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, August 14th, 2017

The Final Word – Michigan’s highlights consisted of one big wreck and one spectacular re-start

Michigan, where winning was everything. Okay, points might have mattered for the likes of Chase Elliott, Jamie McMurray, Matt Kenseth, and Clint Bowyer, but for everyone else winning was the goal. Michigan, where More...

By Ron Thornton On Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Has Dale Earnhardt Jr’s popularity stunted NASCAR growth or did he save it from itself?

Heading into Michigan, Kevin Harvick made some headlines on his radio show when he laid blame for the sport’s lack of progress in recent years in the lap of Dale Earnhardt Jr. That never is a good thing to do. “For More...

By Ron Thornton On Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Hot 20 – Barring the unexpected, the Pure Michigan 400 could be just another race

Now we know why they call it Silly Season. 16 drivers will make the Chase, and we already know that three who have done well enough thus far this season may not have done well enough to save their rides for next. Kurt More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, August 7th, 2017

The Final Word – Truex wins at the Glen, but the spotlight now falls on the winless

I am sorry. Last week, coming out of Pocono, I said you could bet that Watkins Glen would provide you with a much more entertaining race. I lied. I apologize. As for the NBC announcing crew, they did not make the More...

By Ron Thornton On Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Hot 20 – Watkins Glen is another chance to win, but most are just as desperate to find money

Money, it makes the world go round. So I’m told, anyway. While you and I might remain in perpetual financial darkness, the stock markets would seem to indicate that those on top of the heap are reeling it in. More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, July 31st, 2017

The Final Word – Sunday was a perfect day for a pocosnooze at Pocono

Pocono. What a nice name. What nice scenery. That one straightaway with all those trees on the other side of the fence reminds me of the Daytona backstretch. Okay, one is forest, the other is pavement, but neither More...

By Ron Thornton On Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Hot 20 – To Xfinity and Beyond, or the day Justin Allgaier thought he was Buzz Lightyear

Okay, the biggest story from Indianapolis was not Kasey Kahne’s win. It was not the fact he has received no assurances that he will keep his spot with Rick Hendrick’s stable next season. The one thing we might More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, July 24th, 2017

The Final Word – Indianapolis had a wild conclusion, and thanks to YouTube I can talk about it

It rained. TSN (Canada) pulled out, and the channel I was recording the race on abandoned the effort, presenting instead a few toss away programs. Well, to be fair, I did state before that I do not get all that More...

By Ron Thornton On Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Hot 20 – Indianapolis is fine, but all things considered, I’d rather have been watching Eldora

The most anticipated race of the week is not the one slated for Sunday in Indianapolis. Sure, the Brickyard has been around since 1909. Sure, it has been home to the Indianapolis 500 since 1911. Yes, it has hosted More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, July 17th, 2017

The Final Word – In some respects, Loudon was a lot like a trip to my dentist

The weather was nice this past weekend up in my neck of the woods. Sadly, I paid the price for a root canal. No sleep Friday night. Zip for Saturday night. Sunday? The feature race was from Loudon. However, just More...

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