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Beside the Rising Tide: The 70% Solution

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last week, in a rare two-part column, we looked at the changes to the Cup schedule that lie ahead in 2021. Arguably the most notable “readjustments” to that schedule were the tracks at Kentucky and Chicagoland losing their sole Cup dates.  While snagging a Cup date (which was notoriously difficult to do) once was all …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Your Regularly Scheduled Program, Part II

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Yesterday (March 5), I hit on the major changes that were made to the schedule for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule and detailed the first part of the season. Today, we complete that journey and break down the rest of the changes being made. All told, there are six road course events on the …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Your Regularly Scheduled Program, Part I

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last Wednesday (Sept. 30) NASCAR finally released the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule. There had been rumors all summer that the new schedule would bring about some major change to the slate of races next year, and boy it did all of that and then some.  Not unexpectedly, the Daytona 500 will still kick the …

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Beside the Rising Tide: The Invisible Men

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Something remarkable happened a couple weeks ago during the Bristol Cup race. As such, I feel compelled to remark upon it since I am able.  Tyler Reddick finished fourth that evening. Chris Buescher finished eighth. Ryan Preece finished ninth, his best Cup finish to date this year. Michael McDowell left Bristol with a solid top-10 …

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Beside the Rising Tide: The Playoffs Are Ruining NASCAR Racing

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s that time of year again. Overnight, four NASCAR Cup Series drivers were eliminated from the Round of 16 championship-eligible drivers down to the Round of 12. Somehow the indifferent old sun did what it always does and went ahead and rose Sunday morning. My guess is that it will do so again as the …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Short Takes & Short Tracks 

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Typically this time of year, things are quiet on the NASCAR news front as the sport and the country slowly begin emerging from the summer doldrums. As the long hot August summer afternoons give way to the earlier sunsets of September, leaves changing color and occasional morning chills punctuated by noisy flocks of Canadian geese …

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Beside the Rising Tide: After the Boys of Summer Are Gone 

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With Labor Day weekend marking the traditional (though not actual) end of the summer season, I fear other plans might have caused some of you to miss Saturday’s (Sept. 5) NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Darlington Raceway. If you did, that’s too bad, because it was arguably one of the best NASCAR-sanctioned races of this …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Taking 1 for the Team

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

During Friday night’s NXS race at Daytona, the ugly specter of team orders once again reared its ugly head. It was no great surprise to anyone that the trio of Kaulig Racing teammates worked well together to dominate much of the race, often in positions one, two and three. Late in the race as the …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Short Takes on a Long Weekend of Racing

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

There are only so many weekends in a calendar year, and COVID-19 has tossed an Ozark into the cesspool in 2020. The various racing sanctioning bodies are doing their damnedest to reschedule their events and sometimes those schedules are going to overlap. Still, I found it a bit disheartening that NASCAR scheduled not one but …

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Beside the Rising Tide: And Then There Were 3

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Where has the time gone? This time of year, I’d normally be preparing for my annual family trip to the Jersey Shore. But this year, with all the travel restrictions and the variability of what businesses can and can’t be open, when they can and can’t be open, and how many customers they can accommodate …

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