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Waid’s World: A Meeting, Yes, But Also a Sentimental NASCAR Reunion

Graphic: Jared Haas

For me, March 22 was something of a reunion. Not a high school class reunion, where most folks congregate mainly to see who has become a success — or failure — who has gained weight, lost hair and so forth. Rather, it was more of a military reunion, one in which former warriors who served …

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Waid’s World: A Wild Richmond Finish, a Surprised First-Time Winner & Lucky Underwear

Graphic: Jared Haas

This season, the first NASCAR Cup race at Richmond Raceway is scheduled for April 3. For a long time, the event was either the second or third of the year, conducted during the usually chilly month of February. Like any other track, Richmond has had its share of memorable races — perhaps more than most …

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Waid’s World: The Speedway Once Known As Rockingham Fell to Progress – and the Elements

Graphic: Jared Haas

For decades at this time of the year, the NASCAR Cup Series would travel to the rolling pine forests in the Sandhills of North Carolina to race at North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham. The 1.017-mile track came into existence in 1965. Curtis Turner won its first race on Oct. 31 of that year. It …

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Waid’s World: Daytona 1981 — NASCAR’s ‘New Generation’ Cars Don’t Always Perform as Desired

Graphic: Jared Haas

NASCAR’s much anticipated “Next Gen” car will make its debut in an official Cup point race in the Daytona 500. While the new car — and by “new,” I mean it’s been changed in so many ways it’s hard to count them — has had many shakedowns, tests and alterations, there is no guarantee all …

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Waid’s World: With Financial Commitment, Hope for North Wilkesboro Rebirth Rises

Graphic: Jared Haas

The recent announcement that the state of North Carolina has allocated millions of dollars via its budget toward the maintenance of some of its speedways has revitalized the hopes of many who want to see the rebirth of a track located in Wilkes County. North Wilkesboro Speedway held its first NASCAR race in 1949 and …

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Waid’s World: NASCAR’s 1st Time in New York Was an Adventure for Many, to Say the Least

Graphic: Jared Haas

Well, the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season is over, and the new series champion, a very deserving Kyle Larson (don’t even try to argue with me) will be officially recognized at the Awards Banquet and Ceremony in Nashville. This will be the second year the affair has been held in Nashville. It was held in …

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Waid’s World: In The Past Junior Johnson Dominance on Short Tracks – Even Bristol – Was Routine

Graphic: Jared Haas

During the decade of the 1970s, NASCAR was a much smaller, less complicated regional sport confined, mostly, to its birthplace south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Stock car racing certainly did not have the coast-to-coast recognition it has today. Fans were far fewer in number, although intensely loyal, and media presence was sparse. Prior to the …

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