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Beside the Rising Tide: Will Race For Food

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Every once in a while, NASCAR fans get a glimpse behind the curtain into a decidedly wizard-free zone as of late at how things really work. No less an authority than Dale Earnhardt Jr., retiring as a driver after this season to start a career as a sports journalist, said in the brave new world …

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Beside The Rising Tide: Enough Is Enough

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Road racing in the Cup Series had always been a decided break from the ups and downs of normal oval track competition. Earlier in the sport’s history, NASCAR’s top touring divisions had hit a variety of them, including Watkins Glen, what’s now Mid-Ohio, a few airports and the renowned Daytona Beach road course. Once the sport entered …

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Beside the Rising Tide: The Grand Illusion

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Once upon a time, not all that long ago in the grand scheme of things, everything was going splendidly in the world of NASCAR. The sport was doing what it was intended to do: making already wealthy people wealthier. Being a team owner was a pretty sweet gig. It was like having money trees growing …

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Beside The Rising Tide: 1313 Turkey Court

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Editor’s Note: Matt McLaughlin’s off this week. Enjoy one of his classic columns on the eve of another Pocono 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 best buddies and …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Halfway There

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Kentucky might not have been the most exciting Cup race (to be fair it was dreadful), but the sport reached a crucial milestone during the weekend in Sparta. The 2017 Cup season is now halfway over. Like every other NASCAR season, this one has had some high points and low points. Everyone likes a first …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Right Down the Line

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During the Friday evening/Saturday matinee undercard race for the NASCAR XFINITY Series, NXS might have stood for “Naturally eXtremely Suspicious.” Once again, NASCAR and network pinheads got yet another lesson in Florida meteorology. Due to the humidity and high temperatures of the day, the air becomes saturated. When things cool off in the evening, that air …

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Beside the Rising Tide: The Business Of NASCAR Television

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If nothing else, the Eldora truck series race is unique. It’s the only event in NASCAR’s top three touring divisions run on a dirt track. It’s the only NASCAR event to have heat races and a last chance qualifier to set the field. And unlike any of the Cup races, the Eldora race is run …

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Beside the Rising Tide: The Wheel

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The wheel is turning and you can’t slow down You can’t let go and you can’t hold on You can’t go back and you can’t stand still If the thunder don’t get you then the lightning will -Jerry Garcia- Sometimes, I find my opinions in direct conflict with other NASCAR fans and even scribes. It’s …

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Beside the Rising Tide: NASCAR’s Endless Summer & Bobby Allison’s Missing Victory

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How do you define summer? Meteorologically speaking, summer begins June 21st and ends September 22nd. For younger folks, “summer” is that magical period when school is closed from sometime in May or June until early September. For beachgoers, airlines, and yes, stock car racing fans, summer tends to be defined as the period starting on …

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Beside the Rising Tide: For Everything, There Is a Season

(Photo: Lesley Miller NKP)

A bit belatedly, NASCAR finally released the 2018 schedules for its top three touring series last week: Cup, XFINITY and Trucks. Naturally, the release of said schedule caused frenzied fans to launch into action, clogging track phone lines and nearly crashing the internet as folks frantically tried to get their hands on tickets before they were sold out …

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