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Here in the South, we like sports. Football, Basketball, Baseball, even the occasional Hockey or Soccer. There is one polarizing sport that, although it happens across the country, remains a Southern Staple. NASCAR.

Many view the sport as one big left-turn. While that is technically true, to leave your assumptions there would be a disservice both to the sport and to yourself.

NASCAR is a high-octane blend of Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Mechanics, Intuition, and Skill.  From calculating minute to minute gas mileage, to adjusting the near microscopic details of the wedge, downforce, and air flow throughout the car, math and science take the wheel every time the green flag waves.

To simply assume that there is nothing of value in the sport, is to show prejudice and close-mindedness. NASCAR is like any other sport, there is drama, action, emotion, and no real logical reason for it to exist.


The Daytona 500 was this week. As you can see from the picture, they used to actually race on the beach itself. This Sunday marked the ending one of the shortest off seasons in sports. NASCAR ends in November and begins again in late February. Basically, they take Christmas off.

A tragedy struck during the Grand National series, over 30 people were injured. One of the young rookies had his car utterly destroyed. The engine made it into the stands as did quite a bit of debris.  There were no fatalities, to me that is a testament to the safety of these cars and these races.

A few years back, I was a Talladega when a similar wreck happened. A car was forced into the fence separating the crowd from the action. That time the fence held, but injuries still happened.

However, when you consider that a stock car weighs no less than 3,400 lbs and they travel a speeds reaching (and sometimes passing) 200mph, it’s amazing that more injuries don’t happen. The reason for this, is that millions of dollars go into researching ways to make tracks safer for both the drivers and the fans. New safety measures and precautions are implemented every year, creating an ever safer sport for all involved.

Like any sport, stock car racing has it’s dangers, but overall safety is the number one concern. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved in the weekend’s accidents.


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Old F2The last post talked about old things being cool again. They are. A while back, a picture of this truck accompanied an entry on being out of place. Today we talk about patina.

Just in case you aren’t aware, the patina is defined as: “a surface appearance of something grown beautiful especially with age or use” -Merriam-Webster

In my opinion, the patina on this old Ford is both beautiful and tragic. Beautiful in an old timey, remember your past sort of way, but tragic in the fact that it was left to rot. That such a beautiful old truck could be left to its own devices.

Don’t worry, I’m not just writing about a truck. Because you and I both have a patina, too. We have bumps and scrapes, dents and ding, even a few rust spots. Yet, we keep can keep going. We can still be useful and serve a purpose, even with our problems.

You see, I know more about this old truck than you probably do (unless you’re family reading this). It’s a 1951 Ford F-2, and it’s nearly complete. The engine is there, all the interior parts are in tact. If you look closely, you can even see there are still bulbs in the tail-lights. The point is, everything that made it work is still there. It needs some work, but it’s there.

You and I are the same way. We may have problems. We may have even broken down, but our parts are still there. The things that we need to keep moving forward are still in place, we just need to do some restoration. It can be hard work to bring a rusty classic back up to showroom quality, but it can be done. If you’re willing to put forth the effort, you can do the implausible.

Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re too old, too young, too broken, too hurt, too impossibly optimistic. Because, we can all be restored.

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