Nighttime madness at Bristol

Three weeks ago, I checked the Bristol Motor Speedway web site to see if any tickets were available for the Irwin Tools 500 night race this past Saturday night. The best available seats were on row 3 of the Allison straightaway on the front stretch — a damn good location for a track that used […]

Tony Stewart’s sprint car runs over, kills driver

The tragic death where a sprint car racer in New York crashed in an incident with NASCAR driver and longtime spring racer Tony Stewart has left some thinking charges should be filed against the three-time Sprint Car champion. But Ontario County Sheriff Philip C. Povero says no evidence exists of any criminal intent “by anyone” […]

Gordon still winning Brickyard 400s

Amy and I crammed into the packed Indianapolis Motor Speedway 20 years ago to watch 23-year old Jeff Gordon win the inaugural Brickyard 400 race. Two decades later, Gordon — now 43 — won for the fifth time in 20 races but a lot fewer people watched as empty grandstands stood in mute testament to […]

No Hall of Fame spot yet for Curtis Turner

Floyd County native Curtis Turner accomplished many things on and off the track in his NASCAR career but fell short, once again, in balloting for a place in the racing series’ Hall of Fame in Charlotte. Danville’s Wendell Scott, the first African-American driver in NASCAR, made it, along with Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen and two-time […]

A bittersweet championship night for Floyd County’s Darian Grubb

Amid the hugs and tears of winning NASCAR‘s Sprint Cup championship Sunday night at Homestead Motor Speedway in Florida hung a bittersweet reality for Floyd County native Darian Grubb. The crew chief for Tony Stewart‘s incredible surge towards the title learned a month ago that he would be out of a job as soon as […]