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Rusty Norman

Amateur writer, NASCAR Fan, musician and former local Stock Car racer.


The Chase Begins At Chicago… from a NASCAR Fan’s View

By Rusty Norman / September 13, 2014

***************************************************************************** ***************************************************************************** And so the Chase begins… except it’s different this year. Now it is the Elimination Chase. For those that aren’t quite up to speed on the new Chase format yet, four cars are eliminated every three races, leaving four cars to compete, head-to-head, at the final race at Homestead. So, it’s not really […]


It’s One and Done At Richmond – a NASCAR Fan’s View

By Rusty Norman / September 6, 2014

***************************************************************************** ***************************************************************************** Two things are certain for tonight’s race at Richmond. There won’t be anybody holding back that has a chance to make it into the Chase with a win and there won’t be anyone that’s already in holding back either – they’ve got nothing to lose. Those that are already in by wins will […]


It’s Atlanta And Two To Go To Make the Chase

By Rusty Norman / August 31, 2014

***************************************************************************** ***************************************************************************** Anyone that doesn’t have enough points but wants to make it into the Chase only has two chances left. Atlanta and Richmond are the only two places left for non winners to take a win and make it into the Chase. Of course, there are still four spots left but two of them […]


It’s Crunch Time For Some Under The Lights At Bristol

By Rusty Norman / August 23, 2014

***************************************************************************** ***************************************************************************** Like it or not, there are four spots left to be filled for The Chase and only three weeks of racing left before The Chase actually starts. It is possible that any one of those places, or all four of those places, could be filled by non-winners. It is also possible that all […]


It’s About Pure Speed for the Pure Michigan 400

By Rusty Norman / August 16, 2014

***************************************************************************** ***************************************************************************** If you listened to the Ford drivers coming into this weekend you would’ve heard some of them say that they had found speed – and not just a little bit of it. True to their word, they came into this weekend showing a bit more speed than they did the last visit to […]


Who’ll Make It Happen At The Glen – from a NASCAR Fan’s View

By Rusty Norman / August 9, 2014

***************************************************************************** ***************************************************************************** Just about every talking head or commentator has made the same or similar statement this week and just in case you missed it, here it is again – “With only five races to go, who will make it happen at The Glen this weekend?” It seems like no one (including me) can come […]


It’s Pocono and Six To Go to the Chase from a NASCAR Fan’s View

By Rusty Norman / August 2, 2014

***************************************************************************** ***************************************************************************** Counting Pocono, it’s six to go to make the show. From this fan’s view, that makes Pocono a “have to win” for some and a “I want to win” for others. No matter what happens Sunday afternoon at the Pocono International Speedway, the die is set for many when it comes to the […]


The Brickyard – 2014 from a NASCAR Fans View

By Rusty Norman / July 27, 2014

***************************************************************************** *****************************************************************************   The Brickyard… There’s no place like it and even the NASCAR Cup drivers speak almost as highly of it is they do of Daytona. Of course these days it’s not what it used to be because it’s not bricks all the way around anymore. But there is still that yard of bricks […]


The Calm Before the Storm

By Rusty Norman / July 19, 2014

***************************************************************************** *****************************************************************************     Go ahead, take that deep breath… A weekend off… Well, at least for the NASCAR Cup Teams. Even though they aren’t running this weekend, this fan is sure they are working feverishly preparing for next weekend when they’ll take on the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It could be, with only […]


Cup Teams Looking for Magic at the Magic Mile

By Rusty Norman / July 12, 2014

***************************************************************************** ***************************************************************************** Considering where we are in the season and the race for the Chase, several cup teams are looking for Magic at the Magic mile this weekend. I think it goes without saying, the ones really looking for Magic are the ones that are in the top 16 in points and they don’t have […]


Daytona, Restrictor Plates and Pack Racing from a NASCAR Fan’s View

By Rusty Norman / July 5, 2014

***************************************************************************** *****************************************************************************   It’s different in Daytona during the summer… It’s hot and humid and, when the NASCAR teams show up, it’s loud and noisy. Fortunately, for the Coke Zero 400, they race at night so that minimizes the effect of the hot summer sun but the track is much different than it is in […]


Another Saturday Night Under the Lights At Kentucky

By Rusty Norman / June 28, 2014

***************************************************************************** *****************************************************************************     Well, it’s another Saturday night under the lights and this time it’s at Kentucky Speedway. What better way to follow up the road race at Sonoma than with a Saturday night under the lights which is more what stock car racing has always been. I don’t know about you but this […]

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