July 02, 2016

In a season filled with dramatic finishes and great storylines, Tony Stewart’s victory last weekend at Sonoma may have been the best one so far.

Stewart outrunning Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr., then bodyslamming Hamlin out of the way in the final corner was the closest we’ve come…

NASCAR Jeff Gordon Live With Kelly Auto Racing

July 02, 2016

After treating our young daughters to their first rock concert a few years ago in Cary, I shared with a co-worker what a wonderful experience the outdoor show had been. The next day the co-worker handed me a double-CD recording of the very show we had attended.

It seemed a pleasant surprise and a…

June 26, 2016

When I was young, I was often accused of daydreaming. I would be watching a teacher diagram a sentence or break down an algebra equation when suddenly something would remind me of something else and my focus would slip. The next thing I knew, an irritated educator would be asking me, “Janet,…


June 26, 2016

Had I put any money on last weekend’s Xfinity race at Iowa Speedway, I would have been a pretty upset guy this week.

My pick was Ty Dillon, who finished in a not-so-shabby second place. But there were about half a dozen other guys I would have put money on before I picked Sam Hornish Jr.…

NASCAR Xfinity Iowa Auto Racing-6

June 25, 2016

I recently learned about a fantastic country music singer and songwriter who spent decades playing for tips on the streets of Nashville before being “discovered” in recent years by a Swedish television personality. Doug Seegers has become a huge hit in Sweden and is an emerging artist…

Mark Rutledge

June 19, 2016

In June, during the first week of my first summer job at a discount shoe store, an older lady came in and I moved to wait on her. She said, “I would like to see some shoes.” Since the store conspicuously included the word “shoe” in its name, I was amused and answered like…

June 19, 2016

The race to globalize American sports in the last 10 years has been an explosive and expansive one.

In the last calendar year, the NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball all played at least one regular season game outside North America.

In the late 1990s, even NASCAR extended itself outside U.S.…

NASCAR Michigan Xfinity Auto Racing-5

June 18, 2016

My mother recently asked me to "come look at this snake in the grass" while I was doing yard work for her. I said I was too busy to watch presidential candidates on TV, but it turned out to be an actual snake stretched out in the lawn.

Black snakes are a common sight this time of year outside…

June 14, 2016

LUBBOCK, Texas — In what turned out to be an intense, wild and mostly competitive weekend of NCAA super regional baseball between East Carolina and Texas Tech, the most important thing that was established was the Pirates proved their worth and put up more of a fight than the No. 5…

NCAA E Carolina Texas Tech Baseball

June 12, 2016

Jeff Gordon has been a polarizing figure in NASCAR since he showed up on the scene in the early 1990s.

It was only a matter of time, then, before that translated to his new gig in the television booth for FOX Sports, which is what happened Monday when a verbal joust between Gordon and Brad…

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