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MONTE DUTTON – WISDOM DONE SLOWLY

Junior Johnson lived a long time. I reckon it was all right for me to ponder his life for a while before I wrote about it.

The death of a great man often amuses me. Once a man is gone, people feel free to enhance their relationship with him. This was true of Dale Earnhardt. Some seem to take the attitude that, well, he’s gone, I might as well get something out of it.

Had Junior not passed away at the age of 88, if I saw him tomorrow, I expect he’d recognize me but not remember my name. I’m sure I got more out of conversations with him than him from me. He seemed to enjoy them, though. When I was around him, he seemed to enjoy most everything.

OUT OF THE GROOVE WITH ERIC ESTEPP: THE NEW RULES FOR 2020 NASCAR

 
Eric Estepp creates unique NASCAR content and has been a series follower for over 15 years. He's created an online YouTube show, Out of the Groove, showcasing his opinions on NASCAR's latest issues and news.

MONTE DUTTON - THE LATTER DAYS

 

I do not live on an island. It feels a little like one, this messy house I occupy. I need to get out, but I’m sick, which apparently happens about once every 56 weeks at this stage of my life. I really shouldn’t put this out because everyone has an opinion, and their diagnoses are scary. I’ve had a flu shot, a month or so back, and I’ve no urge to boogie-woogie. If it’s pneumonia, it’s not the rockin’ kind. What I have causes me to sneeze, wheeze, cough and, while sleeping, toss and turn. I’ve contracted a medley of songs.

By the time you read this, I hope to be well. I’ve no desire to give the crud to loved ones at Christmas.

This present arrived on Monday morning. The descent was such that, on Tuesday morning, I showed my face at a City Council meeting, and on Tuesday night, reached the parking lot only to deem myself unfit to see another one in another town. I took the caution flag, pulled down pit road, the boys raised the hood, and one of them said “no can do, boss.”

CLASSIC NASCAR RACES - 1962 DAYTONA 500

 
Glen "Fireball" Roberts wins the 1963 Daytona 500. After disappointment in his previous 3 Daytona 500's, his legendary crewchief Smokey Yunick builds a car that Fireball is unable to break during the race. Fireball would go on to defeat Richard Petty by 27 seconds. This was Fireball's biggest victory in a racing career that was tragically cut short in 1964.

MONTE DUTTON - A GREAT RACING FLICK

I didn’t know Friday the 13th could be a week, but this one has been unfortunate – I’m positive you don’t want to know the details because I’m certainly in no mood to write them – and I needed something to raise my spirits.

Going to see Ford v. Ferrari wasn’t a bad choice.

What has that to do with NASCAR, you ask? Not much. Holman-Moody participates in the Ford effort to win Le Mans. It’s harder for Carroll Shelby, Ken Miles and unmentioned co-driver Lloyd Ruby to win because the legendary stock-car partnership brings a NASCAR pit crew to pit its Ford GT in Daytona Beach, Fla., a familiar place for such crews. What few NASCAR mentions there are seem a bit condescending, left turns only and all that.

CLASSIC NASCAR - 1975 TALLADEGA 500, TALLADEGA, ALA.

 
Race 19 of the 1975 NASCAR Grand National Series season. The Talladega 500 was full of excitement, and in the end - tragedy. 

NASCAR CLASSICS - LAST FIVE LAPS OF 1985 SOUTHERN 500 (MILLION DOLLAR BILL DAY)

In 1985, Elliott made history by winning the first-ever Winston Million: A million-dollar bonus to any driver that could win three out of the four crown jewel races of NASCAR: The Daytona 500 at Daytona, the Winston 500 at Talladega, the World 600 at Charlotte, and the Southern 500 at Darlington. In a year dominated by Elliott, Bill went on to win 11 races (with 4 "season sweeps": Atlanta, Pocono, Michigan, and Darlington) and 11 poles, with three of those 11 wins being in the Daytona 500, the Winston 500, and the Southern 500, earning Bill the "Winston Million Dollar Bonus" and earning him the nickname ​"Million Dollar Bill"

ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY'S ED CLARK WINS 2019 O. BRUTON SMITH AWARD

 

 

In recognition of four decades of dedicated service to Speedway Motorsports, officials have named Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed Clark as the O. Bruton Smith Award recipient for 2019. 

“It is an honor to recognize the invaluable efforts of those who blaze a trail at Speedway Motorsports’ eight world-class motorsports entertainment facilities,” said Marcus Smith, President and CEO of Speedway Motorsports. “It has been a privilege to have Ed Clark’s vision and leadership enhance our company in the vital roles he’s served since he joined the Speedway Motorsports family nearly 40 years ago.

DOMINIC SCELZI EARNS CAREER-BEST EIGHT WINS IN 2019

 

Dominic Scelzi topped his career-best campaign in 2018 by recording two more victories this year.

Scelzi scored an impressive eight triumphs, including five during King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Series competition - setting personal bests for overall wins and victories in a single season with the premier sprint car series in his home state of California.

"Last year we were really good in the Midwest and won several big races and were up front a lot in California," he said. "This year we won more, but it was more hit and miss. I felt like I had more peaks and valleys this year and went on runs, but last year was more steady."

MONTE DUTTON - THE ROOTS OF MY RACIN’ RAISIN’

Many years have passed. Some of the details have escaped my memory, but some are as vivid as a sunset or a waterfall. Apparently, I was four or five because Glenn “Fireball” Roberts perished after a crash in 1964, when I was six.

I remember that the race was on dirt, a quarter-mile track at the Greenwood Fairgrounds, about 25 miles from where I lived then and now. I don’t remember who won. It was a Modified race, which is to say that the cars looked like full-sized versions of what are called Legends cars now. Roberts’ car was black and gold, emblazoned with No. 22. He drove a similarly decorated Pontiac in 1962 at NASCAR’s premier level, which suggests I was four years old. I can’t find a photo of the Modified. It may have been fielded by a local owner who painted it to mimic the colors. I expect Roberts was there because the promoter made it worth his time.

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