WALTZ: I Was Just Thinking…

Keith Waltz
Keith Waltz
Keith Waltz
Keith Waltz

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!