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Checkered Past

Checkered Past: High Points

Never get caught staring at the standings. You hear it after two months of a six-month baseball campaign or Week Five of a 17-game football season. The message is clear: just do your job, play hard, and let the chips fall wherever they may. Do not waste concern on rival teams. Strengthen your own program.

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Checkered Past

Checkered Past: California Migrants

“All he does is catch touchdowns.” That was coach Buddy Ryan’s sarcastic dismissal of Cris Carter before Carter starred for someone else. Well, all that Kyle Larson does is catch checkered flags. Whether his demoralized pursuers are scattered across asphalt or dirt, oval or road course pressing eight cylinders or four does not matter one

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Sprint Cars

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Historic 60th Running of Knoxville Nationals is Here

The Granddaddy of ‘Em All has arrived. It’s the Knoxville Nationals, people. On Wednesday, we officially kick off the 60th running of this historic event at Iowa’s famed Knoxville Raceway. More than 100-plus NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are already pre-entered and the anticipation continues to only climb for this mega event. If you can’t

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Checkered Past

Checkered Past: Wings Forever After

It was their last year without wings. Four decades ago, the 1981 World of Outlaws season was 102 days and nights on 45 plots of dirt in 20 North American states and provinces. It was the first to crown a champion other than Steve Kinser. To dethrone “The King” after three years demanded diversity from

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Checkered Past

Checkered Past: Cedar Lake 1988

Cedar Lake Speedway staged the greatest race that I ever saw. It was one manic Monday conclusion to the World of Outlaws visit of 1988. To read headlines, Cedar Lake looked like another case of Steve Kinser stomping everyone in the dust, something he did 27 times that season. But it was so much more.

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Checkered Past

Checkered Past: Eye Seventy

The World of Outlaws stamped it as “The World’s Fastest Dirt Track”. The rake was too steep to scale on foot. Water trucks would have toppled so the surface was sprayed from below. Chutes stood longer than a horseman’s half at 0.54 mile to enable heavy boots to carry corner speed greater than any marquee

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Sprint Cars

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws Prepare for Historic Weekend at Bristol

One of the most anticipated events of the year is finally here. This weekend, after a 20-year absence, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is making its grand return to the iconic Bristol Motor Speedway. Transformed to a clay-filled colosseum, the 1/2-mile stadium offers up three intense, electrifying nights of The

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Checkered Past

Checkered Past: Surface Choices

“Dirt is for racing. Asphalt is for getting there.” A witty slogan to some but religion to others. Scour the Eldora camps and it may be a tattoo. Dirt is the Earth’s first surface obviously. When chariots conducted the original oval race, no gladiator pitted for fresh tires. Science created asphalt as “a thick, sticky,

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Checkered Past

CHECKERED PAST: April Fools’ Night

April Fools’ Day is no holiday. No child is excused from school. No mail carriers hit the golf course. Auto racing does not circle the date as part of a three-day weekend. April Fools’ Day is basically a 24-hour moratorium on lying. The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series has raced nine

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