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, October 16th, 2017
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The Final Word – If they weren’t racing, they were wrecking at Talladega

Dale Earnhardt Jr. started on the pole at Talladega. Most years, that is just par for the course. In this, his final season, it was a return down memory lane. Talladega is where anything can happen, where any lead More...

By Ron Thornton On Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
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Hot 20 – Talladega is not for wimps or the faint of heart

If there was one NASCAR race I was going to watch this autumn, it would be the action coming up this Sunday at Talladega, Alabama. If the only thing you know about the sport is that usually there is some guy named More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, October 9th, 2017
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The Final Word – Charlotte was a day of triumph for Truex and a rough one for Rowdy

It was a home date for most of the teams as the next round of the Chase opened in Charlotte, North Carolina. Martin Truex Jr.’s outfit hails out of Colorado, so for them, every date finds them on the road. It More...

By Ron Thornton On Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
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Hot 20 – The Yates legacy will come to life under the hood of a third of the Charlotte field

When one of the legends in the sport leaves us, we remember. If a man is known simply by the company he keeps, Robert Yates did very well. As a team owner, he was the boss to such NASCAR luminaries as Davey Allison, More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, October 2nd, 2017
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The Final Word – Dover is where they raced but Las Vegas is what is on our minds

Racing is not foremost on my mind today, but Sunday in Dover early in the afternoon it was all that mattered for a few drivers. Ten looked rather comfortable when they determined which dozen would advance on the More...

By Ron Thornton On Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
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Hot 20 – You will not see any old men taking a knee during the national anthem at Dover

When they play the national anthem in Dover, you will not see a single old man get down on his knees. First of all, it is too damn hard to get back up. Secondly, and most importantly, for some inexplicable reason, More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, September 25th, 2017
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The Final Word – Kyle Busch has reason to smile after he completed the Magic Mile

Less than three months to Christmas! If that does not come as good news, then hopefully you are all aquiver over the fact that there are eight races remaining in the NASCAR season. If that does not spark your excitement, More...

By Ron Thornton On Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
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Hot 20 – They are getting suspended, hired, fired, and fired up heading to New Hampshire

Everyone is super excited about going to Loudon, New Hampshire for the big event on Sunday. Okay, Alan Gustafson is not. Is not going, that is. Chase Elliott was second in Chicago, leaving him sixth in points. That More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, September 18th, 2017
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The Final Word – After Chicago, not a whole lot has changed moving forward

So it begins. Chicago, where the Chase began. Chicago, where winning was a big thing, but not the only thing. Win and you advance. Drop out or too near the rear of the pack and all you have is New Hampshire and More...

By Ron Thornton On Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
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Hot 20 – As our attention shifts to the Windy City, the winds of change keep on a blowin’

Change can be a good thing. Sometimes it is, but other times it is a simple reminder that we are getting older and, like disco, what was popular yesterday might not be tomorrow. This week, official confirmation More...





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