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Prelude to Pocono: Who to Pick for Sunday’s Pocono 400

Can he do it three times in a row?  He has.  As a matter of fact, I saw it coming.  Sure, it took him longer than expected to win a race this year, surprisingly after claiming his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship last season.  I didn’t count him out, and ...

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The Switch

2014 Formula 1 Report:  USA Edition Drafting the Circuits Week 22 Grand Prix                          Date                   Tire Compounds       Grand Prix of Canada        June 6-8            Supersoft/Soft Grand Prix of Austria        June 20-22 British Grand Prix             July 4-6 THE SWITCH It has been a week since the Monaco drama between Lewis Hamilton and Nico ...

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SEST Spotlight: Ricky “Heavy” Barnette By: Ronnie “Crate” Payne

We normally spotlight a “driver of the week” in the Southeast Super Truck Series, but this week we felt the need to change gears a little. On Monday May 19th, 2014 the SEST lost a member of their family. We got the news just after noon that we’d lost Ricky ...

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The Monster Mile: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Going into Dover

Going into this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup action, I’m wondering if this is the start of Jimmie Johnson’s “comeback.” He really didn’t have to “come back,” per se, but he was well overdue to win a race, and win a race he did.  This past weekend at the longest race ...

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Nico Rosberg Wins Second Consecutive Monaco Grand Prix

2014 Formula 1 Report:  USA Edition Drafting the Circuits Week 21 Grand Prix                          Date                   Tire Compounds       Grand Prix of Canada        June 6-8            Supersoft/Soft Grand Prix of Austria        June 20-22 British Grand Prix             July 4-6   Drivers’ championship:   1.  Nico Rosberg                  122 2.  Lewis Hamilton         ...

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Traditions

We all have certain traditions we follow. Be it religious, or family, or personnel, we follow certain rituals in our lives. I must admit some the traditions I follow are deeply rooted to my earliest memories. Now I am not a great baseball fan and yet I always seem to ...

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All About Class: The NASCAR Hall of Fame & the 2015 Inductees

One of the most memorable NASCAR races I attended was in Charlotte 2007.  It was the 600.  It may be the longest race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Season, but it was my favorite. That weekend, we toured several race shops including Hendrick, RCR, Penske, and Roush, and had a ...

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Shining Under the Lights: The Sprint All Star Race & Innovations of NASCAR

  Football has their All-Star Game, and so does basketball, baseball and hockey.  NASCAR’s version?  It’s Saturday night, Baby! The NASCAR Sprint All Star Race is this Saturday, May 17, at 9pmEST under the lights at Charlotte on FOX.  Oh, and just an FYI – FOX is covering it with ...

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Sidney H. Allard, The Pre-War Allard, and J2 Lust

        Sidney H. Allard, born in 1910, was a real car guy who just happened to be English. In school he would read the latest “Motor” magazine or a motorcycle mag hidden behind his text books. It would appear to his teacher that he was reading his studies.  I ...

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Bobby Allison’s NASCAR Offers The Ties That Bind

His name is synonymous with NASCAR. He’s driven it all and for everybody. He’s fought with the biggest names because he is one of the biggest names. He is a member of the famed Alabama Gang, a patriarch, a rival, a threat, a survivor, a legend, and a NASCAR Hall ...

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Hamilton races to 4th consecutive win in the Spanish Grand Prix

2014 Formula 1 Report:  USA Edition Drafting the Circuits Week 19 Grand Prix                          Date                   Tire Compounds       Grand Prix of Monaco       May 22-25         Supersoft/Soft Grand Prix of Canada        June 6-8            Supersoft/Soft Grand Prix of Austria        June 20-22 Drivers’ championship: 1.  Lewis Hamilton            100 2.  Nico Rosberg              ...

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SEST Spotlight Driver: Tim Lollis

Tim Lollis is by day the owner of “Busted Knuckles Automotive” located west of Easley, SC on Highway 123. At night and on the weekends he is a racer. Tim got started a little late by most standards in his racing career. He entered the Charger Division in 1995 at ...

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The European Leg of the 2014 Formula 1 Season Is Here

2014 Formula 1 Report:  USA Edition Drafting the Circuits Week 18 Grand Prix                          Date                   Tire Compounds       Grand Prix of Spain           May 9-11            Medium/Hard Grand Prix of Monaco       May 22-25        Supersoft/Soft Canadian Grand Prix        June 6-8            Supersoft/Soft     Ayrton  Senna This past week marked the 20th anniversary of the passing ...

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Happy Birthday Dale Earnhardt, 2014

Happy Birthday to one of the greatest the sport has ever seen. “The Intimidator”, “The Man in Black”, “Ironhead” and simply, Dale,  Dale Earnhardt was known by many names but all conjured up one man. It’s been a baker’s dozen of years since we lost Earnhardt. NASCAR reminds us weekly ...

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The Pressure to Perform: Notable Generations in NASCAR

The late Dale Earnhardt shares a moment with his son, Dale Jr. His Grandfather is a NASCAR champ, and his Father?  A seven-timer.  Cup Series Champ, that is.  Is he following in their footsteps?  Is he good enough?  Does he make his coveted family name proud? I can’t imagine the ...

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During a Rookie Season, There is a Learning Curve for Fans as Well

On a baseball team, players change pretty frequently.  Unless they’ve been locked down to a long-term contract, your favorite player could end up playing for your team’s bitter rival by next week.  Now you must make the decision whether you’ll root for your favorite player or your favorite team. Austin ...

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NASCAR and Disney: Connections

While NASCAR enjoyed some time off, my family and I steeled away to Disney World in Florida. On the way home we, as a family, continued to bond over our love of NASCAR and Disney by assigning a driver (or owner) to a Disney character. This was a Team 187-created ...

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Hamilton’s 3rd Win in a Row In China

2014 Formula 1 Report:  USA Edition Drafting the Circuits Week 16 Grand Prix                          Date                   Tire Compounds       Grand Prix of Spain           May 9-11            Medium/Soft Grand Prix of Monaco       May 22-25        Supersoft/Soft Canadian Grand Prix        June 6-8            Supersoft/Soft Drivers’ championship: 1.  Nico Rosberg                 79 ...

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The 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominees

With this being an off weekend and May right around the corner, my brain is fixated on the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The 2014 class of inductees were the following: Tim Flock, Dale Jarrett, Maurice Petty, Fireball Roberts, and Jack Ingram. Ingram was a guest of Drafting the Circuits a ...

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My Take on the 2014 NASCAR Season So Far

I just hope there isn’t another rain delay, because it’s getting ridiculous already. I am not a meteorologist, but I DID check the weather – it looks like it’s going to be all about sunny skies in Darlington, SC on both Friday and Saturday, with both days topping 80 degrees. ...

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