November 18, 2016

Goodbyes are the worst.

Saying goodbye to sports legends as their careers end can bring about a time of reflection and a sudden realization of how much time has passed. With Peyton Manning, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Alex Rodriguez all hanging it up this year, it was a sign that we have truly…

NASCAR Homestead Auto Racing-1

November 11, 2016

Nothing in the 60-plus year history of NASCAR has made races matter more than the current Chase for the Sprint Cup format.

The idea of a win automatically advancing drivers through the rounds means every restart, every pit stop and every lap is magnified. So are the ramifications when opportunities…

NASCAR Texas Auto Racing-2

November 05, 2016

Despite having been a fan since before I can remember, I didn't experience my first NASCAR race in person until I was in college.

I grew up making the occasional visit to Southern National Speedway in Lucama and even go as far back as the old Wayne County Speedway in Nahunta, but the first time I…

APTOPIX NASCAR Martinsville Auto Racing-5

October 30, 2016

This column was supposed to be about Jeff Gordon and how the weekend felt like something we had experienced before.

Gordon makes what is scheduled to be his final Sprint Cup Series start today at Martinsville Speedway, subbing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. We thought we had seen the last of Gordon at…

NASCAR Xfinity Auto Racing-4

October 23, 2016

Barring something dramatic (but not at all impossible) happening today at Talladega, Chase Elliott will likely see his shot at this year’s Sprint Cup championship come to an end.

Elliott enters the day 22 points behind the eighth-place cutoff spot in the standings and likely needs a win to…

NASCAR Talladega Auto Racing

October 16, 2016

There are some numbers that immediately jump out in NASCAR lore.

The number seven represents the holy grail of championships, set by Richard Petty in 1979 and matched by Dale Earnhardt in 1994. Perhaps the only number more significant than seven is 200, as in the number of wins Petty,…

NASCAR Charlotte Auto Racing

October 08, 2016

I have beaten to death in this column how divisive the Chase for the Sprint Cup is.

The format has been picked at and scrutinized since its inception in 2004, and NASCAR’s constant tinkering with it has not helped with fans’ ability to get comfortable with it.

I think the format is as…

APTOPIX NASCAR Dover Auto Racing-4

October 02, 2016

Last week, I wrote that when it came to rising to the occasion in the Chase, no one rivals Jimmie Johnson.

Perhaps what I should have said was "In the past, no one has rivaled Jimmie Johnson," because last Sunday proved as a reminder that there's another Cup driver who is making quite the…

NASCAR New Hampshire Auto Racing-3

September 16, 2016

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season began seven months, 26 races and 9.969 miles ago.

The Chase for the Sprint Cup begins today at Chicagoland Speedway with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400. I typed that sentence solely for the thrill of seeing that race name in print, although I’ll admit…

NASCAR Richmond Auto Racing

September 10, 2016

I love “Days of Thunder.”

I’m not ashamed of it. I’ll gleefully tell anyone that it’s my second-favorite movie behind “The Dark Knight.” I know the thing almost word-for-word.

It’s not a great movie, but I thoroughly enjoy it.

One of my favorite lines…

NASCAR Darlington Auto Racing-3
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