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Beside the Rising Tide: The Citizens’ Inspection Corps

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Like it or not (and I decidedly do not), the expectation of privacy outside of one’s home is about as reasonable and up-to-date as the Women’s Temperance League. When you leave your home, from the moment you leave your driveway and trigger a speeding-camera, through the time you park your car and go about your …

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Beside the Rising Tide: For Want of a Hot Dog

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

While I’m still knocking off the last of the rust and cobwebs after a long offseason, I’m slowly but surely I’m readjusting to the old grind. Part of the job involves a great many press releases that use a whole lot of words to say very little. I have to dig through bushels of chaff …

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Beside the Rising Tide: First Among Equals

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

In what has to be considered at least a minor miracle, not only did NASCAR get Sunday’s Cup race in, it managed to sneak the entire event in at its scheduled length. That despite a weather forecast so dire that the animals at the Atlanta Zoo had begun lining up in pairs expecting the arrival …

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Beside the Rising Tide: That’s Just The Way it Is

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

That’s just the way it is Some things will never change That’s just the way it is Ah, but don’t you believe them –Bruce Hornsby Just some ramblings, inconsequential and otherwise, in the wake of Sunday’s Daytona 500: It’s Just the Way It Is Some things in life just have to be endured because it …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Ch-Ch-Changes in NASCAR

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Speedweeks 2018 is upon us. A lot of NASCAR fans, even once ardent supporters, tend to take the offseason well, off, to celebrate the holidays and watch the NFL playoffs. (Look at that! Only one year in and I’m no longer typing “Chase” except for referring to the driver of the No. 9 car.) Daytona …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Post-Super Bowl NASCAR Tidbits

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

A Rose by Any Other Name Sometimes, it seems NASCAR is just setting themselves up to be ridiculed on purpose. They’ll announce something that leaves even their mouthpiece Kool-Aid junkies in the press muttering, “you’ve got to be ******* me.” Thus, with no little fanfare NASCAR announced the end of “encumbered” finishes and wins. What …

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Beside the Rising Tide: All the Young Dudes

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

The season hasn’t even gotten started yet and already, Kyle Busch is feeling aggrieved and voicing his displeasure (doesn’t he know doing so is the sole province of the media?) As usual, the NASCAR Media Tour itself was largely lost in an avalanche of words and predictions concerning the upcoming Super Bowl. Living here in the …

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Beside The Rising Tide: Is It Still Over? Are We Still Through?

(Photo: John K Harrelson/NKP)

If you live in the northeast, you know the sound, especially if you live beneath a tin roof like I do in my humble abode. At first, it just sounds like rain drops, but there’s a peculiar metallic ting sound that can only mean one thing… ice pellets. A close look out the window reveals …

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Beside the Rising Tide: And In The End….

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The circle of life continues. The weekend of the 2017 Daytona 500 was bitterly cold and windy in these parts. As NASCAR ran the penultimate races of this season, cold weather returned to the area with a vengeance, triggering a nasty cold / flu epidemic even in our remote little hamlet on the hill. Optimists …

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Beside The Rising Tide: Two Day Only!

(Photo: John K. Harrelson/NKP)

And then, there were two. A few rambling thoughts as NASCAR heads off for Phoenix…. 33% Off This Weekend Only! After trial runs at Pocono, Indianapolis, Watkins Glen, and Martinsville, NASCAR plans to schedule more two-day race weekends starting next season. They prefer that we all refer to those shortened race weekends as “enhanced” but …

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