Ron Thornton

A former radio and television broadcaster, newspaper columnist, Little League baseball coach, Ron Thornton has been following NASCAR on this site for 13 seasons. The fact he is referred to as a Senior Writer has little to do with his ability or length of service, but more about just how old he has become. It is anticipated that before the end of this campaign, he will be promoted to Ancient Scribe.

By Ron Thornton On Monday, February 27th, 2017
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The Final Word – The Great American Demolition Derby sure was not boring to watch

So, you want a car just like the one that won the Daytona 500, eh? Well, you get yourself a sparkling new Ford Fusion. Splash it up with some red on the hood, and basic black the rest of the way around. Polish it More...

By Ron Thornton On Friday, February 24th, 2017
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Hot 20 – The preliminaries are over and it is now time to get racing for real at Daytona

Sorry, but this column is arriving a day later than my usual Thursday date. Of course, it has something to do with the race that gives me the data to mess around with did not take place until Thursday. It is not More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, February 20th, 2017
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The Final Word – A new season, new rules, new hopes, and new busty gals at Daytona

The sun was shining, at least on Sunday, the birds were singing, and joy was back in our hearts. A new NASCAR season is now upon us, and we could not be happier. We learned over the offseason that if a car gets More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, February 13th, 2017
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The Final Word – NASCAR is back, but what gives with that points system?

A new season dawns upon us this weekend, with the Clash at Daytona this Saturday, to be followed by Sunday qualifying for the Daytona 500. After a couple of months sitting around watching world events and gleefully More...

By Ron Thornton On Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
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Hot 20 – If dreams do come true, why not a Dale Earnhardt 500 at Talladega?

With more than a month left in the old year, talk about the new is already starting to dominate. Tony Stewart is now retired, with Clint Bowyer no doubt thrilled at the chance to get back into quality equipment More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, November 21st, 2016
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The Final Word – As it all went to crap for Edwards, Johnson rolls a seven in NASCAR finale

It was down to four as NASCAR made its final stop of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Two champions had already been declared, with Johnny Sauter taking the truck title, with the junior circuit claimed by More...

By Ron Thornton On Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
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Hot 20 – And now, the end is near, and so we face the final Homestead curtain

So it ends. Another NASCAR season. A Hall of Fame career for Tony Stewart. The reign of a title sponsor. The wait for another seven-time champion, or a repeat champion, or maybe the crowning of the newest member More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, November 14th, 2016
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The Final Word – All that mattered at Phoenix were six cars seeking two spots

It sucks not to matter. Forty cars took to the track at Phoenix, and only six of them mattered. Not Jimmie Johnson or Carl Edwards. Both had already locked in a final four berth at Homestead, so they mattered not. More...

By Ron Thornton On Thursday, November 10th, 2016
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Hot 20 – There are a lot of nice things to do in Phoenix, but winning Sunday would be the nicest

I like being nice. Sure, I can bitch with the best of them, but it is nice when one can say nice things about someone. For instance, I think NASCAR did the right thing by calling the race at Texas last week. Let More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, November 7th, 2016
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The Final Word – Two in the money, two more for the show at Phoenix

It was the Chase race in Texas, and the big winner…was the weather. From an afternoon event on a rubbered up track, we went to an evening contest under the lights. A rain washed surface greeted the boys and More...







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