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WALTRIP A TWO-WAY HALL OF FAMER

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

As Darrell Waltrip spoke at Bristol Motor Speedway last Friday, declaring when Fox ends its season at Sonoma he'll bring to end his broadcast career, I thought to myself how lucky I've been to experience DW as one of the best to ever get behind the wheel and a microphone.

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TALKING TEXAS

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Last Sunday's Monster Energy Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway was better than any we've seen in recent years on the 1.5-mile track and I will argue as good as we seen in a while on any track that size or a little bigger like Fontana or Michigan. The reason why was simple, it was the first place this year where NASCAR's new low horsepower-high downforce rules package really came into play.

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NEW CUP SCHEDULE IS A WINNER

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

When I first got a look at the new 2020 Monster Energy Cup Series schedule, the first word that came to my mind was "wow". Having been around this sport since the early 80's, NASCAR has never made as many changes in a single season. 

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BUSCH'S 200 NOT PETTY'S 200

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Kyle Busch is one win away from claiming 200 checkered flags on NASCAR's top-three series, which is a remarkable achievement and he didn't want anyone comparing it to Richard Petty's 200 Cup victories.

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A PASSING QUIZ GRADE

Friday, March 8, 2019

NASCAR'S new rules package for the Monster Energy Cup Series for the cars on the intermediate speedways is like the kid, let's call him "Little Johnny", who's starting his first semester in college. It'll take at least one semester, if not two, for him to figure out just how good a student he can be.  The first week or two he's just feeling around in the dark, unsure of his surroundings, and just trying to figure where he stands.

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Back in the day when cowboys roamed the range, if they got cut they would just "slap iron", taking a nearly red-hot piece of steel to burn or cauterize the wound closed. Yes sir, those boys knew how to play hurt.

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Since NASCAR announced major rule changes to the Cup cars for the 2019 Monster Energy Cup Series season, there's been a lot of debate on what the racing would look like and would it really improve the competition on the 1.5 to two-mile tracks.

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Daytona Diary: Day 2

Monday, February 11, 2019

Looking up you could tell the weather was going to be an issue Sunday here at Daytona. The skies were full of dark clouds and the wind was whipping the flags atop the car haulers. We all had our fingers crossed either Daytona 500 qualifying or the Advance Auto Parts Clash would be delayed or washed out.

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There's nothing like driving into Daytona International Speedway. I like to always use the Turn 4 tunnel because if there are any cars on the track, it's really cool to feel them thunder over your head as they rumble down off the banking.  As you drive up out of it at a steep angle, you see nothing but sky and then you hit the top and, as your car levels out you find yourself surrounded by the infield campers.  That's when your anticipation starts to rise and it's right then you start to get goose bumps a new season really is about to start.

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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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