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Beside The Rising Tide: 1313 Turkey Court

(Photo: Danny Peters)

Editor’s Note: Matt McLaughlin’s off this week. Enjoy one of his classic columns on the eve of another Pocono Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. While I enjoy stock car racing at Pocono, race weekends at the track are also tinged with a bit of melancholy. For more years than I care to recall, all my …

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Beside the Rising Tide: It’s Summertime and the Living is Easy

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It’s summertime and the living is easy, The fish are a jumping and the cotton is high…. Yep, there’s no doubt about it, it’s summertime here in the northeast. Although absent any local cotton fields, I can’t attest to the state of this year’s crop and the fish, in fact, seem to have gone missing …

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25 Years Later: Remembering Davey Allison, Part II

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Editor’s Note: For Part One of Matt’s retrospective on Davey Allison, click here. Robert Yates Racing and the team’s talented young driver Davey Allison made their official debut at the 1989 Daytona 500. Things got off to an inauspicious start. Davey was running well when Geoff Bodine got into his rear bumper and sent the …

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25 Years Later: Remembering Davey Allison, Part I

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Editor’s Note: July 13 marks 25 years to the day NASCAR lost a shining light, Davey Allison. Allison passed away shortly after crashing his helicopter at Talladega Superspeedway, an accident that also seriously injured good friend and racer Red Farmer. Matt McLaughlin looks back on the man who became the centerpiece of a famous racing …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Ready, Aim, D’Oh!

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

I find myself wondering if, somewhere in the sphere of the black helicopter conspiracy types and Armageddon survivalists, someone has developed a pair of bulletproof tactical boots. If so, they need to send a crate of those boots to Daytona Beach ASAP. With unerring regularity, it seems every time a NASCAR official is placed in …

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Beside the Rising Tide: A Heat Wave of NASCAR Random Thoughts

Today’s column (July 3) is based on empirical and indisputable fact. As I write this column at 10 o’clock Monday morning, it’s already 89 degrees and so humid you couldn’t strike a kitchen match. The G key on my keyboard sticks a little and my left index finger is sweating trying to type those Gs. …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Same Trough, More Snouts

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

“May you live in interesting times.” Most of us have heard this blessing that is, upon further analysis, actually a bit of a curse. Some ascribe the saying to the Arabs while most claim it is an ancient Chinese curse. (That notion has become prevalent based on it being used in Star Trek. And not …

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Beside the Rising Tide: NASCAR & the Wall of Death

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This week’s column will take a decidedly different tack based not on opinion, but on undeniable fact. However the vast majority of fans, drivers, NASCAR officials, fellow pundits, or team owners feel about it, indisputably the NASCAR Cup series takes next weekend off. Based on all empirical evidence gathered by studying data over the last …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Seismic Shifts Ahead

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Growing up a hardcore gearhead as a kid, I dreamed of one day relocating to Los Angeles. That’s where all the car guys were, as evidenced by the editorial headquarters of Hot Rod magazine, the automotive pornography I studied more intently than any textbook in grade school. The girls in L.A. were all pretty and …

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Beside the Rising Tide: A Less-Than-Memorable Memorial Day Weekend

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It was 20 years ago today, Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play Since then they’ve been going in and out of style But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile. Being old is one thing. Feeling old is another thing entirely. For the smaller percentage of you who were around at the time, Sunday marked …

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