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Quote of the Week
"When Steve and I were done talking, I felt happier."
-Kenny Wallace, Who summed it up perfectly for every person who ever met Steve Byrnes.

By Carol Einarsson | 07/06/2015

I don't know why it's so upsetting, but it is. And I'm glad it is. We should never take something like that in stride.

If you haven't yet seen the wreck from last night, it's here

Thankfully, Austin Dillon walked away, waving to the crowd, but what's so upsetting is the visual reminder of a day at Daytona when things didn't turn out so well. 

What's upsetting is that there is a mom in North Carolina today who was promised she'd never see her son's car on the track again. Yes, I'm still harping on that. And the wreck last night is just one giant reason why that promise was so important. 

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Last Activity: 07/06/15
By Carol Einarsson | 06/30/2015
I didn't see any but about the last 30 seconds of the pre-race, but whatever happened prompted a friend to text me:  "I was watching the pre-race today and had a question. Is Michael Waltrip trying to be funny or is he actually brain dead?"

Nice anthem, but something about boys singing with girl voices... call us when you reach puberty.

Look at me, Daddy!  Yeah, there's a whole bunch of cute wrapped up in those oversized gloves!

Listening to Darrell Waltrip giving the driver's perspective, I can't help but wonder what he'll have to say next year that will seem even remotely relevant, standing next to Jeff Gordon. I don't know how the decision was made at FOX to dump their crew chief and double up the drivers in the booth, but I think it was a huge mistake.  

And here we are again at a road course. They asked the drivers about the unique challenges. Ask me and I'll tell you: not getting lost.

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Last Activity: 07/02/15
By Carol Einarsson | 06/16/2015
Disheartening opening to the race, showing kids racing on bicycles. I've become a little jaded lately with stories in the news like the parents who were arrested and charged with felonies because their 11-year-old son was playing in the backyard for an hour and a half unattended. Imagine the crimes they may have been charged with had he been seen racing his bike in the street!

Bryson Byrnes name on the helmet of Casey Mears-- classy! Please keep Bryson in your prayers this week. Father's Day is Sunday, and it will be a rough day, I'm sure.

Wow, it's dark.

You know I sleep days now, right? Yes, I do. So my DVR didn't record the entire race on the first try. Hence, we're doing the Cliff's Notes edition, shaved down to three hours on a replay by FS1.  That means no rain delay observations. Sorry.  Can't say I'll miss the extra six hours, though.

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Last Activity: 06/19/15
By Carol Einarsson | 06/14/2015


For the past month or so, I’ve been stuck in the grip of depression, something with which I’ve struggled most of my adult life. We’ll talk more about that later, though. Enough to say now that the death of a good friend kicked my emotional butt. For most of the past four years, I’ve been praying for someone to overcome Cancer – the husband of a friend (and he’s now in remission, praise God!), my mother who is a breast-cancer survivor, a longtime friend (whose amazing and inspiring life story you’re sure to hear about sometime in the future) who’s chosen not to undergo chemotherapy, and a recently-lost friend who battled with perseverance to the end. He went the distance.

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By Carol Einarsson | 06/09/2015

It's always extra nice to have MRO pray before a race. When outside pastors are called for this, even the most seasoned chaplain sounds "prepared". When it's MRO at a race track, they seem oblivious to the TV cameras and huge at-home crowd. Rather, it feels like a small gathering, like praying with a friend.

A C-17 fly-over? Nice! And Keelan is happy about that, too.

Jamie Little with the headsock on her hand looks like a low-budget ventriloquist.

They let Andy outside!!

It doesn't matter what you do in your profession, even when you've reached the level of success that Jimmie Johnson has, but when you can make a child smile, that's when you glimpse the meaning of life. That little boy who first captured our hearts with his "all in" hug of his sports hero last week is now in the pits of that same hero. And Jimmie shows the world he's not so scripted as some say.

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Last Activity: 06/11/15
By Carol Einarsson | 06/02/2015
If you're going to have your prayer on note cards, you couldn't be more discreet about it than Pastor Dan Shafer.

Look at all those brand new flags. But for the frugal minded, I wonder how you properly launder a flag. Dry cleaning, I'd suppose.

Anyone else disgusted by a woman that felt it necessary to pose in a bikini after having a baby and post that picture to social media, just to vainly show the world what was really more important to her than motherhood?  If you're a mom, you've earned the figure you have, and please don't let anyone make you feel bad about it.

Stenhouse without his mullet, new hair cut, reminds me of the Seinfeld episode when Jerry got his "little boy" haircut. Sorry, Ricky.

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Last Activity: 06/09/15
By Carol Einarsson | 05/28/2015

The time isn't yet right to share it all, but boy was yesterday a great day!

I'll soon have a very exciting announcement, but it's not yet ready.

I wanted to post this just to say Hi, to let you know I'm still among the living, and that despite the two weeks off, the "announcement" that is forthcoming has acted as somewhat of a drain cleaner.

For a long while, now, it's felt like my words were sitting in that mucky water of the kitchen sink when the drain backs up. Everything I wrote would just fall into that pool of old food, grease, and stank that sits in the water awaiting a drain snake to free it from the confines of the stainless steel prison in which its rotting. Yes, inside, it had gotten that bad.

But now... NOW the plumber has arrived, the drain is clear, and the kitchen sink has been made shiny again, with water flowing freely. 

Thank you all so much for enduring whatever crap writing I've been posting here for the past however-long I've been in this funk. And thank you for joining me in this journey! Hold on, it's about to get SO MUCH BETTER!!

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By Carol Einarsson | 05/13/2015

JEERS to no invocation or anthem for me because COX hasn't yet figured out how to jump channels for a DVR recording.

JEERS to Jack Griffo who seems to think he's more famous than he is.

JEERS to starting a race broadcast with the words, "Remember, if you get half way, it's official." Well that's encouraging.

CHEERS to "The wind has been blowing mightily across the great plains..." But it's Kansas, not Oklahoma.

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Last Activity: 05/14/15
By Carol Einarsson | 05/06/2015

CHEERS to Michael Waltrip doing what I'd hoped, and giving that tribute helmet to Bryson Byrnes. What a very nice thing.

CHEERS to Allen Singley, student pastor, whose invocation was fast, but very, very nice. And with no note cards. He reminded me of when we have amateur singers perform the anthem a hundred times better than the professionals.

CHEERS to another military band doing the anthem!

CHEERS to Talladega, home of giant American flags. One pulled by a truck, one falling from the sky, but the grandest one of all is the best one in the whole series - that 30' x 60' banner flying from the flagpole at Talladega. Think about the size of that for a minute!

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Last Activity: 05/12/15
By Carol Einarsson | 04/29/2015

JEERS to rain pushing a Saturday night race to Sunday. CHEERS that it was a Saturday night race, though, and not a Sunday race pushed to Monday. See? It can always be worse.

CHEERS to seeing Tony's arm draped around Kevin Harvick. I wonder if that was genuine man love, or if it was an owner shaking down an employee trying to get some tips for driving success.

CHEERS to the Henrico County Color Guard, but who knew it was pronounced that way? It's a long i sound, really??

CHEERS to the Steve Byrnes tribute and the moment of silence for his family, continuing on into the invocation.

CHEERS to the Fort Lee 392nd Army Band playing an anthem like it should be played.

CHEERS to Aric Almirola's daughter with those cheeks and pouty face! Cuteness overload right there!

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Last Activity: 05/07/15

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