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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 10: Dirt Racing’s 2021 Marquees Getting Lost in Translation

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Photo Credit: Bryan Davis Keith, Frontstretch

Turning the page on 2020 sounded good on paper. Actually getting somewhere better in 2021 is proving to get lost in translation. Mother Nature has taken its toll on dirt racing over the last few weeks, in more forms than one. Saturated race grounds led to the Big O Speedway in Ennis, Texas and the …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 9: Recapping Dirt Racing’s 2021 ‘Preseason’

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Photo Credit: World Racing Group

This article is a week late, but that’s what happens when the World of Outlaws chooses to go all Cup Series on dirt racing fans like they did with turning the Bristol Bash into the Bristol Invitational last week.  With the majority of dirt racing series having left the state of Florida and scattering, concluding …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 8: World of Outlaws Is Going NASCAR at Bristol – That’s Bad

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It’s been a bit of a hollow start to the 2021 winged sprint car season. But not as hollow as the World of Outlaws story has been this week. For as good as the racing was out west, the inaugural Wild Wing Shootout drew less than 30 410 sprints only a week after a field …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 7: 4-Wide Salute a Florida Excess

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Photo Credit: World Racing Group via Frank Smith

Our site staff group chat Tuesday night as the Busch Clash kicked off the NASCAR Cup Series season was amusing on several fronts. For one, it marked the first time I had participated in said group chat on a Cup race day since swearing off big-league NASCAR (247 days … it works if you work …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 6: Dirty Weekend for Dirt Racing Not a Surprise

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Photo Credit: World Racing Group via Jim DenHamer

Rewind back to this weekend’s edition of Thinkin’ Dirty, and it’s hard to come up with a more thorough display of immaturity on the racetrack over the course of a weekend. Tyler Erb taking shots under yellow on a third-of-a-mile track. Mason Zeigler following up a speech about wanting to avoid controversy on track with …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 5: 1 Commandment for Racing in 2021 — Love Thy Neighbor

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Photo Credit: Bryan Davis Keith, Frontstretch

The first time I was ever subject to a rain delay while working at the track for Frontstretch came during a Friday night Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Sitting through the endless hours of questioning whether or not they could dry the track, the PA in the media center came out …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 4: Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models Leading 2021 Season

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Photo Credit: World Racing Group via Jim DenHamer

The Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models don’t kick their campaign off till tomorrow night, but three weeks into 2021 the stage has been set for a banner year for the tour. No small feat for not having taken a lap in competition. For one, the driver roster is making waves. Take a gander at the …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 3: How Big is the Chili Bowl?

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For as stellar a race as he drove, Kyle Larson’s mouth is what rocked the racing world after winning the 2020 Chili Bowl. Said the defending champion, “I’m sorry NASCAR. I’m sorry Daytona, but this is the biggest f***ing race I’ve ever won.” Comparing the Chili Bowl to Daytona is nothing new. Three-time Chili Bowl …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 2 – Dirt Late Models Full Stream Ahead to Kick Off 2021

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Photo Credit: World Racing Group via Ken Kelly

Anyone that’s ever groaned about NASCAR’s offseason being the shortest in professional sports ought steer clear of dirt late model racing.  For those at the top of the pyramid racing super lates, that offseason ended New Year’s weekend, a mere 19 days after the checkered flag flew over the National 100 at East Alabama Motor …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 1: Was Dirt Racing Lucky or Good in 2020?

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Our own Matt McLaughlin said it best back in June when he was called into sub on my (and his) former Thinkin’ Out Loud column. No one was yelling at me, and no one threw a punch, but NASCAR’s actions that month had me evaluating what my future held. What started at Martinsville Speedway was …

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