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2019-20 Misc. Grab Bag Thread

jeffbear

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this says the Armstrong show is good

And implies that Lance is still a sociopath ... so it'll be entertaining if nothing else. I've seen a couple of the Director's other docs and she's really good so I'm hoping for the best. At the end of the day ... what have I got to lose? So, maybe I delay one night of watching "The Great" on Hulu for this thing ... meh. It'll be fine.

That said, I didn't waste a second of my life on that Jordan series. Having been casually acquainted with the man when he was in college was enough for me. I don't need a long docu-series to tell me what I already know.
 

andyt

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Hurricane season expected to be busier than normal

Of course it is. Because why wouldn’t it be?

It’s also time for the Brood IX cicadas. They’ll mostly be in northwestern NC.

 

jeffbear

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It’s also time for the Brood IX cicadas. They’ll mostly be in northwestern NC.

Last time we had a big cicada brood up in the mountains it got so loud at my family's place outside of Boone that you couldn't hear yourself think at night. 2020 is a real pistol so far.
 

andyt

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Last time we had a big cicada brood up in the mountains it got so loud at my family's place outside of Boone that you couldn't hear yourself think at night. 2020 is a real pistol so far.
i played in an Ultimate Frisbee tournament in New Jersey during an infestation. The field was surrounded by trees but worse was all the exoskeletons on the grass. There was not a lot of diving for errant or deflected frisbees.
 

Pucking Lamplighter

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Ahh, the smell of high octane burned by 42 700 HP engines and the roar of that pack at the end of lap one is something to behold.
Always enjoyed rockingham. Was a dive bar of a track.
They'd sometimes hook together and run like a train at Rockingham, which made quality pit stops critical. Not sure how many races I attended there, definitely more than a few. I always had a blast...unless the race got moved to Monday from rain.
You haven't lived until you've felt the roar of engines rattle the bones in your spine from the inside.
The gutters at the Rock in the men's room made the rest rooms at Dorton Arena look like a freakin' palace.

Jim
 

LJG

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They'd sometimes hook together and run like a train at Rockingham, which made quality pit stops critical. Not sure how many races I attended there, definitely more than a few. I always had a blast...unless the race got moved to Monday from rain.
You haven't lived until you've felt the roar of engines rattle the bones in your spine from the inside.
The gutters at the Rock in the men's room made the rest rooms at Dorton Arena look like a freakin' palace.

Jim
Got there one day with a friend and just as soon as we plopped down on the third row got the start your engines command. Earnhardt won #7 that day.
Took another friend’s dad with us a few years later. Sat halfway down the stands. Richard was giggling like a little girl when that train came by on the first lap.
Was also there when M Waltrip backed his car into the water barrels at the pit entry. That was funny.
Listening to scanners could be amusing, especially if someone wrecked #3.
 

HurryCanes

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Got there one day with a friend and just as soon as we plopped down on the third row got the start your engines command. Earnhardt won #7 that day.
Took another friend’s dad with us a few years later. Sat halfway down the stands. Richard was giggling like a little girl when that train came by on the first lap.
Was also there when M Waltrip backed his car into the water barrels at the pit entry. That was funny.
Listening to scanners could be amusing, especially if someone wrecked #3.
Damn I miss those days. About that time me and my buddy were hooked on that stuff. Had our own scanners and headphones. The Rock, Darlington, Bristol, Wilkesboro, Martinsville, Talledaga and Daytona, were all on our schedules. Now, you couldn’t pay me to drive to those clusters. Good times!
 

Pucking Lamplighter

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I tried to sit higher at Rockingham to see across the track, plus keep the oil & rubber tire boogers off that collect on you down low. Having half the pits on the backstretch was kind of a PITA to keep up with who was on their game and not (of course they wouldn't be on the backstretch if they were dialed in}. I saw Richard Petty win there a few times, Cale Yarborough in spring of 1982 (IIRC), Ricky Rudd, Neil Bonnett, Donnie Allison I don't remember all the years. Did Darlington, Martinsville, Wilkesboro, Charlotte. Hate I never got to Talledega before they started running restrictor plates. I refuse to go to Bristol, the "racing" at that place just pi$$e$ me off. The party in the parking lot is always great fun. The people watching is exceptional at any NASCAR event. Good times for sure. I pulled for Davey Allison before he left us too soon.

Jim
 

LJG

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I never gave a thought to paying any attention to it, much less going to a race, until my ex-bil got me a ticket to the Winston in 92 or 93. Fast and loud; kinda like how I like music. Started going to the Rock both races until NASCAR abandoned the Rock and a few Charlotte races.
 

*AH*

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Rockingham was one of my favorite tracks to race at/on. I ran quite a few and won a few too. In SCCA we used most of the oval plus an infield road course section. In fact my first real race was there in... 1975? I placed 2nd in class which was pretty good for a 'rookie'.
 

Paulie Walnuts

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Orange speedway is OK. Wake speedway is pretty much a dive but it's close. Wake has a bomber class which is basically old beaters that barely run but it's fun to watch. Wake races Fridays and Orange on Sat. Wake is 1/4 mile , Orange slightly bigger at 3/8 mile so they get more speed.

VIR is just over the Virginia border and it's a Formula 1 type road course. Really nice place. It opened in the 50s and then closed in 74 before reopening in 2000 . NASCAR and other teams test there. Their biggest race is in August .
 

JFG

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Ahh, the smell of high octane burned by 42 700 HP engines and the roar of that pack at the end of lap one is something to behold.
Always enjoyed rockingham. Was a dive bar of a track.
Got that right.

NASCAR's limited geographical non-spectator restart should include racing at "The Rock" if it is at all possible. That place always had great racing action. Shame it's back in moth balls after Andy tried to make a go of it.
 

andyt

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Got that right.

NASCAR's limited geographical non-spectator restart should include racing at "The Rock" if it is at all possible. That place always had great racing action. Shame it's back in moth balls after Andy tried to make a go of it.
After seeing the disrepair of the parking lots and grandstand structure as I drove past on US 1, I can only imagine what the inside looks like. When is the last time it was used for any racing, 2014ish?
 

LJG

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After seeing the disrepair of the parking lots and grandstand structure as I drove past on US 1, I can only imagine what the inside looks like. When is the last time it was used for any racing, 2014ish?
I drove past Wilkesboro a bunch when doing projects at ASU and Watauga County. Trees growing through those stands.
I wouldn't mind closing the Chicagos, KC's and other new boring tracks and opening some of the old tracks again, not that it will happen.
 

jeffbear

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After seeing the disrepair of the parking lots and grandstand structure as I drove past on US 1, I can only imagine what the inside looks like. When is the last time it was used for any racing, 2014ish?
2012 or 2013, I think. I had a buddy who was involved in some related construction during that last push to operate the track who never got paid ... shocking.

If you want to see a post-apocalyptic wasteland in process, take a diversion over to North Wilkesboro sometime. It's freaking depressing.
 
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