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, February 13th, 2019

NASCAR’s Hot 20 of All-Time

The best of the best, a legacy that has given us 70 championships since 1949. 33 individuals have been able to lay claim to the crown. Three men have won it seven times. To be a champion immortalizes you, but More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, February 11th, 2019

The Final Final Word – A new season brings new hope

A new season. A new group of people and combinations. A new rules package. A new reason to hope for more entertaining action. We can only hope that this time they will succeed. Now, before we get all gooey More...

By Ron Thornton On Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Hot 20 of the NASCAR season that was

Another season has come and gone, along with a few more drivers and fans, to be honest. However, there are some things I have noticed that are on the positive side, though not all would agree. I like stage racing. More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, November 19th, 2018

The Final Word – Logano wins at Homestead as my television suddenly went black

As a journalist, I can say this. Joey Logano is a very talented driver, an aggressive driver who knows what he has to do and has the desire and the ability to pull it off. He is a very deserving Cup champion. I More...

By Ron Thornton On Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
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Hot 20 – At win at Homestead could move one of the boys closer to legendary status

Legends are rare. Many get an honorary title, no doubt stars in their own right at one time long ago or a pioneer of some description. However, to be a true legend, an icon, it takes a lot to make the grade. In More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, November 12th, 2018

The Final Word – The championship hopes of four were unable to rise from the ashes at Phoenix

LEADERSHIP…sucks. Usually, when you lead a race, when you are the guy kicking ass and taking names, it is a good thing. Not at Phoenix. It turned out to be steering the leading car was very similar to being More...

By Ron Thornton On Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Hot 20 – Smokey just tagged the Bandit to make Phoenix a lot more interesting

If NASCAR was a certain 1977 hit movie, you could say that Sheriff Buford T. Justice finally got his hands on the Bandit. It might not have derailed the adventure, but there is a danger the Snowman might not be More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, November 5th, 2018

The Final Word – It was the AAA Happy Harvick Texas 500

After Texas, then there were two locked into Homestead. One stole the show at Martinsville and then attempted to deny the second his ticket. Joey Logano failed to pull it off as he wound up third. Ryan Blaney had More...

By Ron Thornton On Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Hot 20 – For some it comes down to a Texas sized win or hoping for a Big Three free fall

We have our Big Four. Finally. Joey Logano will join Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex Jr. racing for the championship at Homestead. That is, unless someone takes one of those spots away either this weekend More...

By Ron Thornton On Monday, October 29th, 2018

The Final Word – Logano steals a musical chair from Truex at Martinsville

We are down to a game of musical chairs. Four spots, with eight drivers who very much want one of them. Let me just say that musical chairs sucks. When you are a reserved fat kid, the more athletic aggressive lads More...

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