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Waid’s World: NASCAR’s Playoffs Aren’t Perfect For Sure – But Don’t Expect Things To Change

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While I am fairly certain that most true NASCAR fans don’t begrudge the fact that Chase Elliott won the NASCAR Cup Series championship, I am sure there are those that maintain he earned it through a playoff format that is faulty at best. Several fans who do not support a playoff system told us what, …

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Waid’s World: The Days Gone By at Martinsville – A Pond, Ducks & Jeff Bridges

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I have made it no secret that Martinsville Speedway, site of the Nov. 1 Xfinity 500 – the final race in the NASCAR Cup round of eight – is something special to me. The reason is simple: I started my career as a sports writer at the Martinsville Bulletin, the city’s small daily. The NASCAR …

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Waid’s World: Like Father, Like Son – For the Elliotts, That’s True in Several Ways

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It would appear Chase Elliott’s career is moving along nicely. In only five seasons in which he has run the full NASCAR Cup Series schedule with Hendrick Motorsports, he has won nine races to date. Five of them have come on road courses — two at Watkins Glen International, one at the Daytona International Speedway …

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Waid’s World: ‘The Curse’ Has Long Been a Part of Talladega Lore

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Over the years, Talladega Superspeedway has been a track where the unpredictable is always predictable. You know something unusual is going happen, but you just don’t know what it is or when it’s going to happen. There is the “Big One” of course – that multi-car accident most often created when a mistake is made …

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Waid’s World: Oft-Changed Bristol Exemplifies What was Yesterday & is Today in NASCAR

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#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Miller Lite

Now, a great many NASCAR tracks have undergone several changes and transitions over the years, but perhaps none has had any more dramatic than Bristol Motor Speedway. It started out in 1961 as Bristol International Speedway then became known as Bristol International Raceway before it acquired its present name after Bruton Smith purchased the facility …

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Waid’s World: Once It Was ‘Crusty,’ But Now Darlington is Handsome & Healthy

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Every time the Cookout Southern 500 rolls around, I am reminded of my many funny experiences at Darlington Raceway, NASCAR’s oldest – and perhaps meanest – superspeedway. As long as I’ve been around, I have been privileged to see the track evolve into the handsome facility it is now, all the while retaining its singular …

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Waid’s World: Kyle Busch’s Season May Be Unusual But It’s Nothing New


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To say that the kind of season Kyle Busch is having is unexpected might well be an understatement. To say that the kind of season Kyle Busch is having is hardly imaginable might be more to the point. We are 23 races into an admittedly highly irregular NASCAR Cup Series season, and Busch, the reigning …

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Waid’s World: The 2020 Season – Ain’t Never Seen the Beat of It

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Down South, folks have some quaint phrases to express what they are thinking or feeling. Here’s one of them: “I ain’t never seen the beat of it.” This means that a person has seen or experienced something entirely new or completely different. Now, here’s what I think of the 2020 NASCAR racing season: I ain’t …

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Waid’s World: Maurice Petty Admirable Even in Adversity


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Richard Petty claimed three victories during the 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. The last of those came in the Miller High Life 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. But it was different than all of the others. It was tainted. It was obvious to many who joined Petty in his victory lane celebration that something …

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