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, October 17th, 2018
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Hot 20 – If viewership tanked for Talladega, imagine what the ratings for Kansas will be

Talladega was a ratings bust. Talladega. For fans who follow the sport, those four Stewart-Haas cars up front, doing what they had to do all day long, was something to behold. For those who simply tune in to watch More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, October 15th, 2018
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The Final Word – I know I’m late, but can I make my Talladega prediction now?

If only I could time travel. Going back a few days, I could have been able to pin-point exactly what one needed to do to win at Talladega on Sunday. 1. Drive a Ford. 2. Work for Tony Stewart and Gene Haas. 3. Save More...

By Ron Thornton On Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
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Hot 20 – Not everyone loves Talladega, but not everyone is normal

Talladega. Do you need any more incentive to watch the action this Sunday? It is Talladega, dammit! Flying around in aircraft formation inches apart at 200 mph. That would be good enough to force me into the Depends, More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, October 8th, 2018
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The Final Word – As they were counting chickens at Dover, fate ordered up a few omelets

Do not count your chickens before they hatch. That was the lesson we got in Dover on Sunday. A lot of things can happen between the time the egg emerges from the backside of the hen to when that little pecker bursts More...

By Ron Thornton On Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
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Hot 20 – The Big Three still remain the biggest obstacles for the rest as they hit Dover

On to Dover this Sunday, and down to a dozen championship contenders. Once again, as we enter the second round of eliminations, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick look solid. So does Martin Truex Jr. Not so for everyone More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, October 1st, 2018
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The Final Word – Johnson went for it all at the Charlotte Roval, but wound up with nothing

The Charlotte Roval promised to be chaotic, a fantasy design straight out of the old video games that was going to tear cars up and dash hopes. Well, that narrative did not pan out, at least in the early going on More...

By Ron Thornton On Thursday, September 27th, 2018
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Hot 20 – Charlotte’s roval goes left, it goes right, and possibly where everything will go wrong

They thought Talladega was a wild card. Boy, something tells me that Charlotte’s Roval is going to test them like never before. This one makes the World 600 nothing more than a nice test, a rest in some ways, More...

By Ron Thornton On Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
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The Final Word – A Saturday night to get reacquainted with the Big Three at Richmond

Richmond, the second race of the opening rung of the championship ladder. Only four storylines awaited to be written. Who would win, and would it be Brad Keselowski for a fourth straight contest? Who could keep More...

By Ron Thornton On Thursday, September 20th, 2018
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Hot 20 – Richmond’s good ole rock and roll road show, gotta go, Saturday night, Saturday night

We know some things. In these times, some folks do not seem to know anything, but we do. Brad Keselowski is advancing to the next round. After Saturday night in Richmond, it should be confirmed that Martin Truex More...

Brad Keselowski does his traditional victory celebration with the American flag. He also celebrated Team Penske's 500th career victory. Photo by Rachel Myers for Speedway Media.
By Ron Thornton On Tuesday, September 18th, 2018
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The Final Word – The first race of the playoffs in Las Vegas damaged the hopes of some

Now it gets real. There is no argument as to whom the contenders are, and who are the pretenders. Say what you will, but even though there might be forty cars on the track, only 16 matter. It was the playoff opener More...





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