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Beside the Rising Tide: Remembering NASCAR’s Tim Richmond, Part I

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It’s been over two decades now since Tim Richmond last competed in a Winston Cup race. There’s little mention of him in NASCAR’s official literature, and if you’re a new race fan, sadly, you may never even have heard of his name aside from ESPN‘s 30 for 30 documentary a few years back. But for …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Goldilocks and The Three (Quarters of a Mile)

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Sadly there are just three short tracks left on the contemporary NASCAR Cup schedule; Martinsville, Bristol and Richmond. I cherish all three of these racetracks and am blessed to have attended races at all of them, some of the finest races I’ve ever gone to. While all are short tracks obviously each of these venues …

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Beside The Rising Tide: A Look Back At Darrell Waltrip, Part II… ‘The Road To A Rocking Chair’

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Beside The Rising Tide: A Look Back At Darrell Waltrip, Part I… ‘Lady, I Am The Show’ Potential break Junior might have gotten more than he bargained for when he went to sign his own contracts with Waltrip. Junior was about as old school as anyone left in the sport and he was used to …

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Beside The Rising Tide: A Look Back At Darrell Waltrip, Part I… ‘Lady, I Am The Show’

Darrell Waltrip 2012 NASCAR Hall Of Fame Speech

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Friends, charlatans, NASCAR fans, I come here today not to praise to Darrell Waltrip but to bury him. OK, that’s a bit harsh. I wish ill upon no one. But last week, three-time NASCAR Cup champion, and the chief architect of NASCAR on FOX’s 19 years of aural terrorism, Darrell Waltrip, announced he’ll be leaving …

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Besides The Rising Tide – NASCAR Martinsville: Hey, You, Get Off My Cloud… Err, Lawn

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At the risk of repeating myself, there’s nothing so wrong with the new NASCAR that an old racetrack can’t fix it. Over the last 70 years, Martinsville has earned its reputation as consistently one of the finest on the circuit. If we are to take into account the “Matt Factor” for determining a good race, …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Fit For a King or Strictly Busch League?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

First this week: A brief (and rare) personal note.  Friday Nancy Buckwalter went home to the loving arms of her Savior. Nancy was the sister of my friend Creig Ballantine and mother of local 410 Sprint Car ace Timmy Buckwalter. She was the beloved Matriarch of the Buckwalter Racing team. I was privileged to have …

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Beside The Rising Tide: What’s A Good Race?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Discussion as to whether last week’s Vegas Cup race was a good one or a poor one did something that the race itself failed to do. It evoked passion. As we discussed last week the hype about the (one of the new) race packages might have had some of our (and I include myself in …

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Beside The Rising Tide: NASCAR’s Great Expectations

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Joey Logano had a reason to feel good about the 2019 aero package (credit: Nigel Kinraid)

Some weeks a topic for my weekly column is self-evident and screams for attention. Some weeks (Hell, most weeks) I hear more of a whisper….or the sounds of silence. Thus this week I present some random notes based on topics I scribbled down in my notebook over the course of the weekend. In Summation: The …

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Beside The Rising Tide: Solving NASCAR’s Problem … Simple as 1, 2, 3

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Okay, perhaps that’s a bit bold. But starting to solve NASCAR’s problems could indeed be as simple as 1,2,3. Problem solving 101 teaches us the first step to solving a problem starts with admitting there is in fact a problem. While our dear buddy Brian France is well….um, away, dealing with his “problems” (congenital idiocy …

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