For The France Family, It’s Time To Let Go

It's time for fresh blood. A new set of eyes. A new perspective. It's time for the France family to let go. Talk that NASCAR's first (and only) family is looking to sell has been swirling for weeks. As this observer ponders the possibility, now is the right time to make a change. Though the ratings, track attendance and general interest in NASCAR has been going on for close to a decade, it can actually get worse. While the France family has thrown ample creativity at addressing what ails ...

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Classy 2019 Hall of Fame Class

Can you say there were really any surprises with the 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class? Not for me. All were going to get in sooner or later, and for the older inductees it's nice they get in while their here to enjoy it. That was what always stuck in my craw with NASCAR pioneer owner Raymond Parks. They could have inducted him into the Hall of Fame while he was still alive, but they missed that opportunity. He should have been among the very first, with all apologies to some who got in ahea ...

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The Pass In The Grass My…..The Best Ever All-Star Race

30 years later, it's still entertaining. It's a case where the event lives up to the hype. It shouldn't be a surprise. The 80s and 90s were a golden age for NASCAR. Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliott, Terry Labonte, and Geoff Bodine were genuine stars, setting the stage to make the 1987 running of the all-star race an instant classic. Bill "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville" Elliott was the resident speed merchant of the era. Until the restrictor plates came along, he was tooling along at ridiculou ...

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How The Tables Have Turned For Ford, Harvick

Here are the surest signs of success in NASCAR: A) Your manufacturer is accused of having an unfair advantage, and B) You get accused of cheating. Speaking of cheating, you find other teams pushing the envelope to find that edge to take you down. Such was much of the discussion concerning Ford, and their current golden boy, Kevin Harvick. Kevin Harvick is in a zone. Many thought he'd stew over the switch by Stewart-Haas Racing to Ford. Come again? No doubt Mr. Happy had many joyous celebr ...

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Racing At 90? Hershel McGriff Did!

  How old is Hershel McGriff? When he celebrates a birthday, the candles cost more than the cake! Or as Chris Myers once said of aging reporter Dick Berggren, "he's so old, he knew the Dead Sea when it was just getting sick." Sorry, I couldn't resist. I'm just amazed. I'm not a pup myself, but it will take me 36 years to get to where he is now. And Hershel McGriff drove a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race in Tuscon. If I'm lucky (I think), I'll be living at 90. I can't imagine r ...

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