HARRISBURG, N.C. — As tracks across the country open their gates for the start of the new racing season, I was just thinking …
– Social media is racing’s double-edged sword.
– World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz has matured into an articulate, well-spoken representative of the sport.
– When was the last time someone used the term Danica Mania?
– It’s too bad we have to wait until next year for IndyCar’s new “retro” aero kits.
– We say this each year, but asphalt stock car racing desperately needs a modern version of Rex Robbins’ ASA Series.
– There’s no need to worry about Eldora Speedway being consumed by urban sprawl.
– The NASCAR Hall of Fame has already lasted longer than we originally predicted.
– Is this the year former USAC sprint car champion Doug Kalitta finally claims the NHRA Top Fuel title?
– Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s next career will be in the television broadcast booth.
– Monster Energy should create a new version of the Winston Cup Preview.
– It’s hard to believe non-winged sprint car racing does not have a marquee event similar to the Knoxville Nationals.
– Don Schumacher and John Force probably don’t exchange Christmas cards.
– Whatever happened to Casey Atwood?
– The closing of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus should serve as a wake-up call to those who orchestrate America’s premier racing series.
– There were 365 midgets at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals, but only 52 at last fall’s Turkey Night Grand Prix.
– NASCAR is slowly transitioning from a dictatorship to a democracy.
– Congratulations to Steve Kinser on his induction into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
– The title of Kevin Olson’s book, “Cages are for Monkeys,” is pure genius.
– After Daytona and Sebring, we’re starting to like IMSA’s Balance of Performance.
– Has it really been 20 years since Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham dominated the NASCAR All-Star Race with the radical car that became known as “T-Rex?”
– The words sponsor and partner are not interchangeable. So stop describing a sponsorship as a partnership.
– Changing the number and color of a race car does not make it faster.
– Hard to believe Darrell Waltrip celebrated his 70th birthday earlier this year.
– Jay Frye appears to be doing a top-notch job in his leadership role with the Verizon IndyCar Series.
– This definitely isn’t your grandfather’s NASCAR.
– Does anyone know the exact number of auto racing series in the United States?
– This year’s Knoxville Nationals feature should be 47 laps in memory of Gil Sonner.
– What’s up with those goofy white stripes on the KB Racing NHRA Pro Stock Camaros?
– The evolution of the dirt late model is one of racing’s most fascinating stories.
– We expect big things from Team Penske’s newest driver — Josef Newgarden.
– The average ticket price for a 2016 NASCAR Cup Series race at an International Speedway Corp. track was $90.12. That’s way too high.
– We haven’t heard much about this summer’s scheduled Formula E race in the streets of Brooklyn, N.Y.
– Great racing nicknames are a thing of the past.
– NHRA Pro Stock rookie (and now winner) Tanner Gray turns 18 this month.
– There hasn’t been a good racing movie since “Winning” hit the big screen in 1969.
– The Clash At Daytona is a waste of time and money.
– The popularity of outlaw kart racing is spreading faster than Kudzu.
– Who gets the trophy following an autonomous car race?
– Ford’s new driver development program will pay dividends down the road.
– The Pikes Peak Hill Climb is one of America’s premier motorsports events.
– Liberty Media faces an uphill battle in convincing Americans to embrace Formula One racing.
– Who’s the next Kyle Larson?
– It’s been 50 years since Andy Granatelli’s turbine-powered entry — with Parnelli Jones behind the wheel — nearly won the Indianapolis 500.
– That’s enough thinking … let’s go racing!