Written by Monte Dutton Thu, 2018-03-22 12:53
A track is an expansive term in my list of favorites. I do not confine my definition to the property alone.
I loved North Wilkesboro for the racing on the track, the food in the press box, the Williams Motel and the Captain’s Table up the hill. Phoenix I valued for the view from South Mountain State Park. Talk shows at Talladega. Steaks in Kansas City. Music in Texas. Big-league baseball in the Bay Area. Minor leagues all around Fontana.
Martinsville, Virginia, has no casino. Rappers do not commonly hang out in the pits before a race. As a general rule, pro wrestlers do not even hang out in the pits before a race. Once several colleagues and I attended a pro wrestling show put on at the high school gym in nearby Stuart.
Written by Monte Dutton Tue, 2018-03-13 12:53
Being a NASCAR beat reporter was quite different around the turn of the century, oh, roughly, five years before to five years after.
Bigger crowds begat more writers and more hassles.
Coming from a small town, I abhor traffic. It makes me manic. I fixate on the time being wasted. I went to great extremes to avoid traffic. I followed dirt roads, map in hand, to get in and out of Michigan. In Texas, I parked before sunup and sat in a rental car, reading a book for several hours until the gates opened. Texas was the only track that wouldn't allow me to slip in early. I had a scenic, back-door drive to Martinsville. I carefully avoided the speed traps leading to Rockingham and Bristol. A long way was the short way (in time) to Las Vegas. I drove through a reservation to Phoenix.
Written by Monte Dutton Wed, 2018-03-07 16:17
It's great testimony to the competitive nature of racers that a few of them even thought they had a chance against Kevin Harvick last Sunday in Las Vegas.
Then again, I suppose it's natural. It is the reason they have casinos there. In the Pennzoil 400, Harvick had the house money.
While NASCAR officials hunker down with their scientific data and try to figure out how to slow down Kevin Harvick's Ford without slowing down everyone else, too, many of the racers have a refreshing attitude: Harvick is definitely faster and has been for two races. It's our job to catch him.