This is the third time in the last five Cup races at Talladega that rain forced a postponement. Once again, let’s enjoy that collective chuckle that Talladega Superspeedway is adjacent to an area that locals have long known as Dry Valley. Read the full story
Once upon a time, before NASCAR displayed characteristic benevolence in cutting off Talladega from being a cut-off race, it was observed that “some drivers race as in bubble-wrap, others as if their britches are on fire.”
As I recently pored over the transcript of a driver’s media interview to mine a few quotes, I realized some things remained the same. A Talladega Q&A never seems to vary. Read on for an example of one that didn’t happen, but could.
He had 676 NASCAR Cup starts and won 76 times. But for our purposes, we’ll go with 7 — the record for season championships he shares with Richard Petty and Jimmie Johnson — for the most memorable Earnhardt races.
It’s one of the old names that holds a shadow over Daytona this year. Feb. 18 will mark the 20th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s fatal wreck. In some ways, it seems a century ago.
Through the years, Talladega Superspeedway’s rough edges were sanded. Some splashes of paint found their way onto structures. Brick and mortar replaced aluminum siding and tin roofs. But its overall look and the essence of the place didn’t change.
Not long ago, an Alabama Democrat — something roughly akin to Hockey-Playing Bahamians in scarcity — confided in me. “I’d give anything if Nick Saban would run for Alabama governor as a Democrat,” he said.
The White House has turned the phrase “fake news” into its B-1 bomber of a weapon to discredit those who don’t choose to play along, who chose to seek facts and report with accuracy.
Up in the air. Again. And here comes Reclining Rebecca, dropping her seatback so far into my lap, we’re closer than a slow dance at the junior-senior prom.
I shared that moment with Dr. Ruth Jones. She’s the second woman to have earned a PhD in physics in the state of Alabama (from Alabama A&M) and she’s been at NASA since 1995. She’s a mishap investigation specialist at NASA now.
Ed Buckbee was working in NASA’s public affairs office when he got word that the country’s most famous and celebrated astronaut would no longer fly. There were loftier, political goals ahead for him. The explanation: “John Glenn is a national treasure.”
As much as I embrace most everything about Christmas and all the hoopla except The Hunt For The Elusive Parking Space, I can do without the calendar full of holiday parties.
This is a story about troubled kids, kids in trouble, a dedicated young teacher, the most famous trophy in American sports – and an opportunity for you to make a difference.
Because a 24-year-old school bus driver with one accident already on his record was allegedly driving much too fast, five children were killed and many more injured when their bus careened off the road and was nearly cut in half by a tree.
It’s something that, after all these years in the business, you just take for granted, like oxygen and running water and a Waffle House at every other exit. It’s a protective shield you never take time to ponder.
The long-time Birmingham broadcast personality on radio and TV shares his memories with Anniston Star sports correspondent Mark McCarter.
“I remember Grant (Lynch, track chairman) and I were talking and we weren’t in favor of it. ‘Talladega Nights.’ What does that mean?” said Rick Humphrey, the general manager at Talladega Superspeedway when Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay conjured the notion of “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”