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January 19, 2017

Of bonuses and insurance

As a sophomore in college at Tennessee Tech back in 1990, I was attending a basketball game in the dead of winter. It was cold out. The place was packed inside. I can’t remember who Tech’s opponent was, but I assume it was a close rival given the size of the crowd.

I do remember, however, a guy leaving with a new Nissan truck that night. The guy had to hit four shots in 60 seconds: a layup, a free throw, a 3-pointer and a half-court shot. If not impossible, it was highly improbable.

This guy MORE

July 28, 2016

A fresh mindset

About two months ago, we broke a motor, which will likely keep us sidelined the rest of the season. At best, we could be back on track in late fall with another Limited Late Model motor in place and run a few shows here and there.

Of course that depends on how much can be salvaged from the broken engine. The most likely scenario will be getting a crate engine for the start of the 2017 season and keeping an all-steel engine on reserve to run a few higher paying races now and then. My fear is that MORE

June 30, 2016

Analysis of a phenom


I don’t like to use the word phenom very much when describing racers. Obviously short for phenomenal, the term phenom is typically reserved for a young talent who you know will be a superstar. The tag is mostly used to describe stick-and-ball athletes. After watching Sunday’s UMP DIRTcar Summernationals race at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., I feel compelled to call race winner Bobby Pierce a racing phenom.

I realize Pierce, even at the tender age of 19, already has several years of MORE