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 Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Hot 20-California to make a sharp turn to the right, but only on the race track at Sonoma

It is ironic that the two tracks that feature folks turning to the right are in California and New York, where you would think left would be the preferred direction. Sonoma is the perfect venue to feature our hot More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, June 19th, 2017

The Final Word – Larson wins on a Michigan Fathers’ Day as Bowyer slips down the ladder

Popular. Iconic. A “must be in” race. If that is what you were looking for, you were disappointed. A 37-car field was the smallest in 21 years. Tight, pack racing, the kind that leaves you swooning each and More...

By Ron Thornton On Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Hot 20 – Heading to Michigan, Danica would top this chart if it were not based on performance

You would think it would be great to be Danica Patrick. After Pocono, she might be thinking it would be far easier to be Kyle Busch. When Kyle does not win, Kyle is not happy. He might not be out signing autographs More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, June 12th, 2017

The Final Word – It was the thrill of victory at Pocono for one, but first a lot had to suffer the agony of defeat

If you were looking for tight pack racing, Pocono was not it. However, if you wanted to see variations of the old Wide World of Sports “agony of defeat” scenario, that it had. Bubba Wallace, Jr. got his first More...

By Ron Thornton On Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Hot 20 – No lug nuts, no crew, as Kyle discovered heading to Pocono

They went and done it. Kyle Busch comes in leading early in the race at Dover. For whatever reason, when they went to tighten up the rear left lug nuts, the air gun was removing them instead. When the jack dropped, More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, June 5th, 2017

The Final Word – Dover, where yellow became my favorite color

When it comes to extraordinary television, sit on the edge of your seat excitement, Dover under green will not exactly get your heart racing. In fact, Sunday’s race was more of a cautionary tale. When the yellow More...

By Ron Thornton On Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Hot 20 – If Dover is such a boring track to watch a race, why is Jimmie Johnson so excited?

Some things are just not like the others. May featured the World 600 and the All-Star race at Charlotte, the spring derby at Talladega, events a fellow can get excited about. This week. Dover. Maybe Jimmie Johnson More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, May 29th, 2017

The Final Word – A day of three iconic races, and the return of an iconic 3 to Victory Lane

One day, three iconic events for racing fans. All you needed was a fine alarm clock or, better still, a fine recording device. It all began early Sunday morning along the coast of Monte Carlo and the Monaco Grand More...

By Ron Thornton On Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Hot 20 – Motor Car Racing’s biggest day after one of NASCAR’s most newsworthy weeks

Change. Sometimes change is good, like when you win a few million dollars. That is good. You get married to your sweetheart. Good. Your children start arriving. If you are a mature adult, and not some self-serving More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, May 22nd, 2017

The Final Word – NASCAR scores big with an all-star winning formula

The stars would come out at Charlotte on Saturday night. Well, some of them. Twenty drivers would make up the field, but we knew that the Top 20 on the season would be missing at least a couple of performers. Sixteen More...

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