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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Last Week Off Edition

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Is anyone else going to enjoy a weekend off from Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing? Me neither, I was only checking on you. Real NASCAR fans would love to see 52 weeks of NASCAR Cup racing. But the competitors do need a break, and maybe the reality is that a little less NASCAR racing …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Bristol Night Race Edition

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It’s Bristol, Baby! Those three words used to get everyone fired up back in the day when 160,000 wedged their way into their skinny seats for a night of crazy drama. They call this place “The Last Great Colosseum,” and it really felt like this must be what it is like to be at the …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Sweet Corn 400 Edition

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Did you miss me? If the answer is no, how dare you! Back from my one-week sabbatical, I return with some possibly controversial opinions. The great thing about auto racing fans is that you can seldom get 20 of us to agree on anything, including whether the weather was awesome at the track. But one …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Tricky Triangle Edition

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Recently, I was having a discussion with an expert in the world of racetrack and race series financing about what was going on with NASCAR. If you haven’t been paying attention, the racetracks have all been taken private after being publicly-traded corporations for years. The fact both major racetrack groups would do that at the …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Magic Mile Edition

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I am not shy to say I have a love/hate relationship with New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Every time NASCAR comes back here, I think of tragedies six weeks apart. It’s horribly unfair to the folks at the Magic Mile, but those two deaths coming so soon and taking two of my favorite guys in racing …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: My Old Kentucky Home Edition

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Last Sunday was almost a big day for me, because after that big crash, I almost finished in the top 10 at Daytona International Speedway while sitting on my couch. Thank you, NASCAR, for never having a Firecracker 400 at the World Center of Racing ever again until you learn from Big Bill France and …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Firecracker Edition

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It seems almost fitting that NASCAR got a rain delay when it switched over to NBC for the second half of the season. It always seems like it rains when NBC takes over. I saw lots of criticism about the small crowd at Chicagoland Speedway, but there is a simple fact of life in NASCAR …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: NASCAR Fans Love Crashes Edition

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Thank you FOX Sports for such touching tributes to Darrell Waltrip. After last week’s article, I know I am in the minority who already misses DW. Whether you love or hate the man, there are not many opinions in the middle on old DW. If you weren’t moved by Stevie Waltrip’s “Letter to DW” segment, …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Farewell to DW Edition & Sonoma

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This time every year NASCAR fans are ready for a change of networks. We say farewell to FOX for the season and farewell to Darrell Waltrip forever on television coverage of NASCAR. Just as he did during his racing career, DW moves the needle. Love him or hate him, you will never be bored by …

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Odds & Ends Around the Track: Trouble in Paradise Edition

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Once again NASCAR can’t win for losing! One of the best races of the year as far as on-the-track action got moved to a Monday evening slot. NASCAR reporter Jeff Gluck always runs a YES/NO poll after each race, and I was shocked this race was a 50/50 split. I have been one of the …

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