Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Reminder

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Info about my other site and mirror posting

Maybe people come here after all!
My regularly (umm, sort of regular- the thesis gets in the way) updated site is

But, if people wander over here.. I will mirror post.
Here's the latest.. and there's an article on North Wilkesboro that I would like to address. I'll get to that in the next day or so.

Not quite about tracks, but history in the making!

The big news out of NASCAR today is that both Kerry Earnhardt and his son, Jeffery Earnhardt will be racing in the Nationwide Series this season.

In other similar news. 2010. Holy crap. Austin Dillon, Richard Childress’ grandson and Jeffrey Earnhardt will both be running for Rookie of the Year. Dillion, if it holds, should be showing up to the track in a black Chevy with the number 3 on the door.
I can’t wait.

In the meantime, Jeffrey Earnhard debuts at Texas, I think..and Austin Dillion will show up at Phoenix in April. They are both running limited schedules. Should make for some exciting races.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Three is a number we can all agree we like, right?

So the third post, I'll introduce myself and the blog- and hope someone comes around to read it!
I'm a historian. An architectural historian at the moment. I am really interested in the history of NASCAR, and especially interested in preserving local race tracks. I think that its a shame so many are lost.
California just lost the Stockton 99- and more and more are threatened.
So. I am just starting to write my Master's Thesis on historic NASCAR tracks as important cultural landscapes.
This really just means that they are places that are important to people, to the history of NASCAR and to the history of America, really.
This also does not mean that I want to put these tracks in glass bubbles, with guided tours and special hours. It means that I think that it is important that we keep our racing heritage alive by racing at them. Crazy, isn't it!?
Preservation and the National Register and local registers really scare people, because they think that it means that nothing can ever be touched again.
My argument is that this isn't a concept that applies to places like tracks. These are places that need to be kept viable to be kept.

So. I've been meaning to start this. First off, to start writing about the tracks- to get their histories out there, and to get them sorted in my head. They all have great stories.
I'm going to try to work it so that each week there is a race at a heritage track, I'll dig into it a little. The weeks that we have races at modern tracks? Well. I'll probably talk about the importance of keeping our heritage alive, and the speed in which we are fast heading towards a whole season of 1.5 mile cookie cutters.

No matter what the drivers or fans actually want.

This is also a place for me to bounce my own ideas around, to work some things out in order to have them come across more succinctly (amazingly brilliantly) in my thesis.
Let me know if you stop by. I'm curious to see if anyone else is interested. Also! Feel free to share your stories!

I'll get some links up soon, and some pictures. And some Dispatches From the Frontstretch when I head out to the tracks for research.

Thanks for hanging out. Grab a beer, run your flag up the whip-pole and enjoy yourself.

The Southern 500

Well. It would be, wouldn't it.
Even though they are graciously renaming the spring race at Darlington the Southern 500 (Mother's day- that other sin. Though my mom wants me to take her...) it just isn't the same when the Southern 500 doesn't run on Labor Day Weekend.
They got something else though....
Bless the heart and soul of Chris Browning, President of Darlington since 2004 who is responsible for getting the living legends of NASCAR back on one hell of a heritage track.
The Darlington Historic Racing Festival looks to be one heck of a weekend out at the track. They've got some really exciting events lined up, and some just awesome drivers out there to meet. The cars are broken down into five classes: stock, indy, mods, sprints, and midgets. Plus
you should see the list of names that they have coming down to race. (Its a big list! And way cool.)

I wish like heck that traveling on Labor Day wasn't so expensive. I should blow some of the money I have saved up for research and just go.
For more info

A quick note on today's technology

Things sure were different in the old days- and they weren't so long ago.
Anyone else think that Bristol was a little slow this fall?
Anyhow, a link to an article on the The New Car and why it is such a drag.
I threw it in because there is a nod to Smokey. Love that guy.

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