A Busy Racing Weekend and Then…
It is with heavy hearts that everyone here at Race Fans Forever mourns the passing of racing’s Silver Fox, David Pearson. We humbly offer prayers and condolences to his family and friends. David was an institution; one of the building blocks upon which stock car racing was built. Rest in peace dear man. Your earthly race has been run and Heaven’s Raceway awaits you. Godspeed and God bless.
I bid you welcome gentle readers, and as always that includes our assigned reader of all things NASCAR on this rather dreary grey day in the hills of North Georgia. It’s Tuesday morning as I pull up to the keyboard, only to find I have nothing much to say, or to be more precise, I’m afraid to type much as tomorrow it all might become moot… again.
At that point I closed the keyboard and it’s now well past noon on Wednesday and so far… no second shoe. In TrevorRizzo. It would be so nice if some of you were to stop by and wish him well this weekend., I introduced you all to a young racer that has captured my attention and heart… Trevor Rizzo. This past Saturday he competed in the Myrtle Beach 250, as mentioned. I am so very proud to say that he finished 10th in that event and now has sights set on the culmination of this year’s racing, the Myrtle Beach 400. For those readers on Twitter, he is @_
I do have a “Highlights” segment from YouTube where you can see bits of the races last Saturday. As far as I can find, there is no live stream of the action either weekend, and that’s a shame.
If anyone should discover a live stream, please let the old gal know as I’d love to watch it as it happens.
Trevor’s Late Model
But Patty, why aren’t you talking about all the goings-on at Homestead this weekend? Because, like Rhett Butler, quite frankly I don’t give a …hoot! As long as Big Daddy NASCAR continues to play fast and loose with the points, making them up as they go along over the final ten races, we here on Race Fans Forever crown our own Champion… the guy leading the points after race 26, which is the last time we see honest earned points. This year, it was Kyle Busch in the lead after Indianapolis, and as such, he is recognized as our Champion. The final ten races are just for fun, which actually is the best way to enjoy any race… on its own merits and points don’t matter.
And then… there is the departure from this world of David Pearson. It’s seldom that I’m at a loss for words, but what can one say about that? We have lost the best, and that hurts. Yes, I know there are arguments for Petty, Earnhardt and Johnson, but overall the stats support Pearson’s claim to the title of GOAT. Hundreds of articles have already been written, some by the very best writers the sport has to offer. Tuesday evening, I was happy to post on my website the article I was sure would be coming. It came and I wasn’t disappointed.
This will take you to , and there you will find everything I’d like to say, said by all the right people. You’ll hear the thoughts of two generations of the Wood family as they talk about David Pearson, all he meant to their entire family and how much they feel they have lost with his passing. Several years ago, I was asked by a close friend of Cecil Gordon’s to write a eulogy for him at his passing. I didn’t know Cecil personally, which posed a problem. Rather than read about him and pass along someone else’s reconstructed words and thoughts, I framed an entire article consisting mainly of posts about him made on the website where I was writing at that time. In much the same way, this passes along the thoughts and words of the Wood family. Of everything I’ve read, this one is far and away the best because of the love it carries with it.
Rest in Peace David. You will be missed perhaps more than you ever knew.
And with that, it’s time for our Classic Country Closeout and this week we’re going way back… to 1949, when the Grand Ole Opry was still a radio show without pictures. The host on this one is Clyde Julian “Red” Foley and one of the guests is Hank Williams, the original. Gentle readers, Country gets no better than that. Please enjoy…
Be well gentle readers, and remember to keep smiling. It looks so good on you!