial knees. She was freezing, shivering underneath the jacket, wool hat and gloves I had provided her, after protesting initially she didn't need them.  

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Glad to be Wrong

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Most times none of us wants to be wrong. It doesn't make us happy or feel very smart. But when it comes to Aric Almirola and his improbable title chase, I'm glad to say he's proved me wrong.

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ALMIROLA THE OLD TRUEX

Friday, October 12, 2018

When last Sunday's race was over at Dover, as he contemplated yet another stroke of bad luck, on pit road Aric Almirola stood there, arms crossed, leaned up against his car. He didn't move for what seemed like an eternity. His face was grim, but not distraught and Almirola's eyes seemed to stare off into deep space.

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RU ROH IT'S THE ROVAL

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Could Sunday's event at Charlotte Motor Speedway be the sequel to the tale of "The Spooky Case of the Grand Prix Race" with Shaggy and Scooby Doo?

Picture this in your mind's eye.

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ROVAL Makes Round a Knockout

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series Playoff has a whole new look and I believe round could be a real knockout.

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When Martin Truex, Jr. hesitated with a long "Ummmmm" when asked about the future prospects of his Monster Energy Cup Series championship team during a media center press conference recently at Bristol, it was the first hint something big was going on at Furniture Row Racing, but no one thought team owner Barney Visser would ever shut it down. So, when he decided this week to do just that it was an earthquake that rocked the NASCAR garage.

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I wasn't surprised by Elliott's Sadler's decision to retire from full-time racing. I wasn't surprised by his reasoning. And I wasn't surprised by the outpouring of support for one of the most likable drivers who ever strapped on a helmet.

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