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October 30, 2014

Tennessee touring

A few weeks ago I had to take a company trip to east Tennessee. I spent four days up there, mostly in meetings, with a little spare time to squeeze in a beer, some decent food and a trip over to Jimmy Owens’ shop in Newport, Tenn.

I caught Owens as he and his team were preparing to head to Ohio to the Dirt Track World Championship. On that note, I have to say that Owens was insanely accommodating. The team was busy. They were working hard to repair the Club 29 race car that he rolled weeks MORE

September 18, 2014

Racing amid life

Back in May, I argued my point via my blog on this very website that Winchester (Tenn.) Speedway should have more special events. I don’t expect the track to rival what Bob Harris has been able to do over at Duck River Raceway Park, some 60 miles away, but I wanted to see Winchester host more than one special event each season. My wish was granted when track owner Jimmy Nowlin announced in late June that the track would host the Freedom 40 on July 3.

Great news, right? Wrong. As it turns out, MORE

July 17, 2014

Those covered grandstands


Growing up, I just assumed that watching a race at a track with a covered grandstands was a special event.

The first time I encountered a racetrack with a covered grandstand, I was at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Fayetteville, Tenn. The racing I was watching way back then was of the four-legged nature and limited to a max of one horsepower per competitor. There were wheels involved, as the Lincoln County (Tenn.) Fair — which will open for the 110th time this September — annually hosts MORE