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Driven to the Past: What We Did Before Radios…

Ever so often, while working as an announcer at the local short track and listening to the radio chatter between officials, I think about the difference they’ve made in communications during race events. When I first got involved as an official, in 1961, such convenience was unheard of. At the old Fairgrounds Motor Speedway in Louisville, we …

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Driven to the Past: Meeting Some Famous People…

I’ve mentioned before about how much I’ve enjoyed being able to meet so many people in my years bouncing around motorsports. One of the best of those experiences came at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1989, when we had a celebrity road race intended to discourage drinking and driving. This was a week-long affair, and Dodge was one …

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Driven to the Past: Templates??? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Templates!!!

Funny how some topics come to mind…. I had been going through some notes, trying to decide what to write about this week, when I took a break and went web-surfing. There’s a thread I started some time back called “Historic Stock Car Photos” on the H.A.M.B. section of jalopyjournal.com. I wanted to post some of my …

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Potts’s Shots: NASCAR Odds ‘N’ Ends From Michigan… & Beyond

One of the best comments of the day at Michigan came from Mike Ford, Denny Hamlin’s crew chief, when NASCAR threw that last debris caution as he was running away with less than 20 laps left. As one of our staff members who was at the track and listening to a scanner reported, Ford said, “That’s what a nine-second lead will get you.”

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